Socks, Shocks and Secrets Book Review

Socks, Shocks and Secrets is a children’s novel written by Leila Rasheed. It is the second book in the series: The Fantastic Diary of  Bathsheba Clarice de Trop. My pupils this year, especially the girls, absolutely loved reading her books.

Below is a book review from one of my pupils, Katerina, age 11. 

Who were the characters and what did you think of them?

Bathsheba, mum, dad, Bathsheba’s friends. I loved the characters, they surprised me what they did.

What was the story about? 

Bathsheba is a child of divorces parents. She does not know her father but when her mum has to leave, Bathsheba has to go and live with her father. After a long time they reside together and get to know each other better. 

Did you learn something form this book and would you recommend it to others? 

I recommend this book to you because it will teach you that there are different ways to see matters. I give it five stars! 

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2017-2018 Classroom Reveal: Travel Theme

It’s been a week into school and it’s time to reveal this year’s classroom theme. Those who have been following my blog –  a huge shout-out to my amazing 400 followers ❤ THANK YOU! – you already know that this year’s classroom theme is TRAVEL!

Obviously, inspired by my love for travelling here is a picture tour of my classroom.

As you can see, I kept my blue and white chevron theme, with yellow accents just because I find it so fresh and welcoming. I am still not bored with it after two years, on the contrary probably even more in love with it!

Welcome on board to the most amazing travel adventure! Whilst lining outside the door, after break times children’s imagination can be triggered with a simple yet effective way. This class door decoration has been made out card which has been cut out and stuck on with masking tape. It can be easily removed without damage and the pupils can’t wait to get inside. It really was super fast to make. You can get these fabulous International Passports from Twinkl, I am a huge fan – thanks Twinkl! ❤

This year’s reading corner has been decorated with our class novel in mind. In Year 6, our class novel is the all time classic ‘The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe’, by C.S.Lewis. Browsing the internet for some inspiration I came across this image of a lamppost which is what triggered the Narnia theme.

The lamppost is made from card and easily stuck on the air-conditioning plastic wire cover. Of course our reading corner wouldn’t be complete without the reading signpost, which I had made last year notice I had to change Narnia’s direction 😉 and the  super cute reading vintage map bunting  with the fabulous quote: Reading will take you places found on Ms. G’s Room 30 Blog! Thank you! 

To inspire and encourage reading, I also gave them some  travel-themed bookmarks, which can be seen and downloaded for free HERE.


The ceiling is decorated with DIY map bunting made from: maps, string and sellotape. I am really into bunting this year, I don’t think I can get enough of it! It’s hung between 3 inflatable globes I bought on Amazon,  and goes to the four corners of the room. 

Looking up, this is the result, from the middle of the room to one corner:

Notice the flight path..? 🙂

So there you have it in a nutshell. I hope you like it and it inspires you to create a theme for your classroom. What’s your classroom theme this year? Leave a comment below with your thoughts and ideas. They are always appreciated. 

Our learning adventure has started and we can’t wait to take our minds to new places!

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Book Review: Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

 

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone is J.K. Rowling’ debut novel, the first novel in the Harry Potter series,  first published in 1997 by Bloomsbury. It was published a year later in the United States as Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by Scholastic Corporation. 

The novel won most of the British book awards that were judged by children and other awards in the US. It has been translated into at least sixty-seven other languages and has been made into a feature-length film of the same name, as have all six of its sequels.

Read this book review by Paris, aged 11, to get a feel of this timeless, classic novel.

Characters:

Harry Potter, who is a brave, new wizard. Mr and Mrs Venom, who give anything to their son and never punish him. Dudley, son of Mr and Mrs Venom, Ronald Weasley, Harry Potter’s best friend, who has smart thinking. Dumbledore, Heasdmaster and guardian of Hogwarts.

Plot:

Harry Potter lives with horrible people when he gets mail and realizes he’s a wizard. Harry goes to a magical school called ‘Hogwarts’, which has an entrance invisible to muggles (meaning humans). Dumbledore is protecting a stone at the school, which will make you immortal. There are soul sharing bodies trying to get to the stone. Harry fights one-on-one with just his body. His mother, before dying, gave him a hug which makes the soul in a body suffer from pain, if he just touches Harry. He defended the stone using every power of his, but unfortunately the stone broke.

Opinion:

I love the book because I really like hearing about magic and the sport Quidditch. It is an absolutely amazing adventure book and deserves to be popular.

Recommendation:

I think this book should be read by everyone: adults and children. Not just this book…all of the series! Amazing books!

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Free Bookmarks: Travel the world

With these cute bookmarks, I aspire to welcome my new batch of kiddies back to school. ‘Travel the world… Read a book!’ is the phrase I have chosen to hopefully inspire and encourage reading, in our new travel themed classroom. I am so excited about these and I can’t wait to share them with you all! ❤

I had a hard time deciding on the image I wanted, so I kept all five ideas! Ha!

You can choose to download one or all of them, like I did. I personalised them, by writing each child’s name, printed and laminated them. I gave them out on the first day of school – I’m so happy the kids LOVED THEM!!! ❤ ❤

You can use them as you wish. Just click on the preview below, to be taken to the file where you can download for free!

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Travel themed bookmarks. Free download – click on preview image!

Please leave a comment below if you liked and downloaded them.

Many thanks! ❤

Till next time…

Peppi Orfanogianni

How to get your child ready for school after the summer holidays

So, here I am (and I hate to say this) nearing the end of the summer break. I know it’s been long thus I cannot complain in the least, and to be fair I still have a few more days to get into going back to school mode so not panicking just yet.

As I am contemplating my summer adventures and feeling ready to start the new year, it will, no doubt, take some time to adjust to my new academic routine and I am sure all kids, come September, will need to do the same. Some children may find it harder than others and many parents will find it hard to get their kids back into a school routine. This post hopes to make things as easy as possible. Read on to find how you can easily get your child ready for school after the summer holidays.

Adjust sleep schedule

Start to move their bedtime closer to their school bedtime a week before. The summer time makes our circadian rhythms go all over the place, some time will be needed to get it back into school mode.

Make sure uniform fits

Sort through your child’s school clothes and make sure their uniform still fits. You don’t want them going to school on their first day looking like Michael Jackson, no matter how much we love him. Children grow so fast and growth spurts over the summer are very common.

Label everything

Before school starts, make sure you label absolutely everything with both name and surname. If your child is old enough they can do it themselves. You can also get some really cute sticker labels online, to save yourself some time. Whatever you choose to do, it is a time-consuming chore so make sure you give yourself enough time to do it. Label clothes, shoes, water bottles, P.E. kit, pencils, pencil cases, anything and everything that belongs to your child. Your child’s year group is also a good idea to include on the labelling so that if something gets lost it can be returned to the rightful owner.

Eating times

Start by slowly changing eating times to mirror those during school times. Your child’s can then slowly start adjusting to those and won’t start feeling super hungry during lesson time, once school starts. Make sure you stock up on healthy food supplies to have for meal prepping once school starts. Your child will need vitamins and nutrients from healthy fruit and veg so don’t forget a nice healthy snack for them. More ideas for getting your children to eat more fruit and veg can be found HERE.

Revision

Holidays are great for the well-earned rest but can sometimes cause a hurdle in your child’s learning. A short while before school starts, some revising of taught concepts is a good idea to refresh their memory. This will help bridge new concepts taught in the upcoming year with older ones and will equip your child with the ability to make connections faster and easier.

Enjoy the new year ahead!

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Travel Theme Classroom

Are you ready for a  year of learning adventures? Explore new territory and discover newly found land with this amazing, travel classroom theme!  Yes, inspiration has finally kicked in and I can’t wait to start jazzing up my room for my new pupils! Grab your suitcase, passport and get ready to take some snapshots of this year’s exciting journey! EXPLORING and LEARNING has never been so much fun! Let’s start our new travel adventure together!


This year’s classroom theme is inspired by my holidays and love for travelling. Why end the exploring  when it can be continued in the new school year with your pupils. I will keep the turquoise and yellow colour scheme as it creates a calming atmosphere within the room and matches with the furniture that is already there. A travel theme is hard to  to look more sophisticated for my Year 6 class, but that is my aim.

Click HERE to see my classroom travel theme revealed!

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Top Tips! My child’s first day at school

What an exciting time! The big day is almost here! Your child will soon be joining the big boys and girls in school, starting their wonderful learning journey and making friends on their way. I’m sure you must both be feeling anxious, a little nervous, maybe a tad bewildered, but hey, don’t fret! All this is absolutely normal and expected. Read on for some top tops on how to make your child cross this milestone as smooth as butter.

Top Tip 1: Talk to your child and prepare them for what they will be doing. If they have older brothers or sisters, who already go to school, prepping them will be easier as it will not be a foreign idea to them. If this is your first child, then give them as much detail as you can, try to get them excited and to look forward to the big day.

Top Tip 2: Talking is great, but a visual is even better. Use a visual aid like ‘My School Book’ from CBeebies or any others you can easily find by doing a simple online search. This will expose your child to images they will encounter on their first day at school, bringing your words to life. The whole process may trigger questions, be sure to answer them all, as best you can.

Top Tip 3: If the school your child will be attending has a school uniform, have your little one wear it around the house prior to the start date of school, so they can get used to it.

Top Tip 4: Label all your child’s belongings. Have them choose which lunchbox they like, bag e.t.c. so that they can recognise their belongings easier. Point things out to them and show them where their name is. It should be visible both to them and their teachers.

Top Tip 5: Start getting your child up early and ready within a certain time frame, which will mirror your daily getting up routine once school starts, at least a week before school starts. Even if you have nowhere to go on that particular day, try to get them used to being ready “on time’. This will help you greatly once school starts.

Top Tip 6: Now, this is the last and most probably the hardest one, yet. So you have done everything to the t, and there you are on that special first day about to leave your little darling, and there are tears, cries and shrieks. You feel your heart breaking into a million little pieces and you have second thoughts about leaving your child at school, maybe they are not ready, mYBE you didn’t explain it enough the them, maybe tomorrow will be a better day; you are so close to picking them up and taking them home, whatever you do…that is something you must NOT do! Give them a hug, a kiss, reassure them you will be there to pick them up at the end of the school day and go. Your child will be fine, trust the teacher to do his/her job, to look after your little one for the rest of the day and for many more to come. Do not linger, the sooner you leave, the sooner your child will start their new life venture into structured learning, where the sky is the limit and the whole world at their feet.

You must be one proud parent!

I wish you and your little one a great school year!

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Please leave a comment below if you have any other Top Tips for us.

I didn’t do my homework folder

In an effort to keep track of late assignments or homework not handed in, I have decided to try something new this year: the ‘I didn’t do my homework folder’.

I came across it on Pinterest, via the blog Teach-Bake-Love and thought it would be a great idea to try out.

This is my twist on it, to fit my to be Travel theme this year:

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This is how it works:

Children write down the date and name of any assignment that has not been completed or handed it in by the due date. They write down their excuse/reason and they will be informed that their parents will be shown this, during the Parent-Teacher meetings. Each child will have a page of their own, to keep better track of who is being responsible and who isn’t. The teacher can then assign a lunch detention if there have been consecutive occurrences of them not handing in something, and keep track of how many times that pupil isn’t completing or turning in an assignment.

I love this idea, as it encourages pupils to take the time to think about their excuse and know that they will also have to justify it to their parents later. It is also a great tracking document to have as proof of inconsistency, which will also help when filling out reports.

If you like this idea, then click on the images below to download it for free! ⬇️

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Front and back covers

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‘I didn’t do my homework folder’ page

Leave your thoughts and comments below. Thanks 🙂

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Peppi Orfanogianni

 

 

About Me Worksheet

Getting to know your kids, what a great way to start the new academic year, and them getting to know you of course! This worksheet hopes to aid the getting to know your kiddies part and allows them to share with you something about themselves that they think is important. It is suitable for Key Stage 2.

First day back to school

First day back to school – ABOUT ME worksheet.

Get this worksheet by clicking on the image below and use it at the beginning of the year. A lesson introduction idea, would be mottos, what are they, do they have any, and introduce them to your mottos.

Some of mine are:
– Everything happens for a reason.
– If it didn’t happen then it didn’t for a good reason.
– If at first you don’t succeed, try and try again.

About ME - first day back free worksheet

Free download by clicking on the preview

The plenary could be getting the children to read out two of their favourite sections to share with their peers.

Do you have any other ideas? Your comments are always appreciated!

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Wonder Book Review

Wonder is a children’s novel  about bullying, acceptance and appearance. It is written by Raquel Jaramillo, under the pen name of R. J. Palacio and published in 2012.

Read this book review by Thanasis (aged 11)

Plot:

Wonder is about a fifth grader named August, who was born with a rare facial deformity. After being homeschooled, his parents decide to send him to a school called ‘Beecher Prep’. Though he struggled at first to show his classmates that he is an ordinary kid, he eventually succeeds in proving that there was more to him than meets the eye.

What did you think of the book? 

I liked the book. A scary part is when Aggie is verbally and physically assaulted because of his appearance, one night in the woods, by some seventh graders looking for trouble. I learned that no matter how people look, we’re all the same.

Do you recommend this book? 

I think everyone should read this book, even adults because it teaches a good lesson about acceptance. I give it five stars.

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