Classroom Inspiration

Friday, 30 May 2014

It's Friday again, and aren't I thankful!

Another super busy week is done and dusted. I don't know about anyone else but as a teacher, there are always things popping up during the school week, that take away from actual teaching, and leave you feeling like you haven't accomplished as much as you'd wanted. 

However reflecting on the week, I'm blown away by just how much I've manage to squeeze into a single week. Reports - check, Benchmarking - check, Whole school art - check, Meetings - check, Student Assessments - check...and thats not the whole of it!

Here is a glimpse into my week...

We began our unit on Pentecost this week (my all time favourite unit), and started it off by learning about the Fruits of the Spirit.  This super cute activity is from Doodle Bugs Fruits of the Spirit lesson pack available from Teachers Pay Teachers. 
We also made Holy spirit headbands which the kids insisted on wearing all day. 

This week we celebrated a massive milestone for one of our little wonders. It has been a year since he was diagnosed with Guillain-Barre syndrome. Guillain-Barrè syndrome is an autoimmune condition in which the person’s nerves are attacked by the body’s own immune defence system. This little trooper had to spend three months in hospital, re-learning how to walk and regaining control over this body. We were very lucky to share in this moment with him and his mum, and were even luckier to get a slice of that amazingly delicious cake! 

Woolworths in Australia brings out collectible cards for kids to collect and at the moment they are Jamie Oliver's 'Jamie's Garden' cards. At the moment I am saving for a house deposit, and have decided that when I do build my own house, I will have a veggie garden and chooks! So I have decided to collect the cards myself (don't judge me), I figure if it makes gardening easy enough for kids, then surely I will have some success! 

Yes it was messy, but boy was it fun! We finger painted in art this week to create a garden scene, complete with finger print bugs and a white wooden fence. I got the idea from a post on Pinterest. I will  post a picture on my blog of the finished product.  

 Soooo I volunteered to help out a colleague yesterday, by making him a lactose and gluten free chocolate cake for his wife's birthday. It is the very first cake of this kind I have ever made so I'm a little nervous about how it's going to taste. Fingers crossed its alright!

Happy weekend everyone!!


  1. Your kiddos looked like they were trying to be so neat with those finger paints! I love bringing out the paint in the classroom, it sure brightens up the room...and the kids:)

    1. They were! I have a very 'neat conscious' class this year (which my OCD tendencies are extremely thankful for!). I put them up in my room on Friday, they look great with all the bright colours.

      Thanks for reading :)

  2. So happy your 'little wonder' got some of that cake and I love the finger painting!
    First Grade Blue SKies

    1. Thanks Jennifer :) They were so excited when I told them we'd be using our fingers to paint!

  3. That's cake looks delicious. I would love to get the recipe you used. I am not allergic, but sensitive to gluten and dairy so I am always on the look out for a good recipe, and of course I love me some chocolate!

    Luv My Kinders

    1. Hi Laura,
      I used these two recipes, and just substituted the cream, chocolate, and butter for lactose and gluten free alternatives. However I still used the dark chocolate for the cake as the person I made it for could eat dark chocolate in small amounts.

      Thanks for reading!

      Cake -
      Ganache -