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Saturday, November 22, 2014

Gratitude Giveaway---Thankful for YOU!

Sometimes, I need a reality check.  You know, we sometimes get down in the dumps, wonder why me....but then, I remember......I am TRULY Blessed.  As Thanksgiving falls upon us, I realize more and more how much I have in my life, and how Thankful I need to be.
This quote is such a friendly reminder!

I have food on my table, I have clean drinking water, I have a roof over my head.
I have a caring husband, a healthy family....my list could go on and on...
but those are always the first we think about.

I have indoor plumbing, I have a winter coat, I have a pair of shoes to keep me warm...
See friends, so much more to be thankful for!  

AND I'm thankful for all of you!
I'm thankful for your friendship, your advice
your comments, your support,
You help me out more than you will ever know.
From my down in the dumps days to my highest of high days--you've been there for me.
Your comments have lifted me, supported me---and I've made many friendships!
Your support with my TpT store has helped my family in so many ways---
(on the road to that bakery yet!) :)

I wanted a way to share with you how Thankful I am!
My friends at Learning A-Z have offered to help me out! 

First, let me explain my LOVE For Reading A-Z!
These stories make my life easier!!
I love that I can send a book home with my students and they will have a "keep book."
I love that we can highlight in them, search for sight words, underline.
I love that there's a collection of stories that I can find their interest levels.
I can't say enough good things about Reading A-Z.

Last week/this week, while using The Little Old Lady Thanksgiving Pack  
we are also working on Maria's Thanksgiving and Mash The Potatoes.

My students have enjoyed these stories.
I also wanted to give you a couple of Freebies to go with Mash the Potatoes.
One we used as a warm up activity after practicing our sight words, 
and the other is a follow up activity.   My students like the cut/paste sentences AND they need the help with sentence construction.
 Click the images to grab your freebie,
Sight Word Freebie-First Grade and Fabulouscut/paste freebie-First Grade and Fabulous

The friends at Learning A-Z have set up a link for my followers.
If you click on the image above, it takes you to a landing page for the sites listed.
You will have a 2-week trial period for their sites.
The link just puts all their great sites onto one page for you. 

BUT, how about this???

Your chance of wining a subscription to Reading A-Z 
(or a site of your choice should you already have a Reading A-Z subscription).
This giveaway is for a 1 yr. subscription.  The contest runs today through midnight on 12-2.
Here's how you can enter:


  1. DeAnne you are one of the sweetest people I know. I could never thank you enough for all of your help both professionally and personally. Wishing you and your family the happiest of Thanksgivings!

    1. I like Guided Reading because it meets each student at there level.

  2. I like that it enables me to work work with students in small groups (especially the strugglers), so I can really help them with the skills needed to read.

  3. Guided reading helps me to differentiate for all of my students, meeting each of their needs and strengths. Thank you so much for this opportunity. Have a blessed thanksgiving!

  4. I love meeting with my kids in small groups. It helps me see their strengths and weaknesses. And I absolutely love talking with them about books and listening to their thinking. My guided reading groups are my favorite time of the day.

    An Apple a Day in First Grade

  5. I love guided reading because I am able to hear students read and provide support and encouragement when they need it!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  6. I can see/hear where each individual student is and what they need to work on!
    Sunshine, Sand and Scissors

  7. Watching the students grow, meaning seeing them move up reading levels. Second sometimes it lets me see what I need to work on too! What can I do to help that student that may be struggling.

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    1. I love when the "lightbulb" goes on & they say "I GET IT!" So fun! Wendy 1stgradefireworks

  9. I love when my kiddos start to read and are sooooo excited that they can finally do it!!!

  10. My favorite thing about Guided Reading is it meets each student where they are.

  11. I love small group time with my students. I'm able to learn so much about where they are!


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