Friday, 6 November 2015

Five For Friday - 6 November, 2015

2 weeks ago, I managed to trip over one of my treasures while she was off in space and SOMEHOW managed to break my thumb! ...anyway, long story short - GP sent me to the hospital, hospital referred to the fracture clinic, fracture clinic referred to private hospital for surgery. So I am now sitting at home for 2 weeks wondering what my little kiddies might be doing right now, how they are going in their writing, whether they miss me... So I am now styling a cast and going crazy!

So being stuck at home, I have been reflecting on my teaching practises (starting with maths), and I finally got this blog started! Yesterday I made my first post all about number sense warm ups and I have been overwhelmed at the response from it! I am very excited to keep sharing ideas here :) If you would like to check it out, you can click on the link below.

Another way I have been keeping busy... Recording down all the number warm ups we have played this year, and thinking up new versions we could play :) I am all about making learning fun!

This week I splurged and purchased this awesome growing bundle from my favourite tpt seller, Tara West. I spent yesterday reading, re-reading, and reading again the first 2 units on Numbers to 5, and Sorting and Classifying. These are jam packed with ideas and I am Soooooo happy I put the money in mow to purchase them. They will be a huge help when it comes to planning for 2015. If you are interested in reading more about it, I have provided a link to the product. It is an expensive outlay at first, but I believe I have already got my money's worth, just in the first few units!

These are a few photos from my guided math group last Thursday (I know it is a bit outside the timeline but I really wanted to share!)

This little group of kids have been working ridiculously hard all year, and they have made leaps and bounds in their reading and letter sounds. We are finally cementing numbers to 10 (from starting with nothing!) and they are having a great time doing it.

In this lesson, we played with our teddy bears, compared collections, counted collections working on 1 to 1 correspondence, and drew our own collections. This is what I love about being a teacher :)

Until next time :)


  1. I love your blog! the graphics, the title, the content, what a great start. I am so sorry to hear about your thumb. I am also home for awhile, and I think it is not a coincidence that I chose your blog from all the links at Doodle Bugs. I haven't been doing much to add to my lesson plans, my mandatory vacation is related to keeping my blood pressure stable and my family seems to think anything related to my job makes it go up...hmmm. anyway, I will add you to my list of favorite blogs. thank you, Paula from Educating Children with Disabilities.

    1. Hi Paula,

      My family thinks the same way! I have been told to rest and relax and all I want is to find out my year level for next year so I can do some real planning! I hope you start to feel better soon and will be able to make a safe, happy return to your classroom :)

      All the best, Nerida :)

    2. Thank you Nerida, I am waiting patiently for my doctor's phone call saying it is okay to return! I have so much sick leave accrued that I can stay home for another quarter! take care, Paula

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  3. Hi Nerida
    I am very interested in the Kinder maths bundle you recommended. I will have a straight prep or p/1 next year and want to know if you think the outlay is worth it now you have spent more time looking at it.
    Thanks Jenny

    1. Hi Jenny,
      So far I am EXTREMELY happy with my purchase. Each unit has 10 detailed lesson plans (which are also editable), matching student worksheets and teaching materials to laminate. The lessons include partner warm-ups, subitizing fluency, focus lessons, follow-up practise, and independent practise. Aside from the follow up worksheets, everything is hands on based and revolves around building math language. I will definitely be getting way more than my money's worth from this purchase!
      I hope this helps :)