Some Special Moments: The Life of a Kinder Teacher

I absolutely LOVE my job! Those who know me personally already know this and sometimes I wonder if people get sick of me talking about 'my kids' so often! That is why I enjoy blogging so much! It allows me to share things with people who want to know about it! People who actually care - otherwise, let's face it - you wouldn't be reading!

So today, I am going to share some of my most FAVOURITE gifts and drawings given to me by my students over the years. These are all from Kinder students - and they are all soooooo special to me. :)


This is my favourite gift of ALL TIME! Nothing will ever top it off.
It made me made me cry.... and cry.... and cry....

It was a Christmas Gift from a special little boy. He arrived in Australia from Sudan only a few years ago and was in my grade for 2 years as he repeated Kinder the first year he arrived in Australia.
During this time, we developed a very close bond.
He came from a very poor family, and during the Christmas period, the children in my grade began to give me gifts. This particular boy didn't have anything to give me, so instead, he found some wrapping paper in the bin and began to make a little box during our free time at school. The next day he presented me with this. It was a collection of his toys!

This is a boy who has very little however he offered what he did have to me. (I'm getting emotional writing about it now and this is 3 years later).

He didn't realise why I was crying at the time, but I will cherish that gift forever.


This one was a Birthday card given to me from the same student as above. I particularly love his drawings and choice of colours. :)



This letter cracked me up!

I asked the children to write me a letter while they were on school holidays and on the first day back at school, one of my cherubs handed me this.

It reads:
'Dear Miss Jacobs, On the holidays I had diarrhoea. I vomit on my bed. I nearly stayed awake for all the night. My mum and dad cleaned my bathroom and my bed. I was red.'

Hahaha I love it! :)  

These are some cute drawings the children have made in their own time and presented to me in the morning when they walked into school. They are always so excited to give me their presents. I have chosen to share these two in particular, because the one about the little girl's 'big nonna' made me laugh so much and the other one was very colourful. I think he did a good job of drawing me :)



I hope these little pics made you smile :)


Five For Friday Link Up

Here we are again! It's the end of Week 1, Term 4 and what a busy week it's been!
I have teamed up with Doodle Bugs Teaching and many other wonderful teachers all around the globe to talk about 5 different highlights from the week.


1. Chicks!

Our unit this term in Prep is all about the farm and in a few weeks we will be heading to a local farm as an excursion. (The children have been counting down since Term 2).

As an introduction to the unit we were lucky enough to look after some chicks and chick eggs which we have watched hatch and grow into the most adorable little chicks - full of personality I might add!

We started off with 3 chicks and 10 eggs and now we have 12 chicks! Some of the grades were lucky enough to witness them hatching right in front of their eyes :)





This little one JUST hatched!


Chicken Paper Plate Craft

Chicken Paper Plate Craft

2. Maths Games

Easing back into school after 2 weeks off, our team decided to revisit some key Early Number concepts. This week we played lots of games to encourage these skills.



This game is my Monkey Madness Game and is available at my TPT store :) It focuses on number names, digits and one to one correspondence. This kids LOVED playing it!

3. New Unit: (K-1) Length

Length Unit: Entire Unit K-1 - Grab your copy here

 This is my newest product on TPT and it took me aaaages to put together! I wanted to create a packet that teachers could literally purchase and follow from beginning to end without the need for anything else. EVERYTHING is included:- Detailed Step by Step Lesson Plans, Warm ups, Teacher Instruction, Student Activities, Math Center Games, Posters, Assessment and Rubrics.

It is suitable for both the Australian Curriculum AND is also Common Core aligned and covers all that is required to be taught from K-1 Length and Measurement.

It is available at an introductory price for a short time.

All activities are hands on and engaging. Some activities included in the pack include:




4. Boston

This little creature has grown so much in the 3 weeks we have had him. He is now full of energy (at all times of the day) and has learnt a few little tricks.



He now comes to his name and can sit. We have been practising using a lead and walking him down to the corner of the street and back (he's not allowed to go too far as we are waiting until he gets his next vaccine).
He likes to play fetch (mainly with Shaun - he doesn't return the ball back to me as much).
He can also recognise the word 'Hungry?' which means he is about to be fed.

Going back to work this week has been hard because he has been used to us being with him every day for 2 weeks so we put aside a few hours when we get home to play with him and tire him out!

This weekend will be his first session at Puppy School. :) 

5. Reading Log Freebie!

Reading Log Freebie - Grab it here

After the holidays I was shocked to find out that only a few of my little cherubs had read at home. In preparation for Grade 1, I have been encouraging them to read EVERY NIGHT with their parents so I created a Reading Log for them to use at home. Not only is it a visual reminder, but it also a way of making parents responsible for their child's learning. When my children read at home and fill it out, the next day they receive a 'tick' . (See my post about my Ticks and Traffic Lights Rewards System).

It has really worked!!!! It's great to see the parents getting involved too.

I have uploaded this template onto TPT and it is yours for free. If you do download this free product, I would really appreciate some feedback on the site.

Thanks and Enjoy! 

And the winner is.....

Kylie Smith!!!!


Congratulations Kylie, you are the winner of my Giveaway! 2 Products of your choice from my TPT store will be coming your way!

I will email you shortly :)

Kindergarten Literacy Center Ideas

Are you looking for some Literacy Center inspiration for your Kindergarten students??
At the beginning of the school year, it is important to reinforce alphabet and letter/sound knowledge.
 Here are some activities we like to use in my classroom.

Ice Cream Cone Alphabet Match.

Students practise matching the lower case and upper case letters.


CupCake Letter Match


This pack has two options. 
1. Match the upper case and lower case letters
2. Match the initial sounds with the corresponding letter
Again, great for differentiation in your classroom.




CVC Word Center Activities

These are great for differentiation in your classroom! They come in 3 different layouts.
1. All Blank - to be filled in by student
2. Middle (Vowel) sound missing
3. Beginning sound missing

You can use the set you require depending on your individual student needs, OR you can group your students accordingly. Can be used with magnetic letters or whiteboard markers.






Initial Letter and Sound Cards

These cards focus on the initial sound in words. Can be used with magnetic letters or whiteboard markers.










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