Norah Colvin

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Procedure - make a paper plate cat face The ability to read and follow the steps in a procedure is a very important skill for young children to learn. Being able to explain the steps of a procedure in logical sequence to another is equally
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Getting to know you, getting to know me and our families These materials support a unit of work investigating and appreciating the diversity of cultural backgrounds and traditions represented in a class. The unit may be used as part of the ‘getting
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How to make a paper plate cat face: The ability to read and follow the steps in a procedure is a very important skill for young children to learn. Being able to explain the steps of a procedure in logical sequence to another is equally
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I love to write poems. Children do too. Giving young children a simple structure or a repetitive pattern to start from gets them thinking about words, how they sound, what they mean, the number of syllables and letters, all the while having fun,
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Procedure - How to make a 2D bus with wheels that move The ability to read and follow the steps in a procedure is a very important skill for young children to learn. Including procedural texts in your classroom literacy program has benefits way
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What is subitising? Subitising is the ability to instantly recognise the number of items in a small group without counting. Children quickly learn to recognise the pattern of dots on a die. However it is important that they also recognise the
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Busy Bees Set 2 Busy Bees Chant and High-5 This package supports setting up a classroom with a Busy Bee theme. It can be used in conjunction with Link- Busy Bees Set 1 – Getting ready for the first day of school It contains 5 posters,
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These puzzles make a lovely gift to commence the school year or a mini-beast unit. They provide a challenging activity for fast finishers or waiting times. A puzzle can be printed out for each child and stored in a clip-lock bag or envelope for easy
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This series of ten newsletters is designed for distribution to parents of children either beginning or in their first year of school. They are suitable for use by either classroom or specialist teachers. The newsletters may be distributed to parents
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Celebrating 100 days of school This pack 'Busy Bees count 100 days of school' contains suggestions for counting and celebrating the first 100 days of the school year. It is suitable for use with students from kindergarten to year 2. The number board
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This blank Mini-beast ABC book is for use by children learning about mini-beasts. The pages can be printed out and stapled together to form an ABC book. For each letter children: list mini-beasts beginning with that letter choose one of those
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Busy Bees Set 1: Getting ready for the first day of school Establishing a welcoming and supportive classroom Early childhood teachers aim to establish a welcoming and supportive classroom environment in which children have a sense of belonging and
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Let these Busy Bee Number Lines and Dice help make learning fun for you and your students! The package includes ready to make number lines and dice, all with a cute Busy Bee theme, and lots of suggestions to get you started. The activities can
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Busy Bees Little Readers and Activities Many children come to school expecting to read on the first day. Little caption books such as these help them to do just that. The simple, repetitive and predictable text which matches the pictures make the
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This bookmark may be used to show appreciation for the positive effect a special teacher has on people's lives. © Norah Colvin ALL RIGHTS RESERVED
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This document supports use of the activity "Friendship trees". It is a form to which children's names may be added creating a class list. The strips may then be separated, distributed to children and used for writing friendship messages to each
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This resource supports using Friendship trees in the classroom. The poster provides examples to get children started in thinking about what messages they could write to affirm their classmates. Friendship messages . . . poster by Norah Colvin is
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This poster gives reasons for using affirmation songs in the classroom. It can be used when presenting to teachers or parents, explaining the purposes of affirmation songs.
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At the end of the year, when I meet the children who will be in my class the following year, I always write them a letter to tell them how pleased I am to be their teacher and to wish them a happy holiday. It creates a positive connection, makes
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This product is a free taste of what is available in my product "Writing Christmas poems with early childhood students". Included are two Christmas acrostic poems which can be used as examples to explain to students how to write an acrostic poem.
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I am passionate about supporting children in their learning journeys and an advocate for early childhood education. I have had over thirty years experience as an early childhood teacher. I have also run educational sessions for 2-5 year old children and their parents, run courses to assist parents in helping their children read and provided individual tutoring session for children. I have written a variety of educational materials for different publishers and have always written teaching resources for use in my own classroom. I love the opportunity that teaching provides for my own learning and the outlet it provides for my creativity.

MY TEACHING STYLE

I create a welcoming classroom environment where children are respected and affirmed through positive feedback and support. I place children at the centre of the curriculum by making connections with their lives and interests. I immerse children in language, modelling target language, providing opportunities for meaningful talk and writing, and feedback to support learning. I include literature, song and opportunities for movement throughout the day. I provide hands-on learning experiences and opportunities for practice until mastery. I start where the children are at and take their learning as far as each can go, providing opportunities to develop areas of weakness and strengthen abilities. I encourage the development of thinking skills, reasoning and creativity.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

Graduated with Distinction in Educational Studies / Reading and Language Nominated for an Excellence in Teaching Award Featured member on Edutopia (http://www.edutopia.org/grade-level-k-2), December 2013

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

Diploma of Teaching Graduate Diploma in Educational Studies (Reading and Language)

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

Education is my life. I have been a classroom teacher, resource teacher, home-schooler, tutor, mother and writer. View my complete collection of early childhood teaching resources at www.readilearn.com.au

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