A New Look & Book For a New Year

I am "over the moon" excited about my new blog design created by seven thirty three! Check out my new pages and social icons. A new feature on my blog is going to be "buy the book." These posts will be about book recommendations for your classroom sprinkled with some activity ideas and freebies.



So here is my first "buy the book" with a freebie and giveawayThis School Year Will Be the BEST!
best school year
Jonelle

40 comments:

  1. Love your new look!! I always start my year off with Chicka Chicka Boom Boom. Personally, I LOVE this book!!!

    http://teachingmaketheworld.blogspot.com/

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  2. I love the idea of using this as a lit connection for those beginning of the year hopes and dreams discussion. A book that I love to read at the beginning of the year is We Share Everything by Robert Munsch.

    Stephanie

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  3. cute new blog design - i love it!! :)

    KinderTastic

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  4. I LOVE your new blog design!!!!!!! and thanks for the cute download!
    -Rachelle
    whattheteacherwants.blogspot.com

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  5. Oh and I love the book "First Day Jitters"! It's funny because my kiddos never really catch on to the end of the book...I usually have to explain it to me! I still use it because it describes me and the students exactly! Jittery! :)
    -Rachelle
    whattheteachewants@gmail.com
    whattheteacherwants.blogspot.com

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  6. We begin the year with an ocean unit. There are so many fun ocean books centered around friendship and social skills for this unit. My favorite book to use is the Pout Pout Fish. I had the perfect student for this book last year. Thanks for sharing the download. . cute!!
    Smiles to you,
    Kim
    schneiderk@stillwater.k12.mn.us

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  7. I am always looking for new books to start the school year. I do enjoy the Kissing Hand! Thanks for the book idea/freebie. :-)Robin

    grnbean04@gmail.com

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  8. I always begin the year with the Kissing Hand. We then go on a Chester Hunt, in which we take go on a tour of the school while looking for our favorite racoon!

    Sarah
    http://spotlightonk.blogspot.com/

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  9. Love the new blog design! I love to read The !Night Before Kindergarten, Owen, and We Share Everything. Have a great school year!

    Darcy
    darcyallender@hotmail.com

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  10. Just found your blog and love it!! One of my fave books to use at the beginning of the year is Recess Queen. The kids love it!

    Quench Your First

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  11. Love to start the year off with Miss Bindergarten!

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  12. First Day Jitters is one of my favorite books to start the year. The children always love the "twist" at the end!

    Primary Practice

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  13. I always use First Day Jitters and last year teaching Kindergarten I also used The Kissing Hands and The Gingerbread Man to explore the school!

    ATeacherAndABlog.blogspot.com

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  14. I am moving into kindergarten this year and have been debating on which book to start my year. Several of the books in the running are First Day Jitters, Miss Bindergarten, Scaredy Squirrel, Oh my! The choices are endless! :o)

    Jennifer
    jennkeys @ gmail . com

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  15. First Day Jitters and the Kissing Hand are favorites.
    Thanks for sharing!

    Tam
    tasaevsa@yahoo.com

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  16. I also start the 1st day of school with First Day Jitters. It is just such a cute book which tells it how it really is!

    Thanks!
    Sara

    Madamsara@gmail.com

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  17. I always use The Kissing Hand and Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready for Kindergarten! Love these books!!
    Sandra
    http://spunkykteacher.blogspot.com/

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  18. My favorite is The Kissing Hand! But we also read Miss Bindergarten. Thanks for the chance at the giveaway! :)
    Cheryl
    Crayons and Curls

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  19. I added your button to my blog! I love your blog design. I read This is the Teacher by Rhonda Gowler Greene, so they can get an idea that we will have adventures together. It is funny too.

    Lorena
    Little Treasures

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  20. I'm not sure which one to use first. I love The Kissing Hand and First Day Jitters. I'm also open to something new!

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  21. The last two years, I read "Llama Llama Misses Mama" on the first day of school. It works out really well becuase 1) I can be dramatic (like the Llama) while reading and that holds my new learners' attention, 2) Llama colors a picture of someone he loves (his Mama) and that is a simple thing for the kids to do after reading the story, and 3) Llama carries around his stuffed animal in the book, so I also offer the kids a basket of stuffed animals to hold if they are feeling lonely or nervous or scared.

    I LOVE your download!! Thank you! I have been doing a writing task like this as well and we bind the pages into a classroom book. But yours is way more cute than mine. Also...awesome book! I didn't know this book existed. That is a much better book to get those kids in the mind-set of goal making! compared to the book I was using. So awesome

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  22. I love to read "The Night Before First Grade!" It's a really cute book and discusses what you do the night before to prepare for school.

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  23. I follow your blog too! Very cute and love the downloads

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  24. I always use the Kissing Hand with my kindergartners. It is a book that I can springboard with many activities about leaving families, etc! Thanks for sharing about this book. I was not aware of it!
    rodandshelly@hotmail.com

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  25. I love to use the Kissing Hand with my kids and do activities with it. They always enjoy it!

    kellybrown28021@gmail.com

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  26. I added your button to my blog!

    http://busyinkindergarten.blogspot.com/

    kellybrown28021@gmail.com

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  27. There are so many wonderful back to school books out there! I always use the same ones, Chrysanthemum & Owen by Kevin Henkes, First Day Jitters and The Night Before First Grade.
    Maybe this year I'll change it up a bit!

    www.teachinginthecouv.blogspot.com

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  28. I will be trying out the two Pete the Cat books this year. I have found so many great resources to go with these books from awesome bloggers out there! I also like to do Chicka Chicka Boom Boom!
    Holly
    bearcom1000@msn.com
    www.joyofkindergarten.blogspot.com

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  29. I always start with My School's a Zoo! It's great for teaching school rules in a fun way! =) Love your blog! Thanks for sharing your awesome stuff!

    ~Krista
    krista.buffaloe@gmail.com

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  30. I start the year off with the Kissing Hand and also read Miss Bindergarten gets ready for Kindergarten. The parents send in a note for their child and also hand prints that become the first page in our memory book.

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  31. Hi! I like to start the year off with First Day Jitters. Then, I typically try to pick a story that matches my theme. Examples: Rainbow Fish (ocean theme) and afterwards, we talked about friendship, sharing, class rules, and of course, made our own rainbow fish. I also did Chicka Chicka and talked about sharing, playground rules, and made a tree:) This year, I am doing a monster theme...so far, I have Go Away Big, Green Monster...hmmmmm???

    Good Luck!

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  32. I found a new book this year that fits in nicely with our kindergaren "super heroes" theme. It's called Adventure Annie.
    kweeks@bpsne.org

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  33. I have used Miss Bindergarten and The Night Before Kindergarten the past two years but am going to try Kissing Hands and The Gingerbread Man to take them on a tour of their school.

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  34. Love your site! I like to read Miss Bindergarten on the first day. Also, First Day Jitters is a good one too.

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  35. Great ideas! Thanks for sharing. No blogging for me...how do you do it?

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  36. I start the year with a Kevin Henkes unit. The first day is Wemberly Worried-we write down our silly worries. Day 2 is Chrysanthemum, and we do a small study on our name (how we got it-the story behind it) as well as address bullying and feelings. Lastly, we read Lily's Purple Plastic Purse and write about/discuss things that we aren't proud of. We complete a Venn diagram and discuss the similarities and differences in the books and characters. I'm so glad my son is in your room! Love your blog!

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  37. Also, we cover Officer Buckle and Gloria when we are discussing classroom rules the first week of school. I then have them create and illustrate a rule and I compile it into a class book. :)
    Patsy

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  38. I like to read The Kissing Hand.

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  39. I start the year by saying exactly what this book says,"This school year will be the best because________!" i help them write it and i save it for their end of the year book! How exciting this book would be to have day one to do this with! I LOVE it! I hope to get it! If not I will have to buy it! Look forward to being a part of your blog too! Addicted to all this stuff and I have been teaching forever! (Love my kinders!)Luci

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  40. I read The Night Before Kindergarten and First Day Jitters. Our ice cream social is the night before and I give the kids some confetti to sprinkle by their bed so they can sleep well and not worry before the first day. (It's larger confetti so parents don't mind.)

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