Summer Series: Blog Link-Up Week 1: Classy Classrooms

I got the key to my new classroom yesterday. I am so excited to plan, decorate, and organize my new classroom. I am thinking about all the new things I want to try and implement this year. I know that all of you have so many ideas, which is the inspiration behind my Summer Series: Blog Link-Up. I want to get all of your wonderful ideas in one place so that anyone who is interested in that topic can simply look here. General education teachers and special education teachers are all welcome to link-up here! Please only link blog pages (no TPT stores) and please provide feedback on at least 2 other blogs! You can link up old blog posts from years ago or new blog posts just written today! Here is an overview of the topics that we will be discussing. 

Week 1: Classy Classrooms

I want to see it all....classroom decoration ideas, classroom layouts, classroom organization ideas. You have wonderful ideas to share! If you share on instagram or facebook be sure to #delightfullylinkingup.

Click here to see pictures of my classroom! 

Happy Linking! 


Dare to Dream TPT Seller Challenge Week 2

As I mentioned last week, I have joined hundreds of other teachers in the TPT Seller Challenge. This week's challenge is to think and write about your dreams for your Teachers Pay Teachers store. At this point, my store is not a huge source of income, but I do make some extra spending money. The money is a nice perk, but the best part of creating products is the collaboration that occurs between teachers. I have gained so many new friends through TPT and blogging. I truly have learned so much. I would love to continue creating quality products, collaborating with teachers, and making money through TPT  over the next few years.

Create Quality Products
Special education teachers have a limited amount of supplies and resources for their special kiddos. I want to continue creating products that are applicable to students with special needs.

Collaborate with Other Teachers
Teachers Pay Teachers is a fun way to connect with other teachers and product creators. I want to continue to connect with new and seasoned teachers, learn from their experiences, and utilize their unique products in my classroom.

Make Some Money
I hope that I can use the money that I make through TPT to...
1. Have extra spending money to buy "extra" supplies for my classroom, such as ink, lamination paper, colorful paper, cardstock, and other fun goodies as needed without having to worry about making end meet.
2. Pay for graduate school! I just started classes for my Masters in Special Education. I hope that I can use some of the money that I make for my tuition.
3. Buy a new car!

I hope to set some specific and measurable goals over the next couple of days for product creation and blogging and social media. I want to be more consistent in the next school year!


Makeover Madness: TPT Seller Challenge Week 1

I have joined hundreds of other teachers and Teachers Pay Teachers sellers in the 4 Week Seller Challenge. The goal of the first week was to makeover old products by updating fonts, content, and covers! I made over a few of my older products and am very please with how they turned out! Be sure to head over to my store and check them out because they are on sale through Sunday, June 21st! Simply click on the product that you are interested in and it will take you over to my store!

1. Reading Comprehension Based on the Book, The Day the Crayons Quit, by Drew Daywalt

This was my very first TPT product!!!

I updated fonts, made fonts bigger, and created a beautiful new cover page! This is a great product for the beginning of the year for your higher functioning kiddos or for early elementary (1st-2nd grade).

2. Crayon Themed Letter Practice for Early Elementary or Special Education Classrooms

I had this product in my store, but removed it because I felt that it needed to be revamped. This was the perfect week for me to revamp and repost! It is great for back to school for special education classrooms. It covers very basic letter ID skills. It focuses specifically on the letters B, G, P, R, W, Y, & O.

3. Crayon Themed Basic Math Unit

Like my letter unit, I removed this item because it needed to be revamped. It includes counting, basic addition, skip counting by 10, and subtraction word problems (1) worksheets.

4. Crayon Themed Basic Academic BUNDLE for Early Elementary or Special Education

I updated my very first BUNDLE, which includes several of the items mentioned above AND more! This is perfect for Back to School! 

Be sure to re-download these products if you had previously purchased them! 

Also, do not forget to enter my 300 Followers Celebration giveaway (see previous blog post to enter).

300 Followers Celebration

I have reached one of my personal milestones. I now have 300 followers on TPT! I have all of YOU to thank for being wonderful followers, customers, and friends. In order to celebrate this milestone, I have three fun sales for you to participate in!

1. FREE Monster Themed Homework Folders

2. 50% Off Summer Products
3. Safety BUNDLE Giveaway! Enter below. The giveaway will end at 12am EST on June 20th.

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Please share this celebration with your friends and provide feedback on the items that you download! Good luck!

One Lovely Blog Award

I feel so honored to have been nominated by wonderful Nicole at the Adventures in the ATC for the One Lovely Blog Award. This past year has been a whirlwind and I definitely neglected blogging as I tried to navigate my first year of teaching special education. With that said, I have been so thankful for the teaching blogging community. I have had the opportunity to get to know some wonderful teachers and bloggers this year. I have learned so much by reading blogs, connecting via facebook, and looking at beautiful pictures of classrooms and lessons on instagram. Social media is truly a wonderful way for us all to connect and collaborate. I cannot tell you how many times one of my co-workers or paraprofessionals have asked me, "Where did you get that idea?" and I simply respond "My special-ed teacher friends online."

Here are some fun facts about me:

1. I just moved YESTERDAY back to my hometown after being away for six years!
2. I just finished my first year of teaching students with moderate to severe disabilities.
3. My "little" brother has Down Syndrome. He has obviously made a HUGE impact on me and my career choice ;)
4. This is my first summer in 4 summers not working at a summer camp.
5. I love Jesus.
6. I have had the opportunity to spend time in Europe hanging out with kiddos and adults with disabilities.
7. I have a new obsession with Lularoe, which is a super comfy, stylish brand of clothing that I just discovered.
8. I love buying new books and I love the idea of reading but I rarely spend time doing it.
9. I am a homebody (recently).
10. I am addicted to coffee.

I nominate the following wonderful bloggers because I am enjoying learning from both of you!

Jennipher of Teach.Love.Autism
Julie of Laughing & Little Learners

Comment below to accept and then have fun blogging all about YOU!
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