Sunday, 31 August 2014

Currently September 2014

I am linking to http://www.bloglovin.com/frame?post=3345135043&group=0&frame_type=a&blog=3936064&frame=1&click=0&user=0

I am listening to the radio with my dog to share music with my baby bump.  Baby seems to like music with a beat - more kicks

I am loving every kick but feeling like October (baby/s birth month is a while away)

I am thinking I need to pace myself with housework.  I like making our house a comfy home for when hubby returns from a school day teaching year 3/4s.  I love supporting his classroom job, having a fresh coffee machine coffee waiting for him with his favourite Hobnobb biscuits. I love being his side kick, but finding keeping up my usually pace is getting harder every week.

I am wanting to do as much as I can without any regrets.  I look after me and bubs.  I eat carefully, exercise some (missing teaching BodyBalance) and pace myself.  But at the same time each decision I have made in terms of reducing my hours at work for no regrets has been tricky.  I am glad I have TpT :-)

I need TpT to keep me balanced.  To feel like I am still contributing what I can, when I can.  It is nice to see a strong August month of sales and hear the cha-ching even on the harder days.  I feel like I am still helping somehow - even when I don't feel my best or my usual self.

3 trips. - Hubby and I would love to travel to Wales (to his family) to Italy (to share the country I feel in love with at 16 learning the language) and to the USA (to show our favourite places and visit as many basketball games as possible)  This is going on hold until our first baby due in October is ready to fly - and we have savings again :-)


Love to all my TpT friends and I wish you all the best as August ended yesterday and September kicks over today.  August and September are my top TpT months :-)


Monday, 25 August 2014

August Currently

Hello Teachers pay Teachers Friends,

I am linking to Oh' Boy 4th Grade for the August Currently:http://ohboy3rdgrade.blogspot.com.au/2014/08/august-currently.html

I am listening to the sound of our chocolate brown ten year old poodle snoring contentedly beside me.  And celebrating every cha-ching I am loucky enought to hear in my best sales day second only to Dec 3, 2013 during a TpT sale.  I am amazed and grateful for every sale that proves my products are useful to my fellow teachers and making a small different in our family budget (as I am now on maternity leave expecting our first child in October :-)

I am loving the weather as it slowly warms up.  We are still having chilly August mornings - with lots of fog.  But there are more moments each day of lovely sunshine marking the end of our winter.

I am thinking of how many more things I want to have ready in our home ready to welcome our new baby bundle of joy.  We are ready because we have bought most necessities and made a bedroom into the nursery.  Hubby even pulled out our linen press to build in a "office nook" to make a charging station for our laptops and cupboard to hide away the printer.  It is a luxury that technology lets us minimise some of the stuff in our home nowadays.  Friends and family have been very generous with thoughtful gifts for our little one - so we are in the final stages of sorting through what baby will need first and storing away what baby will grow into later :-)

I am wanting to get a little more rest when I can.  I know I love my sleep and will find the next few months a big challenge as we welcome our baby and settle in as a little family.  I have been pacing my energy as the weeks and months tick by.  But am also excited as October nears.

I need to stay on top of running our household now I am home more.  I love making our home nice for my hubby and 2 dogs to welcome  him when he returns home after school.  I want to keep this up so our transition from newlyweds (2 years married last July) and from being just a couple (6 years last Friday) to becoming a family unit when Baby is ready to arrive.

My husband is a year 3/4 teacher in a Catholic school.  We met at work and even team taught/ shared a classroom together last year.  He is year 3/4s this year/  Last year, we shared a year 4/5 class.  Some days the kids even confused us: Mr. & Mrs. B. and we worked on different days.  It was funny to be called Mr. B sometimes :-)  Hubby is now halfway through the third 10 week block of teaching this term.  Baby is due in October around the school 2 week holidays.  This could make for an interetsing end of Term 3 beginning and Term 4 with student-parents-teacher interviews too.

Hope my TpT friends in USA are enjoying the end of summer weather.  Hope my Aussie TpT freinds are celebrating the warmer sunshine (particularly as the world is swept up in the ICE BUCKET challenge to raise awareness and fundraise for AIS).  My hubby completed his video on Sunday just before the sun was setting :-)

Happy teaching and learning,

Monday, 21 July 2014

July Currently


I have been listening to the sound of my hubby painting with a roller in our baby's nursery.  Baby is due in October :-)  Our poodle thinks it is the best lullaby and nods off in front of the heater in the lounge to this gentle, repetitive sound.

I am loving and celebrating every sale in the slower months while much of the Northern Hemisphere is still on summer break.  I am home on maternity leave and my hubby has his first day back teaching year 3/4 students after our two week winter break in Australia.

I am thinking it is chilly in our Australian winter (while not snowy like other countries), but I am enjoying a different winter with "central heating" from growing our bundle of joy.  My husband is usually warm and I am usually frozen.  We even swap ends of the couch depending on the season:  I sit near the heater in winter and he sits near the air conditioner in summer with me snuggled under a blanket.  What a change this winter!

I am wanting to enjoy every day of my pregnancy because of the gift at the end.  I am feeling better this month, but still have a few days where morning sickness arrives morning, noon or night. After a more challenging day yesterday, today should be much better!

I am needing to challenge myself with the newest language released in beta in Duolingo: Dutch.  I try to rotate through each language:  It helps me switch gears (thought patterns).  I like to strengthen any words under practised and build my XP until I level up in that language.  When I earn enough Lingots to try a language test at my new level.  I love the accessibility of this volunteer supported software where anyone can learn a language and anyone can help translate the web one article at a time.

Our holiday plans have been jam packed: two weeks off teaching for hubby meant our usual trip to Adelaide to see specialists and have his regular procedure and back home in the second week in renovate our office into baby's nursery.  It went well that hubby's health has stabilised enough for 3 monthly trips are now 6 monthly (if there are no complications).  So, our usual trips in April, July, October and December are not as critical.  We have our fingers crossed that if baby arrives on time in October, hubby will be feeling well or he will be in Adelaide for specialists again, when baby and I are in our hospital back home.  We learnt the heard way that even with good hospital and extras cover, pregnancy and birth will not be covered on our private health insurance because there is a 12 month waiting list.  Pity that you only have 9 month notice of your bundle of joy.

This monthly currently is linked to: http://new.inlinkz.com//luwpview.php?id=421723
I link to Oh' Boy 4th Grade's blog: http://ohboy3rdgrade.blogspot.com.au/2014/06/july-currently.html

A belated Happy July the 4th to my TpT friends in the USA :-)


Sunday, 22 June 2014

THINK before your SPEAK worksheets, poster and bookmarks $1 for 48 hours

Do you students think before they speak? Do you want to address gossip in your classroom? This bundle is in .PDF format.





Is it True?
Is it Helpful?
Is it Inspiring?
Is it Necessary?
Is it Kind?

Bundle includes:
title page poster
book marks in colour for student reference
2 worksheets for working through comments as neccessary using THINK.
Tips of TpT Buyers

Suggestions for use:
• student copy for reference/ teacher use as display or demonstration
• print, laminate or print on magnetic paper for whiteboard use
• A4 - check printer settings before printing




Editable Classroom Timetable

This is a word document.

See: http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Classroom-timetable-EDITABLE-663372







Product includes:
• 1 page editable classroom timetable in colour
• 1 page editable classroom timetable in black and white

Product features:
• sample colours for each subject lesson
• versions in black and white

Suggestions for use:
• student copy for reference/ teacher use as display or demonstration
• black and white or colour
• print, laminate or print on magnetic paper for whiteboard use
• A4 or A3 – check printer settings before printing
Created by Italienfrancese




Wednesday, 11 June 2014

What country in the world best fits your personality?



Take this personality quiz to find your country match :-) See http://www.playbuzz.com/larak10/what-country-in-the-world-best-fits-your-personality


Sunday, 8 June 2014

Better Together products in Best Seller bundle of EDITABLE timetable .doc and inspiration posters

http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Best-Seller-bundle-of-EDITABLE-timetable-doc-and-inspiration-posters-pdf-1238871






This is a bundle to save you money.  Both products are available separately at my TpT store.

POSTERS
A bundle of over 30 colourful, easy to read, posters.
Each poster has a inspirational message.
Pick and choose which posters suit your teaching style..
Read to print to A4 or A3 in colour
Font is Comic Sans for all students to read easily.
Print on paper, card, laminate and/or use paper magnet paper (Available in shops like Cheap as Chips near photo printer paper).

TIMETABLE
•    1 page editable classroom timetable in colour
•    1 page editable classroom timetable in black and white

Features:
•    sample colours for each subject lesson
•    versions in black and white

Suggestions for use:
•    student copy for reference/ teacher use as display or demonstration
•    black and white or colour
•    print, laminate or print on magnetic paper for whiteboard use
•    A4 or A3 – check printer settings before printing

If you like this product, you may like…
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<a href="http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Planning-a-history-unit-sample-of-British-arriving-in-Australia-687166">History Unit</a>
<a href="http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Number-Today-is-brought-to-you-by-the-number-PDFs-697686">Today by Numbers</a>
<a href="http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/LiteracyWord-Study-sheet-proforma-with-example-699668">Word Study Proforma</a>
<a href="http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Student-desk-plate-alphabet-counting-shapes-colours-left-right-699669">Student Desk Plate with Alphabet</a>
<a href="http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/100-days-of-school-smarter-699672">100 Days of School Smarter Pack</a>
<a href="http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Literacy100-ENGLISH-word-scavenger-hunt-for-parts-of-speech-786116">100 Word Scavenger Hunt</a>
<a href="http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/2-to-12-timestable-charts-and-quiz-PDF-993541">Times Table Charts and Quiz</a>


Please visit my blog below to vote in the online polls:
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Which Foreign Languages are taught at your school?
Which type of teacher created resources is most useful?
First, vote then, see what is wanted by fellow teachers J

A big THANKYOU to my buyers.

Tips for TEACHERS pay TEACHERS Buyers

Visit my TpT blog to vote in polls:
o   Visit TpT blog: Italienfrancese Teacher blogger
Which Foreign Languages are taught at your school?
Which type of teacher created resources is most useful?
o   Look at poll results as voted by teachers J

Leave feedback to earn TpT credits
o   Click My Purchases page (once logged on).
o   Click Provide Feedback button for a quick rating & leave a short comment for each purchased item.
o   A one sentence answer to any question would be great:
Is it what you were looking for?
Or what worked well with your students?
Or can anything be improved for future users?
o   You receive TpT credits to buy any product at any store on the TpT website J

Become a follower
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o   Now, you will receive regular emails from me in your TpT inbox

Buy additional licenses at half price.
o   Please honour the time & effort by not giving this product away to others. Your purchase offers you discounted additional licenses at 50% off for your colleagues via MY PURCHASES at TpT J

And a very big THANKYOU to my buyers,


Cheers from,

Better toether Price - Best sellers' bundle of 11 products in ITALIAN

This bundle combines two or more TpT paid products to offer you a Better Together discount:
http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Best-sellers-bundle-of-11-products-in-ITALIAN-with-download-updates-for-life-848480


This is a bundle of my Best Selling Italian language products:

Individually valued at $36.  Best seller bundle is discounted for sale.

Product includes:
* Themed word lists in Italian
* Illustrated dictionaries on themes : including sports, animals, and numbers in Italian
* Class games in Italian
* Class reader on "I am ..." and "I like ... " in Italian
* Look, Say, Cover, Write, Check worksheets for students of Italian
* Editable boardgame in Italian
* Poster of Colours
* A-Z alphabet list of Italian first names
* Italian 100 chart
* Names, titles and greetings worksheet in Italian
* Number charts -10 and 1-30 in Italian

Product features:
•    a variety of resources that are popular best sellers in my TpT store

Suggestions for use:
•    student copy for reference/ teacher use as display or demonstration
•    print, laminate or print on magnetic paper for whiteboard use
•    A4 or A3 – check printer settings before printing
This is a bundle of my Best Selling Italian language products:

Individually valued at $36.  Best seller bundle is discounted for sale.

Product includes:
* Themed word lists in Italian
* Illustrated dictionaries on themes : including sports, animals, and numbers in Italian
* Class games in Italian
* Class reader on "I am ..." and "I like ... " in Italian
* Look, Say, Cover, Write, Check worksheets for students of Italian
* Editable boardgame in Italian
* Poster of Colours
* A-Z alphabet list of Italian first names
* Italian 100 chart
* Names, titles and greetings worksheet in Italian
* Number charts -10 and 1-30 in Italian

Product features:
•    a variety of resources that are popular best sellers in my TpT store

Suggestions for use:
•    student copy for reference/ teacher use as display or demonstration
•    print, laminate or print on magnetic paper for whiteboard use
•    A4 or A3 – check printer settings before printing
Please visit my blog below to vote in the online polls:
<a href="http://italienfrancesetpt.blogspot.com.au/">my blog</a>
Which Foreign Languages are taught at your school?
Which type of teacher created resources is most useful?
First, vote then, see what is wanted by fellow teachers ☺

A big THANKYOU to my buyers.

Tips for TEACHERS pay TEACHERS Buyers

Visit my TpT blog to vote in polls:
http://italienfrancesetpt.blogspot.com.au
o    Visit TpT blog: Italienfrancese Teacher blogger
Which Foreign Languages are taught at your school?
Which type of teacher created resources is most useful?
o    Look at poll results as voted by teachers ☺

Leave feedback to earn TpT credits
o    Click My Purchases page (once logged on).
o    Click Provide Feedback button for a quick rating & leave a short comment for each purchased item.
o    A one sentence answer to any question would be great:
Is it what you were looking for?
Or what worked well with your students?
Or can anything be improved for future users?
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Become a follower
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o    Now, you will receive regular emails from me in your TpT inbox☺

Buy additional licenses at half price.
o    Please honour the time & effort by not giving this product away to others. Your purchase offers you discounted additional licenses at 50% off for your colleagues via MY PURCHASES at TpT ☺

And a very big THANKYOU to my buyers,


Cheers from,

Saturday, 7 June 2014

FREEBIE 100 Italian sight words NOW AVAILABLE

Hello Teacher Friends,
I have posted a few FREEBIE SAMPLES of paid products for you to check out.  Sometimes, it is hard to see what a product is like from the thumbnail pictures.



Please visit my TpT store to download FREEBIE:
<a href="
http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/FREEBIE-sample-of-100-sight-words-trace-colour-draw-write-in-Italian-1264050">
FREEBIE sample of 100 sight words: trace, colour, draw, write in Italian
</a>

Please visit PAID PRODUCT to view entire 100 sight words pack:
<a href="http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/100-sight-words-trace-colour-draw-write-in-Italian-326663">100 sight words: trace, colour, draw, write in Italian</a>

FREEBIE Product features:
•    9 of the 100 pages of sight words in Italian to trace colour write and draw

Product includes
•    FREE PRODUCT includes colours only
•    PAID PRODUCT topics include numbers, colours, sports, animals, prepositions, pronouns, conjunctions and more.

Suggestions for use:
•    student copy for reference/ teacher use as display or demonstration
•    print, laminate or print on magnetic paper for whiteboard use
•    A4 or A3 – check printer settings before printing

Made by Italienfrancese 2014

Please visit my blog below to vote in the online polls:
<a href="http://italienfrancesetpt.blogspot.com.au/">my blog</a>
Which Foreign Languages are taught at your school?
Which type of teacher created resources is most useful?
First, vote then, see what is wanted by fellow teachers ☺

A big THANKYOU to my buyers.

Tips for TEACHERS pay TEACHERS Buyers

Visit my TpT blog to vote in polls:
http://italienfrancesetpt.blogspot.com.au
o    Visit TpT blog: Italienfrancese Teacher blogger
Which Foreign Languages are taught at your school?
Which type of teacher created resources is most useful?
o    Look at poll results as voted by teachers ☺

Leave feedback to earn TpT credits
o    Click My Purchases page (once logged on).
o    Click Provide Feedback button for a quick rating &amp; leave a short comment for each purchased item.
o    A one sentence answer to any question would be great:
Is it what you were looking for?
Or what worked well with your students?
Or can anything be improved for future users?
o    You receive TpT credits to buy any product at any store on the TpT website ☺

Become a follower
o    If you want discounts, freebies &amp; new products, click on the green star near my TpT store logo.
o    Now, you will receive regular emails from me in your TpT inbox☺

Buy additional licenses at half price.
o    Please honour the time &amp; effort by not giving this product away to others. Your purchase offers you discounted additional licenses at 50% off for your colleagues via MY PURCHASES at TpT ☺

And a very big THANKYOU to my buyers,


Cheers from,

FREEBIE 100 French chart NOW AVAILABLE

Hello Teacher Friends,
I have posted a few FREEBIE SAMPLES of paid products for you to check out.  Sometimes, it is hard to see what a product is like from the thumbnail pictures.

Please visit my TpT store to download FREEBIE:
<a href="http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/FREEBIE-sample-100-chart-in-French-black-and-white-only-1263073">FREEBIE 100 chart in French (black and white only)</a>


Product includes:
•    100 chart

Product features:
•    charts could be colour coded for tens and unit patterns
•    black and white version

Suggestions for use:
•    student copy for reference/ teacher use as display or demonstration
•    black and white or colour
•    print, laminate or print on magnetic paper for whiteboard use
•    A4 or A3 – check printer settings before printing


Made by Italienfrancese 2014

Please visit my blog below to vote in the online polls:
<a href="http://italienfrancesetpt.blogspot.com.au/">my blog</a>
Which Foreign Languages are taught at your school?
Which type of teacher created resources is most useful?
First, vote then, see what is wanted by fellow teachers ☺

A big THANKYOU to my buyers.

Tips for TEACHERS pay TEACHERS Buyers

Visit my TpT blog to vote in polls:
http://italienfrancesetpt.blogspot.com.au
o    Visit TpT blog: Italienfrancese Teacher blogger
Which Foreign Languages are taught at your school?
Which type of teacher created resources is most useful?
o    Look at poll results as voted by teachers ☺

Leave feedback to earn TpT credits
o    Click My Purchases page (once logged on).
o    Click Provide Feedback button for a quick rating &amp; leave a short comment for each purchased item.
o    A one sentence answer to any question would be great:
Is it what you were looking for?
Or what worked well with your students?
Or can anything be improved for future users?
o    You receive TpT credits to buy any product at any store on the TpT website ☺

Become a follower
o    If you want discounts, freebies &amp; new products, click on the green star near my TpT store logo.
o    Now, you will receive regular emails from me in your TpT inbox☺

Buy additional licenses at half price.
o    Please honour the time &amp; effort by not giving this product away to others. Your purchase offers you discounted additional licenses at 50% off for your colleagues via MY PURCHASES at TpT ☺

And a very big THANKYOU to my buyers,


Cheers from,

FREEBIE Italian vocab lists NOW AVAILABLE

Hello Teacher Friends,
I have posted a few FREEBIE SAMPLES of paid products for you to check out.  Sometimes, it is hard to see what a product is like from the thumbnail pictures.


Visit FREEBIE to DOWNLOAD from my TPT store: http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/FREEBIE-sample-of-vocab-list-in-themes-in-Italian-1265093

FREEBIE sample in black and white only
includes three pages of vocab lists: colours, months, days, seasons and sports.

See PAID PRODUCT for full details:
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PAID PRODUCT available in colour and black and white
30 pages of instructions and vocabulary for

includes vocabulary for topics including:

numbers 1 -100, 10 000, 1 000 1000
years, time, seasons, months, days of the week
colours, animals, fruit and vegetables, food and drink,
sports, travel, countries, nationalities, languages,
names, house, clothes, people,
verbs including essere, avere and -are, -ere- and -ire end verb patterns and greetings.
and more

Please visit my blog below to vote in the online polls:
<a href="http://italienfrancesetpt.blogspot.com.au/">my blog</a>
Which Foreign Languages are taught at your school?
Which type of teacher created resources is most useful?
First, vote then, see what is wanted by fellow teachers ☺

A big THANKYOU to my buyers.

How to get TPT credit to use on future purchases:
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•    Simply click the Provide Feedback button to give a quick rating &amp; leave a short comment for each product purchased.
For EVERY piece of feedback, TPT gives you feedback credits to LOWER THE COST of your future purchases.   I would really appreciate any feedback about your experience with this resource.  Just a simple one sentence comment even would be GREAT:-) You might tell me and other buyers: Is it what you were looking for? What worked well with your students? Or can anything be improved for future users?


Be the first to know about my new discounts, freebies and product launches:  Click on the green star next to my store logo to become a follower. Now, you will receive regular email updates about this store. ☺

After you use this product, I would appreciate considerate feedback regarding specific suggestions for additions or improvements.   When you give feedback, you also receive Teachers Pay Teachers credits, which may be used to purchase any product at any store on the Teachers Pay Teachers website.

Please honor the time and effort put into this product by not giving it away to others.  Please read and abide by the copyright statement below.  Your purchase allows you to return to your purchases page at Teachers Pay Teachers to purchase additional licenses at a reduced cost for your colleagues.

Cheers from,

FREEBIE 100 French sight words NOW AVAILABLE

Hello Teacher Friends,
I have posted a few FREEBIE SAMPLES of paid products for you to check out.  Sometimes, it is hard to see what a product is like from the thumbnail pictures.



Please visit my TpT store to download FREEBIE:
<a href="http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/FREEBIE-sample-of-100-sight-words-trace-colour-draw-write-in-Italian-1264050">
FREEBIE sample of 100 sight words: trace, colour, draw, write in French
</a>

FREEBIE SAMPLE includes 9 of 100 sight word worksheets

PAID PRODUCT available on TpT with 100 word set:
<a href="http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/100-sight-words-trace-colour-draw-write-in-French-676065">100 sight words in French</a>

Sample topic for FREEBIE product: colours

Topics include: numbers, colours, sports, animals, prepositions, pronouns, conjunctions and more.

Available in colour and black and white
Reference list for student workbooks.
Print in A3 for classroom display / teacher resource.

Please visit my blog below to vote in the online polls:
<a href="http://italienfrancesetpt.blogspot.com.au/">my blog</a>
Which Foreign Languages are taught at your school?
Which type of teacher created resources is most useful?
First, vote then, see what is wanted by fellow teachers ☺

A big THANKYOU to my buyers.

How to get TPT credit to use on future purchases:
• Go to your My Purchases page (once you have logged in).
•    Simply click the Provide Feedback button to give a quick rating &amp; leave a short comment for each product purchased.
For EVERY piece of feedback, TPT gives you feedback credits to LOWER THE COST of your future purchases.   I would really appreciate any feedback about your experience with this resource.  Just a simple one sentence comment even would be GREAT:-) You might tell me and other buyers: Is it what you were looking for? What worked well with your students? Or can anything be improved for future users?


Be the first to know about my new discounts, freebies and product launches:  Click on the green star next to my store logo to become a follower. Now, you will receive regular email updates about this store. ☺

After you use this product, I would appreciate considerate feedback regarding specific suggestions for additions or improvements.   When you give feedback, you also receive Teachers Pay Teachers credits, which may be used to purchase any product at any store on the Teachers Pay Teachers website.

Please honor the time and effort put into this product by not giving it away to others.  Please read and abide by the copyright statement below.  Your purchase allows you to return to your purchases page at Teachers Pay Teachers to purchase additional licenses at a reduced cost for your colleagues.

Cheers from,

Sunday, 1 June 2014

June Currently

Response blog post to http://ohboy3rdgrade.blogspot.ca/2014/06/june-currently.html

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-swV5ck_6Xms/U4tSoHsCEeI/AAAAAAAAVRI/HV-3QVnq5_g/s1600/Slide10.jpg 
listening: to our chocolate poodle snooze contentedly on the couch
 loving: loving watching live shows in the evenings on iTunes from our cosy home with my hubby
thinking: what can I do to prepare more TpT products for end of year and back to school seasons
wanting: to see my Mum for her birthday - next Adelaide trip will be in July
needing: to pace myself for time and energy - enjoying the pregnancy highs and taking the lows in my stride (where possible)
winter bucket list: prepare nursery, and support my husband as the bread winner in our family

listening: Charlie the poodle is not thrilled that in each trimester my lap is shrinking
 loving:we are enjoying comedy like Wayne Brady and performers like Darren Brown.  A perk for modern times when we live in 5 hours from metropolitan Adelaide
thinking: will fine tune end of year reflective TpT products and brainstorming tasks for Back to School, as well as some teacher organisation products for the new year
needing: needing my pedometer in a new way - used to try to beat my personal best of 10,000 steps daily or more, now pace myself and rest at 10,000 steps to take the best care I can of our growing baby
winter bucket list: looking for the cot and baby capsule soon in our nursery preparations and enjoying visiting my husband at his school in his lunch break to help with classroom tasks and lighten his task load a little.  It was nice to share a classroom last year, helps me know better what he needs in his busy year 3/4 classroom.


Meet the Teacher: 10 Fun Things About Me!

#1  I am married to my BEST FRIEND.   I live with him, have married him, have worked with him  (we are both teachers) and even shared a classroom with him last year :-)   WHy not do everything with my best friend and soul mate.
#2  We are exepcting out first child in October.  I am 19 weeks - so almost halfway to meeting out Baby :-)
# 3, 4, 5  My Three Favorite Movies of ALL time are:
Life is beautiful (La vita é bella) -a heartwarming war story makes for an unusual but beautiful combination.
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Coach Carter -  basketball movie about teaching student athletes - and the important life lesson of being students first and athletes second
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Stepmom - a parenting movie that has helped me prepare to become a mum for the first time.  It explores the many different roles mothers can play.  You can be a mother and still be you.
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#6,7,8  Music!  I LOVE Music!  
My three favorite songs are:
Let it be - reminds me to go with the flow and let life happen
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The Rose - the song played for our wedding ceremony
Have a little faith from Benny and Joon movie - we danced to at our wedding reception.
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#9  I am amazed at my Teachers pay Teachers journey already.  I have only been a premium seller starting our on my own journey as a teacher/ online seller.  I have been amazed at the positive feedback, variety of buyers and even the number of repeat buyers back to my store.  I am enjoying trying my first blog to interact more with fellow teachers and I have grown in
  the diversity and depth of resources I make over time.
#10  I love reflecting on my journey with my best friend: met a local boy in the town where I landed my first teaching job.  We met, fell in love and got engaged within 3 years, married 18 months later, and are expecting a baby just after our 3nd wedding anniversary.  Within that time, we have bought a house, redone the kitchen and bathroom and added a basketball half court in the backyard.  Next, on our list is selling stuff we no longer need, readying the nursery and counting down until Baby arrives.  I wonder how the next chapter of our lives together will unfold.




If you are a fellow teacher, please comment if you care to share about you ;-)

Cheers,

Tuesday, 27 May 2014

Australian Winter 2014 Bucket List

This is a blog post linking up with Deanna Jump: http://mrsjumpsclass.blogspot.com.au/2014/05/top-ten-things-i-want-to-do-this-summer.html

Top Ten Things I Want to Do This Winter

Hello from Australia,

Ten Things I Want to do THIS winter {in no particular order}

1.  I want to read a few books that have nothing to do with teaching.  I love reading Jodi Picoult, but I am also interested in parenting books with our baby due in October.  At 19 weeks, we are almost halfway :-)        
2.   I want to spend some time just hanging with our fur babies:  Charlie (toy poodle) and Jody (Malmute X Husky).  They are loyal companions, but I am not sure how they will feel when Baby arrives.

3.  I want to spend time with my niece as the arrival of her new cousin approaches.  At ten years old, she is so excited to be included in making a fuss of the new baby.
4.  Spend time in our July trip to Adelaide (4 hours by car) to see my parents and sister's family.
5.  I need to keep on top of the baby stuff we have already bought, and what we still need.  We have just been amazed at the generosity of friends and family already.  And I haven't even thought about having a baby shower yet!
6.  I want and {need} to spend ome quality time with my Mum in Adelaide.  It is great to share your pregnancy with your Mum after years of hearing about her two premature babies back in the 1980s.
7.  I really want to spend time with my hubby shopping in Adelaide for baby stuff (he loves shopping, the opposite of me), looking forward to the June long weekend together and maybe evening going to the Drive In for a date before 2 become 3 :-)
8.  I m enjoying episodes of The Voice.  I never saw it in Season One.  Better late than never to start watching in Season Three (Australian).

9.  My husband and I are both teachers and are both keen fans of The Big Bang Theory.  

Between watching this and now Derren Brown's performances on TV and recordings live in the theatre, we will have a serious amount of TV watching to do :-)

10.  Next month, we have our 20 week scan to meet Baby again.  Husband has been prioritising the music to introduce to baby: from Blink 182 to John Mayer to Jack Black and many more.

  We are both enjoying every little milestone, counting down until we can meet Baby soon.

Sunday, 18 May 2014

Comment to blog post by Jemappellemadame.blogspot.com.au

Hello from Australia,

This comment is in response to blog post: http://jemappellemadame.blogspot.com.au/2014/05/battleship-for-letter-and-number.html#comment-form.

I really like your fresh game-style approach to revising letters and numbers in the languages classroom.

I like to use my translation of The Alphabet Song in Italian to revise letter names for spelling.
See my link: http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/The-Alphabet-song-in-Italian-905981 if you would like more info on this TpT product.

For a FREE fun numbers activity, I challenge the students to say their phone number and record the phone numbers of students said aloud.  Phone numbers are very challenging catch as the speaker says a number they know well - but faster than the listener may be ready for.  You can use the hundred charts as a reference guide for beginners. A compatible product to check out is: http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/100-chart-in-Italian-304202

For FREE teaching ideas for the languages classroom see my blog: http://italienfrancesetpt.blogspot.com.au/

All TpT sales in May are donated to Crohn's & Colitis Australia for awareness month.  Dollars help support my husband and other patients and their families to make every day more liveable.  For more info on this charity, see: https://give.everydayhero.com/au/heather-baverstock-1

Cheers,

Comment to blog post by perfettowritingroom.blogspot.com.au

Please visit:http://perfettowritingroom.blogspot.com.au/2014/05/tpt-tips-tuesday-finding-your-niche-and.html

As a TpT seller,  I am getting better at aligning my products to my own style.  My best sellers use colour coding to tag patterns in grammar of language whether it be products in English, Italian, French, German, Spanish or Portuguese.  Colours help highlight patterns for counting in 10s for number charts, gender and number for nouns as appropriate masculine, feminine and in some cases neuter, and verb groups like the Italian verbs ending in -ARE, -ERE and -IRE suffixes.  My TpT buyers comment on the simple but at the same time effective way this assists beginners (including the strugglers).  So, I have to agree that once I found my style - I have used colour to add value to my TpT products as well as make them more eye catching and more memorable as my own creations at my TpT Store.

What have you discovered as fellow TpT sellers?  Maybe you are a newbiw still learning the basics of products, blogs and even pintetest?  Maybe you are alreday getting a sense of your own TpT style? Comment if you care to share :-)




Cheers,






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http://italienfrancesetpt.blogspot.com.au/
All May donations donated to Crohn's & Colitis Australia for awareness month to support my husband, other patients and their families and make everyday more liveable.

Sunday, 11 May 2014

21 writing prompts in Italian


 
There are many different topics for  student to write about. You can use the calendar as inspiration, student interests or tie it to the topics you are teaching in their lessons.  Beginners might write only in English as a cultural component. Then, move into simple assignments in simple Italian as their Italian grows with more vocabulary and grammar.  Advanced students can extend their writing in Italian with more detail and a wider vocabulary.

1.     Writing in future tense on New Year’s Resolutions.  I will write in my journal, learn to cook, walk the dog.  Timely phrases: every day, all day, every week, every month, sometimes, always, every Tuesday etc.
2.     Descriptive writing about Carnevale,  This is usually in April and is a grand parade of colorful costumes, masks and celebration.  Ask students to describe the clothes, colours and foods of the festival.  Is there music playing live? Is the setting in Venice or another  Italian city? Are there gondolas?
3.     Describe an Italian summer.  Include weather, setting, summer holidays away from home at the sea or mountains, foods including gelato.  What is their favourite flavor?
4.     Describe an Italian autumn as the warm summer turns to reds and oranges of autumn before wintry white. What activities are popular in autumn? Are people playing soccer? Playing in a pile of autumn leaves?
5.     Describe an Italian winter.  The climate, the food, the setting and the activities.  Touch of the role of winter in an Italian Christmas.  Is there a snowplough to help people have streets clear of snow.  Have people salted their driveway to make it less slippery?
6.     Describe an Italian spring as nature wales from winter.  What plants are in bloom>? Which colours are starting to appear?   Can you hear young birds or see butterflies perhaps?  Is there a river starting to flow after being frozen over winter?
7.     June 2nd is the national day of Italy.  What festivities are planned in terms of food, music and costumes? Is there a parade? What does the three colour flag of Italian represent?  How was Italy before this important date in history?  What had changed?
8.     Christmas in Italy is different for Australians, particularly because it is a European winter holiday.  There are no barbeques and sun and sand.  There is sometimes snow, and warm chestnuts and panettone to celebrate.  Many meet up with extended family of the aunts, uncles and cousins to catch up on family news.  Often the housewife makes a meal for all which may be homemade pasta and or seafood dishes.  Many Italians are Catholic and attend Midnight Mass on Christmas Day.
9.     Easter is also a religious holiday.  Many Italians are Catholics and attend Church over Easter of Pasqua to recognise the resurrection of Christ. Young people often spend Christmas with family and Easter with their friends.  They may travel for the long weekend to the seas or mountains. Chocolate is a part of Easter in Italy, but the focus is on the symbol of the egg.  The Easter bunny does not feature in the Italian Easter.
10.   When is your birthday? What day of the week were your born?  What is your star sign?  Does your family have special traditions on birthdays?  What do you like to do to celebrate?  Maybe you have a party or a sleepover? Some families like to wrap presents in strange shapes to disguise the present.  Then, the game is to guess the present before you open it.
11.   What is your school like?  How is it different from a typical Italian school?  Which type of high school would you choose?  Maybe science, classic or a trade school.  What subjects do you like?  What subjects are you good at?
12.   Who is in your family? Do you have a sister or a brother? Are you the youngest or the oldest? Do you live in a house or an apartment? Many Italians live in apartments close to town.  Australians are luckier to have room for a backyard to play soccer or have a dog.
13.   Do you have a pet?  What would your dream pet be? Many Italians cannot have pets in their apartment. Describe what it is like to live in an apartment with an elevator and no yard.
14.   Do you play sport?  Many Australians like football or cricket. Many Italians like soccer. How often do you play sport?  Do you play with friends or in a team?  What are your team colours?
15.   When you finish school, what would you like to be?  Describe a few jobs and what would be great about working in that job.


Research based topics:
16.  Introduce an Italian person. Write a profile or an interview about that person.  Include name, date or birth, job, where they lived and any interesting facts you learn about them.
17.   Introduce an Italian place. Write a profile or a poster about that place.  Include name, region of Italy, date founded if known and any interesting facts you learn about them. Perhaps some famous people lived there, or it was the place of an important event in history.
18.   Introduce an Italian event in history. Write a profile or a poster about that event.  Include place and region of Italy, date or dates of the event, who was involved, and any interesting facts you learn about them. Perhaps a famous person was there at the same time.
19.   Introduce an Italian food. Write a recipe or make a poster about that food.  Include name, where in Italy is from and any interesting facts you learn about them. Perhaps you can make it to share with your friends and family.  You might choose a pizza, pasta or gelato recipe.

20.   Introduce an Italian musician. Write a profile or an interview about that musician.  Include name, date or birth, job, where they lived and any interesting facts you learn about them. You might choose an opera singer, an orchestral musician or a pop singer  you history or modern day.
21.   Introduce a famous Italian building. Write a profile or make a poster about that building.  Include its name in Italian and English, date built (if known), who designed &/or built it, which Italian region it is in, is it still standing today and any interesting facts you learn about it.



Please comment to share any topic ideas you have tried with your class :-)