Sunday, March 17, 2013

Changes & 100+ Follower Give Away!

I've always loved spring and the newness that it holds. This spring is no different. 

The first change, is my new blog design from the amazing Megan from I Teach What's Your Super Power & A Bird In Hand Designs. It's just what I was wanting... and she put it together so quick and easily (even having to work with someone as indecisive as me!) So if your looking to spruce up your blog, she is one lady I would highly suggest!

The second change, is in my employment. This year has been terrific. I work in two great schools, with staff members that I highly enjoy, and kiddos that I love. After much prayer and consideration, I have decided to switch from special education to general education. Starting this fall I will be a 4th grade teacher!! Right now it's looking like I will take over one of the reading and writing sections so that will be a big change! I will be able to work with my mentor from this year in a new capacity, coteaching with her. I wasn't sure if I would ever change to general education, but the opportunity arose, and I'm really excited. 

The final change has been in viewership of this blog. I started it last fall with the beginning of school. I was completely overwhelmed with all of the responsibilities in turning around the program into something I felt was workable, that I kind of neglected blogging. By this winter I felt I had a firm grasp in school and I've dove into blogging. I'm amazed daily by all of the wonderful teachers out there {like YOU!} who inspire and challenge me to be a better teacher. I truly do appreciate and thank all of you for making my first year of teaching as rewarding, fulfilling, and as successful as it has been. 

My little blog has hit a milestone and it's time to celebrate!!

Yay!! It's FINALLY here! It's time to get this giveaway going! 

I'm super excited for this the response has been amazing! This blogging community is so great, and I'm so happy to be a part of it. The response was so great that I'm hosting two giveaways! One for primary elementary and the other for upper elementary! Take a look and I wish you luck!

The Primary Give Away!



Upper Elementary Giveaway!


a Rafflecopter giveaway

A huge thank you to these amazing bloggers and TPT store owners. Be sure to show them some love, follow them, and hopefully win some amazing products too!   {Note: frames from From The Pond Graphics, font from Kevin & Amanda.}

Oh, one other thing... my TPT store will be on sale starting Monday for the 3 day limit, and my Teacher's Notebook store for the week, in honor of 100 followers and Spring Break!


  1. LOVE the new look! Isn't Megan great?!

    My kids love the You Wouldn't Want To... books. My fifth graders really get into nonfiction.

    Fifth in the Middle

    1. Oh, and congrats on the job change! I've known many teachers that have made successful transitions from special ed to classroom :)

    2. Yes! She is A-to the-MAZING!! Thank you for the congratulations. I'm trying to get through state testing and my last 3 IEPs before going full bore {i.e. Pinterest crazy, planning for next year} :)

  2. I love your new blog, Christy!! SO cute! Congrats on your new job many exciting things going on for you right now! YAY! :) Thanks for letting me be a part of your amazing giveaway!! Somebody is going to be extra lucky to win these amazing prizes!

    Kinder Krazy

  3. I LOVE your new blog design! I love the name of your blog! For your class library, some of my favorites are The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane, Wonder, 39 Clues Series, all Roald Dahl books, and all Diary of a Wimpy Kid books. I could go on and on! Thanks for putting together an awesome giveaway!

    Teaching With Moxie

  4. The "If You Give A..." series of books!

  5. LOVE the new layout, Christy - it looks AWESOME! I can't wait to get mine next week :)

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE books, so my classroom library grows exponentially each week :) Easy ways to get books are: from your local library - mine has a free book table that I frequent weekly to stock up :), garage sales, used book stores, the parents of my students (if they donate a book, I put a special "donated by..." sticker in their book.

    Congrats on 100 followers - I'm honored to have donated :)

    Joy in the Journey

  6. Love The Magic School Bus Series! Great Giveaway!

  7. Books to have in your class library: The Frances series by Russell Hoban. They were my favorite as a little girl and I still love them today.

  8. I looooooooooooooove Megan!!! I mean, LOVE her! She is so awesome (I think I scare her!) ;O) Your blog design is soooooo cute!!

    Yay! Another 4th grade teacher on the block! Whoop whoop!! I knew we'd be BBBs! ;O)

    Collaboration Cuties

    1. Oh, and books- hmmmmm, so many good books....Judy Blume books, Hank Zipzer books, Kate DiCamillo books, I can't even think there are so many my 4th graders love!

  9. I bet you'll love the upcoming change!

    I'm your newest follower!

    Sweet Rhyme – Pure Reason

  10. L-O-V-E your new blog design! Congratulations on 100 followers and WHAT a giveaway! Wow! So happy to be part of it! Congratulations on becoming a 4th grade teacher-you will love it! 4th grade is the BEST! You have to get your hands on Wringer and Hatchet!
    Head Over Heels For Teaching

  11. Thanks for all the opportunities in these fabulous giveaways Book suggestions: Henry and his bucket full of Dinosaur series and the Fancy Nancy books.

  12. Sideways Stories from Wayside School. Great read and read aloud. You also have to have The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe!!!!

  13. Little House on the Prairie books are great!

  14. I think the Araminta Spooky books are pretty darn cute! Thanks for the giveaway!
    Katie :)
    I Want to be a Super Teacher

  15. Frindle...a great read aloud book with lots of great character descriptions. Also a good book for the introduction of dictionary skills!


  16. One of my favorite picture books is "The Relatives Came" by Cynthia Rylant.


  17. Wow what a huge giveaway and fantastic looking blog.

  18. Books- gosh, that's so hard!! My kids love Geronimo Stilton, Dear America series, and Lightning Thief series... :)
    ideas by jivey

  19. Must have books for my classroom are the I Survived series. My boys and girls all love them. Such a great giveaway!

  20. Any book by Mo Willem is great!

  21. One series my 4th graders love are the "I Survived" books. They are quick reads but really engage even the most reluctant readers:) Congratulations on your giveaway!!
    Fourth Grade Flipper

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  23. Congratulations on you followers! You blog is so adorable! I am happy to be a new follower. I would recommend these Caldecott books: Flotsam, The Three Pigs, Mirette on the High Wire, and The Song and Dance Man. They are so cute and fun. The kids love them!

    Compassionate Teacher

  24. Great giveaway! I like the books If You Lived in the Time of.....
    Lots of picture books for holidays etc. I love books:)

  25. Great Giveaway! I love the Magic Treehouse books!

  26. Congratulations on your new position! I frequently (daily) wonder if I could ever make it in the world of regular ed. I'm dual certified, and always thought I'd switch....but after 3 years in spec ed, not sure.... Hopefully you blog about the transition, come fall, and you can help me decide;)

    We are ALL Special!

  27. Fourth grade books my kids love are pretty much classics -
    Manic Magee, The Westing Game, Search for Delicious, Mixed up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler
    Thank you for your giveaway and sharing your adventures on your blog!


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