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Saturday, 24 January 2015

Good to be back!

Hi everyone!

I must apologise. I have not updated this blog for quite a long time. I have been so focused with school that regrettably, I haven't had a chance to update anything! That will all change very soon! I am currently on my summer holiday break and I am catching up on a lot of things!

So what has been happening? Well, glad you asked! I turned 25 on Christmas day and celebrated with friends and family. Check out the "Minion" cake I made based on the movie, "Despicable Me." 

I have only ever worked with fondant one other time and surprisingly this cake was not too difficult to make! I really enjoyed making this cake!

 I (sort of) followed the instructions to the tutorial below: 

Click here to watch the tutorial on youtube or click play. 

I also learnt how to scuba dive! 
I completed a PADI open-water scuba diving course which was awesome! 

This was honestly something that was totally out of my comfort zone. The feeling of breathing underwater is totally unnatural! I have swam my whole life and I am a swimming teacher but I had a LOT to learn during my week at the dive centre!

I was absolutely terrified at first but the hard work was definitely worth it! I stepped into another world. 

It was breathtaking.

We caught a crayfish hiding under one of the rocks! 

We dived to a maximum depth of around 22 metres which was deep enough for me!
What I saw and what I experienced cannot be put into words. It was just unbelievable and I really cannot wait to get back out and explore this world some more!

And finally my big news! 

I was offered a position at an amazing school in the city as a Year One teacher!
I am so ecstatic to contribute to this school's outstanding reputation and am looking forward to learning more and any challenges that arise. 
I say farewell to my little country town & the children who I taught.

What a bittersweet farewell. 

My dog, Bronte and I are off to start a new adventure! 

I will be in touch soon! 


Sunday, 27 April 2014

Fine Motor Activities - Home Made


Over the holidays I have been making a few fine motor activities for the kids to do. Have noticed a few of my children would benefit from and also enjoy doing these activities. To parents and teachers please note - there is a significant correlation between fine motor skills and reading ability. It sounds strange but throughout my teacher career I have witnessed this phenomenon! 

Long story short - more fine motor people! 

Poke a hole in the top of a juice contained and kids can push rocks through. 

Moving rocks into an ice-tray container using clips. 

Moving beads into an ice-tray container using clips.

Using a spoon to move marbles into a bottle.

Tuesday, 19 June 2012

Mental Math - 356 Flash Cards Free!

356 Free Addition and Subtraction Flash Cards

I am feeling pretty generous and have created some Mental Mathematics flashcards for K-3 to assist with teaching mental strategies for addition and subtraction. 

Please click on the link below to download the Mental Mathematics cards - FREEBIE! 

How to use: 

My Year 1s complete the Mental Mathematics Challenge everyday.

Time:   15minutes 
Focus: Addition and Subtraction
Resources: Jessie's Resources Mental Math Cards laminated and cut. 

Make a ladder - Each student has their name on a laminated card on a pin up board with velcro. All cards need to be visible and on top of each other. 
Selection: Select the bottom 2 students to go first. You hold up one problem in front of the 2 students. Whoever gets the answer correct first stays on to challenge the next person on the ladder and so on until there is a winner. 

This is a great way to monitor the progress of students and my kids get really into it! 

Hope you enjoy! 

Sunday, 3 June 2012

June Giveaway!

1. Book covers by Jessie

These designs can be easily downloaded and modified to suit your needs. There are 2 designs, one for boys and one for girls. 

2. Be a writing Superstar! 

Download and print as a friendly reminder to students!

3. Pirates Numbers Pack by Jessie

Download and print this Pirate themed pack with skip counting by 5s to 100s and counting to 30 with single digits. 

4. Pirate Themed label pack by Jessie 

Download and print these Pirate labels to place around your classroom.

Tuesday, 15 May 2012

What's Jessie been up to?

Well apparently the short answer is - working my butt off! 

Welcome to some classroom display stuff I have been doing for my farm theme room. 

My farm display board - just waiting for kids work now!

Another farm display - farm word wall, puppets and fruit market. 

My scarecrow

The ceiling in my classroom - a parachute!

The farm - looking a bit bare here but looks a lot better now!

Butterfly hollow - a reading corner for the kids. 

Friday, 13 April 2012

On the farm display ideas

This term coming I am doing farming as a theme. This is due to a number of reasons - I live on a farm, I teach in a country town where a lot of students also live on a farm, it is the year of farming and it's going to be super fun! 

Please see below for a collection of fabulous Farm Display ideas. 

Convert an old box into a barn. 

This is a bedroom but just love the background!

A barn book holder? Genius! 

Gorgeous display!

Again not a classroom but love the effort and barn!
Paper plate farm animals - so cute!

No crows in this class! Gorgeous scarecrows made by kids.

More paper plate and paper animal craft. 

Open up a farmers market? Why not!

How does your garden grow? 

These theme words can be found at

Hope you like these displays as much as I do! Happy decorating and displaying!

Friday, 6 April 2012

Happy Easter Chickens!

Hi everyone!

Hope you are having a nice break over Easter. Just thought I would share a few Easter activities with you for your kids over the break.

Easter egg plants
Place seeds sitting on a wet tissue inside the shell with a little bit of water and watch them sprout!

Make a little bunny box!

Super cute little cups!

Stained glass egg
Created using card, clear contact and cellophane.

Paper plate chicky! 
Easter Bunny envelopes

Paper Plate Bunny

Paper Plate mask

Another paper plate mask

Finger puppets! From 

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