Get excited to teach!

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Welcome

Hi, we’re Mel and Brett - From the Pond. We self-publish printable teaching and learning resources so that you’re excited to teach tomorrow!

Created by us from scratch, most of our resources start with one of Mel’s hand drawn 'scrappy' sketches.

Our bright, happy activities will keep your students engaged and hit the mark on concepts.

 Brett recently came to work in the pond after a career in chartered accounting. He is helping Mel with all aspects of administration, the new  VIP membership  and  Red Bubble store .

Brett recently came to work in the pond after a career in chartered accounting. He is helping Mel with all aspects of administration, the new VIP membership and Red Bubble store.

 Mel teaches full time in the classroom Monday to Friday. Catch her on  Instagram  - especially on a Saturday - sharing behind the scenes snaps and stories of how her scrappy sketches come to life!

Mel teaches full time in the classroom Monday to Friday. Catch her on Instagram - especially on a Saturday - sharing behind the scenes snaps and stories of how her scrappy sketches come to life!

The From the Pond difference

Mel put her first ‘pond’ sketch onto paper in 2004. Ever since, we have been making printable activities and resources. Student engagement is at the heart of everything we do.

We plan, create, design, test and release every single page of every single resource, personally. This is a small family-based business.

Every printable, post and image you see here and on our social media is directly from us. This allows us to transfer and infuse our design principles - clear, consistent, clever, cute and creative through every thing we do and directly into your classroom program.

Mel was the first creator of niche teacher-specific clipart for educational printables. She knew what was needed and she learned how to create them after years of trying to source them herself. She shared and encouraged other teachers to build online community and make fun, happy, cute printables too!

Exactly what you need

We’ve lost count of how many times we’ve been told ‘this is just what I need, it hits the mark exactly at the skill level’.

Mel has a talent for being able to break down concepts into small achievable chunks. She can quickly isolate the aspects that will most readily scaffold children to the next achievement level. Her design process naturally adds the engagement to those scaffolds. This combines to create a ‘catch’ for learning - that ‘aha moment’. This is most often with fun but functional visual support. It is not ‘just cute’. Overwhelmingly our customer feedback tells us that this goal of ours, shines through our designs, and it also translates to student engagement.

Serious learning, disguised as fun! That is indeed, our sweet spot, and we stick to it.

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Trust us

Our years of consistent high quality delivery has earned us a beautiful tribe of loyal fans.

  • Established in 2005

  • We have served 5 million visitors to our blog

  • We share our ideas and those of other wonderful teachers with over 2 million people on Pinterest every month

  • We post to 20K Facebook followers

  • We share behind-the-scenes with 34K Instagram followers

  • Tens of thousands of teachers all over the world use our images to create their own resources

  • Millions of school children in schools all over the world are engaged, excited and motivated by our clipart images on printables and digital resources

  • We have provided for at least one million printable-activity downloads, from our blog website or store

……and believe us when we say, we’re only just getting started! Join with us, we won’t let you down.