Monday, November 12, 2012

Thankful For So Much...

This time of year gets me all excited!  I just love the holidays.  Call me weird, but I LOVE when they're over, though.  I love taking everything down, cleaning everything from top to bottom, reorganizing, and starting fresh.  But to get to that, we must first go through Thanksgiving and Christmas!

So Stephanie, over at Teaching In Room 6, is hosting a fun Linky Party!

I'm sure I could go on and on, but I will narrow it down to 4.  These are 2 of the most fabulous products I've come across on Teachers Pay Teachers and 2 of the most fabulous bloggers.  It is SERIOUSLY hard to narrow it down.  Like I said, I could go on and on!  There are SO many amazing bloggers out there and their stuff is just amazing!  I told a friend tonight that sometimes I wish we didn't have any textbook adoptions so that I could just use all the awesome stuff that's out there!


1.  My biggest thanks has to go to Amanda Nickerson at One Extra Degree.  I am not kidding you, I don't think I would be where I am today if it weren't for her.  I believe her blog was the very first one I ever stumbled across and followed.  That was last October/November.  And look where we are today.  Amazing.  I went to my very first bloggy meet-up in Ohio this past January and met her and several others.  She really helped me out and gave some good pointers and made me believe this was something I could do and pursue.  Had I not met her, I don't know that I would've had the spark that I did that lead me to where I am today.  :)  We are still good friends today!  She's always an inspiration to me.  When I get tired and worn out, it's like she swoops in to offer some encouragement and a pick-me-up!

2.  My next blogger that I'm thankful for is Lisa Pesce from Fourth and Ten.  She is another fellow Ohio teacher-blogger from Cincinnati.  She is such a big encouragement and someone I could laugh online for hours with.  Ok, that doesn't make me sound nerdy or anything.  :P  Her and I have helped each other out a few times and she's always been one to comment on my blog.  Sometimes the blog world can be lonely when you don't have many followers.  Just when I thought nobody read my blog, she'd comment and it helped me keep going!  Plus, we're both huge Buckeye fans.  Need I say more? ;)

3.  I am SOOOOO thankful for Deanna Jump's Writing Through the Year series! has TRANSFORMED my teaching of writing!!!!  It has something I've been looking for for YEARS!  If you are at all stumped on what to do and where to go, this has got to be the most well-thought, systematic way of teaching it!  Ohmyword...seriously...CHECK IT OUT! 

4.  Then there's Gumball Math!  Do any of you use Rocket Math?  We do at our school, but unfortunately it's not all that 1st grade friendly.  I came across this over the summer and went ahead and invested in it.  LOVE IT!  It fits in SO well with Rocket Math, and it's much more primary-appropriate.  I use it almost daily.  My little firsties are already getting fluent with their math facts!  Love! P.S., they also have a version for mixed facts AND multiplication!

Well, there's my list.  It could go on F-O-R-E-V-E-R.  I wish I could mention every single person on here.  But my eyes are about to close and I have a jam-packed day tomorrow.

Hope you all have a great week!  Find something that you're thankful for in the teaching world!  It makes life a little more happy.  ;)


  1. Sarah, thank you for being so sweet. :) I am glad that I had a chance to meet with you last winter, and I am even happier that you've started to see lots of success in blogging and TpT! Thanks for always being there to lift me up and support me too!

  2. I teach First Grade too. Don't you just love it?
    What a great post celebrating other bloggers!
    The Hive