Using Open-ended Questions to Promote Higher Order Thinking

July 29, 2017New Products
One of the gifts you can give children is allowing them the opportunity to solve problems. Fostering creative and critical thinking skills is essential in every learning environment. The opportunity to take risks in a safe setting with an acceptance that failure is a springboard to growth and success ensures you are nurturing the natural [...]

Weather Gnomes

July 4, 2016Tutorials

I do love the holidays as it gives me some time to catch-up on the projects I have in my craft cupboard. I find creating handmade items is so relaxing and very rewarding. I’ve had these Weather Gnomes on my to-do-list for so long. We are learning about the weather next term and I am … Read More

Writing Provocation

June 6, 2016Investigations, Literacy, News

Want to get the boys writing? Just add Spider-man. This was a huge hit today. I actually have boys signing up on the waiting list to use this little writing space. I added a Spider-man figure from Kmart, some party cups to hold the pencils and pens, a sticker sheet, colouring book, a Spider-man party … Read More

Green Goop for the letter Gg

May 13, 2016Investigations, Sensory, Tutorials

Sensory play is so important and incorporated into my curriculum every chance I get. This green goop was so much fun. Just add one cup of green coloured water to 3 cups of cornflour and mix. I coloured the water with a few drops of food colouring. What better way to reinforce the /g/ sound.

Science Investigation

May 13, 2016Investigations, Science

Is it waterproof or absorbent? Investigating materials and their properties. I supplied a basket of materials – paper, plastic, wood, fabric, metal and glass objects from around the room. I added pipettes and a small jar of water along with a clipboard to record our observations.

Kitchen Science Chemistry Lab

April 29, 2016Investigations, Science

As part of our investigations into matter and what things are made of, I set up a little Science lab. I included ingredients from the pantry for the children to measure, mix and observe. Each week I add new ingredients to sustain interest and provoke new investigations. When our letter focus was “Dd”, I added … Read More

Exploring Shadows

August 1, 2015Construction Area, Investigations

We have been learning about the sun this week. The children have been fascinated to explore and investigate this topic. They particularly enjoyed tracing their shadows with chalk on the concrete at various times throughout the day and were so excited to track the sun and measure the growth of their shadows later in the … Read More

Science Wind Tunnel

July 23, 2015Investigations, Science, Tutorials

As part of our Science Unit on The Weather, we investigate wind. The wind tunnel is is one of my favourite learning experiences.   I make the tunnel from a piece of poster laminate sourced from our school library. You could get a piece from anywhere that laminates posters. Get a piece that has been … Read More

Reading Area

July 15, 2015Investigations, Reading

The children were not using our reading area as much as I would have liked. When I asked them why, they said they would like it to be a little more cosy. I found this large net at Ikea, added a lamp and a couple of super soft throws… It’s a very inviting and cosy … Read More