Sunday, 30 June 2013

Bloglovin’ - I made the move


Thanks everyone for the heads up about Google Reader closing tomorrow, July 1.

At first I ignored it...thinking it sounded much like the panic with the

millennium bug
(that didn't happen)

but after a while...several groans and grunts, I did it.
I worked my way through all of your advice and switched to

Follow my blog with Bloglovin' target=_blank>Bloglovin'

Now, if I can do it anyone can so please follow me at Bloglovin'.

I have tried and tried to make a button and link it in but I can't so you'll just have to roll your eyes and shout NEWBIE then click on my link Bloglovin’ words. I am so glad I made you laugh and it was worth the cost of my dignity. to learn more about inserting things that aren't photo's on my blog...

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I am determined and I will win.
However, if you have any compassion for me please send some advice/direction.

Happy Blogging!
Mrs StoweSmile

Friday, 28 June 2013

Guided drawing snails 2

Now I know it’s been more than 24hours but… it got busy at school. 
Thankfully we are now on winter term break. 

Continuing Post , Guided Drawing… Snails.  Check out this link to see what happen first.
Now to complete the picture… 
my Little Learners snails…

Step 3. The Little Learners outlined their snails in black wax crayon.
Step 4. Next they dye washed in blue.


Step 5. Finally adding a silver trail.

Happy Friday and HAPPY HOLIDAYS!
Mrs Stowe Smile

Wednesday, 26 June 2013

Guided Drawing–snails!

When  teaching a unit on Australian Animals what other focus could their be other than their food. 

In particular lizard food…


Today the Little Learners completed a guided drawing activity drawing snails to consolidate what we had learnt and for a little arty fun.  We learnt that Blue Tongue Lizards and Frilled neck Lizards love eating them. Mmm…yum!

Next we completed step 1 and 2 of a four part art process.


Step 1. We discussed food for lizards…you guessed it, SNAILS!! In hindsight it was a little sick making snails after discussing them as lizard food. LOL Open-mouthed smile


Step 2. The Little Learners participated in a process drawing/guided drawing lesson.  They coloured their drawings using wax crayons.


Step 3. Next the Little Learners will outline their snails using black wax crayon.

Step 4. Finally the whole picture will be covered in a dye wash to bring out the wax colours. 
{might even add a glittery trail while the dye is wet.}

We are on the way!  Check in tomorrow for the final product.

Happy Wednesday!
Mrs StoweSmile

Tuesday, 25 June 2013

E is for Elmo


We had 10 minutes spare today…

and as  it’s ‘e’ focus week so…you guessed it, along came Elmo!

With thanks to a Google image as inspiration and a quick grab from the craft cupboard the Little Learners pulled together their very own friend.  We used pre-cut red circles, I punched out 23 orange circles and 46 white circles, 23 bright coloured squares…  then disaster we were out of black small circles. With the clock against us the kids quickly traced around a  cardboard circle template, cut it out and halved it with their desk buddy.

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Quick easy and over!

Happy Tuesday!
Mrs StoweSmile

Monday, 24 June 2013

WBT–The Scoreboard

An oldie but a goodie…

Meet my Kindergarten WBT Scoreboard...Smileys and Frownies!

I LOVE using The Scoreboard with Kindergarten.
It’s another fabulous idea from wholebrainteaching that promotes great behaviour and focussed Little Learners.

Although I admit that I was uncertain of its potential success at first for any grade, let alone in Kindergarten.  In fact I was sure it wouldn't work with the Little Learners at all but could see it possibly being effective in older grades But guess what??? It worked a charm. It has proved itself to be BRILLIANT and a permanent system in my classroom.

I simply printed my icons, as seen below, cut them out and Blu Tacked them to my chalkboard.
The Little Learner’s were immediately intrigued.  Then to reel them in…

Give it a go - I am so glad I did!


Kinder Cottage Smiley and Frownie Scoreboard

What is this Scoreboard? I hear you ask. The Scoreboard is a whole class motivational tool. You simply put two icons on a board, one representing success and the other room for improvement. Every time your class is achieving your expectations you exclaim,
'1 second party!' and,
Gesture -
hold up one finger and add a  point below the Smiley on the scoreboard, tally style.
 Now this next part is priceless - Your Little Learners then shout out enthusiastically,
'Oh Yeah!' in response to you.
Gesture -  They raise their arm and punch up into the air.

If you see or hear something that you want to discourage you simply exclaim,
' Mighty groan! and, 
Gesture - shrug your shoulders, hang your head down as if disappointed then add one tally point below the Frownie on the scoreboard.
Now for the priceless part - The Little Learners voice 'Ohhhh!'
Gesture -  sadly sigh loudly and slump shoulders.

It doesn't take long before the children are checking the scoreboard and quietly encouraging each other to do their best to ensure Smiley wins. You need to maintain a difference of no more than 3 tally points between the Smileys and Frownies all day for optimum motivation and you must give points frequently. 100 points a day is suggested as a guide for the first few weeks.

I know, I know, you are thinking doesn't this distract the Little Learners from their work tasks?


Quite the opposite which is amazing. The Little learners very quickly make their enthusiastic responses to your points then continue with their tasks without you  prompting to do so. It is really, really funny to listen to their responses, watch the Little Learners gesture,  then immediate back on task reactions....all without you saying a disruptive, off task word.  Sometimes I just give them a point to watch their response and marvel at how motivated and on task they are!


The Scoreboard needs to be in a prominent position allowing quick, easy access.

By the way...there isn't any reward at the end of the day, week, month or ever. Kids just enjoy the challenge.
After about a term you can crank it up/refresh it by telling the kids that they are soooo amazingly good that they have moved to the next level. Simply write 'Level 2' on the board above the icons and off you go again. Hilarious...but this genuinely motivates the Little Learners. Theory suggests that they are so used to playing computer games that progressing to the next level is mental reward.

Give it a go. I promise it works beautifully and it’s fun too.
Mrs Stowe Smile

Thursday, 20 June 2013

WBT Rule Posters

 super excited!!!


finally I made my own WBT rule posters.

Okay…with a little help from very talented graphic artists;

The Clipart Graphics Guy by Teacher Joe,
Sassy Kidz Clipart at the Beach by Yvonne Dixon,
Crofts Classroom by Tina Croft &
Foxwell-Forrest Font by Mrs Foxwell.


While I value greatly every one who shares their resources,
I had not created anything to share…

until now
I love and value my WBT rules so much, wanted to make something myself  and so here they are!

Simple but effective
[just the way we like it]

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Please click here to read about how I use the rules and why they are indispensible to me. 
Then head on over to my TpT store and get them for free. 
I promise you will love using WBT.

Anything else you’d like me to try to make?
Please ignore my husband who is calling out ‘dinner!!

Happy Days!
Mrs StoweSmile

Wednesday, 19 June 2013

Volcanic eruption in kindergarten…


Yesterday we completed a guided reading task in which the Little Learners drew…

{Guess what our sound focus was?}

Today the Little Learners finished them by pasting strips of cellophane at the top to become the lava explosion. 

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They used such great words to describe their volcanoes so an impromptu lesson followed.   I gave them marker pens and cardboard cards to have a go at spelling the words they were using. 

The results were amazing. 

They were proud of themselves and I was thrilled with their attempts.  I will display the words and pictures together tomorrow morning. 

Looking forward to their ‘oo’s’ and ‘ah’s’ in the morning.
We will use the display and words to write independent sentences tomorrow.

Happy Thursday!
Mrs StoweSmile


Tuesday, 18 June 2013

Along comes wombat

Now who could teach a unit on Australian Animals and neglect my favourite the
Hairy Nosed Wombat.
The other day I heard one of the Little Learners say in my defence,
‘Mrs Stowe just loves wombats.  I don’t know why but she does…okay!!’ 
{Got to love it when the Little Learners protect you!}

I do have a few wombat soft toys in the classroom.


I’m not sure why I love wombats so much but I do.

Maybe it links back to my treasured childhood memories of family evenings gathered around the TV to watch A Country Practice in which ‘Fatso the Wombat’ was a star.
(ooh Australian TV in the  80’s was good stuff!)


Last week the Little Learners gleefully read Wombat Stew.  A great read indeed.  They loved chanting the rhyming verses together. Making a Wombat Stew craft was enjoyed by all.  
The Little Learners made their own Wombat Stew.
First they cut out and added the things they wanted in their stew to a big pot picture,  Next they labelled all the things they added by reading and selecting matching labels. Finally they each wrote a recipe for their Wombat Stew. 

It was lots of fun.Smile

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Happy Tuesday!
Mrs StoweSmile

Monday, 17 June 2013

let’s celebrate!!

My ‘baby’ girl is 15years old!!

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I certainly know what it means to say time flies
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I can’t believe that my baby girl is fifteen years old.  She has been such a blessing to us.  She is humble, sweet, beautiful and a true delight.
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When all she wanted for her birthday were some cupcakes to celebrate with her friends at  G.Team.  {G.Team means Growth Team or in old fashioned speak…her Bible study group}
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How could I resist the urge to make them a little special.  Naturally she is the little blue duck swimming against the crowd… in style!

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With Tons of love
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