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Wednesday, August 3, 2011

T minus 14 days

In exactly two weeks I will be officially returning for workdays. We have six workdays before the kiddos start on the 25th. Today I went in again with intentions of hanging my penguin curtains. I soon realized that although I asked for enough fabric to make two curtains, she only cut enough for one. I went to trim it down some and...........cut off too much. I'm on my way to JoAnn's tomorrow for more penguin fabric....good thing I get a 15% discount. :)

I did manage to get 4 boxes emptied. That may not seem like a lot, but since I moved rooms and EVERYTHING is in boxes, that is awesome. I have 4 closets in my room and I have 1 completely done! I also had an insightful conversation with our amazing custodian today. He wants to go to barber school and I'm really hoping that dream pans out for him. Did I mention he is amazing?? He came in my room out of his own free will and ASKED if I needed help...that's dangerous! Haha!

Since it's back to school time...what better time for a giveaway!!!

I've been stocking up at the Target dollar spot (and $2.50) spot. It's my fave! So for my first giveaway (since I'm a small fry blogger) I'm giving away a.........


$10 Target Giftcard.

I will draw a winner for this giveaway on Wednesday, August 10th at 8pm! Then I'll mail the winner their awesome giftcard!


Ways to enter:

1. Become a follower and leave a comment that you are.

2. Leave a comment with something awesome I should put on my walls (because they always feel so boring)...p.s. I am having a penguin theme.

3. Blog about my giveaway and leave a link to your post in the comments!

That's 3 possible entries!!! I love giving gifts so this is very excting for me!






49 comments:

  1. You can make an igloo above your reading center and put "Cozy Up With a Good Book"! And then put penguins reading! (find a cute image online and then use an overhead projector or document camera to enlarge and draw it!

    Adventures in Teaching

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  2. Hi Jenna! I'm a new follower! I'm also in NC!

    Amanda
    Frolicking Through First

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  3. I blogged about your giveaway!!

    http://frolickingthroughfirst.blogspot.com/2011/08/new-blog.html

    Amanda
    Frolicking Through First

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  4. Hi! I'm a new follower and I LOVE penguins!! :)

    thepolkadotowl@gmail.com

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  5. I'm a new follower =)
    Jennifer
    laughinbrunette@hotmail.com
    First Grade Blue SKies

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  6. Penguins? This is really cute:
    http://pinterest.com/pin/84776844/

    Jennifer
    laughinbrunette@hotmail.com
    First Grade Blue SKies

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  7. I'm a follower leah.mommyoftwo@gmail.com

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  8. Maybe the kids could mosaic little penguins for your wall. http://www.kolcraft.com/blog/winter-craft-for-your-child/

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  9. I follow your blog!!!

    Lisa
    fsuteach81@yahoo.com

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  10. Since your theme is Penguins, maybe you can make a poster with a penguin holding a sign that says "Following the Rules is Cool". You can make him big and have the rules all around him.

    Lisa
    fsuteach81@yahoo.com

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  11. I am a NEW follower! :o)

    Jennifer
    jennkeys @ gmail . com

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  12. A penguin theme is sooooo adorable! You have got to check out pinterest. I found these cute projects you can do with your kiddos. http://pinterest.com/pin/24105159/
    or http://pinterest.com/pin/20319856/ or http://pinterest.com/pin/703888/

    You can also have a penguin sliding into your classroom (on ice) and you can have it say "sliding into first grade"

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  13. I follow your blog! Always love to find new 1st grade blogs! :)

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  14. Hey! Welcome to blogging! I'm a new follower!
    - Jan
    http://firstgradehoneybunch.blogspot.com

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  15. I've blogged about your giveaway!
    - Jan
    http://firstgradehoneybunch.blogspot.com

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  16. I follow your blog and I put you on my sqworl list!! http://sqworl.com/7d86r2
    Julie

    Thoughts of a Third Grade Teacher

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  17. I think you should put a cute igloo on your wall!! Hard to give a suggestion. You should totally post pics of your room.
    Julie

    Thoughts of a Third Grade Teacher

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  18. I follow your blog!

    kellybrown28021@gmail.com

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  19. I blogged about your giveaway!

    kellybrown28021@gmail.com
    http://busyinkindergarten.blogspot.com/2011/08/new-giveaways.html

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  20. Gee I would think you have your word wall, alphabet, rules/procedures on your walls. What about using the penguins to do your colors and numbers? I have a bee theme and my colors are made with the bees and my numbers have the cute bee cut outs to show how many 7 is...........Not sure if that would work, but it would bring your theme in more.

    kellybrown28021@gmail.com

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  21. I'm a new follower of your blog! :o)

    Cindy
    ccfirstteacher@gmail.com

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  22. I LOVE penguins! I do my penguin unit in January after Christmas break! What to put on your walls...... You need Tacky somewhere ~ maybe put your vocab/spelling words on a huge penguin footprint? I use a large penguin head with a HUGE bow tie and write "penguin" words on it - maybe that could be where you write your class rules or something along that line. :o)

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  23. I love the idea of a penguin theme! If you find some penguin pictures online that you like you can go to this webstie to blow them up into multi-page posters - as big or small as you want!
    http://www.blockposters.com/

    Jennifer @ Herding Kats In Kindergarten

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  24. I'm a new follower.

    imgoingfirst@gmail.com

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  25. Chill out with a Book.
    Definitely need Tacky somewhere.
    Go to pinterest!! loads of ideas there.

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  26. I am now following your blog! Head on over to my blog and enter my contest too!
    ~Fern
    Fern Smith’s Classroom Ideas!

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  27. In college we learned how to make an igloo out of milk cartons...it makes the greatest reading center or listening center! Your kids will love it and if you can get a room mom on board it will be that much easier! Except for the hot glue sticks, it is FREE! This web site even has a YouTube video to watch.
    http://www.squidoo.com/milk-jug-igloo
    ~Fern
    Fern Smith’s Classroom Ideas!

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  28. I am a new follower!! I found you via Fran!

    Ali

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  29. You could have a penguin lunch chart and the students have to add their their name (could be on a fish) to the penguins belly if they need lunch that day. Also Cara over at The First Grade Parade has a ton of really cute penguin ideas from back in January so check that out! :)
    Rambling About Reading

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  30. I'm a new follower. Love your ideas!

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  31. I really like having a theme. I've done bears and dogs in the past. I love the lunch chart idea (above) with the fish :) How about Slide on in - Our room is snow much fun! Or Come in and chill - Our class is so cool! Good luck this year. I'd love to see pictures of what you come up with!

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  32. One year I drew different species of penguins (using an overhead projector - I know in the olden days) to the exact size. Then I lined them up on a wall from the floor up. The kids measured themselves against the penguins. Some of them were amazed that an Emperior Penguin was taller than them. kobrien@royal.wednet.edu

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  33. I am a new follower! I am enjoying your blog already!
    Cathy
    beagle2love@hotmail.com

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  34. Penguins will be a fun theme for your kiddos! As one of your opening day activities you could do "Chill'n with our new friends" and read a great ice cream theme book. Then actually make ice cream! I have read online how you can make ice cream easily with a couple of ingredients and can inside a can (just do a quick google search) by rolling it back and forth to each other on the floor. You could take a class picture of everyone eating ice cream! I guess I was thinking more of "environment" of penguins! :-)

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  35. Here is a blog post with lots of great penguin ideas: http://www.abcand123learning.com/2011/02/penguins-rhymes-writing-books-counting.html

    (I especially love the penguins from Mrs. Jump's penguin unit.)

    Melissa
    Love, Hugs, and Ladybugs

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  36. I blogged about your giveaway:
    http://lovehugsandladybugs.blogspot.com/2011/08/fern-smiths-classroom-ideas-25-gift.html

    Melissa
    Love, Hugs, and Ladybugs

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  37. Just became a follower. FL
    Frontier2ndgrade@att.net

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