Oh my gosh so many linkies!

So I had high hopes of having a relaxing weekend, maybe go for a walk.  Do some baking, and just generally lax out.  It's been a busy couple of weeks!!  And I have so far had a good run.  It's now mid-day on Saturday, and I've done nothing.  I love that feeling.  I do have to go and get a WOF on my car - wish me luck!! The past 3 haven't gone smoothly...

So as I sit here getting my (late) 5 for Friday written, I realise that there are nearly 5 linkies that have caught my attention this weekend.  Oh why isn't the weekend longer so that I can spread these out?  I'm super sorry guys, but I'm gonna link up to all of them in this one post - And call it my 5 for Friday!!


Scrappy Guy's I remember when...
I'm so super pumped to be part of this giveaway!! When I got the email from Gary I was so honoured that he put me in the same league as some of the other AMAZING bloggers he has featured in this giveaway.  Can some one say AWESOME!!! So as part of his 100 follower giveaway I'm giving some NZ treats away to the winner.  If you didn't win my 50 followers giveaway, now's your chance.

So it's all about what it felt like when you hit 100 followers.  Well if the excitement I felt when I hit 50 is anything to go by - I can't wait!! Yes it's true, I'm not quite at 100 yet, but that's okay.  It's exciting anyway.  There are some other AMAZING prizes to be won, so head on over there and get entering people!!!


I'm excited to link up to the Budding Blogger linky over at I {Heart} Recess.  
The five questions to answer are!
1 - Why did you start blogging?
We started blogging as a class blog.  Then I (Erin) was supposed to go on a PD course about using blogging in the classroom.  Turned out that I was the only one that signed up so they cancelled the course :(.  However they did mention on the enrolment form that the course was designed for blogger users, or kidblog users.  I switched modes then, signing each and every kid up to the E-Z Class kidblog, changing this to one more for teachers.  

2 - What is your favourite subject to teach and why?
I love teaching writing.  I just don't like marking it!!  I think it is a subject that the kids can SEE their progress in, which makes them more excited about it.  I also love reading, so it's just a good fit!

3 - Describe your teaching style.
I'm very eclectic, I find it hard to stay organised/tidy.  BUT when I'm teaching it's all about groups.  I hate groups that are ability based, I like mixing it up and grouping kids across levels (not necessarily grades, just abilities).  In New Zealand it's called a Tuakana Teina relationship - where the kids are teaching each other, rather than listening to the teacher drone on.  I'm all about reciprocal teaching.  Besides which, those kids know more than me anyway!! 

4 - 3 interesting facts
1.  The E-Z Class is made up of two teachers.  Erin teaches literacy (and mans this blog).  And Zelda teaches Maths (and posts more on our Facebook page).
2.  I can wiggle my ears.
3.  I can't stand runny noses.  I can deal with blood and guts fine - but a runny nose is my kryptonite!

5 - Do you have a TPT store?
Yes, but I only have one thing in there - Go check it out if you want!
I will start making some things when summer comes in 93 days!  haha

3, 4, and 5!

Next up is my all time favourite linky of every week - Saturday Snapshots.
I don't have many this week, but I am excited because I finally have my camera back!!

Firstly, and let me point this out! My brother was jealous of me for the first time EVER this week.  He is a rugby player, and follows every game.  Last weekend the Counties Manukau rugby team won the Ranfurly Shield.  Go check my fan girl moment out here.  

Then on Thursday we had our X Factor competition.  Oh gosh I was about ready to pack it all in at the dress rehearsal!  Half the kids didn't know their songs, the sound gear didn't arrive until after school - so the kids couldn't have sound check or anything!  I had a bit of a meltdown cry about 20 minutes before show time.  But as they say "Bad rehearsal, good show!"  Well this was seriously the WORST rehearsal - But an AWESOME show.  Not only that, but the act that I was mentoring won!! Had nothing to do with me though, he was pure talent.  I'll try and find the video and post it later.
Getting ready to sell some votes!
Our winner - Singing Hallelujah
Two of my boys getting ready to perform
Most of our performers
2nd and 3rd place getters!! Such talent and they are only 8!!

Our Principal and the four awesome judges!

And just a bit of our classroom to end the world's longest, most rediculous post - While I was out on Thursday (first at a travelwise conference, then at the dress rehearsal) my kids did some really awesome work with their sub. They wrote some flip stories and we now have them displayed on our door.

I was aiming for a rhyme, but it was Friday afternoon and I was tired!

Right I'm out!

Have a great weekend.


The E-Z Class


  1. Busy day! I love that it's mid-Saturday for you but Friday night for me here in Canada! You get to do everything first... Enjoy the rest of your weekend, Erin. :)
    Grade 4 Buzz

    1. Thanks Lisa!! Yes it's great - except that it feels like you guys have a longer weekend, because you start talking about Friday afternoon when I'm halfway through Saturday, and then I'm back at work and you're all still on Sunday! haha

  2. You will reach 100 followers very soon, so no worries. It is very exciting when it happens. I am fairly new to blogging and I reached 100 about a month ago. Loved looking at your pictures. Thanks for sharing.


    1. Thanks Jamie!! Honestly I was so excited to just reach 50, I can't imagine how excited I'll be at 100 haha

  3. Love all the linkies! I'm sure you'll hit 100 soon! I'm awaiting that awesome moment, too! Great flip stories!

    The Journey of a Beginning Teacher

    1. Thanks Lindsey!! I might write a post about those stories, we are doing another type this week!


  4. Oh, Erin. Your blog has been an inspiration from me since I started. You will get to that fabled 100 followers. And soon! Thanks for linking up. I can't wait to wave at NZ from Australia in December!

    1. Oh thanks!!
      Yes you will definitely have to wave!
      We're getting closer every day!

  5. Oh my I love the flip stories .. so creative. I would love to see the video of the performance.
    Thanks for linking up.

  6. Hi Erin!

    I love the flip stories! I just found your blog through the Buddy Blog linky and am your newest follower. Make sure to check out my blog if you get a chance. I'm doing a giveaway this week!
    Melissa Cloud
    A Teaspoon of Teaching


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