National Health and Physical Education Day

I thought I would post this now—- even though it is not until the 4th of September.

The aim of National H&PE Day is to promote the importance of health and physical education and highlight its value to the overall learning and development of children and young people.


So get out there, be active and promote an activity that can help set the foundations of a healthy lifestyle for the children of the future!


Closing the Educational Gap

I see closing the gap between Indigenous and Non Indigenous students as an imperative. Indigenous students need the opportunity to attend an environment that nurtures their culture and academic abilities. As teachers we need to start with “the here and now and map backwards” as Professor John Lester so eloquently says. This is important as otherwise all we are doing as teachers is delivering the same content year in year out with no scaffolding- HOW BORING…. (didgeridoos, boomerangs- we have already done it to death why do it again, we already know about the Aborigines)

In changing these perspectives and to promote Aboriginal Education in fun and engaging manner I have come across this website: There really is some great resources here, so continue to share and help in the fight of closing the gap and promoting reconciliation. 🙂

Is it Ethical?

A new introduction to DEC is the teaching of ethics. Most of the topics in the curriculum provide students with the opportunity to develop increasingly sophisticated knowledge and skills in moral reasoning. Children in the younger primary years examine topics such as being left out, sharing and bullying, while older children reflect on issues such as homelessness and child labour to help them consider the feelings and interests of others – one important aspect of moral reasoning. Other aspects include understanding consequences, having empathy, appreciating difference, recognising common capacities, recognising and acting on duties and giving equal consideration.

More fun Behaviour Management Ideas

3 Colour Light System
Here I have decided to use a coloured ice-cream cone system.  When a student displays negative behaviour they have to move their spoon to a different colour.
Ice cream behaviour management system- Mrs. Terhune's First Grade Site!
To make this simpler, I have designed one only using red, green, the cone and the spoons.
Behaviour Bingo
Choose one behaviour that you find your students are having a tough time with and let them know that you’re looking for it.
My kiddos are having a super hard time transitioning quietly and sitting still for certain periods. I’m pretty sure I’m running a circus 😉
We need several reminds to transition quietly and quickly, so now we are going to be rewarded for doing it correctly.
I am going to try the idea of putting up a bingo chart and prize chart and the bingo pieces in the little bucket.

When we transition quietly and quickly, I will choose a ticket from the bucket.

Then I will cover the corresponding number on the chart. I am going to use a dry-erase marker since the chart is laminated, but you could cover the chart with fun magnets instead.
The students get bingo by filling an entire column. Whichever column they fill first is the prize they will earn!
P- Popsicle Party {or you could do popcorn party, pizza party, or just party and you can decide what they get!}
R- Read-a-thon. My students really enjoy reading. Probably because  they’re all really good at it! During our read-a-thon, they can bring a  pillow or blanket from home, read with their shoes off and basically  just have a relaxing afternoon reading.
I- Inside Games. You know, those fun games you get to play during rainy  day recess. That’s what we’ll do! Of course, you can always make  this one an ice cream party, or an invite of some sort or even an Information Technology (PC gaming day)
Z-  Z was hard! Although I decided on “Zooper Dooper” Lolly day.  Any other ideas!?
E- Extra Recess! I have a feeling this one is going to be the most enticing!

Warm Fuzzies

I am thinking after the holidays I will try this idea of making warm fuzzies. (

 This is how to make a warm fuzzy.

1. Gather up some materials: pompoms, glue, wiggly eyes, cardstock, foam core shapes, pipe cleaners, and whatever else looks appealing.

2. Cut some feet out of cardstock or foam core.  I wish I could leave a template for the creatively challenged, but I have no idea how that is done.

3. Put a drop of glue on the feet.

4. Stick the fuzzball onto the feet.

5. Dab a little glue onto the back of the wiggly eyes, and then attach them to the pompom.


That’s your basic warm fuzzy, but you can add extras if you like.  Use your imagination.  You can glue them to the front of a note card or add a slip of paper under the feet (the size of a fortune cookie message) with a few kind words (like “I love you,” “Thanks for being my friend,” “You make me smile,” “I admire you,” and “You make me feel all warm and fuzzy.”)  These are designed to be gifts, so make a few to warm the hearts of those you love.

All of the above have eyes, they are just turned every which way!

Some Interesting Books for ES1 and S1 students

The Very Ugly Bug

Book by Liz Pichon

There once was a very ugly bug, with spotted legs, googly eyes and a horrible hairy back. She wonders why her friends have pretty small eyes, shiny green backs, or nice fluttery wings. The ugly bug thought that if she looked like her friends, then she would be more beautiful. So she made herself a disguise. But her new costume made her even tastier looking to the birds! When a bird swoops down to gobble up the disguised ugly bug, something strange happens… The big scare made the very ugly bug even uglier! So ugly in fact, that the bird was scared away. The ugly bug learns that just being herself is the best defense. Liz Pichon’s witty text and colorful artwork highlight this story about self-acceptance.

 The Very Cranky Bear

Book by Nick Bland

In the Jingle Jangle Jungle on a cold and rainy day, Four little friends found a perfect place to play. Vibrant illustrations and a fun, engaging story make this book perfect for reading aloud. The original hardback of The Very Cranky Bear was first published in 2008 and has become an international bestseller and IDevice book.