Getting Your Room Ready for the Big Day!

On my August calendar there are lots of events and appointments marked, but one date is circled, highlighted, underlined, and starred: Open House, August 23, 3:00. My daughter will start first grade in a few weeks, and I’m excited to meet her teacher, see her classroom, and find out what the year holds!

No doubt you’re preparing for your new students (and their overly eager parents). Check out these free and fun options for getting your room ready for the big day!

Load up on free ideas for bulletin boards and classroom displays at You’ll find grade-specific ideas for creating a bright, cheerful, learning-filled classroom that students will be excited about! Plus while you’re there, enter to win an Ellison AllStar machine starter set. One teacher wins every month!
If you’re craving a super-high-tech classroom upgrade, then be sure to enter the Weekly Reader Classroom Giveaway. Five lucky teachers each will win an interactive whiteboard valued at $5,000! The contest ends September 29, 2009.
Feeling lucky? Then try the contests at Learning Magazine®, too! There are more than 180 prizes to win—everything from a class set of washable art markers from Prang to a carton of Astrobrights paper. And that’s just for starters! Click here now to enter. The deadline is September 17, 2009.
Our sister publication, The Mailbox®, is giving away plenty of prizes for back-to-school, too. Enter The Mailbox Companion 10th Anniversary Great Giveaway for a chance to win cash and free books every week. The contest ends September 30, 2009.



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