Students’ First-Day Butterflies Take Flight With This Book: Win It!

Butterflies on the First Day of School (Sterling) follows Rosie through her day, as the butterflies ease and the fun of being in school takes hold. Students who are a bit nervous themselves will appreciate this gentle story. And you can win the book!

Here’s how: Submit a comment to this blog to share what phrase you use to describe being nervous. Butterflies in your stomach? Nervous Nellie? Bundle of nerves? Comments are due by Thursday, August 15, to be included in our random drawing. Good luck! (Update: Congratulations to Catherine, our lucky winner!)

Check out these handy (and free) tools, which can help quell your own butterflies as the school year starts:


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Don’t forget, enter to win this week’s prize before you lose your nerve, get the heebie-jeebies, feel like a cat in a room full of rocking chairs, get the jitters, end up pins and needles….


PS: Our new contests are ready! We have 138 prizes for teachers. Enter here.

58 thoughts on “Students’ First-Day Butterflies Take Flight With This Book: Win It!

  1. We just say nervous or anxious but I like the colorful phrases people have used to describe it. Would love to win the book for my daughter!

  2. IT depends I use a few sayings I SAY I am a buddle of Neves or I say I HAVE BUTTERFLIES IN MY STOMIC and yet still I may say my tummy is doing flip flops .

  3. I used to say I’m anxious with anxiety on the first day of school, and I couldn’t sleep the night before. Now I am a substitute teacher so every night before I am a bundle of nerves. I did a long term music teacher sub job the last 6 weeks of school and I survived!

  4. Depends, are we talking about what I say as an adult, or what I say to kids…

    When I am personally nervous/anxious I say “I’m going to puke” *and I make this silly nervous face!
    When I am talking to my kiddos in class, I say butterflies in their tummy because they are feeling shy.

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