Monday, June 25, 2012


I can hardly believe it is Monday again. It seems like Monday rolls around so quick! Not sure why, but I wish it wouldn't do that! LOL I found some giveaways to share!

Mrs. Stamp's Kindergarten

 Mrs. Stamp is celebrating 200 followers! Her giveaway has some great things everyone will want to win for sure! It ends in 5 days!

   The Littlest Scholar is having a giveaway for her birthday! Wonder what number she is celebrating? LOL it ends June 29.

   Jennifer at Herding Kats in Kindergarten is having a giveaway that is all about TEXAS! It is so cute! It ends on Friday!

   Cindy from Primary Reading Party is having a giveaway because she has 100+ followers. Go join the party. It ends July 1 at midnight.

One Extra Degree   Amanda at One Extra Degree is giving away a Luna Interactive Camera. This would be such an awesome tool to use in the classroom. The giveaway winner will be chosen on July 3.

Teaching Maddeness

Congrats to Amanda from Teaching Maddeness! She has reach 300 followers! Her giveaway ends Monday, July 2.

Sour Apple Studio
Kelly from the Teacher Idea Factory is celebrating 500 followers with a great big giveaway! It ends in less than 4 days~

Sprinkles to Kindergarten 

In honor of her hubby's 30th birthday, Sprinkles to Kindergarten is having a giveaway! It ends in less than 2 days!

Ms. Beattie from Ms. Smarty-Pants is celebrating 500 fans on facebook and 300 followers of her blog! Way to go Ms. Beattie! It ends next Thursday at midnight!

 Tonya from Tonya's Treats for Teachers is celebrating 200 followers! The giveaway ends in a little over 3 days!

  Miss N from Coffee, Kids, and Compulsive Lists is giving away things to celebrate 100 followers! It ends less than 6 days!

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Wednesday, June 20, 2012

My Review of Great Products!

I was so excited when I learned I was able to review some products from Sanford Products via Shoplet.com. I just  couldn't wait until they arrived....lucky for me, they arrived right in time-I had to write out my report cards-I know, we are the only grade level at my school that does not do their report cards on the computer so needless to say, I have to have a good pen to do this with. So let me share my thoughts...

Paper Mate InkJoy 700 RT Ballpoint Pen

The first item was a 4 pack of Paper Mate Inkjoy Pens. The set of pens came in 4 different colors (red, blue, black, green)-which is great since my school requires us to document the student's progress in one of these colors after each 9 weeks. The pen felt comfortable to hold and was easy to write with. It was way more comfortable and easier to hold for longer periods of time compared to the BIC ball point pens. The only negative thing I have to say is that sometimes the ink would run out while I was writing; therefore, I would have to go back and write over some parts of words. These pens are great though and I feel sure you would like them too!
Sharpie Premium Pen
The second item I reviewed was the Sharpie Premium Pen. Oh my goodness, talk about how easy it was to write with this pen. This pen worked out perfect when I filled out my award certificates for my students to present on Awards Day. You know by the time you write the student name, sign your name and put the date, you are tired, but when you have to do the same 3 things for 24 students, well, you get the picture! The Sharpie premium pen is my new favorite marker. My school used to order the Pentel Markers, but not anymore! This pen definitely is a keeper and in fact I have already put an order for more with my secretary at school! I want more, more, more of these for sure! Another plus is the pen is refillable which makes it green friendly!

Sharpie Gel Highlighter

Finally, the last product I reviewed were the Sharpie Gel Highlighters. I have to be completely honest, this was my FAVORITE product of the three items that I received! This highlighter is the absolute best in my opinion-better than Pentel highlighters which is what I always used. This highlighter is fabulous, in that, it didn't smear! I keep my papers in binders and plastic page protectors to stay organized. I use yellow highlighters to write on the original of my papers so I know not to use it-keep it. (I hope this makes sense!) When I had used the Pentel yellow highlighters, it would tend to smear the writing and look ugly...yes I am a bit picky. I had absolutely NO problem with the Sharpie Gel highlighters. They feel comfortable to write with and just is a great product. Again I have asked for more of the yellow Sharpie Gel highlighters on my school supply list from the secretary. I would rather have 2 or 3 good highlighters, than 12 highlighters that will smear my work! 

I would love for you to share your thoughts! I love finding out about new products I can use to make my work more efficient and neater! I hope you all have a fabulous day!

... Glitter Words
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Tuesday, June 19, 2012


Gee, I can't believe it is Tuesday! This week is going great so far and I have so many things I want to get done...problem is, getting them done! I hope that you all are getting more things done than I am so far! LOL

Lesson Plans and Lattes

  Becky from Lesson Plans & Lattes has 100 followers and a NEW job! Congrats on both wonderful things! Her giveaway ends Monday!

  Erin from Eberhart's Explorers has reached 1,000 followers! Wow, that is a great big accomplishment for sure! To celebrate, she is hosting a great big giveaway! 

Cheryl from Primary Graffiti is giving away a 25.00 gift card to The Clever School Teacher. It is a great place to buy books for your classroom! Go check the giveaway out! It ends on Saturday!

The Sweet Life of Third Grade
  Mrs. E from The Sweet Life of a Third Grade teacher is having an awesome giveaway! She has lots of friends on board to help....you'll want to go enter before June 28.

   Stephanie from Falling into First is having a giveaway to celebrate 100 followers. She has some great friends to help her celebrate! It ends Tuesday, June 26. 

Button        First Grade at Storybook Cafe: Giveaways Galore and My Goals!: WOW O WOWWIE Have you seen all the really great Giveaways out there? They are all over the place I tell you! (junie has been on my mind of l...

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Sunday, June 17, 2012

Happy Father's Day!

Today is going to be a GREAT day-I just know it! I hope everyone has a fabulous Father's day! We are going to church-hopefully-my son went with his Scout Troop for a sleepover Friday night at the lake and they played/tubed/skied all day Friday and then again on Saturday. He is so burnt! It just makes my heart hurt-we begged him to be sure and put on sunscreen every hour, but I am guessing that didn't happen! 

After church, we are going to my sister's house to have lunch with my Mom, Dad, and brother. My dad is just precious. He has been a fabulous friend to me and I love him so much. He was diagnosed with Parkinson's 2 years ago and I hate watching not only him, but also my Mom go through that. We always get together for special holidays or just because.....we love our family!

100 Followers Giveaway 

I wanted to remind you of a great giveaway from Fun in First Grade. It ends in 4 days so be sure not to miss it! 

500   Rachel from The Tattooed Teacher has 500 followers so she is having a great big ole giveaway! It ends in 5 days, so don't wait too long! 

... Glitter Words
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Thursday, June 14, 2012

School's Out, School's Out....

......teachers let the monkeys out! LOL, do you remember that saying from long ago? I cannot believe the year is already over-it has just flown by! However, I had a fabulous year teaching my sweet Kindergarteners.............I will miss them terribly! I did have some tears on the last day, especially when I had to say good-bye to some of my extra sweet babies. The good thing for me though is hopefully I will get to see some of them on my hall next year. (I was thrilled when my principal didn't make me move my classroom last year because I was finally on the newer wing of the school and my classroom is HUGE!) 
     There were some other grade level changes at my school this year. Sadly, one of our Kindergarten teachers was moved to first grade for next year. She will be a fabulous first grade teacher though. I told her she will love it even though I hated to see her leave our grade level. She is just one of those teachers who is precious! 
     Well, yesterday we assessed the kids who will be coming to Kindergarten next year. Oh gosh, they were all just precious! I love each one that I got the chance to test. We have had a little over 70 kids register for Kindergarten next year so we will definitely have 4 classrooms. 65 kids came for their assessments yesterday which was great. That means the classes will hopefully be more even as far as the test results, but honestly, with some kids those tests do not really show what the kids can and will be able to do during the year. So who knows! 
      Do any of you do the assessments for Kindergarten like this-on one of the end of the year workdays? I know my grade level is wanting to do things a bit differently next year when the families and kids come to find out who their teacher will be. What do you do? A big group meeting? Individual classroom meetings? Combination of both? PLEASE share! 

There are lots of giveaways going on too. I just know I love a good giveaway............

    Miss Third Grade is celebrating her blog's birthday. You can enter to win a gift certificate to TpT. I love that place and I am sure you do too! It ends Friday, June 15th.

My Banner   Deborah from The Paper Maid is giving away a copy of My Beginning Sounds and Writing set. It looks great! The giveaway ends next Saturday so check it out!

Tori from Tori's Teacher Tips has 100 followers! She's giving away a gift card to celebrate! It ends Tuesday!

 Mrs. Lattin's Kindergarten is celebrating 100 followers! She is having a giveaway! It ends on Tuesday so stop by!

The Daily Alphabet 
  Angela from The Daily Alphabet has 200 followers. She is having a giveaway that ends on Sunday, June 17. 

  Laura from Kinder Kraziness's blog is celebrating a 1 year anniversary of her blog! How great is that? Her giveaway ends Saturday night. 

Reading Toward the StarsAndrea from Reading Toward the Stars has 50 followers! To celebrate, she is having a giveaway. It ends in 5 days!

100 Followers Giveaway 

To celebrate 100 followers, Fun in 1st Grade is having a giveaway! It ends in six days, so go check it out! 

   Heather from Heather's Heart is having a giveaway too! The giveaway is celebrating Pete the Cat! Who doesn't love him? It ends Wednesday, June 20! 

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Elizabeth from Fun in Room 4B has reached over 400 followers! Congrats girl! Her giveaway ends in 2 days!

Teaching Maddeness 

Amanda from Teaching Maddeness has 100 followers! She is having a giveaway that ends next Friday!

... Glitter Words
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Friday, June 8, 2012

Giveaways for YOU!

Once Upon a First Grade Adventure: Hip, Hip, Hooray! 400 Followers Giveaway!: As a huge thank you to those of you reading my blog, I've decided to host a giveaway! In honor of reaching 400 followers, I will be award...

Hopkins' Hoppin' Happenings Brian Hopkins from Hopkins' Hoppin' Happenings is giving away copies of a book to help you teach about bullying. It ends Wednesday night!

    Heidi from My (Not So) Elementary Life is giving away some items with help from her friends! She has reached 100 followers and wants to celebrate! The giveaway ends next Friday!

  Tonya from Tonya's Treats for Teachers is having a great giveaway! You can win 5 products from her TpT store! It ends next Saturday so be sure to go and enter!

80 Giveaway

   Dana from Fun in First Grade and Jenny from Owl Things First are having a giveaway to celebrate the 80's! Who doesn't remember the fabulous 80's! The giveaway ends Sunday at midnight so hurry on over!

Grab My Button!                Sarah from Smiling in Second Grade is giving away items to celebrate all of her lovely followers on her blog, facebook, and TpT store! It ends Wednesday!

   Wow, here is a great giveaway to enter for sure! Lori from Teaching with Love & Laughter is having a giveaway to celebrate 500 followers! It ends in 5 days so head on over!

    Mrs. Greene from Mrs. Greene's Kindergarten is giving away a giftcard to Target! Who can't use that? Be sure to go and enter-it ends Friday, June 15th!

Mrs. Wheeler's First Grade Tidbits   Mrs. Wheeler at First Grade Tidbits is giving away a gift certificate to CTP! Who doesn't love their products, because I know I sure do! The giveaway ends Friday, June 15 so head on over!

   Buggy in Kindergarten is having a great big giveaway! It ends on Monday at midnight!

         Mrs. Davis from Carried Away in Kindergarten is having a give away with great items that she doesn't need! I bet we could all find bunches of stuff to use for a giveaway if we cleaned out our desks, closets, etc.! The giveaway ends on Tuesday, June 12! 

   Mrs. DeCarbo from Second Grade Sugar and Spice is celebrating 300 followers! You can enter to win her entire TpT store! What a great giveaway! It ends Wednesday, June 13 at 10:00 PM est.

Krogers Kindergarten   Danielle from Kroger's Kindergarten has reached 100 followers. If you are one of the two winners, you'll get to pick 2 items from her TpT store! Winners will be announced on Sunday!

   Jennifer from Herding Kats in Kindergarten is celebrating her one year blog anniversary with a great giveaway. She will be giving away items to 3 winners-it ends on Saturday!

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