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Sign Language Resource

Our classes find Auslan (the Australian Sign Language) really interesting.

Whether you have a hearing impaired child, or just want to introduce your students to something new, you may consider Auslan.

There are so many resources available out there, and many youtube clips to get you started.

Children get joy, excitement and fun out of it, as well as using a new skill.

We love this poster, available from here. We use the poster as a Spelling Station during literacy group time.



Handprint Art

Handprint art and craft is very popular. It is easy, it looks great and seems like the teacher is very creative!

Displays in classrooms are great, many people are creating calendars with handprints in different shapes for each month, and a clever blog has come up with an idea for each letter:

Other reasons to do the handprint (and sometimes footprint art) are:
*It stimulates the senses.

*It is a tactile experience.

*Kids develop hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills.

*It forms a more intimate bond between the artist and his/her work.

*It allows for therapeutic, artistic self-expression.

*Kids can experiment with colours and textures

*And it allows for spacial awareness.


Teacher Brain

We described a ‘Teacher Brain’ as being able to find mistakes in everyday places and conversations.

A teacher brain also works in thinking about your job when you are ‘off-duty’. Perhaps walking through a shopping centre and seeing some random craft objects in a store and being bombarded with visions of your class’ next art adventure.

Or seeing your own child’s homework sheet and working out how you would do it differently.

We found another blog which describes some more examples of a ‘Teacher Brain’. We were a little excited to see our terminology used elsewhere!



“Subitizing is the ability to ‘see’ numbers at a glance, without one-to-one counting.  Research shows that students who have strong subitizing skills can more easily manipulate and partition numbers, which aids in computation and calculation of numbers.”

From Ruth Rose

Subitizing promotes number sense, and also ties in with the concepts of addition, subtraction, and even place value.

It helps to associate a number with a whole collection, to visualise quantities and the associated number, shows relationships between numbers, allows for visualisation
of subsets of a number and it is the foundation for quick and creative mental mathematics.

Hence, this strange word – ‘subitizing’ is a very beneficial skill to teach your students. There are many subitizing ideas and subitizing activities available on our website!

Number Recognition workbook

Number Recognition workbook


Sight Word Ideas

From ehow: “Sight words are words that are immediately recognised, and that do not require word analysis for identification. Sight words make up as much as 70 percent of most general text, so they are essential to reading fluency. These words must be learned by memorisation, so children often need interesting activities incorporated into the reading curriculum to help hold their attention and progress their learning.”

Sight words generally cannot be sounded out, hence they need to be instantly recognised.

Quite often, classroom teachers will send home booklets with sightwords in them for parents to work through with their children.

However this is not enough, and it needs to be worked on in school too. Activities need to be fun to keep students engaged. Practise is the key and once the first sight words are mastered, early books can be read as these are the words those books normally contain.

Dolch, Fry’s, Neals, Johnson’s and Primer all have different variations of the words children need to know first.

Our kindergarteners have been having trouble lately, so Sight word games and sight word activities have been added onto Teacher Brain for literacy stations. We had 15 sets of activities printed, laminated (and some cut) in under an hour!

All made so easy!

All made so easy!


Welcome To Our Blog!

Welcome to our first blog post. Make sure you visit often as this will continually be updated.

Teacher Brain was created to share valuable resources with other teachers. There are many teacher resource websites out there, but after you have a subscription for a year, you find that there is not much else they can offer you.

Teacher Brain ensures there is new content on a weekly basis, and guarantees that there is absolute minimal preparation for the games and station activities. Most resources simply need to be laminated, and this means they will be in your classroom quickly and ready to be used! (No pieces to be lost either!)

Not only are they fabulous for teachers with Literacy and Maths groups, but our resources are amazing for casual teachers as you only need dice, counters and/or whiteboard markers to play games or complete activities!

Teacher Brain resources cater for many learning styles and ability levels. They are interesting, bright and keep students interested.

Our website offers products which assist with Australia’s L3, Best Start and Naplan programs, and United States’ Common Core outcomes. The resources are universal, so can be used all over the world as well.

Enjoy our website, you can follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest. Remember, you can have instant access to single downloads (mostly costing 50c), or grab a subscription and open your classroom to over $220 worth of resources (as of April 2013).