Saturday, July 23, 2011

Down the Rabbit Hole, Alice! Giveaway & Freebies

     Although I consider myself to be pretty computer savvy, I've just recently joined the "Land of Teaching Blogs." (Sounds like something from Alice in Wonderland.) This past spring I started a classroom blog - mostly because I was spending WAY too much money printing my photo newsletters at home.  As expected, posting updates, pictures and classroom happenings on the blog was faster, easier and cheaper than the "old-school" way.  What was unexpected however, was how much I enjoyed it.  As I "blog-hopped" to get some set-up tips and tricks, I was fascinated by all of the amazing teaching blogs I discovered.  What a "Wonderland" filled with talented and creative teachers - I had no idea!

     Well, I was inspired to join this newly found cyber-community so I made it my summer project to create my own teaching blog. (Down the rabbit hole, Alice!)  Once "Peace, Love & Learning" was up and running, I began to really see what a supportive and generous kinship there is amongst blogging teachers.  The generosity, creativity, collaboration and encouragement is astounding! I've been teaching for a little while now and have lately been feeling the need to dust off some of my old tricks and find some new ones.  I LOVE teaching and I think I'm pretty good at it, but I think I was in need of a little rejuvenation. Mission accomplished!  By allowing me to peek inside your classrooms, borrow some of your ideas (Smellies? Who knew?) and benefit from your experiences, you have truly inspired me to be a better teacher.

     So, as I head into the new school year armed with my Target pocket charts, stash of Lip Smackers and a copy of "Pete the Cat", I want to say thanks. Thanks for sharing your brilliance, for supporting a "newbie" blogger and most importantly for rekindling my spark. You guys rock! Really. . .

     Check back in tomorrow for some great freebies and my first giveaway in honor of my one month "Blog-iversary!"


  1. Welcome, I too started blogging this summer (teaching wise that is) Love the kinship here among the blogs. My budget not so much :)

  2. Haha... just realized it's my blog-iversary too! Isn't it funny how a new "trick" in your teacher toolbox can be just the thing you needed!? So glad you're here!!
    Karen :o)
    Mrs. Stamp's Kindergarten

  3. Happy Blogiversary! :) What a sweet post! I feel the same way about the creativity, generosity, collaboration and encouragement of teacher bloggers. It's like our own online teacher's lounge with some amazingly talented teachers. :)

    Lil' Country Kindergarten

  4. Donna,
    You took the words right out of my mouth. What an amazing group of teachers. My spark is back as well. Thanks for all your inspiration too!
    Tunstall's Teaching Tidbits

  5. Welcome to the world of blogging! You've obviously had an amazing start. You have a beautiful blog. I've added you to the Favorite Teaching Blogs sqworl.

  6. Your kind words reflect the feelings of many of us new bloggers/blog stalkers! I haven't found the courage to start a teacher blog yet, but with the awesome help of Cheryl at Primary Graffiti, I have started a classroom blog. I would love to see your classroom blog to get some ideas on what to add to mine! Would you be willing to share the address with me? I would really appreciate it!

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