Saturday, September 22, 2012

Pets in the Classroom

I'm super excited to announce I recently applied for a grant from Pets in the Classroom, and I was approved!!  I got the package in the mail today, and I'm ready to run down to Petco now!  Only, I don't think the fish will last in the bags until Monday.  LOL
If you are interested in applying to get your own pet for your classroom, it's super easy!  Just go to their website here and choose which program you'd like to apply for.  Click on Grant App on the top of the page, read the info, and scroll down to the bottom.  Click choose your grant type, and decide where you'd like to apply.  I chose Petco, since it's here in town near Target, and I seem to end up there at least once a week!  You can then choose which type of pet is best for you and your classroom.  I chose fish, because I wouldn't have to worry about it over the weekends and such.

Here's what my classroom gets: a 10 gallon deluxe aquarium kit {everything is included!!}, and a coupon for $5 off the fish.  Sweet!!

You can also choose from other small animals depending on which grant you decide on.  You can choose from hamsters, guinea pigs, lizards, etc.  I didn't want something I felt bad about leaving in the classroom over any vacays.

So check it out!  What a great program, and super easy to apply for.  Thanks Pets in the Classroom!!!


Monday, September 3, 2012

Classroom Freebie!!

I know I've shared this freebie with you before in one of my previous posts, but I'm linking it up with Manic Mondays at Classroom Freebies!!  I grew tired last year of always having to take down and restaple kids' names on the Classroom Helper chart.  So I decided to make a super cute one that I could use clothespins on, and just switch out the clips weekly.  Next week I'm introducing classroom jobs and responsibilities a few at a time, and I'm sure the little ones will be super excited.  {They are such a sweet group of kids this year!}

The helpers freebie includes the kids as a title, or an owl option.  It includes two pages of helpers options, and also a page of pencils you can print out, laminate, and hot glue onto clothespins.  When you laminate them, you can write kids' names on them with Sharpie and erase them with whiteboard cleaner or windex and a little elbow grease.  Then, you can reuse them year after year.

I hope you all enjoy using this freebie in your classrooms!  Click here to get your copy.  Thanks for stopping by!!

Classroom Freebies Manic Monday