Monday, July 29, 2013

One Whole Year Blogging Blogiversary Celebration!

So about a year ago, I made my debut into blogging.  This wasn't my first experience with blogging, but it was my first experience with "teacher" blogging.  As I'm sure most new teacher bloggers feel, I had no idea what I was doing, but I was willing to try!  I was so excited to "meet" other teachers through blogging, share ideas, and just be a part of a community.  I can't believe it has been a year already- it totally snuck up on me, and I almost missed it!  I'm so glad I didn't- who wants to miss their blog's first birthday? :-)



I would definitely say that the sense of community is the best thing about blogging.  I have met other teachers and virtually stepped into their classrooms.  I have been inspired by their ideas, and tried out new ideas in my classroom.  In the past two years that I have been reading the blogs of other teachers, I have blossomed as a teacher as well.  There are so many amazing teachers out there, and I feel honored just to get to peek into their classrooms!  Everybody in this amazing community is so positive and helpful.  It's wonderful to feel like I can ask a question of another teacher, or post my own ideas, and these other ladies (and gentlemen!) are always willing to answer me or leave a positive comment!  I would like to say THANK YOU to all of you!

As I said before, there are so many teacher bloggers out there it is hard to keep up!  I have several that I really enjoy reading.  I am always finding great new bloggers!  But before I started blogging, there were a few bloggers that I read consistently.  These were the same bloggers that I added to my Google Reader account first, and the ones that I still eagerly check for updates!   So this week, I'd like to introduce you to some of my favorite bloggers, the ladies who have inspired me in my classroom and the ones who inspired me to start my own blog.

These awesome ladies proved to me what a wonderful community this is when I nervously approached them asking to be a part of my blogiversary celebration giveaway.  I was SURE there was no way they had any idea who I am, and yet, every single one of them recognized me and they were all so generous.  I am so grateful to all of these ladies, not only for agreeing to contribute to my little blog, but also for just making me feel like a million bucks with their sweet responses.  Seriously, they made my morning when I woke up to some really sweet messages on Facebook.  Thank you!!!

So here's how I'm going to run this little celebration: 
Each day, I am going to feature a teacher blogger that has inspired me in my own classroom.  I will tell you a little bit about how they have inspired me, some of my favorite products from their TPT stores, and a few favorite posts from their blogs.  Each of the bloggers I am writing about has also agreed to give away one item from their store as well!  I will give away the bundle of these 5 products, plus a few items from my own store, at the end of the week.  I will definitely add a few more things throughout the week as well, though the amount will vary depending on how much time I have!  The Rafflecopter will be up all week, though, so you can enter any day of the week for these items. 

So here is what you can win:
From my store, I am offering 2 things.  You can choose 1 postcard set from my store, which I will customize for you if you like, and any one item from my store that you can choose.


Lisa Mattes of Growing Firsties has agreed to let the winner choose one item from her store.  She's got some really great stuff in her store!  I have a few of her "Common Core Crunch" packs, which are full of activities for language arts standards.  I have used some of these activities for homework, and some of them for activities in the classroom.  They are easy and quick!  I also have her Personal Narrative Unit, which has some wonderful ideas for teaching Personal Narratives.  I will be using it again this year!

Abby Mullins of The Inspired Apple is donating her "Parts of Speech" centers.  These centers are awesome!  I know my students always need some extra help with nouns, verbs, and adjectives.  There are sorts, charades, sentence making activities, and more in this pack.  I know my students will love practicing nouns, verbs, and adjectives with these activities!

Katie King from Queen of the First Grade Jungle agreed to donate her "Money Mega Pack".  I know that money isn't in the first grade math standards, but I believe it is so important that we work with students on these skills!  This is a great way to get some extra practice!  These centers are great for students who have a good grasp on coin values, and I definitely will use them with my advanced firsties! Plus, they will work great for differentiating math centers!

Since I started teaching, Math centers/workshops/activities have always been a struggle for me to set up and maintain. There are some things I struggle with, and one of those is student choice!  I love Tori Rebholz of Tori's Teacher Tips' Daily 3 pack.  It helps you set up Math Daily 3 in your own classroom.  If you love Daily 5, you will love this!  And I know I will take all the help I can get!!!  Also, this is an EXCLUSIVE giveaway!  Tori has never used this item in a giveaway before! :-)  So the winner will be extra lucky to get this pack!

Reagan Tunstall has agreed to donate her "Picnic Pals" Common Core Math and Literacy centers.  Just like all of her other ideas, these are fantastic!  They are super cute, and yet still rigorous, centers with a fun picnic theme that can be used any time of the year!  These centers made me want to run out and buy a picnic basket and picnic blanket and have a picnic right there in my classroom!  I don't know where she gets her amazing ideas, but she is awesome.

This giveaway will end on August 4, and I will choose a winner sometime on August 4th or 5th!  Please make sure you check back this week- you can enter each day by leaving a blog comment on that day's post, and there is a pretty good chance there will be some other items I will be giving away throughout the week or freebies I will be posting! I will be back later with my first blogger post! 

Happy Birthday to my Blog!



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65 comments:

  1. My favorite item in Lisa Mattes' store is her STAR Readers pack. It looks amazing!! :)

    Breanne
    breannesimons@gmail.com

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    1. I know it does! She's so awesome! Maybe you will win it! :-)

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  2. Congrats!!!! I love reading your blogs as well as all of those you are featuring! Thanks for sharing all your ideas! Happy 1 year!

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    1. Thank you! I am glad you like to read my blog! :-)

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  3. My favorite item is Reagan Tunstall's Picnic Pals centers! I will be teaching a 1st/2nd combine class and I am always looking for great center work that is aligned with CCSS!

    Paige
    paige.buckwalter@gmail.com

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    1. Oh wow, a split class must be difficult to teach. It really is a great item! I can't wait to use it this year!

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  4. My favorite item from Growing Firsties is Lisa's Building STAR Readers packet!

    Rae
    Mindful Rambles
    mindfulrambles@gmail.com

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    1. I agree! It's one of my favorites!

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  5. Picnic Pals by Mrs. Tunstall!! :) It's so cute and very creative!
    -Sam

    culvers08@gmail.com

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    1. I agree! Thanks for visiting my blog! :-)

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  6. Hmmmm tough choice ... either 'Investigating Animal Life Cycles' or the 'Family Journal Prompts' I think ...

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    1. Aaawww, thanks for picking 2 items from my store! :-) Thanks for visiting my blog!

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  7. Tori's Teacher Tips' Daily 3 looks like something I could use with my students. jbsothornton@comcast.net

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    1. I agree! I love the Daily 5, and I have been trying to figure out how to extend that idea to math, but not as successfully as I would like to!

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  8. My favorite items from Growing Firsties is her common core cruches...i have several of them and used them last year for early finishers and for homework.

    Katie
    kryan428@gmail.com

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    1. They are great! I love how she has one for each month, so the kids don't get bored with them!

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  9. Mrs. Tunstall's Picnic Pals! :) But all the product by everyone look so great!

    Thanks!

    jrbubis@yahoo.com

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    1. I tried to choose some really great products, and I agree, they are all awesome! The Picnic Pals is AWESOME!

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  10. I love Lisa Mattes Star Readers pack!

    Thanks!

    Jennifer
    Jennlz53@aol.com

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  11. My favorite item from Lisa Mattes' store is the Finding Proof - Citing Evidence - Making Inferences - Using Context Clues pack!

    Maria
    manakans@hotmail.com

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    1. I think that looks great too! I know my students all need extra practice in this area!

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  12. 25 Day Check Up (1st grade math) from the Inspired Apple!

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    1. I think that looks like a great one!

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  13. Most definitely Riveting Reading Instruction from Tunstall's Teaching Bits! I've had my eye on it since last year! Waiting to see if and when I get a classroom for the upcoming school year!

    cynthia.arki@gmail.com

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    1. I hope you get a classroom for next year! :-)

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  14. Wow...you have all the big names in your giveaway! I would love the parts of speech centers...our reading series is severely lacking in that department!

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    1. Well, not all of them! I just chose a few that I always read and have since I started reading teaching blogs! I know there are several more out there, but I don't follow them as closely. Not because I don't like them, of course! And there are other, newer bloggers that I love, but they have helped me out before!

      My school doesn't have a reading series anymore, so we have to come up with this stuff on our own! It's a lot of work!

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  15. Loving the Picnic Pal Centers!

    Kari
    Aftershockrut@comcast.net

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    1. They are SO AWESOME. I am so excited to use them this year with my students!

      Good luck!

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    1. Me too! Such awesome ladies! :-)

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  17. Congrats on one year! I'm a new follower. The picnic centers are awesome!
    wiardmolly@yahoo.com

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    1. Agreed! Thanks for entering my giveaway!

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  18. Happy anniversary on your blog. I was already a fan to most of the bloggers featured here. However, thanks for introducing me to a few other great bloggers! I am new to 1st grade this upcoming year and love finding all the great products.

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    1. There are some great 1st grade bloggers out there! I think we are lucky! I am glad you found a few other great bloggers as well! :-)

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  19. Happy blog-versary! Your stuff is super cute!

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  20. There are so many wonderful packets from the featured bloggers. As a kinder-teacher, I would love to have the Riveting Reading Instruction Packet from Tunstall's Teaching Tidbits. I have been an upper-grade teacher for thirty years. Now, I'm learning all about teaching my little guys, and I think this whole packet would be great for me, as well as my kinder-bears. Congratulations on your Blog-iversary!!!

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    1. Sounds like you have a lot of work to do this year! I taught Kindergarten for 3 years, and I loved it! I hope you enjoy it!

      Thank you!

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  21. The picnic centers look awesome! Congrats!
    lmarshall1389@gmail.com

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  22. The Picnic Pals 16 Common Core Literacy and Math Centers look like fun!

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  23. Happy Blog Birthday!!! The Write Away! Writing Prompts for K and 1st is just what I need in my classroom!! I put it on my wish list!!

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  24. I love them all! I think I would choose the Picnic Pals 16 Common Core Literacy and Math Centers.

    Thanks! I'm a new follower!
    sleeteach@hotmail.com

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  25. I really like all of them, but the Picnic Pals are soooooo cute and I can ALWAYS use more centers aligned to the Common Core.

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    1. I agree! And the Picnic Pals are adorable! :-)

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  26. I couldn't wait to win the picnic pals, so I bought it a couple of weeks ago- I just know my firsties are going to love it! Congrats on one year of excellent blogging.

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    1. Sometimes it is so hard to wait! I know your firsties will love it. I am so excited to use it this year!

      Thank you!

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  27. I like Katie's The Busy Teacher packets!

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  28. I love your "Investigating Arctic Animals" -- it's one of my favorite things (especially penguins)! I also love Lisa's Crunch items--she does a great job with those! As an aside, the link on your TPT button is missing the colon after http so it gives an error--just thought you might want to fix it :)! Congrats on your accomplishment!!! Very exciting :) and thanks for this amazing giveaway...SO much talent!!

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    1. Thank you so much! I will fix it immediately! :-)

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  29. I love Lisa's stuff...it's hard to pick! Happy blogiversary!! I just had mine the other week...isn't it amazing how fast a year goes by?!

    Nicki
    Mrs. Thigpen's Kindergarten

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    1. I can't believe it has been a year! It almost passed me by! Thank you!

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  30. I really would be happy with anything offered but if I had to pick I would choose Lisa's Common Core Reading Workshop - Building STAR Readers - Study Think Ask Respond packet. :)

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    1. I love grateful people! :-) I think that is a great pack! I would probably choose it too!

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  31. My favorite items from your store are Investigating Arctic Animals and Investigating Animal Life Cycles. What a great giveaway!! These ladies are all so amazing!!!

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    1. Thank you for choosing items from my store! :-) So flattered! I love those two items! And I agree, all these ladies are wonderful!

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  32. Congrats on your one year blogiversary!
    I like your Investigating Arctic Animals and All Bundled Up packs.
    kelyemac@gmail.com

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  33. I love the Picnic Literacy and Math centers from Reagan - they are so super cute!

    Congrats on your Blogiversary!

    Bobbi
    Bitty Bilinguals

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  34. Thank you so much for hosting a wonderful giveaway! You're too kind. Love your blog.
    I start on the 19th of August, but my students don't start until the 3rd of September. I'll be teaching grade 3.
    Thanks again....Najda

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