Category: Stages of Learning

Clean-Up time with the Clean-Up Robot

By , Monday, 2nd January, 2012

HarryKindergarten does great videos for the Kindergarten classroom. This one might help you to get your Kindergarten classroom cleaned at the end of the school day.

Happy Limerick Day

By , Tuesday, 12th May, 2009

Today is Limerick Day. It celebrates the birthday of Edward Lear (1812 – 1888). Lear made limericks popular in his 1846 publication “A Book of Nonsense


What is a limerick?

A limerick is a five-line poem written with one couplet and one triplet.

A couplet is a two-line rhymed poem and a triplet is a three-line.

What are the typical characteristics of Limericks?

  • Limericks are a funny and nonsense poem.
  • They have five lines.
  • They have a rhyme scheme of A, A, B, B, A (lines 1, 2 and 5 rhyme; lines 3 and 4 rhyme).
  • The syllabification is 8, 8, 5, 5, 8.

Did you know? Limerick is also a large city in Ireland.

What a limerick is in a crunch
Is a bit like a loony’s light lunch
Though it briefly delights
It’s just four nutty bites
Swallowed down with a ludicrous punch

By Graham Lester

Other Links:

Do you have a favourite Limerick? Share it with us in the comments below.

What’s another word for Synonym?

By , Saturday, 25th April, 2009

a_synonym_tshirtCan you think of one?? I haven’t been able to. Even a search at brought back the result:

Sorry, I could not find synonyms for ‘synonym’

I found some websites that deal with Synonyms though:

I did also find the humourous t-shirts too, if you’re that way inclined. They’re available over at


Weather Chart Icons

By , Tuesday, 28th October, 2008

I came across these Free Weather Icons the other day – could be good for use on a weather chart, or maybe even an IWB version?? I might even try to come up with something like that a little later on.   😉   Let me know if you’ve seen a good IWB chart for recording daily weather…maybe we could incorporate these icons into it?? Thanks again to the Web Design Guru for these free icons.


I also found these icons over at

Student Goals

By , Monday, 21st July, 2008

Mrs McNamara has come up with a good idea. She has used student photos to illustrate students’ goals for the rest of the year. These have been presented in the “motivational poster” style though, using FD’s Flickr Toys. One of the toys is a motivational poster creator – simply upload the photo, type in a few bits of text and it’s ready to download.

Mrs McNamara has published it on SlideShare – You can view it here or download from here.

This tool could also be used to illustrate classroom rules, for example.

I’ve contemplated using the Magazine Cover Creator as a simple but unique idea for a stall at a fete.

Any other ideas???? Leave them in the comments below…..

Division Problems

By , Sunday, 18th November, 2007

Have been doing some marking lately, and this student’s answer on their Year 4 Maths Assessment made me chuckle:


Graduation Songs

By , Tuesday, 6th November, 2007

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It’s getting to that time of the year when a lot of schools are trying to find a suitable graduation song to play or for the kids to sing. Here are some that have been suggested on a listserve I belong to:

  1. Good Riddance (Time of Your Life), by Greenday
  2. Light Surrounding Me, by Evermore
  3. We Are Family, by ??
  4. Opportunity, by Pete Murray
  5. Lean on Me, by ??
  6. We’re all in this together, from High School Musical
  7. Graduation Song, by Vitamin C
  8. Morning has Broken, by Cat Stephens
  9. Rise Up, by ??
  10. You Raise Me Up, by Westlife
  11. Shine, by Shannon Noll
  12. Waiting on the world to change, by John Mayer
  13. Together we are one, by Delta Goodrem
  14. I’m on my way, by The Proclaimers
  15. Don’t Worry, Be Happy. by Bobby McFerrin
  16. We All Stand Together, by Paul McCartney and the Frog Chorus
  17. Hero, by Mariah Carey
  18. Shine, by ??
  19. We Are The Champions, by Queen

If you know who the performers are for any of these songs, please let me know so I can fill in the blanks. 😀

SMART World Teachers’ Day Video Contest 2007

By , Thursday, 4th October, 2007

The winners of Smarttech’s World Teachers’ Day Video Contest for 2007 have been announced – with the global winner being Miss Lisa McCallum, a Kindergarten teacher at St. Therese Primary School in Sydney, Australia. View their winning video now by clicking the picture below.


Learn to Juggle

By , Wednesday, 3rd October, 2007

Circus Arts has been a fairly major initiative within the Western NSW Region of the NSW DET, originally starting out at Dubbo West Public School as early as 1991. Since then it has grown with many other schools becoming involved. I just came across this video demonstrating how to juggle, over at Further information can also be found at

Ian’s Shoelace Site

By , Saturday, 25th August, 2007

I can’t remember how I came across this site, but I’ve had it stored on my computer for a while now. It is Ian’s Shoelace Site, which has a huge list of different ways to lace your shoes, heaps of different knots to use as well as heaps of other hints and tips. Pretty Amazing and worth a visit.


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