February 5, 2015

Throwback Thursday 2.5.15 GIVEAWAYS

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What is Throwback Thursday? How does it work, you might ask? Simply look through your PURR-fect Previous Posts, perhaps a particular favorite of yours, and re-post it! Then add the TBT badge to your post and include your link below! Purr-fectly easy and simple! Your post doesn't have to be from LOOOONNNGGG ago; it can be from last month or even earlier this week. And if you don't have a post to share, perhaps an old photo or two from WAY BACK will do! Even a favorite pin is PURR-fect! Just join in the Throwback fun!

On Tuesday I blogged about Paragraph a Week, a weekly feature here at The Teacher's Desk 6. The topic that I shared was "February: National Pencil Month." That made me remember a fun little freebie that I received during the month of August 2013. This post first appeared on The Teacher's Desk 6 8/13/13.

I just had to share a great product that I tried this week from Classroom Friendly Supplies, a company owned and operated by a teacher. My pencil sharpener arrived in the mail last Friday and I couldn't wait to try it out! I quickly opened the shipping box and found...

a nicely packaged green (my favorite color) pencil sharpener. OK, nothing extraordinary yet. The next step was to remove it from the box. I found two pieces: the sharpener and a clamp.

I did not want to take the time to use the clamp since my sharpener is intended for my classroom and I am test-driving it at home, so I dived right in. The sharpener has four small grips on its bottom and does not slide on a smooth surface. I figured I could just hold it with my left hand while cranking it with my right.

It took me a moment to figure out that I had to use the levers at the top of the sharpener to allow the pencil in. Once the pencil is in the sharpener, it is held securely by the sharpener itself. You do not need to hold the pencil.  The crank turns easily and stops when the pencil is completely sharpened. Here's where the pencil sharpener gets extraordinary!

Tell me... aren't these the sharpest pencils you've ever seen?

And the sharpener is indeed the quietest one you'll ever use. How do I know? Because the nosiest, most curious cat who comes running at every new sound slept through the entire process of me sharpening my pencils, and she was not four feet away. It will be GREAT to have no pencil sharpener noise in the classroom! I can't wait to show off my new sharpener and have my kiddos try it!

To learn more about this terrific teaching tool and order your own just visit Classroom Friendly Supplies online.

That same pencil sharpener is STILL going strong, all these months later. I've recommended the product to countless colleagues and parents. I was even able to offer one of the sharpeners as a giveaway in the month of November 2013. Since this is the month of my blogiversary, and I had a few little giveaways planned in celebration, I decided to give away a Classroom Friendly Supply sharpener. Just complete the Rafflecopter entries below before Feb. 13, 2015, for a chance to win your very own "World's Quietest BEST Sharpener!"

a Rafflecopter giveaway

I mentioned a few little giveaways that I was hosting this month... There's still time to enter a pin-it-to-win-it giveaway that ends this Sunday, Feb. 8, 2015, before 9:00pm EST. Click HERE to read more about how to enter...

Now it's your turn for a THROWBACK!


  1. I love Classroom Friendly Supplies sharpeners! I had a pink one that lasted the last three years but sadly after many falls and drops by my kids, it finally hit the dust. I really like how quiet they are but love even more that they last after a kid sharpens their pencil. Keeping my fingers cross for a win!

  2. Oh my! As a teacher, this is my BIGGEST pet peeve... sharping pencils. I have read blogs about these sharpeners and I have wondered if they really warrant all the hype! I guess they do!!! Fingers cross... I would love the teal-ish one!!

  3. Hi Angela. I too have a super pencil sharpener which the kids and I love :) Such a usefl teacher's aid! Also wanted to let you know that I have nominated you for a Very Inspiring Blogger Award see my post http://pempispalace.blogspot.co.uk/2015/02/very-inspiring-blogger-award.html as I so enjoy your writings and ideas.


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