First of all - What is going on? Am I turning into a daily blogger? 3 days in a row! As a teacher I feel that it is important to celebrate the small steps so I am always expecting a certificate or a sticker to appear from somewhere/anywhere and land on my desk when I do something that surprises me. Of course It never happens ... but a comment from you might give me that same feeling that a sticker would. Is that a hint? lol
I know these wee blogs are being seen out there. My last blog write up received 2,056 views!!! Wow! So maybe that has inspired me to write this one.
Well it all comes down to simplicity this week. It is the final week before my class run off to see the Easter Bunny and eat lots of chocolate. I still want all of them to read and think mathematically - that may be only a wish that I will send off to all as they leave my classroom on Friday. Saying that I did ask my lovely parents via Seesaw to work with their children over the two weeks and sent home voluntary homework. You see Seesaw is a cool app. (read my earlier blog on seesaw).
Anyway where was I? Oh yes- I'm tired this week and so are my class. We need to do something "simple" this week and yet connected to our topic, "Special days". Flicking through my own resource file just didn't inspire me this week so of course I checked out the lovely website Twinkl. And low-and-behold there was the perfect worksheet for my class - Easter Egg Doubles Colouring Activity. I have set a link below the blog as it screams out simplicity and straightforwardness and the lovely part is - the children learn, will be developing their skills in The Arts and they will go home with a colourful Easter egg at the end of the day. Win-win situation.
I will of course have to enlarge it to A3 and set out a variety of painting tools for my class to experiment with - who needs the basic paintbrush? Saying that my CA might insist that the odd paint brush is put on the craft table. I love the way she returns me to reality every now and again. Thank you Caroline.
I did see a post on pinterest - painting with pom-poms - I might try that out today. Anyway whatever I do with this great resource I will post on instagram - northernirelandteacher and here on my website - watch this space.
Finding simple, straightforward worksheets isn't always easy. That makes me want to shout out to the lovely teachers who work in Nurture groups. The teachers who are always on the lookout for simple, straightforward worksheets without the clutter and worksheets that stick to the basics. I would recommend Twinkl to all of them. Check it out. Anita you know I am talking directly to you - after our chat on Saturday.
So that is my blog today - oh and I started this at 5am! Miracle morning! If you don't know how that works check it out on Facebook. Don't if you looooovvvvvveeeee your sleep. Do if you want to work at your peak performance! Teachers if you want inspiration read Hal Elrod's book - it might just change your outlook on life itself.
Stay strong and keep smiling.