Saturday, November 24, 2012

Happy 1st Blogiversary!

This little blog turns 1 today!!!
I have to admit, I really had my doubts...more than a few times along the way...I'm not a huge fan of publicly sharing, but I heard it gets easier & I'm happy to report that it does! This blog has even turned therapeutic for me as I have a chance to write about my students & hear about others' teaching adventures. Now I couldn't imagine my life without it (pretty heavy, huh?!).
 
Thank you to my followers who leave comments I've been negligent responding to (besides a lot of head nodding, which you can't see - I promise to get better!). If it weren't for you, I would definitely have thrown in the towel a long time ago!!
 
This year, I 've learned about linky parties, blog buttons, clip art terms of use, pinterest, giveaways, and more. I also became a contributor to Classroom Freebies Too, and now Classroom Freebies
 
I'm so excited to see what this next year brings!
 
How do you celebrate special days in your classroom? I teach inclusion in two first grade classrooms, but I'm also hopping in & out of the four other first grade rooms, plus seeing my former students in the halls, at arrival, etc.. I easily receive 100 hello hugs before 8:00 am and issue possibly more teacher looks every single school day. I hear about birthdays, pets, new siblings, & so much more I really shouldn't be hearing!
 
It gets a little tricky remembering birthdays, so I have resorted to pre-printing, laminating, and keeping these cards in my office:
 
Celebration graphics & frames from KPM
Font from Jessica Stanford

There's six per page featuring birthday messages and other positive notes. I print out 2-3 of each at the beginning of the year & then restock when needed. The top loop on KPM's adorable doodle frames lends itself to a quick hole-punch & you can thread a ribbon to turn it into a necklace! Wearing things around the neck tend to get distracting with my friends, so sometimes I skip that step :)
 
Please click here to download your own set!
Thanks again for being here - I appreciate you!
Year One - in the books!!
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6 comments :

  1. Thank you Jennifer, these special occasion cards will come in very handy. I love all the colors...but who doesn't love colors?

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  2. Congratulations on a milestone! Glad to know it gets easier and thanks for the freebie.

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  3. Congratulations but I couldn't download it without buying a day pass for $9 from Premium Reader. Is that typical of your downloads?

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  4. Hi, thank you! I just went back and updated the link so it will open in Google docs. I don't know why Scribd is doing that...they were definitely free when I first uploaded! I'm slowly switching them over to google to avoid any more trouble. Thanks so much for letting me know!

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  5. Just pinned your freebie and added you to my Pinteresting Teacher Blogs! I taught firsties for almost 30 years and loved it immensely. However, I'm not a rabbit and I KNOW I couldn't do what you do "hopping around" from classroom to classroom. AMAZING! Thanks for sharing...

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