Sunday, September 25, 2011

"My First Weather Chart" Free Printable :)

To celebrate having my laptop back, repaired and good as new,(YAY!YAY!YAAAAYYYY!)  I finally finished the "My First Weather Chart" that I was working on a couple of months ago.
This is a simple first weather chart/calendar designed for pre-schoolers. Print, cut, laminate and use with magnetic strips or velcro strips. If you have a Xyron or similar machine to run it through to laminate the front and add magnet to the back, then it's even easier! Any other ideas or ways you think of to use it I'd love to hear! I have included 2 versions of the Seasons page, so you can choose to use "Autumn" or "Fall".
You can download here - My First Weather Chart Please read the TOU file enclosed, for pattern credit and info on use. Feel free to share, but please link to this original post, thank you! :)
Here it is filled in for today - 
I plan to keep mine on the fridge, and use it with the children I look after. 
If you download and use this, please consider sharing a photo of it in use, or drop me an email, I'd love to hear about it. :)

Tuesday, September 20, 2011


Hellooo....? Is anyone still there?!
HOW can almost 3 months have gone by so quickly?! I knew I had not written a new blog post for a while, not through lack of trying, more through lack of laptop and extra hours in the day, but 3 months?! 
Well, having failed miserably at keeping up with Just a Minute, just pretend you read June July and August ages ago, and here is September!
Just a Minute...September 2011

 Leonardo's Swans by Karen Essex. 

The first half I was really enjoying it, but now I'm just wanting to finish it, maybe as I know I have "The Help" waiting for me at the library!
 Watching... The crazy weather outside today! Big white horses out at sea, wind howling round the house, trees bending and recycling bins blowing down the road! 
 Loving...  My other job, child-minding again. I have a 5 month old 4 days a week, a 16month old 3 days, and 2 sisters aged 2 and 4 one day a week. Wednesdays they are all here, pretty frantic but fun!

 Craving...  My own computer again! The intake fan stopped working on my laptop and it is still not fixed. Sharing one laptop with 2 children who both need it for homework, and one who needs it for school as well is driving me nuts!  

 Learning...  Te Whāriki and how to include examples in the children's daily journals. It's basically the same things as I learnt studying for my NNEB in England, but grouped as 5 'strands' each with several goals, which actually makes it easier to relate them to the children's learning and development. 

 Planning... To combine my Fantail graphic design work with my Childcare and produce more children's artwork, charts, cards and educational items.
 If you have any ideas or things you would like to see, please let me know! Some will be freebies, some for sale, but if you suggest it and I do it you will of course get the download for free.
 My first new item is a Weather Chart, watch out for that one soon, it's almost finished and will be free to Blog and FB readers to print first. :)