Who's that Blogger Reveal & Winners!!!

I have labeled the childhood photos with the matching blogs for you all to peek at!! Because of the volume of entries, winners will be notified throughout the weekend. I appreciate your patience as we send out emails and prizes.

Click on each image to see the photo

Winner of the $125 Amazon Gift Card!!!

Thank you so very much for playing!!

Welcome Everyone!!

         Are you ready to have some fun??
                                              ....Play a game?
                                                              .....Win  prizes and cash?

I have teamed up with 65 AMAZING blogger buddies to put together the ultimate Back to School Linky/Giveaway!!!

Each one of my blogger buddies submitted a cute childhood photo & generously donated something special from their online TpT shops for this occasion!! We have included a fun game for you to play for a chance to win over $300.00 in prizes and a BONUS  CASH-PRIZE raffle you can enter at the end of this post!! 


The game is easy to play....

 Your job will be to try and match each blogger with their childhood photo!!! With over 60 childhood photos and bloggers to match up, this might get tricky!! As I mentioned above, each blogger has generously donated one awesome prize from their TpT store. Successfully match a blogger and childhood photo, and you win the prize offered from that blogger!!! The more you matches you make, the more prizes you win!!! 

Check out some of the prizes you could win!!!

but Wait....
That's not all....

ONE lucky follower will win a $125 Amazon Gift Card!! Scroll to the bottom & follow the directions in the Rafflecopter for a chance to win $$$

The link below will open a form that will allow you to submit your answers for the match up. 

Use the blogger links and numbered images to help you along the way!! Each childhood photo has been assigned a specific number. 

Once you open the form, use the drop-down menu beneath each blog button and select a number that corresponds to a childhood photo. 

The form results will be collected throughout the week. At the end of the week, each submission will be "graded" and you will receive a prize for each blogger and photo you successfully matched up!!

The game closes on Friday, August 23rd at midnight (Arizona Mountain Time). Answers will be announced on Saturday, August 24th. Winners will be notified through email throughout the week. 

Use the blog links below the photos to search for clues!!
Click HERE to Play the Matching Game!!


Follow the directions in the Rafflecopter for a chance to win a $125 Amazon gift card!! 

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Thank you so much for participating!!! Good Luck!!!

If you would like to post about this linky/giveaway, grab the special image below to display in your post and link up below!!! Make sure to use the link to the actual post,,,

I have been so BUSY!! The new school year has gotten off to a wonderful start but I am exhausted and haven't had time to blog in the last few days! I am excited to start sharing some of the things we are doing in our classroom with you soon! For now I wanted to drop in and let you know that my TPT store will be on sale tomorrow of the big back to school bash!
Button by Amy Lemons Step into Second Grade

Many stores, including the best sellers will all be discounted for the next two days! perfect timing to get the things you've been wanting or wishlisting! Click on the picture above to check out my store and many others!

Hope you have a wonderful weekend, and I"ll be back soon!
Today we are showing off our classroom diggs, I revealed my room last week - Here's what it looks like standing at the door looking in. You can check out everything else by clicking on the picture below...
and don't forget to head over to Blog Hoppin to see lots of other wonderful classrooms!
I always love participating in Teacher Week over at Blog Hoppin! I am excited to kick off this year with some fun facts about me!

1.) I teach at an amazing school and love my job! I couldn't ask for better teammates to teach with! I Love teaching!! I know you already knew that but it is a big part of who I am! I couldn't imagine doing any other job. I am so excited to be starting a new school year in just a couple of days!! I can't wait to meet all of my students and start learning with them!

2.) I have taught every grade level K-12 for students with disabilities. This is my 6th year teaching!

3.) I taught for four years in the district I attended as a child and worked with many teachers who were my teachers at one point! My son, daughter, and I all had the same 2nd grade teacher!

4.) My family and I moved to Indiana last year and I love it here! It has been such a good move for us!

5.) I have a Master's degree in Special Education Administration, I thought I would really like helping other teachers, but then I did an internship and it was more about law, finances, and the business side of education. I hated it so I will probably never use that degree!

6.) I started a second Master's degree in early childhood education but haven't finished it because after 8 years of working, taking care of kids, and going to college I just needed a break! It's been so nice to not worry about my own homework!! I may finish it someday but I'm not sure if I ever will!

7.) I have an older brother and a younger sister! Yep I am the middle child. I love them both so much, we have a lot of fun hanging out together! Here we are a Christmas time last year! I'm on the right!

8.) I hate cooking! Well hate is a strong word, but I don't like cooking at all. I do it because I have to and my family is waiting for me to, but if there is one thing that I wished I never had to do again it's cook! I always tell my kids you can only be really great at so many things and cooking just isn't one of the things I'm interested in getting really good at!

9.)  I love to sing! I sing all the time, and it drives my kids crazy because I am not good at it, but I love to do it so I do! They have asked me to be quite a few times when they thought the neighbors might be hearing me!!

10.) I have been married for 17 years. My husband and I have a 16 year old son, and a 15 year old daughter who are both in high school and I am not liking the "empty nest" I see coming soon! Here's a couple of recent pictures of us!
The Hubby and I enjoying the sun this summer!

Our Son Andrew!

My Daughter Amber and I at the Rodeo (she loves horses)!

Don't forget to head over to Blog Hoppin to learn more about  all your favorite Teacher Bloggers, and stay tuned all week to learn more about me and My classroom !!
I have been hard at work in my classroom for the past several days! I am happy to share with you how it has all come together! So here it is.....
View from the doorway looking in!
The "Library" with Anchor chart display above!
The "7 kinds of Smart" posters above anchor charts are a part of my data collection unit! The book shelves are made by placing boards I got at Menards for $1.99 on top of crates! It worked wonderfully to create a short - long shelf! 
Group table, plastic drawers, do you see the baskets hanging from the white board?? I used binder clips to hang baskets to hold dry erase markers, erasers, and magnetic clips! I love them :) Last year I kept knocking the bucket over and creating a messy distraction, this will be a great way to make sure they stay in one place!
Our schedule on the left side or the board, calendar to the right with my birthday display and Life Skills of the month posters underneath. The community supply drawers are also to the right in front of my teacher area!
The Supply drawers, pencil dispenser, eraser holders, and all the things we need for small groups!
The supply drawers are in front of my teacher computer table!
My teacher area!
I am loving this space, it will be good to have a place to work on all the paperwork I do as a special education teacher. I don't have a big desk, just the computer table and a file cabinet!
The wall behind my teacher area, you can see the teacher tool box and the pencil I made this summer! Lots of motivation going on!
Focus wall, interactive student notebooks in the bins on the counter, and a small group table!
Close up view of the focus wall!
 View from the focus wall looking out to the group table, you can see the student computers and the Behavior support system wall behind them (more on that in another post!) and the data wall to the right!Data wall minus a couple of headings that I needed to print but ran out of ink! I can't wait to start setting goals and tracking our progress!!
From the back of the room looking out! See the board in front of the drawers?? It needs to go up in that blank space on the wall. It has all the emergency procedures on it! I used a magnetic white board that was beat up and looking bad, covered it and made a way to put up the procedures and easily change them out when they change!

You can also see some birds on the door! I forgot to take a picture of the hallway, and it's so cute!! So look for that later too!

There it is! I can't wait to welcome students in next week for a whole new year of learning! Thanks for taking the tour!!
I am always looking for great resources to use with my students, and I found some great products from Flash Kids that I wanted to share with you!

I am really trying to focus on mastery of math facts and looking for fun games that take little to no prep and give the students the practice they need without drilling flash cards. I am excited to use these games.....
They are simple to play and will give my students lots of practice with all of their basic multiplication facts without feeling like they are doing work!

I also got these workbooks that I think are going to be great....
This book has great review questions to reinforce concepts taught and get kids thinking at a higher level, something we always struggle with! The bright colorful pages and variety of skills practiced makes it perfect for a review activity or extension activity when we have a little extra time to fill! If you click on the picture you can read more about it and even download a couple pages to get a feel for what the problems look like.

I really love this one....
It is full of great stories and activities to review concepts such as main idea, story sequence, drawing conclusions, summarizing, and using evidence from the text. Again the pages are colorful and the activities are presented in a way that makes them interesting. I think this will be perfect for using as an independent activity in a reading comprehension center or even as an informal assessment. Click on the picture to read more and download a story for yourself!

I love finding new materials that I think are perfect for my students. Flashkids has a wide variety of inexpensive products that would make great tools in the classroom or at home! Visit their website to find resources for students of all ages, great information, and free downloads so you can preview before you buy! I'm looking forward to using their resources and I think you will enjoy them too!
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