Monday, 19 December 2016


As 2016 draws to a close I just want to take a moment and give thanks to my readers and supporters. This little blog is a space where I share some of my tutoring work and other educational ideas, materials and thoughts that fall outside of my Montessori elementary work.

It all started last Christmas when I was commissioned to create some resources for an ex-Montessori colleague who teaches remotely. He uses Montessori principles and wanted some Montessori friendly resources that would be flexible for his multi-age classroom. You can see one of these commissions HERE.

I also want to thank the lovely people behind the following blogs for their support and encouragement this year:

Sunday, 27 November 2016

TpT Wish List

I always love a bargain and what better time as a teacher to grab one than a Teachers Pay Teachers Sale! As always I am participating with the usual 20% off at my store and when you check out and add the code: CYBER2016 you will receive another 10% off (that is 28% off!)

Amanda over at Daisy Designs has had a great idea to showcase some of the most sort after items on TpT - so if you didn't find my post at her linky I recommend checking out some other posts.

My top three items that are on peoples wish list are:

Sunday, 20 November 2016

Vegetable Garden

Kitchen gardens are all the rage at schools around Australia. It is something parents, teachers and the wider community are all keen to get behind - and with good reason. There are so many positives to having a kitchen garden at school, especially when the children are able to take responsibility and ownership of it for themselves.

What's in the vegetable garden?

Saturday, 29 October 2016

Geography Activities

Geography can be a really fun area to explore and with a little thought and inspiration you can turn geography into a cross-curricula activity to include language, maths and science.

Having great references for students to access can really spark their interest. I like to have a two or

Tuesday, 19 July 2016

Shades of Meaning

Shades of Meaning - Synonyms

I love this work with synonyms - it is a great way to get students thinking about their word choices in both their writing and everyday conversation.

Some ideas for use:

  • classifying the degrees of meaning of each synonym
  • play charades or password
  • allow children to choose 2 - 3 words for sentences or stories
  • as a group create sentences and switch synonyms to see how each modifies the sentence

Monday, 9 May 2016

Whales & Grasshoppers

One of the home-school families I do some tutoring with have started looking at whales, so to continue and extend the theme into our tutoring time I made a mini pack of materials that I think could be useful to others as well.

Sunday, 17 April 2016

Counting in LOTE

Here is my next offering in my LOTE (Languages Other Than English)  series of three part cards.

Three part cards for numbers 1 - 10 in three different languages: French, Italian and Japanese.

Numbers 1 - 10 in French

Numbers 1 - 10 in Italian

Numbers in 1 - 10 in Japanese 

For the rationale behind the pattern of dots read this post

Monday, 11 April 2016

Number Cards

Ok, I will start by acknowledging there are great deal of number cards out there to download. And the majority of them are great/cute/fun/etc. But there is something special about the Montessori style ones you see.

Montessori mathematics is VERY clever and I could write oodles on the topic of just how clever the maths materials you see in Montessori classrooms are. Essentially though, everything has a direct purpose and an indirect purpose (laying the foundation for something else to come). Which brings me to the number cards.

The Montessori number cards, and the way young children are taught to lay out the corresponding counters, are purposeful in the pattern they use. The direct purpose of the cards are for teaching the value of numbers, but the indirect purpose that the pattern prepares the child for is the more abstract concept of odd and even numbers. So whilst it is not explicitly taught at this stage, it is preparing them for concept for when the time comes and providing an opportunity for the child to make this discovery for herself. You may see this pattern in other numeracy materials I have developed.

The file has a set of cards with the numeral and a set with the word. They can be used as three part cards or flash cards depending on your preference and environment. Want to know more about three part cards? Read this.

You can find a FREE set of number cards HERE and HERE.

Linked to Learn & Play

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Friday, 1 April 2016

March Newsletter

Did you catch my March newsletter? You can find a copy HERE.

Colours in French

My own children are learning several languages, through school and through their own interests. My youngest is learning French at school so I have been making some resources to help him revise and extend himself at home.

Colours in Japanese

I have made some three part cards for the Japanese names of colours. For some idea's on how to extend the use of these check out this post.

You can find the file for free HERE and HERE.

Thursday, 31 March 2016

Colours in Italian

Learning colours in Italian? These three part cards are great way to reinforce and revise the child's knowledge. Looking for idea's on how to extend the use of this resources? Take a look at this post.

You can find the file for free HERE and HERE.

Monday, 21 March 2016

Easter Freebie

For my tutoring students this week I have made some Easter themed activities as little take home gift, which I thought I would share with everyone as well.

This mini-pack has two Sudoku puzzles and a page of cutting strips.
You can find the file HERE and HERE.

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Wednesday, 16 March 2016

Desktop Cursive Cards

Last year I made a cursive writing desk top template for some of my students. These are a really handy reference to have for students as they develop their penmanship.

I made one side upper case letters with numerals and lower case with numerals on the reverse side. I have also included a template of upper and lower case letters together, and a set with dotted thirds also.

These are available in two different fonts, D'Nealian and Learning Curve.

This FREEBIE can be found HERE. It was included in my April newsletter first. For future advanced copies you can sign up here:

Wednesday, 9 March 2016

Safari Planning Pages

New planning pages with a safari feel!

This pack includes:

  • General weekly planner
  • Weekly blog planner
  • Lined page
  • Two column list page
  • Blank page

You can find the file HERE.

Monday, 7 March 2016

Mammalian Orders

I love classification work! It is so much fun, I think because language and etymology really come into play and it can be one way of engaging students with some lively discussion.

This set of mammal cards serve as an introduction to the main orders within the class mammalia. There is a picture card and information/description card for the orders covered (18). They have been colour coded as these are the first in a series of resources, as I hope to cover each of the classes.

Friday, 4 March 2016

February Newsletter

Did you catch my February newsletter? Would you like to see what you would be signing up for by subscribing? You can read a PDF version of my last newsletter HERE.

Friday, 19 February 2016

Planning Pages

As I mentioned in my last post I have been playing around with some clip art I created. My latest set of planning pages is with an elephant theme.

Tuesday, 9 February 2016

Weekly Planner Page

I have been having fun playing around with some clip art I created for a series of resources I have been working on. I created this pink flamingo design and thought I would use it for a weekly planner.

My goal is create a series of planning pages with this and other deigns and I would love some feedback! I am offering this first file for FREE for a LIMITED TIME.

Thursday, 28 January 2016

Earth & It's Seasons

My favourite learning area outside of Language would have to be Geography. So I was really excited when I was approached by a former colleague who is now a home-school mama to put some resources together for her.

This pack provides the foundation for understanding how the Earth's movement around the Sun effects changes in the seasons. The task/activity cards are designed to appeal to different ways of learning (multiple intelligences) and encourage students to enrich their understanding.

Sunday, 17 January 2016

Rainbow Frog Adjective Game

One Montessori activity I love is the Detective Adjective Game. You can find an outline of this at HERE, but essentially children learn to discern the different types of triangles through a guessing game using adjectives as clues.

Last year I made a different version of this game for a tutoring student with learning difficulties. I got the idea after we had a session discussing their favourite book Rainbow Frogs.

Friday, 1 January 2016

Coming Soon...

A place and space for educational resources and ideas that fall (a little) outside of my love of Montessori. Many will be Montessori inspired, most will be designed for hands-on learning activities.

Stay tuned!