Saturday, February 16, 2013

I Survived! and Winning!

Phew!  This has been a CRAZY couple of weeks.  Who scheduled conferences the same week as the 100th day of kindergarten AND Valentine's Day?!?  I am so grateful for this 3 day weekend.  I wasn't going to do much school work but who was I kidding?  I've already stopped at my favorite teacher store Lakeshore on the way home from having lunch with my grandma.  I signed up for text alerts from them and they had a buy 1, get one 50% off deal.  Perfect for stocking up on birthday crowns. 

I've been a very lucky blogger lately.  I have been entering giveaways since I got sucked into started following blogs a few years ago and have never won.  In the past two weeks I've won not ONE, not TWO but THREE giveaways!     I want to share with you the wonderful things I've won.

The first product I won is from Kindergarten Kel.  I blogged about her before here.  I won her Sweet Little Valentines Literacy Centers.  If you want to check it out, go to her TPT store here.  I printed off her Bingo cards for my BEE hour kids to play this past week.  I also used the cutest Valentine Village Magnify and Find page she made for my Daily 5 Word Work bin.  I also used the scrambled up sentences during writing.  I took pictures of my kids using them but I forgot my camera at school.  Trust me is a super cute set.  I'm grateful for winning it!

The second product I won is from Kindergarten Rocks.  I won their Fabulous Friendship Unit.  Wow!  This thing is JaMmEd packed full of great stuff!  She uses DJinkers clip art which is one of my favorites.  I love the Friendship Fix-its and the Friends from Beginning to the End sheets.  The entire 172 page pack (yes, you read that correctly 172) is full of things that can be implemented today.  Again, I feel lucky to have won it!

The last giveaway I won is from Beg, Borrow and Steal.  I won a $10 gift card to Target (who doesn't love Target?!?) and anything from her TPT store.  I had such a hard time picking out what I wanted.  I already have her super cute Pizzeria Play Center so I know she has some good stuff.  I finally decided on her ABC Sound Spelling Worksheets.  I'm excited to use these with my kinders.  I've used something similar in the past but this is WAY cuter!  I love that it comes with both color and black line masters.  

I also am feeling the love this week because my 3rd Donors Choose project was fully funded!  I asked for 4 hand held CD players plus a nice organizer for them for my Listen to Reading station.  I am very excited to get these before the end of the year.  My kids are going to be so pumped!

In other news, I got the letter I've been waiting for from the Minnesota Teacher of the Year committee.  I didn't make the first cut.  :(  I don't feel too bad though.  They had to go from 135 to 36.  That's a pretty huge cut.  Plus, another teacher at my school was nominated and didn't get past this round either...and he is a phenomenal teacher.  The whole thing was a pretty rewarding process.  It's always nice to hear how much people appreciate you.  After reading some blogs and posts on the Kinderland Collaborative Community on how some teachers are working with some pretty poor teams, I really want to give a shout out to my amazing, wonderful, super creative team.  I don't think I would enjoy my job nearly as much without them.  We are a force to be reckoned with in our school.  They were so supportive of me and my nomination.  Love you ladies!

I was planning on posting about our 100th day and Valentine's Day but this post is already long enough.  Maybe next time!



  1. How lucky are you!? Winning all those giveaways! Congrats! And congrats in at least getting nominated for teacher of the year! Live, Laugh, I love Kindergarten

  2. And now I am your newest follower! Don't you love Donors Choose? It's the BEST!!! Let us know how it goes with your new CD players!

    1. Thanks for following! I got word that the CD players have shipped!

  3. You could never go wrong with Lakeshore. It's addicting! I am your newest follower, drop by. =)

    Just Wild About Teaching

  4. It is an honor to be recongnized so way to go! Your blog is looking awesome, so exciting to win!

  5. WOO HOO! Congratulations on all your wins girl! That was just a little positivity to add to your life after your busy weeks :) I am super excited to be a new follower of your fabulous blog!!