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Giveaways AND Help Please :)

Hi Everyone!  I go back to school tomorrow and I've been frantically trying to get ready, because of course I haven't done one school-related thing for two weeks :))

First off, I hope you check out a GREAT giveaway that's going on at Tori's Teacher Tips and Sarah's First Grade Snippets. Click on their button and join in on the fun. Both ladies are giving away some amazing teacher-made products.
Here's what I need some help with, please:  I have been SICK on and off ALL fall (nothing serious, just sore throats, colds, coughs, that sort of thing) and I think I've finally figured out why. Every morning we do a handshake greeting. So every morning I shake hands with at least two grubby little 6-year-olds (we all know some of the places those hands have been :)).  And I'm NOT very good at washing my hands ~ I know, I know. I now have a bottle of that soap to take to school.  On top of that, we all know how little kids will cough right in your face ~ bleh! Drives me crazy.

But getting back to the handshake greeting; I've decided no more shaking hands. I'll be sad to give it up, but I don't think it's healthy for me or the kids.

So I need a new morning greeting. I was thinking of a short action that involves no touching.  Here's the only thing I've come up with (most of you know this one, I'm just changing the actions):

Hey there neighbour   (wave with R hand)
What do you say?   (wave with L hand)
It's gonna be a   (peace sign with R hand)
Happy day   (peace sign with L hand)
Greet your friend   (air high five)
And boogie on down   (shimmy down)
Give 'em a bump   (light hip bump)
And turn around!
If you have a song, I would LOVE it if you could share it with me (either as a blog link, in the comments or email me at beleyne at gmail dot com). If I get enough suggestions I'll put them together in a freebie pack to share with everyone (with all credit going to you guys:))

Before you go ... I have some Valentine frames and clip art to give away to the first three people who follow my brand-spanking-new TpT store and leave me a comment saying you do. You can click on the button in my side bar to get to my store to follow (you know the drill better than I do:)

There are lots of frames there (I'm not showing them all here). And if you have some kind, constructive criticism for me, I'd love to hear it. You're all much more experienced at this kind of thing than I am, and I'm sure I'm making some rookie mistakes.

I'm hoping to sell some clip art, frames, papers, all that fun stuff. Probably not any lesson plans, cause I don't seem to have the patience for that kind of thing. I'd rather buy them from you!!

That's it! Take care and have a beautiful day.  

PS  Thank you, Terri, for being my VERY FIRST purchaser! You're such a sweet friend :)


  1. I think you are off to a great start on TpT! I am one of your followers. :)
    Conversations in Literacy

  2. I am follower number 4! Really cute clip art. Thanks for sharing about it.

  3. I am following your TpT store.
    Cute frames! Instead of hand shakes, you can bump elbows:)

    The Resourceful Apple

    1. Love the bumping elbows idea. I never even thought of that! Thanks, Tammy!

  4. I am follower #7 and commenter 3, hopefully if I type fast enough!

    tokyoshoes (at) hotmail (dot) com

    1. OK, make that a tie for #3...down to the minute!

    2. Congrats, ladies! Just sent the link to Lori, Jennifer, Tammy and Suzy ('cause it was indeed a tie for third place :))

  5. LOVE them!!! I sent you an email with a link to some different greetings.
    Hope you feel better! :)
    #4 UGH!!!
    ❀Beth Ann❀
    Taming My Flock of Firsties

    1. Thank you! You're funny ~ check your email :))

  6. We've got a teacher who elbow bumps for that very reason. I just use a LOT of germy gel! Sorry you haven't been feeling well ... that's NO fun at al!!

    I'll bet you could adapt some of Dr. Jean's cheers into greetings .... or give 'ladybug' hugs .... that's pinky to pinky.

    That's all I've got .... except for my happy new year greeting!!


  7. That song is so darn cute! :) Great idea!!

    Smiles from 2nd Grade

  8. I wash my hands all the time. (I finally caught my first cold of the season and was sick for the whole break. Ugh.) Anyway, I hope you're feeling better the rest of the year.
    ❀ Tammy
    Forever in First

  9. Yay, I am so excited for you! Not the being sick part, but your new store:)
    Feel better soon!

    Surfin' Through Second

  10. Barb, I really like your song. When I tried to think of something different, my mind went blank! lol After a little bit, a couple of ideas came to me, maybe a wink and a nod. That should be fun since a lot of kids have trouble winking, The only other thing I thought of was a hip bump, the kids would probably like doing that. What about shaking hands by putting the back of your hands together instead of the palms...that would take a little teamwork. ;P
    Your frames look terrific! I'm going over to TPT to follow you when I get done typing. I need to get back to my TPT acct. I haven't added anything to it in months.

    Kelly @ I'm Not Your Grandpa, I'm Your Teacher

  11. I had one more thought. A fist bump or "pound". OK that's all.

    Kelly @ I'm Not Your Grandpa, I'm Your Teacher

  12. Barb, We do the same song with similar actions and most of the time we just do the actions with no partners....actually they are all pretending to be my partners and it works really well. I hope that 2013 is healthier for you! Good luck!

  13. I am SO proud of you!!! Yay for your new TpT store. I'm following now and I'll be sure to tell all my FB fans! :)

    The Hands-ON Teacher in First!

  14. Thank you for the shout-out Barb! I am LOVING all this clip art. I read your post and had to smile because I have two sick boys at my house right now. Snot is flying around here! YUCK! :) I hope you feel better soon Barb! Good luck finding a solution. :)
    Sarah's First Grade Snippets

  15. One year I had a student who didn't like to be touched. She had some sensory issues. At the end of the day the kids all give me a hug, handshake or a high-five...She always gave me a bow! You could do bows to each other when you "greet your neighbor"...I'll practice it that way tomorrow, too! I keep fancy soap in my room that my students take with them when they go to the bathroom. They like using it, so I know their hands are getting washed!

  16. I like the rhyme! :D Great Valentine stuff! :)

    1. Thanks, Erik!
      I love everyone's suggestions.

  17. You are welcome. I just checked this morning, since I was traveling yesterday, boo. I am heading back to school today.

    The First Grade Princess

  18. Hi Barbara!
    One of our morning meeting greetings is to say good morning in sign language! No touching!! :) We do others too but those all require touching hands or fingers!! Lots of great ideas!! I hope you can now quit getting sick!!

  19. Happy New Year! I cannot believe you have germs in your classroom-unbelievable!! I have witnessed far too often the hands of a first grader exploring orifices amongst other interesting treasures. I start the day off by meeting them at our classroom entrance and acknowledge how happy I am to see them and at the end of the day I thank them for coming and helping me learn something new. I do not hold hands or shake hands with my angels. I let them hold my forearm or elbow instead of my hand when we are walking.
    We interrupt our sessions when I call out 'positive pause' and each student must turn to another and make a positive comment about that student, and sometimes they have to get up and find a student they have not made contact with that day to share a positive message. I am hopeful these interactions validate their importance in my life, without having to share too many germs.


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