Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Holly Bloggy Link Up!

I hope that by now everyone has received their Holly Bloggy gift and is ready to post about it!  Share here so we can all see the neat things that were exchanged this year!

Please shoot us an email if you have NOT received your gift yet and we will check in with your partner.  Thanks so much and hope you all had a Merry Christmas!

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Oops! Winner and Final Giveaway

Almost a day late, but better late than never! The winner of yesterday's giveway is Jen of Jen's Kinder Kids! Congrats!!!

Before I do the final givewaway, I wanted to do a few housekeeping things. If you have not received something from your partner, please email us and let us know. We are still receiving emails about people not getting a gift yet.

Here is today's giveaway. (This will run until 10:00 tomorrow night.)

Hi Everyone!
My name is Kelly.  I'm a kindergarten teacher from Minnesota (brrr) and my blog is KindergartenKel.  I hope you'll hop over and check out my freebies and ideas there.

One of my favorite things as a teacher is Teachers Pay Teachers.  Who doesn't love that site?!?  I have gotten the best resources, and I do love that my money is helping other educators instead of big companies.  I know that the resources I've purchased, especially for Guided Reading, have made me a better teacher.  I also love to create and sell products on TpT.  Because TpT is one of my (and I hope one of your) favorite things this Christmas, I have decided to give away a $10.00 TpT giftcard to one lucky winner.  Good luck to everyone!

Speaking of TpT, I hope you'll head over and take a look my store. Click the image below to see my products.

Yay! Just in time to get you some new products for the new year in your classroom! Here is what you need to do:

-Follow Kindergarten Kel and leave a comment
-Follow Kelly's TPT store  and leave a comment
-"Like" her Facebook page and leave a comment

Good luck!

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Winner(s) and a New Giveaway

We have 2 winners today. That's right...2! I never posted the winner to Jen's Giveaway (#5).  SOOOO sorry! The winner is Cherie Neal!!! Congrats! I will email your information to Jen and she will get your markers to you!

The winner of Abby's 4 books is Jennifer Alsip!!! Congrats! I will send you info her way!

We have 2 more and tomorrow! Here is today's giveaway.

     Hi!  My name is Tamera and my blog is....

     I am so excited to be a guest blogger and to share one of my Favorite Things in the classroom!
     I am currently a first grade teacher in North Carolina. I have taught kindergarten and second grade. I have also been a Title I Teacher and an ICARE teacher - both of which involve teaching reading in small groups or one on one. I enjoyed both of those jobs so much that I went back to school in 2008 to get my Master's in Reading from Appalachian.  I loved every minute of it & wish I could make a living by being a full time student! 
      As my blog title states, "My Heart Belongs in First." There is so much magic that happens in first grade as students unlock the secrets of reading and writing! And let's not forget all the LOVE they still have for their teachers and learning!  Hugs, kisses, and sweet notes are abundant daily.  Maybe that explains why I am have a constant cold?    
      I am the mother of three beautiful children who keep me on my toes with laughter and joy. Kaitlyn is in college studying accounting. My son Zach is our comedian who runs track and plays football for the North Davidson Black Knights.  The Black Knights recently made it to semi finals in the State Playoffs!  Tanner is my youngest who loves to play sports and still likes school.  At 11, he gives me hugs in front of his friends and claims to be a "Mamma's boy!" 
     I met my husband when I was 14 and we married when I was 21. We have been married for 21 years now and are still madly in love. At 20 years, we renewed our vows. It was even more special the second time. For those recently married, my advice is to laugh together, talk together, and to compromise! 
    I am giving away something I cannot start my year without! It is a must have! Mr. Sketch Markers! Let's face it,  we are constantly making anchor charts in our rooms!  Why not enliven your senses while you do!

    Click on my blog button below to go to my blog:  My Heart Belongs in First.  And please check out my Teachers Pay Teachers Store.  Everything in my store is kid tested and approved.  I do not make items to sell.  I make items for my classroom and then put them on TPT.  
Click here to visit My TPT.


We love some markers! Okay...READY, SET, GO!!!!

-Follow My Heart Belongs in First and leave a comment
-Follow Tamera's TPT store and leave a comment
Giveaway ends tonight at midnight. I will post the winner and the last giveaway tomorrow!!!! Good Luck!

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Giveaway #8

Hey y'all!

I am Abby from Third Grade Bookworm! I live in Georgia (hence the "y'all") and I've taught for 11 years. I've worked in 2nd, 3rd and 4th grade but my heart is in 3rd. Their little personalities start to bloom, they are hi-lar-ious, their independence is awesome, but they still need you like a "school mama." Love notes abound and I just love every minute of it. Even the part of the year where they still act like second graders... it usually goes away sometime in October. :)

Since I know we're all anticipating our Christmas Breaks, I have a fun favorite things *winter* giveaway for you! I know that those days off are supposed to be relaxing, but I also know that if you are a blog reader (or writer!) you are not the kind of teacher to totally "check out" of teaching for your entire break.

Admit it, you're planning and brainstorming all of those fun January lessons you want to do as soon as you get back. :)

I have something I hope will make life a little easier - 4 of my favorite winter read-alouds!

I want to make that "back to school" planning a little bit easier for one amazing teacher out there. For me, all it takes is a good book and the lesson ideas start flowing. :) I love, love, love sharing seasonal books with my kiddos and these four books fit right in from December through January!

I will send these super-fabulous  books via Amazon to one lucky winner! Good luck!

Yay! You know the drill:
Follow Third Grade Bookworm and Leave a Comment
Follow Abby's TPT store and Leave a Comment
"Like" Third Grade Bookworm's Facebook page and Leave a Comment
The giveaway ends tonight at midnight!

Tuesday, December 18, 2012


We have 2 winners to announce. Sorry for the delay! The winner of Tammy's giveaway is Aimee of Pencils, Books, and Dirty Looks! I'll be sending your address to Tammy so she can send you your cookbook! Congrats!

The winner of Danielle's giveaway is Jen of Jen's Kinder Kids. I will be sending your address to Danielle so you can get those Sharpies!!!!

See ya tomorrow with another giveaway!!!

Monday, December 17, 2012

Giveaway #7

Seasons Greetings!

Danielle from Classroom Cupcakes here!  I am so excited to be a part of Holly Bloggy Christmas Giveaway! 

Before I reveal what I am giving away, I want to spread some Holiday cheer! Below is a cute and funny clip of the fabulous {and increasingly attractive as he ages} Jim Carrey being his charismatic self.  Enjoy!


Now onto the giveaway!  I was thinking about my favorite things.  All of my colleagues can vouch for the fact that I am OBSESSED with writing utensils.  Pens, markers, pencils, highlighters - I love them all and have WAY too many.  My favorite thing to write with by far are Sharpies.  C'mon, who doesn't love Sharpies?! giveaway is a 24-set of fine line Sharpies!

Follow the guidelines set by Teacher Blogger Exchange for details on how to enter to win!
Follow Ms. Chaney's blog and leave a comment.
Follow her TpT store and leave a comment.

Good luck to all!  May your memories this season be warm and bright!

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Giveaway #6

Merry Christmas blogging buddies! Tammy here from First Grade in Storybook Café. I hope everyone is winding down their days in school before your break and ready for some rest and relaxation. Here in the heartland of America it is WAY too warm and dry to feel like December, much less Christmas. This week I had my air conditioning on as we sang Christmas Carols and made Gingerbread houses. It just isn’t right. I left Arizona for a reason!

Well ok for those of you that don’t know me or my blog here is a little bit about the both of us. I live and teach first grade in a small rural community in north central Oklahoma known as the Osage. My blog is First Grade at Storybook Café.
I have been married to my best friend and love of my life for twenty seven years (which makes me sound really OLD but we were really young when we married haha). I love to read, cook, and gather my friends and family in my home as much as I can.

I have two amazing kids. Kanten, my son is twenty-three and a recent graduate of OSU (go Pokes). He now works for the USDA as a Rangeland specialist (no I do not know how to explain what that is). Hadley, my daughter is eighteen and a freshman at OSU this year (again go Pokes). She is working toward her degree in Wildlife Management (and nope can’t explain that either). They are both the very best part of me and their daddy all rolled up into two amazing kids young adults.

Two years ago I started blogging because I love to write, then I began discovering amazing teacher blogs and was pulled in by the warmth and kinship of all the wonderful teacher/bloggers. I can honestly say my teaching has expanded and grown in ways that never would have been possible within my small town. I love blogging and the world it has opened up to me.

Which leads me to my favorite thingI had a very hard time deciding what I could give away. I wanted it to be something good, useful, fun, and reflective of me. And then it meI’m sure you’ve all heard of Ree Drummond “The Pioneer Woman” well she lives in the same county I do (uhh no our paths have never crossed) and her cookbooks have some really great recipes, but more importantly they have some great photos of Osage county. 

So my Favorite Thing-cooking, eating, gathering friends and family, Osage county- and the new cookbook by Ree Drummond-The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Food from My Frontier.

I hope you like it and enjoy seeing parts of northern Oklahoma. 



Yum!  We love a good home-cooked meal too!
To enter:
Follow Tammy's blog and leave a comment.
Follow her TpT store and leave a comment.
Good luck!