Category Archives: Teaching Ideas

Ideas and Free printables for the classroom or at home!

Ending Screen Time battles

This has been a Game changer for us. My kids, like many others, love their iPads. I have been trying to limit the time that they have on them, as I can see dramatic changes in their behaviour with too much use. I had explored apps such as OurPact but at £6.99 a month I felt it was cost prohibitive.

Now I have discovered the screen time controls released with the latest update from Apple. This takes the nagging away from me, as the children know they have one hour a day on the games on the iPad and now they automatically switch off.

 Apple have just released an update which includes an amazing screen controls. They allow you to set how much time your children can use the apps for (or anyone in your household) and can also enforce a blanket screen ban.
Very simple to set up, and you can control anyone who is in your account or linked to you as a family member. This really has been a game changer in our house as it takes the responsibility of managing screen time away from me (less nagging and being ignored) and it is a simple switch off.
 To implement this I gave the children clear boundaries to avoid any meltdowns at switch of time. I explained that the iPads would not work after one hour and then they had to turn them off.
In the beginning, they did ask for extensions but I insured from day one that this wasn’t allowed so there have been no further negotiations.
Step-by-step set up guide

Go to the Settings menu and choose ‘Screen Time’

This is the screen time menu:

This is also available as a free download – How to set screen time limits.

This has had a massive impact on our house – I hope it helps you too!

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Jo

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Easter Egg Hunt Challenge

Over the years I have been refining this Easter egg hunt idea, it is always a hit, from the younger children all the way up.   At the end you can always give a chocolate egg for the completed sheet!

The hunt only takes a few minutes to prepare.  You can either use the coloured eggs on my free printable (link at the bottom of this post)  or you can purchase the lovely wooden eggs from Hobbycraft. (Not an affiliate link, just I like them!)

I coloured them using the Chunky felt pens from pound land.  These are great as they come in 12 different colours.  I coloured them to match the sheets I made (but if you don’t have the Hobbycraft eggs you could just laminate the free printable)

Once you are all prepared – just spread the eggs around your hunt area – I normally attach them low down on a tree with a couple of pens with each one.  It is so lovely to see everyone huddling round each tree.

This normally takes about 20 – 30 minutes – so perfect for a lesson outdoors!

I really hope that this is useful – everything you need is available for free – Easter Egg Hunt Challenge Free printable.

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Human X-ray printable

We are just about to start looking at the human body at school.  I have made this printable so that the children can explore how the bones work in our bodies.

I have all my downloads for Human body here and will be adding more!

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Guided reading

Last year I set up a ‘Book Club’ in my class.  In groups of four the children enjoyed reading books together.  I want to make this as independent as possible for all reading abilities.  So I have started creating some challenge cards so at the end of each page the children can answer the questions and then check their answers.

I got a great set of books from the book people.  http://referme.to/p4ogj0o Search for Little Gem books and there are 10 books for £9.99.

My first set of cards are for the book ‘Snug’ by Michael Morpurgo.

Download guided reading cards

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Personal Dictionaries – free download

I have been trying to find a personal dictionary to use in my class.  I couldn’t find any I liked and had some time on my hands so created these.

Each dictionary has a box on the front for the child to make their own.

NB: We have just discovered these great handwriting pens! Buy them here – #affiliate link.

Each letter of the alphabet has a page.  I have used the top 1000 words to include in the dictionary – but then allowed space for children to add their own words too.

On the inside cover there is a quick reference for the top 100 HFW.

The back pages include letter formation guides and a list of the phase 3 and 5 digraphs and trigraphs.

The books are printed on 8 A4 pages (printing on both sides) which you then fold in half.  When printing I have printed the first page of the PDF on 160 gms card so the cover is stiffer.

NB:  I love my long arm stapler for making books.  I found this great one for less the £10 on amazon.

I have created them in 18 colours – so hopefully all of the children will find one they like!

Download them here:

http://www.montessorisoul.com/free-downloads/dictionaries/

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Times Tables marbles game

I’ve just made these fun marbles to help with times table practice.  Super easy to make – Freya (9) actually made half of them and is in the video clip!

What do you need?

Download this free printable and print double sided (we used 160 grm card)
Glass marbles
Mod podge
Scissors
Brush

Instructions:

First you need to cut out each disk.

Next put a dab of Mod podge onto the disc.

Now place the marble on top and push down.  The glue will spread out.  Don’t panic it dries clear!

Now you are ready to play.

Choose the times tables that you want to practise.  Lay the marbles on the table.  Take it in turns to pick a  marble.  Read the times table and then say the answer.  Check the answer on the underside of the marble.  If you are right you get to keep it.

If you have any other ideas for games let me know!

See all my other times tables downloads – all free.

Easter themed maths word problems

Mr Men timetables word problems

Which strategy maths cards

Divide by 12 Fortune Teller

Divide by 9 Fortune Teller

Divide by 8 Fortune Teller

Divide by 7 Fortune Teller

Divide by 6 Fortune Teller

Divide by 5 Fortune Teller

3x Table Fortune teller

9x Table Fortune teller

7x Table Fortune teller

6x Table Fortune teller

5x Table Fortune teller

Step by Step Grid Method

Times Tables and Division keyrings

Times tables practise cards - 2 5 10 and 3

Blockbuster game - 2,5 and 10 - 3, 4 and 8 - 6, 7, 9 times tables

8 times tables with beads cards

4 times tables with beads cards

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DIY Kids Suncatcher

Trying out some ideas for school we had a great time making these this morning.  Nice and mess free!  I have tried to make it so that Freya can achieve them independently which she did!  Here are some photos of what we did.

To make these suncatcher we used the following (I have added affiliate links to amazon but they can be purchased else where too!)

Tissue paper
Sharpie
Glue stick – I find the cheaper ones work better for this.
Scissors
Laminating pouch
Laminator

Freya traced round a template and drew a heart on the inside of the laminating pouch.

She then filled the circle with glue.

Next she covered with a single layer of tissue paper.  We cut the tissue into neat squares to make it easier.

Freya squeezed two onto one pouch!

Now pass through the laminator – look how bright the colours are!

The final step is to carefully cut them out using the outline.

We only had a very grey day – but how pretty do they look!

Here are some links to my free downloads about shapes:

2D shape Fortune Teller

2D shape properties sort

3D Shapes properties sort

Real Life 3D Objects

Inset Shapes

Kaboom - Numbers and Shapes

Shape rearrangement challenge

Geometric Solids Three part cards

Symmetrical or Non symmetrical sorting cards

Montessori 2d Shape cards

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    Willow Star wand

    Earlier in the year we planted some willow.  We decided to harvest some and make these lovely willow wands.

    Once we cut it we then stripped all of the leaves off.  I presume that you could use and fresh, thin tree branch if you don’t have willow.

    Instructions:

    Make a bend in the willow about 1/3 of the way from the bottom.  (See above)

    Next make another bend and bring the willow underneath the bottom 1/3.

    Now bend it back over and then weave it through the triangle  you have made.

    Finally bend the willow back over the top and the down through to complete your star.

    Wrap the end of the willow around the main stem and then tuck it in to hold it tight.

    The perfect wand for halloween!

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    Halloween Slime – UK recipe

    We have been having a lovely relaxed family day today as we start half term.  Seb wanted to make some Halloween slime – so I thought we would share it with you.

    We still love our simple slime recipe and it literally takes 4 minutes to make.   Seb has made a little video showing how it is done.  Full instructions below.

    Once it was turned out it was still a bit sticky so we kneaded it with a bit more contact lens solution and it all came together perfectly 🙂

    How fab are these glass eyes – perfect for this spooky slime.  #affiliate

    OOOHHHHHH spooky!!

    I have created a free printable of this recipe and instructions – or see below with links to purchase bits you need from amazon:

    UK Slime recipe borax free

    Ingredients:

    1 cup of PVA glue

    ¼ cup of water

    Food colour (gels work best)

    1 tbsp bicarbonate of soda

    Contact lens solution (with boric acid)

    Method:

    1. Put the all the ingredients except for the contact lens solution into a bowl and mix well – until combined.
    2. Add a tablespoon of contact lens solution and mix well. It should start coming together.
    3. Add more contact lens solution if needed. Mix well.  Keep going until the slime is not too sticky to touch.
    4. Turn out onto a smooth surface and knead for a few minutes. Then it should be ready.

    We hope you have fun!

    See our other halloween bits here:

    Parts of a Bat cards

    Halloween minbeast matching cards

    Halloween Minibeasts (types of)

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      Multiplication Times table circles pegging activity

      I have been trying to think of ways to incorporate fine motor skills into the classroom.  I am hoping that improving hand strength will help with handwriting.

      As I am in Year 3 at the moment we are also starting to learn times tables.  So I made these times table wheels.  They are attractive to look at so hopefully the children will want to pick them up.  They are colour coded for each number to match the Montessori beads that I have in the classroom.

      Multiplication circles 1 - 12

      You could use them to chant the times tables as you turn the disk.

      I have used a sharpie to add numbers to pegs (#affiliate) so that the children can peg the the right answer to the sum.

      To do this activity I have laminated them with 125 pouches so there is extra rigidity.  I also printed them on card.

      It was a great activity at home too as Freya and Seb could both work at their own levels.

      I have lots of other free download printables for multiplication and times tables:

      Easter themed maths word problems

      Mr Men timetables word problems

      Which strategy maths cards

      Divide by 12 Fortune Teller

      Divide by 9 Fortune Teller

      Divide by 8 Fortune Teller

      Divide by 7 Fortune Teller

      Divide by 6 Fortune Teller

      Divide by 5 Fortune Teller

      3x Table Fortune teller

      9x Table Fortune teller

      7x Table Fortune teller

      6x Table Fortune teller

      5x Table Fortune teller

      Step by Step Grid Method

      Times Tables and Division keyrings

      Times tables practise cards - 2 5 10 and 3

      Blockbuster game - 2,5 and 10 - 3, 4 and 8 - 6, 7, 9 times tables

      8 times tables with beads cards

      4 times tables with beads cards

      3 times tables with beads cards

      Multiplication Flowers

      Bead chain labels 2 - 12 including calculation

      Times tables marbles

      2 minute times tables x12

      2 Minute times tables x11

      2 minute times tables x10

      2 minute times tables x9

      2 minute times tables x8

      2 minute times tables x7

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