Monday, July 4, 2011

1000 Followers and a Giveaway!!

I just reached 1000 followers!! Woohoo!! I am sooooo excited!! In honor of 1000 blog followers, I am hosting a giveaway. Since I absolutely LOVE children's literature and buy way too many children's books, I wanted to give away a great book for someone to use in their classroom. Once I found out about Pete the Cat: Rocking in My School Shoes, I knew that had to be the one!! So, for my 1000 followers giveaway, I will give away a copy of Pete the Cat and Pete the Cat: Rocking in My School Shoes to a winner chosen at random.

If you are not familiar with Pete the Cat, check out my posts Pete the Cat, Pete the Cat Giveaway, and Pete the Cat: Rocking in My School Shoes. Check out Deanna Jump's TPT store for her Pete the Cat unit.

To enter the giveaway, comment below telling me the types of posts that are your favorite, what you need more resources or ideas on, or how I could make my blog better for you as a follower.

Make sure to include your email address in your post. The giveaway ends at midnight on Sunday July 10th, 2011. You may comment with an idea or suggestion as many times as you like.


115 comments:

weety said...

Congrats!!! My favorite posts are those that involve pictures--it can be anything as long as a pic is attached! tillack@verizon.net

weety said...

I also love to be able to download games/center activities--especially literacy ones such as "bang" type games. tillack@verizon.net

weety said...

One more little suggestion--I would love to have a couple blank cards at the ends of bloggers' freebies so that I can add to it! tillack@verizon.net

Tanya said...

My favorite posts are literacy activities that are related to children's books. I, like you, am a "kiddie lit junkie"! LOL
Tanya

First Grade is Fantabulous!

Jena Snowden said...

I love your blog! I think that you do a great job! I had never heard about Pete the Cat until this week. I would love to win this since I had already planned on buying it!

Jena
1st Grade with Miss Snowden
1stgradewithMissSnowden@gmail.com

S. Parker said...

Wow, 1,000 Followers! I was excited to have 500. Congratulations on the accomplishment.

I love to see pictures of classrooms. I get great ideas and inspiration from looking into the rooms of other classrooms. I'd like to also know what you are up to as an experienced teacher training others especially as we move into the Common Core Standards.

www.learningwithmrsparker.blogspot.com

Tanya said...

I also loved your post about the calendar with all the great pics!
Tanya

First Grade is Fantabulous!

JenniferL said...

I have not heard of Pete the Cat until your blog! I'm always looking for space solutions and I love to see how other teachers organize their classrooms!

Rowdy in First Grade

Karen Stamp said...

I love when teachers share photos of their classrooms... it's always great to get ideas how to better organize or arrange materials! CONGRATS on 1000 followers!!
Karen :o)
Mrs. Stamp's Kindergarten

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the great giveaway and the great blog! I am learning so much from all the new blogs I've found this summer!!! I would love some organizational ideas/photos/systems to help me get set up in my new classroom this year!

marcietaylor2000@hotmail.com

Anonymous said...

Grrr... sorry I'm not "annonymous" I'm a follower... Marcie... google gives me trouble sometimes!

I'd also love some first week of school ideas and activities :)

marcietaylor2000@hotmail.com

Lindsey (The Teacher Wife) said...

I love to hear about new blogs!

-Lindsey
www.theteacherwife.blogspot.com

theteacherwife(at)gmail(dot)com

Bobbie said...

I love your blog!! I love anything that has to do with stations (math or literacy) anything to make learning fun! I love post with pictures too!!
bagoings at gmail dot com

Jody said...

Hi! I had never heard of Pete the Cat, until I hit the blogging scene! I love posts that introduce great books and teaching ideas!
Jody

Camp Kindergarten

jkalnicki@gmail.com

Kelly B said...

Congrats! I would love to hear about neat ideas teachers do in their classrooms. For example, when I taught 1st grade, we had a Fairy Tale Ball. Since I am moving to K this upcoming year, I would love for my grade level to have something special similar to the FTB. I also love seeing pictures for how teachers organize/store their resources. Thanks@

kellybrown28021 at gmail dot com

Jennyfer said...

I LOVE your blog. Some of my favorite posts are the ones where you introduce a new blog and I also enjoy the posts where you share new books or literacy units. Next year will be my first year teaching kindergarten. I would enjoy more posts about starting up a kindergarten classroom, especially at the beginning of the school year. Thanks so much for sharing all your resources!

jen_murphine@hotmail.com
www.teachinginthecouv.blogspot.com

Tracy said...

I would love to hear how teachers do centers/groups with no helpers in the room!!! I am all alone with 28 kids and it is hard to keep them on task while I am doing reading groups! I am thinking of doing Workshop Way?? Has anyone had success with this?

Keys4Education said...

Congrats on the 1000 followers! I love your blog. The more information you can post on literacy and math finds, the better. Thank you for posting the giveaway. You rock! :)

Mrs. Saoud said...

I love your highlights from various blogs.

Cheryl
Primary Graffiti

primarygraffiti(at)yahoo.com

LeAnne Cooper said...

I can't wait to check out Pete the Cat. Like many others, I had never heard of it until your blog posts. My favorite types of blog posts are those that include pictures (I'm a visual learner) and games/activities for math or literacy stations.

Hangin' with Mrs. Cooper

Dawn said...

I love your blog! My favorite posts include organization ideas, beginning of school activities, and math/literature stations. Thanks for sharing.
DawnteachK@gmail.com

Pam said...

I love your blog. Because of your blog I decided to begin a blog also. Thank you for all the great things you do for teachers!
candokinders.blogspot.com

Megan said...

Your blog is wonderful. Also, you have directed me to so many wonderful blogs I wouldn't have found otherwise. My favorite posts are your thematic units- LOVED the Polar Express unit- and ones where you highlight other bloggers.
Thanks for all you do!
mgnreynolds@yahoo.com

Mozi Esmé said...

I love links to downloads - though I don't always get around to using them - also topical/seasonal ideas, center ideas like your recent literacy center one, etc. There's pretty much nothing I don't like on this blog - well done!

janemaritz at yahoo dot com

AmandaB said...

tried and true hands-on activities that children love! :)

Jade =) said...

I love your fun printables and ideas! Especially enjoy holiday crafts, lessons or ideas - as my homeschool curriculum doesn't really include those! Thanks for having such a great blog! heyjade[at]gmail

Fran Kramer said...

I am writing a unit to go with Pete the Cat!It will be the first one I post on TpT! I love kindergarten based activities for the beginning of the year, not assuming they know letters and sounds.
My unit will be for the Ells who need more practice with basic skills. This blog has been a great resource for me.Thanks for helping teachers.

susan degolier said...

I love, love, LOVE your blog. I have become a blog stalker for ideas - usually of any kind. At this time of year, I am especially interested in beginning of the year ideas/activities that include pix to make it easier to understand. Love new things for me and for my kinders.

susan degolier said...

Ooops - forgot to include my email adress in my post above :)
mrsde@comcast.net

Katie said...

Being new to the world of Kindergarten I absolutely love it all! However I would love to hear how you use music in your room and what music you use! Thanks for all your sharing!
katiegordon2@gmail.com

Melissa said...

I read "Pete the Cat" to my class just this year and also had them complete a couple of Deanna's activities from her unit. They LOVED this book! I am SO excited that there is a sequel!

I love your blog and have found many other talented teachers through your blog. So I like when you suggest other new blogs to check out. I would like to see more post and resources about Guided Reading in Kindergarten, as this is something I still struggle with after 8 years in the classroom.

Thanks for everything!

mdbug@hotmail.com

Jacy said...

I LOVE your blog! I appreciate all the great children's literature ideas!!
Jacers21 @yahoo.com

Sandra Guntorius said...

Congratulations, that's great. I would know more about daily 5.

Mrs.Guntoriusclass.blogspot.com

Jennifer Lewis said...

I love finding new blogs through your blog. I also enjoy your holiday ideas because these can be adapted to so many grade levels (I am a media specialist). It is such a coincidence that you are giving away a Pete the Cat book. I had not heard of these books until last week when I strated trying to arrange an author visit for my school. I would LOVE to win this giveaway!!!

Miss W said...

I love posts with station/center ideas. It's always helpful to see what other teachers do.

✪ Miss W

Miss W Teaches

misswold@gmail.com

Cheree' said...

I love to see pictures of classrooms. I get great ideas and inspiration from looking into the rooms of other classrooms. I especially love pictures of various methods of organization.

chereemeans@gmail.com

Sherry said...

I am so happy with the great ideas shared. If it wasn't for the blogs that I have been faithfully reading, I would never had known about 'Daily 5' which I will be implementing this fall. Keep doing what you're doing. I don't even know that I NEED that, until I see it here!
sherrymatheson@gmail.com

Kelly M said...

I love all of the different ideas from a variety of blogs that are posted here. I am always looking for new literacy and math center ideas!

kmkoala1@gmail.com

laughinbrunette (Jennifer) said...

Congrats!! I love the freebies, as well as pictures of peoples classrooms/bulletin boards...station ideas are always helpful, too!
Thanks!!
Jennifer
laughinbrunette@hotmail.com
First Grade Blue SKies

Kristen said...

I love any art project ideas--especially if they have pictures or templates!

KristenMErrickson@gmail.com

yvonnee said...

Thanks for taking the time away from your family to blog and inspire others. I love all of the ideas and freebies.

Anonymous said...

Can't wait!!!! I am bummed I keep coming up as anonymous...grrrrr Google!!!

Nicole Bevan :)

nicolevetrano@hotmail.com

Lynne said...

love to hear about childrens' books to use in my classroom

Lynne said...

oops forgot my email addy- I also love the suggestions for other blogs to check out- thanks!!

lfield@twcny.rr.com

jjensen said...

When I first started blogging in January, your blog was the first one I found. Thank you for getting me addicted to blogging. Your blog is saved in my favorites and I come to your blog each day to see what is new in blogging world. Thanks for sharing all your neat ideas! Keep up the good work!

jjensen@north-cedar.k12.ia.us

Linda Romana said...

Such a great giveaway! I love Pete the Cat! I love seeing classroom pictures and pictures of the activities. Helps me put things in perspective. Thanks for all you do!
lnetzeband@gmail.com

kacey said...

I'm coming back to try and comment again.. I could never get it to post earlier!! :o( And now that you have sweetened the day with Mrs. Jump's unit.. it's even better!!

I love the post where you share ideas and pictures of ideas!! Love seeing what others are doing!

kacey@doodlebugspaper.com

Anonymous said...

I love anything to do with literacy activities. Anytime you can connext an activity with a piece of literature...that is golden!!

Vickie Heydenreich
abxmomof3@aol.com

Shauna said...

I love the math activities that you have on here and would love more like that. I appreciate you letting us know about your Tpt purchases. I purchased one today after reading your recommendation.

Shauna Langham
shaunarae2@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

I love your blog and check it everyday. Totally addicted to seeing what others are doing and getting great new ideas that I can use in my K classroom. It is a bonus when I can print something out :) Thanks for the offer and opportunity - you rock!
Michele B.
patandmichele@optonline.net

Delaney White said...

I love your blog and check it everyday!!! I used ALL your Valentine stuff and I love when you post your favorites from other blogs! Thanks so much!

delanej23460@aol.com

Michele said...

I love it all! The units, posts about other teachers cool ideas, everything is fabulous. Keep it coming! Thanks so much!

mdebacker@hotmail.com

Randee said...

I was clueless about Pete! Thank you for introducing us!! I'm sure my little love muffins are going to LOVE him! I love all of the fun lit activities you post. Thank you for sharing all of your ideas!

How About Them Apples
randeeschatz@hotmail.com

Jonelle Bell said...

Congrats on 1000 followers! I love your blog just they way it is though I do miss your classroom blog:) Hope you are having a great summer!
Jonelle
A Place Called Kindergarten

Kinderglynn said...

I think your blog totally rocks. I love to see and hear what others are doing. I think it is great when you pull ideas from others blogs and highlight them! thanks
Donna
www.kinderglynn.blogspot.com

c said...

Love your blog--you always have such great "new" ideas!! I really loved the one on Pininterest--I now have a whole bunch of ideas for the new school year and lots of other stuff that I love!! Congratulations!!

The Peterson Family said...

No wonder you have 1000 followers - we all love your blog!!
I just love get new ideas and a different perspective - sometimes we can only see things one way when in the same room, same routine everyday, ya know?
I especially like ideas for literacy and now math centers as I'm starting mine up this year (wish me luck!)
cnlpeterson(at)gmail(dot)com

Babylicious said...

I love seeing how different teachers organize their literacy stations. I'm always looking for ways to reinvent mine or reorganize mine. I also appreciate the other blogs that I have discovered through yours.
erikup15(at)gmail(dot)com

ccobb23 said...

I love a post with pictures - makes it so much clearer to me.
With Common Core being implemented, I think reading what other teachers across the country think and how you are matching what you do to them will be really interesting. Blogs are a great medium for discussions like that.
carolcobb23(at)gmail(dot)com

Cindy said...

Congrats on 1000 followers! That's quite an accomplishment!! :o) I love your blog - read everything you post! I really enjoy games that I can download, pics of classrooms and learning about new things! :o)

Cindy
ccfirstteacher@gmail.com

Twitch said...

Hi! I am a new follower, so I'm not sure that I deserve to win so much as some of your tenured followers, but never the less, I would love to win. I hadn't heard of Pete the Cat but am always eager to explore new children's literature. I am most interested in finding exciting ways to teach reading and language arts using creative manipulatives. Thanks for your blog! People like you deserve great rewards for taking the time to share so much! My email is dusty.hepler@gmail.com.

Brandy said...

More photos of other teacher's classrooms. And anything writing workshop related would be awesome!

Gina Beach said...

I love your blog. It's my go to spot for ideas and links. I can't pick just one thing! Common Core is coming so connecting ideas to that would be helpful.
Gina
gbeach1989@gmail.com

kathy said...

I check your blog every day! I enjoy posts where you highlight other bloggers' posts regarding a particular topic. I also enjoy posts where you introduce new bloggers.
Kathy
skk.worth@gmail.com

Christy said...

My favorite posts are the ones that have math station ideas! Keep them coming :) ChristyKTN@comcast.net

The Youngs said...

I'd love to see before and after pics of other classrooms. It's so neat to see the wonderful things that everyone else is doing!

The Youngs said...

oops...forgot to leave my email address above: tracymistletoe@aol.com

Mrs. Wheeler said...

Yay! Congratulations! I would like to see more literature links! You do a great job, so mainly just keep that up! My email is meganwheeler44@Yahoo.com

Alicia M said...

Just ordered both of these from Amazon today - would love to win Deanna's unit! Thanks for all you do April. Your blog is so helpful!

Susan Berry said...

I love your blog, especially that it's very organized and "neat". Recently I did a short presentation to teachers about using teacher blogs and I heard from many that they don't use blogs because they are so overwhelming - too much to see on the page. I agree with that, particularly if you are a new blogger. Your blog is not overwhelming. It's "just enough" in terms of design, IMHO.
What would I like to see more of? Perhaps some thoughts on how you do RTI?

Thanks!
Susan
seaberry@cfl.rr.com

megandw said...

I love your blog! I really like the kinds of posts that show lessons you have taught in classrooms. I love the pictures and ideas that go with those types of posts! Thanks!
megandw@yahoo.com

megandw said...

I also love the posts related to new blogs or links related to a particular topic! Thanks!
megandw@yahoo.com

Susan Berry said...

Oops, forgot something from my previous post....If any of you want my little booklet on how to use teacher blogs to share, it's available for free on my new TpT store: http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Blogging-for-Teachers

Enjoy!

alwayslearning said...

Thank you so much for looking at mhy post and making the change! I am so excited tobe able to enter your giveaway!
Holly
bearcom1000@msn.com
http://joyofkindergarten.blogspot.com/

Kari said...

Congrats on 1000 followers!! I would love to win this giveaway. I just recently heard of Pete the Cat and I instantly fell in love. What a great book!! I love blog posts that include ideas that are easy to use in the classroom the very next day. Sometimes I see something at night and can't wait to use it the next day!

Kari
Karianne1120@gmail.com

Teacher Andrea's ABC School said...

I am so excited for you! I love your blog and am so happy I stumbled on it! I love printables and all the thought that goes into each post. Thanks for sharing all you fabulous ideas! ilovepreschool@gmail.com

Kari said...

I also love posts that include new games. As we all know, kindergarten students will usually do anything and have fun with it if the word game is included because they don't realize they are even learning!

Kari
Karianne1120@gmail.com

alwayslearning said...

Your blog is wonderful! I like how you use photos a lot when sharing ideas... I am such a visual learner!
Holly
bearcom1000@msn.com
http://joyofkindergarten.blogspot.com/

alwayslearning said...

I also like you how you take the time to highlight other blogs and things of interest! Thank you also for responding when we email you with questions!
Holly
bearcom1000@msn.com
http://joyofkindergarten.blogspot.com/

Rachel Booth said...

I love your blog! You're my go-to blog as I am transitioning to Kindergarten this fall.... I love the pictures that you post...really helps a visual learner learn. I'd love to see more downloadable products-even at price! You're amazing!! p.s. LOVE Pete the Cat. Regardless of if I win, going to have to incorporate into my room this fall! mrsrachelsbooth@gmail.com www.rachelboothhappilyeverafter.blogspot.com

Thomas Family said...

I love your blog and ideas. I like that you feature other blogs on your site. I have started reading the Math book by Debbie Diller and would love to see more ways to use the book in my kindergarten room. I have two groups with 25 students each. We have no hep. Thanks Robin
scottrobinthomas@yhoo.com

Mrs. Bachar's Kindergarten Class said...

I love all the ideas and resources on your blog! I have to say though I love when there are printables! Thanks for sharing!
deirdre.bachar@fairfieldsfuture.org

Anonymous said...

I love when activities are linked to children's books. Pete the cat was one of my kids favorites this past year. Can't wait to get the new book.

Amy
qbeepatte@hotmail.com

Donna said...

I love posts about literacy stations because I'm revamping the way mine are organized and I'm looking for new ideas. Thanks for sharing so much with us!

Donna
DLCteach@aol.com

Darla said...

I love making new literacy centers! Thanks for sharing

Darla

spideyandpea@gmail.com

Donna said...

I just became your 1010th follower. I just started my blog 6 days ago so I can't imagine having so many followers (I only have 26!) I would love your feedback if you have time to check it out. Thanks! (PeaceLoveLearning.blogspot.com)

Donna
DLCteach@aol.com

pearlygirly said...

Have shared your blog and ideas with many of my fellow teachers.
tpfarms@hughes.net (forgot e-mail)

Renessa said...

Hello, great blog! I'd love some ideas for science and social studies. I find it really hard to find the time for these subjects during my day!I Congratulations on 1000 followers!

My email is rbkindergarten@gmail.com

Thanks!

Renessa

Anonymous said...

I love your blog! Thanks for being such a generous teacher! I love the variety of your posts and all of the ideas that you share. You've helped me become a more creative teacher. How do you find the time?!

teachingprincess@gmail.com

B. Roper said...

I love finding new books and blogs! I love new crafts and things to spruce up my units! Your blog is awesome!!
Really Roper

Stephanie said...

My class loves Pete the Cat! I didn't know a sequel was coming out. I will definitely be buying it! :) I am a new teacher and I'm working on building my library. My favorite posts are about "must-have" books the different ways to implement them in the class.

Thank you for your awesome blog!

dina said...

I love your blog. My favorite thing about your blog is when you post about other blogs.

Thanks
Dina
dakotasmom@verizon.net

Stacey said...

I like any photos related to literacy. Especially reading comprehension for kindergarten or word work ideas. Thanks!

sharrold1974@gmail.com

Mrs. Lofgren said...

Congratulations on reaching 1ooo followers! I love seeing posts that contain pictures of activities or classroom organization. I have really enjoyed blog hopping this summer and am looking forward to trying some of the ideas I have "seen" in my classroom next year. Thank you for sharing!!! :)

lofgrenj@vail.k12.az.us

Karen said...

I like your posts that include photos and printable sheets to use immediately in the classroom.
Karen.Strawser@sbcglobal.net

Karen said...

I love how quickly you emailed me back to answer my questions.
Karen.Strawser@sbcglobal.net

Karen said...

My class loved drawing, making and writing about Mo Willems books, especially the Pigeon. We used your blog on the smartboard to show examples of strong work. Then we made our own projects.
Karen.Strawser@sbcglobal.net

Karen said...

I love Pete the Cat and would LOVE to win because I have never won an blog contest!
My kindergarteners love the Pete the Cat youtube video
Karen.Strawser@sbcglobal.net

Thad said...

I love your blog and love the downloads and ideas. Keep them coming, I always look forward to reading your blogs!
Thanks
Jill
auth@centurytel.net

Amanda said...

I have never heard of Pete the Cat! It sounds like a great book to start the year out! I love your blog and all the pictures of your projects! Thanks for sharing all the pictures!
anmeadow@access.k12.wv.us

Renee said...

Reading your blog is like a breath of fresh air! I really appreciate the fact that your ideas are tried and true. If I use one of them , I know it will work. Thanks for all the great ideas and your love of teaching!

Mel said...

Love all your ideas and links to other blogs. Always love a good printable to use right away!
Melanie
justmelz1@yahoo.com

New Beginnings in First said...

I love your blog! You are such a great inspiration! Probably my favorite is all the wonderful literacy ideas. You can never have enough literacy ideas to use.

Thanks!

April
april_jackson06@yahoo.com

weheartkinder said...

I love reading your blog!!! I love reading all of the literacy posts. I love getting new ideas to use in my classroom and it also inspires even more ideas! Thank you for all the you share!

meganrkemp@gmail.com

mmata said...

I have been following your blog ever since last summer when I attended one of your presentations at CAMT. I love all your ideas and freebies! Through your blog I discovered many other kindergarten blogs and have become a blog stalker! Thanks!!

mata0895@att.net

Jenn Bates said...

Congrats on 1000!!! That is awesome!! I too love picture book and activity posts. I am a serious book fanatic. This is my favorite giveaway yet! Crossing my fingers and toes.
Jenn
Jenn@finallyinfirst.com

sspeller said...

I too think that posts with LOTS of pictures do the trick - I am very visual. I am also loving reading all the information about the Math Stations book Blog Party. I can't wait to revamp the whole way I teach math next year. I find all of these blogs SO inspiring and keep trying to talk my sister (who also teaches Kg) into creating one of our own this fall. We'll see.

sspeller@verizon.net

Adam, Katie, Ava and Sophie said...

I loooove your blog and get so many ideas from you to use in my classroom!! I check it everyday too. I would love to get more ideas for math stations. Thanks!!

Katie Spence
katiesspence@hotmail.com

Beth said...

Thanks for all of the amazing ideas. I love the book suggestions. Can't wait to use Pete the Cat to start off the new school year!
Beth
btroutman70@gmail.com

Mrs. Davies said...

I LOVE your blog...it is an inspiration to me! Thanks for all of your ideas!

~Wendy
sdwd727@gmail.com

Mrs. Davies said...

I would love to see all of your ideas on conducting Reader's Workshop in Kindergarten! This is always a struggle for me. Thanks so much!

~Wendy
sdwd727@gmail.com

Mrs. Davies said...

I would also love to get ideas on your schedule throughout the day and how you break it up for the kinders. Thank you! :)

~Wendy
sdwd727@gmail.com

Heather Kaldis said...

I love everything about your blog! I saw you present last year at CAMT and started following your blog. Thank you for sharing your ideas. I especially love anything that has to do with literacy or class books. Your blog is awesome! Absolutely LOVE all the pictures and examples of work.

Heather Kaldis said...

OMG! Just commented but forgot my email...hkaldis@brenhamisd.net! Sorry!

apple blossom said...

crafts and hands-on activities are always fun

ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com