Monday, July 8, 2013

Day 2 Giveaways! Don't Miss Your Chance!

Day 1 Giveaway results are in!  Congratulations to Karen Rowland over at Adventures with Firsties!  

Welcome back sweet friends to Day 2 of my blogging anniversary celebration!  How amazing is it that our teaching connections can reach all the way to Australia!  The super-talented Kylie from the Down Under Teacher has helped me tremendously with writing essentials in the classroom.  I bought her VOICES writing menu last year and it worked wonders for my first graders!  Kylie also has a ton of great tips and advice for Daily 5 and CAFE.  Today she is offering one of her fabulous TPT products...Best part?  The winner picks his/her favorite item in her store!  
Thanks so much Kylie for celebrating with me!

My second sweetie pie is the lovely Kelli from Castle's and Crayons!  I started stalking Kelli's blog from day 1.  She has the most incredible Roll and Dice units that I used throughout the entire year with my firsties!  The kids LOVE all things DICE and her units were a HUGE hit!  Kelli also has this amazing SPOTLIGHT SERIES happening now so be sure to check it out!  
Thank you so  much Kelli for celebrating with me and being such an inspiration to me!

Enough said.
(wink, wink!)
No, that's not true.
I have a TON of sweetness to share about my fabulous blogging bestie Lisa.  She is, by far, the most eager and outgoing teacher I have had the pleasure of following this year!  She is a FIRESTORM on TPT and has the most amazing giveaways for teachers!  Talk about a generous heart!  She knows what teachers like, especially us first grade teachers, and her products reflect that!  Lisa has been such an inspiration to me this year and it is the greatest honor to have her celebrating with me today!  Lisa, I love you tons my dear! and PS: The Facebook surprise yesterday was A+++ awesome!  I am so excited!!!

Stop back to tomorrow for more celebrating!!!!


  1. I read Chrysanthemum every year to the students and then they do a Name Art Project! Great giveaway!

  2. We decorate paper cupcakes with our first name and birthday, then tape them to the board by month. Then we make observations about our pictograph. I also love "Chrysanthemum!" Thanks again for the chance to win!

    Hokie Teach

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  4. I do "The Kissing Hand" with a special poem to parents, a handprint creativity to take home, kids make a Chester, and I make handprint shaped cookies.

  5. I read First Day Jitters to the class & we talk about how even teachers are nervous the first day - what makes us nervous, etc.

  6. We do a scavenger hunt around the school looking for the "Gingerbread Man" and it's how we go on a tour of the school. The students love it! When we get back to the classroom he has left us gingerbread man cookies and we write about where we found him. Such a cute way to end the day!

  7. I teach KDG... we read Pete the Cat and complete a scavenger hunt looking for him. We follow his clues all over the school and are introduced to all the important areas of our school. When we get back to the room he has left a treat and note for us wishing us an awesome school year and encourages the kiddos to always try and never be afraid of new things :)

  8. It seems like scavenger hunts are pretty popular! :) I also do one on the first day and my Kinders love it!


  9. I love reading a Place Called Kindergarten and then completing an art activity with them :)

  10. I always teach the kids our class chants. It's engaging and teaches the routines that make the school year great.

  11. I love giving my kiddos a jar of play doh to play with when they first arrive. It keeps them busy while I am busy with all of the other things that have to happen on that first morning!

    An Apple a Day in First Grade

  12. I love to read the book First Day Jitters to my kiddos then we make Jitter Juice. We have so much fun!

  13. we read the Kissing Hand. Thanks for the contest

  14. I read Chrysanthemum to my students. I also take their pictures on the first day with a special frame.

  15. I love decorating our names which I then laminate and we use on one of our display boards.

  16. I read the Kissing Hand to them and then we do some activities related to the story. Later in the afternoon, I take their First Day of School picture.

    Take care


  17. I absolutely LOVED reading all your comments and suggestions about First Day activities! Thank you so much for participating today! We do have a winner! Check the raffle-copter for the name! See you tomorrow for more goodies!!

  18. Oh, Julie, you are just the SWEETEST!!!! I am sooooo blessed to have you in my life!


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