First Friday Giveaway!

Blog-Penguin-BookHappy New Year, ya’ll! I think this a first—our First Friday Giveaway falling on New Year’s Day. Pretty great way to start the new year, don’t ya think? (And just in case you’re wondering, I did not get up at the crack of dawn this morning to write this blog. I love ya’ll, I do. But maybe not that much! I’m actually writing this blog on December 30!)

Okay, about that giveaway! Yeppers, this adorable penguin with a belly filled with classroom supplies is looking for a home. And he’s bringing with him a brand-new copy of Little Penguin Gets the Hiccups by Tadgh Bentley. Soooo, if you’d like to welcome these two penguin items into your classroom, here’s what you need to do.

Leave a comment right here on the blog that shares one goal you have for 2016. (Notice I didn’t call this a resolution. For some reason, I like the sound of goal better!) But don’t wait too long! To be entered to win, your comment must be posted before midnight EST Sunday, January 10, 2016.

Best wishes for a healthy and happy new year!


PS: Feel free to tell us your favorite hiccup remedy, too!

Congratulations to Angela (commenter number 54), the winner of this month’s giveaway!

104 thoughts on “First Friday Giveaway!

  1. One of my goals for 2016 is to continue to read professional research articles in order to stay current in curriculum and testing.

  2. My goal for 2016 is to make it a great year for myself and the kiddos. And of course to lose that last 10 lbs. Happy New Year to all

  3. I have several goals. School-wise, it’s probably to be more organized so I can spend more time living and less time prepping for school. It seems like that is all I do when awake.

  4. My goal is to be more creative, and come up with a lot of new interactive activities. Thank you for the wonderful giveaway.
    ErinLoves2Run at gmail dot com

  5. My goal is to stop soda completely. Doing so will definitely cause weightloss and will help me drink more water.

  6. My goal is to give of my time to help struggling students in the upper grades to become more successful — and do it in fun/creative ways so that they will enjoy learning.

  7. My goal for 2016 is to make my teaching to be more creative and to make learning fun!
    (Oh yeah…to get organized lol (last years continued!)
    PS a spoon full of sugar under the tongue ( sounds like a song!!!!)

  8. My goal is to have a great attitude. I previously had help getting my children off to school in the morning but I no longer have that blessing. So the three of us need to work together to get out the door bright and early so mom is not late for work.

  9. My home goal is to be more present with my toddler. 🙂 He’s growing and changing so fast!

    My school goal is to stay more organized! I want to implement more color coding in my classroom for my students, too.

    Best hiccup remedy? Drinking water through a wash cloth!

  10. One goal that I have is to always be present with my students! This means no checking emails, answering the phone, chatting with a colleague, etc. while my students are in the classroom. I am there to be with them!

  11. One goal I have to is give my children more time to read. I believe they will become better readers when they are allowed to read what they want to read and read it for enjoyment. Grab a pillow and a book!

  12. A goal I have for this year is to implement Daily 5 into my schedule. I’m a first year teacher and I’ve never seen the implementation of centers, and didn’t really see it in action when I Student Taught, so I hope I can do it effectively and efficiently.
    Thanks! 🙂

  13. My goal, as a librarian, is to have more activities for students after I read a book to them. I want them to comprehend what they just heard. I’m always looking for ideas.

  14. My goal is to provide support to the teachers with whom I work, to help make their year go just a little smoother and easier. If I can lift up the teachers a little every day, then I believe they will do right by our scholars. Everyone needs a little pick me up, especially teachers who have an ever increasing workload, tougher expectations, and scholars who present challenges of every kind. A little kindness goes a looooong way toward making our jobs less stressful!

  15. My goal for 2016 is to impliment more parent outreach days monthly! Parents love having the opportunity to visit their childs 4K classroom!

  16. My goal for 2016 is to declutter. I have started by organizing my crafts by activity which really helps me to just grab a specific bag of supplies on my way out the door.

  17. My goal for 2016 is to stop sweating the small stuff and really concentrate on the important pieces of the puzzles!

  18. 2016, the year of me. It may sound silly, but in order to take care of the other people in my life I need to do a better job of taking care of myself first.

  19. I want to better utilize organizational tools to help me stay organized. I do pretty well, but I want to especially remember to de-clutter as the year goes by so that I’m not doing all that at year’s end.

  20. Best hiccup remedy for at home: a spoonful of honey. Works every time!

    My goal is to find time to take care of myself physically and emotionally and spiritually.

  21. My goal for 2016 is to continue coming up with fun hands on learning ideas for my homeschool preschool so kids want to keep learning.

  22. One goal I have is to be a larger than life encourager of reading, finding additional strategies to build lifelong readers and help reluctant readers find books that will spark that interest.

  23. My goal for my classroom is it laugh more. We get so bogged down with assessments and lessons, that I need to just let things happen as they happen and enjoy my kids!
    Best hiccup remedy?? take several small sips of water before exhaling.

  24. My goal for 2016 is to find more engaging, challenging, and personalized learning opportunities for every one of my students using technology.

  25. My goal is to make sure all of my preschoolers are kindergarten ready by the time they leave me. Also that I have them leave my classroom with a love of learning that stays with them for a long time.

  26. One goal I have is to wake up earlier during the week. I would love to be lesssr stressed getting me and my girls ready for school and be able to have more time for prep (and coffee!) once I get to school.

  27. My goal is to lose 40 pounds. The best way I have found to get rid of hiccups is to pucker your lips together to make a very small opening. Then suck in air until you can’t do it any longer. Then slowly blow the air out still keeping your lips puckered into that small opening. Works EVERY time!

  28. My goal is to not think about the changes that will be taking place at the end of the school year, and to stay focused on the here and now.

  29. A goal I have for this year is to focus more on “me”…workout more and take care of myself!!! So after teaching all day, I am going to get my workouts in before dinner!

  30. My goal for 2016 is to incorporate more movement into my lessons for my kiddos and to always try to find the positive in every situation.

  31. My goal is to stop stressing about covering everything and spend a little more time listening to my first graders.

  32. My goal is to continue to be a positive teacher and make learning fun by getting each and every student involved in the learning process by using lots of hands on activities!

  33. My goal for 2016 is to make learning a fun experience, read a lot of books, and spend more time with my family.

    P.s My favorite hiccup remedy is a spoonful of sugar!

  34. My goal for school is to have more hands on fun activities, play time learning, and learning to be kind to one another and doing acts of kindness.
    My at home goal is to have more balance between work and family time.

  35. I’m known as the eccentric penguin teacher! I adore sharing my love for penguins with my kinder kiddos! My goal for 2016 is to finally write that children’s book that I’ve been keeping in my head!! The main character? …A penguin, of course!!

  36. My goal for 2016 is to be more organized. My hiccup remedy is letting a teaspoon of sugar dissolve on your tongue. Works every time.

  37. My goal is to give my students active breaks regularly and always make time for play! Children learn through play.-let them be little 🙂

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