Friday, July 12, 2013

Hellos, Goodbyes & a Giveaway

Hi friends!  As some of you may have noticed, my blog has gotten a new look lately because... [insert drumroll] I'm going to be teaching Kindergarten in August!  I'M SO EXCITED!  I'll try to refrain from excessive capitalization and exclamation points, but it'll be tough.  :)

Here's some snapshots of my new room (currently an overflow/storage/music room)...

Hello New Room!

Hello Promethean Board and Mac!  Goodbye Piano!  (This will be a learning curve... I've only used SMART and PC!)

Hello Big Honkin' Teacher Desk! (Never had one before... not sure what to do with it!)

Hello Beautiful Big White Board! (No, I Can't Say Goodbye to the Ugly Metal Shelves... and I can't paint or mod podge them either... but don't worry, my creative side is working on alternative ideas!)

Hello Fabulous Creative Co-Workers I Can't Wait to Meet!  (Isn't this pointer ADORABLE?  Haven't met her yet but I loved checking out her classroom!  My principal kindly took me on a tour and propped up the pointer for the picture.  LOVE LOVE LOVE my new school!)

In short...  Hello Kindergarten!  Goodbye Pre-K!  

Naturally, this means things are going to look a little different around here (and in my store).  I don't know how much posting I'll be doing in my first year, but I am celebrating this occasion with a grand old-fashioned giveaway- win my ENTIRE store before I start taking things down and making changes!  Enter below- the giveaway ends on Friday July 26th, my last day of work!  :)

a Rafflecopter giveaway

31 comments:

  1. Wow, such an amazing giveaway! I love your excitement! Here is an amazing website you can take to kindergarten with you. I found it through Teacher Tom's blog site. http://www.kidsinthehouse.com/#

    A great resource to share with families of any grade. I'm going to share it with my Pre K families this year. Good luck in your new adventure!!

    Paula
    Learn + Play = PreK

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    1. Thanks Paula, can't wait to check it out! :)

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    2. OMG Jessica, I am so proud of you...my friend. I am so happy for you too!!!! I am going on an interview tomorrow for a pre-k teaching position. I really want this one because in the past, I did both...a pre-k teacher and the director and it was hard. This is solo pre-k teacher only... I was unable to give 100% to the teaching part because of the time it took to direct. Soooo...wish me luck. I am going to stalk your blog now for your fabulous advice on how you WOW those interviewees. Congratulations on the new job and on your new kiddos...they are in for a real treat!

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    3. Thanks Sharon! Good luck, I will be praying for you! :) I am so excited and hope you have an exciting new opportunity open up for you too!

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  3. Why can't you paint in your new room? (Ask again in Sept, when it's so hectic, they might not care...) :) Good Luck!
    Em

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    1. Thanks Em! I think I just can't do anything permanent. But I've got my eye on some cute contact paper! :)

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  4. HEY! So I teach Pre-K BUUUTTT there is a website that I like to use that has a bunch of stories on them. A lot of actors read these stories to the kids. It is great.

    its storylineonline.com

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  5. Congrats again! Sooo many good blogs out there! Farley has a board full of K blogs here:
    http://ohboy3rdgrade.blogspot.com/p/pre-k-to-k.html

    Sara
    Polka Dot Kinders

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    1. Thanks Sara! I didn't know Farley had those all organized, I will head on over!

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  6. Thanks for the giveaway. I think that all the blogs that you can find the better.So many creative people out there. The wealth of things that you can fine on Pinterest is amazing. I love Starfall.com as a wonderful reading and phonics resource for my kinders. For science you have to check out Sid the Science kid. A school supply that I value quite a bit is scented colorful markers. The children love picking their fav. for me to use in checking their writing. :) Thanks again. beki_moore@earthlink.net

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    1. I definitely need to check out Sid the Science Kid, science is my area where I need the most help! :) Thanks for the cute tip about the markers and good luck!

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  7. Kindergarten is so fun! It's exhausting, but they make so much progress. There is so much on pinterest for Kindergarten.

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  8. Welcome to Kindergarten! One resource I use all of the time are Heidi Songs DVD's! She has some great things on her website and blog. Have fun in kinderland!
    Andrea :)
    aaparsons@hotmail.com

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  9. A great resource is superteacherworksheets.com.

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  10. Congratulations on you new teaching job in kinder! It is such a great age of kiddos to teach but can be exhausting. Pinterest is one of my favorite online tools for getting great ideas for my class. Good luck and enjoy!

    rosemarie@allangriffin.net

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  11. Congratulations on your new job! I taught Pre-K and now teach kindergarten. I love it! One resource I turn to all the time is The Mailbox magazine. Each issue is filled with great ideas. Thanks for the giveaway!
    Linda
    KinderDoodles

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    1. Thanks Linda! I have always wanted to take out a subscription but never have. Maybe I can convince my hubby it'd make a great present! :) Good luck!

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  12. Congratulations! Heidi's Songs are amazing. Dr. Jean CDs & blog & kindergarten blogs are all so helpful!! dbednarsk@yahoo.com

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  13. I'm a new follower! Congrats on the giveaway! The one thing I think every teacher should have isn't a teaching tool but a "Keep your sanity" tool...a personal laminator!!!! I couldn't live without mine and it only cost $30. Good luck!

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    1. I have been thinking about getting one! I know I'll have one at school, but I would feel better knowing I have one at home too. Thanks for following!

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  14. Congratulations on your new job :) Challenging to think of a new resource for you that has not yet been named, but I just found HarryKindergarten videos on YouTube that I think are fun. I'll be using some with my preschoolers. ~Denise www.playlearnteach.org

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    1. Thanks Denise! I definitely need to check out HarryKindergarten. I've heard of him but never gotten around to it!

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  15. I just found out I am going from 4k (pre-k/4 year old kindergarten) to 4k in the AM and Kindergarten in the afternoon. I am excited to see your store stuff now (and would love to win) and then see what you have coming as I will be using both!!!

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    1. That sounds challenging! Do you have a blog? I'd love to learn more about your adventures!

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  16. Great Give-a-way!! Just found your blog.....(so glad I did!!)I taught pre-k for many years!!! I now teach reading k/1(for the past 6 years). Essentials??
    Realizing that these little ones CAN!!!! A laminator, I just picked up my second at B.J's for $24.95!!!! For me, I need coffee, magnets, pocket charts, Dr. Jean(great songs, and whole brain teaching!!! (It really works!!!!!)
    Ellen.Yucht@imagineschools.com

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  17. Congratulations on your new job! kinder-pond.blogspot.com is a great resource for kindergarten and she has a lot of free (and adorable) stuff! She hasn't updated her blog in a while though... Good luck!

    cheriemae@gmail.com

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  18. So I imagine the piano in your PreK room isn't yours. But, if you play, you should be able to get a piano for your Kinder room. Music is so important in kindergarten. It would be very difficult to say goodbye to my piano!!

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  19. What a nice change to switch from Pre-K to kinder. Are you going to be able to have the same kids from last year? I am switching from 2nd grade to kindergarten this year. I am super excited!

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  20. [insert drumroll] I'm going to be teaching Kindergarten in August! ... pianokinder.blogspot.de

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