Monday, 20 February 2017

Get some MontessoriLove

This month I am participating in the MontessoriLove sale alongside some great other TpT sellers. Each month on the 21st there is a different special - simply search "MontessoriLove" at the TpT site.

February 21st is a dollar day. Each seller will offer up some of their quality products at the amazing price of $1.

My featured offering is the Synonyms - Shades of Meaning pack. Explore synonyms through this collection of verbs. Seven sets of twelve synonyms, your choice of colour coded and black and white to print on any colour card stock you prefer.

You may also like to check out these bargains:

Hope you find something you love!

Thursday, 2 February 2017

F is for February

Looking for some great bargains on Teachers Pay Teachers? This Friday and Saturday is a great time to pick up some dollar deals - simply search #FisforFebruary.

My offering for this epic sale is my Money Matching Cards - 30 pairs of cards for matching groups of coins with their figural representation. The sets increase in complexity as the students come to terms with decimal conversion and more confident with the concept of money.

Australian money not your thing? Find a variety of other great products by clicking the link:

Monday, 19 December 2016


As 2016 draws to a close I just want to take a moment and give thanks to my readers and supporters. This little blog is a space where I share some of my tutoring work and other educational ideas, materials and thoughts that fall outside of my Montessori elementary work.

It all started last Christmas when I was commissioned to create some resources for an ex-Montessori colleague who teaches remotely. He uses Montessori principles and wanted some Montessori friendly resources that would be flexible for his multi-age classroom. You can see one of these commissions HERE.

I also want to thank the lovely people behind the following blogs for their support and encouragement this year:

I Believe in Montessori

Montessori on a Budget

Christian Montessori Network

Every Star Is Different

Living Montessori Now

Daisy Designs

I look forward to what the new year brings!

Sunday, 27 November 2016

TpT Wish List

I always love a bargain and what better time as a teacher to grab one than a Teachers Pay Teachers Sale! As always I am participating with the usual 20% off at my store and when you check out and add the code: CYBER2016 you will receive another 10% off (that is 28% off!)

Amanda over at Daisy Designs has had a great idea to showcase some of the most sort after items on TpT - so if you didn't find my post at her linky I recommend checking out some other posts.

My top three items that are on peoples wish list are:

Rotation of the Earth & The Seasons - this pack contains an unlabelled chart, a labelled chart, a booklet about the rotation of the earth and the resulting seasons, twelve task/activity cards and a note booking page. Makes a great mini-unit or the foundation of a larger unit. Suitable for grades 2 through to 6, possibly 7.

Orders of Mammalia - this is the first of a series I am doing on the different classes of animals. It features eighteen pairs of picture and information cards, mammal summary card, worksheet (and answer key), word search (and answer key) and a card for guiding independent research. Suitable for grades three to seven (and beyond). When the series is completed these will be bundled.

Synonyms: Shades of Meaning - a flexible set of word cards. Essentially seven sets of twelve verbs for exploring synonyms. The file contains a colour coded set and plain set for more versatility. A really fun thing to do after initial lessons is to use them for charades to further cement students understanding of synonyms. For older students these will aid discussion of how synonyms can deepen our writing. There is a record sheet for students to write the definition of a synonym in their own words and two record some examples.

What is on your TpT wishlist? Now is the perfect time to grab it on sale - you can also see what other's top three wish list items are HERE (goes live on the 28th). Thanks to Amanda for hosting such a great linky!

Sunday, 20 November 2016

Vegetable Garden

Kitchen gardens are all the rage at schools around Australia. It is something parents, teachers and the wider community are all keen to get behind - and with good reason. There are so many positives to having a kitchen garden at school, especially when the children are able to take responsibility and ownership of it for themselves.

What's in the vegetable garden?

I think it is really important children make a connection with their food from a young age. It cultivates an appreciation of the world we live in and provides an understanding of where our food comes from. Many of my students do not have a vegetable patch at home, which is why it is so fantastic that kitchen gardens have become so prevalent in our schools. Not only do they provide academic learning opportunities but they also allow children to foster a sense of responsibility, cultivate self-esteem, team building and cooperation as well as drawing connections between learning and life.

Using photos from my personal vegetable garden at home I have created a set of vegetable patch three part cards and a scavenger hunt page. The scavenger hunt page could be a great conversation starter for older students as to why certain plants cannot be found in different parts of the country (or world!) and at different times of the year. For younger students it can be a way to keep them focused and honing their observation skills whilst being outside hunting.

You can find the file HERE.


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