One Lovely Blog Award

Hello there, Paige here! 

I am so excited to share that we have been nominated for the One Lovely Blog Award!  Thanks to Kristen from Moore to Learn for nominating us!  It feels so great to have already started connecting with so many fabulous teachers and bloggers.  
I will share a few things about myself before passing the love onto some other blogging friends.

1. I live in Wisconsin but am an Iowa girl at heart.  My husband and I both went to school there and are diehard Hawkeye fans!  Go Hawks!

2. I have been married to my husband, Andrew, for 7 years.  We met driving school buses  and being camp counselors at Banner Day Camp in Lake Forest, IL.

3. We have a 2.5 year old sweet boy named Owen.  He seriously is the light of my life and I am so lucky that I get to be his mommy.  This summer has been so much fun.  I love being able to stay home with him every summer!
My sweet boy our first summer and this summer.
4. This is my TENTH year teaching.  It is hard to believe that college was 10 years ago.  I started in Special Education and did that for 4 years and then moved into the general classroom.  I have taught first grade for 5 of those years in the classroom.  First grade has my heart.  

5. I love being organized, planning and making lists!  It keeps me sane, especially during the school year. 

6. I was in the marching band all through college.  I played french horn in concert band and the mellophone in marching band.  And because Iowa was good when I was in college I also spent 4 New Years Eves in FL for bowl games! Woohoo for free trips! Stay in band kids!

7. I have my masters in reading from Concordia University-Chicago.  Reading is my favorite subject to teach.
8. I have a bee theme in my classroom.  2 reasons:  I’m Mrs. Bessick and a bee is black and gold, just like my beloved Hawkeyes.  Oh, and I don’t change my theme every year. #reallifeteacher  Since I have had my own classroom I have had a bee theme.  I find it too much work to change themes every year and I just love my bees.  

9. I am a total Midwesterner.   I was born in Illinois, grew up (ages 5-14) in Missouri, moved back to Illinois for high school, went to college in Iowa, moved back to Illinois after college and now have lived in Wisconsin for 6 years.

10. I have loved this Blogging/TpT journey that I have been on this summer.  I have loved connecting and making friends and can’t wait to meet more teaching friends.  It seriously is the best community to be a part of.

Thanks again to Kristen for the nomination.

I would like to nominate some of my other first grade friends…

Thanks so much for reading and make sure to check out these awesome blogs.


New Blog Design & GIVEAWAY

Tah-dah!  What do you think?   We have launched our new blog design by Gabby from Gabby's Classroom!  Isn't it fabulous?!  I can't say enough about Gabby and her patience with us!  We changed things, we asked a million questions, we changed some more things and she was GREAT!  I would highly recommend Gabby for your blog design.

Look at all of the wonderful things she made for us!
Our Blog Button
Our Facebook/Twitter Banner
Our TpT Banner
Our TpT Quote Box
And Our Signatures

Doesn't it all look so good?  Seriously, Gabby is a ROCK STAR!

We are celebrating this new design with a GIVEAWAY!!

First, I want to thank all of the TpT authors who donated their amazing products to our giveaway.  I have divided the products into 2 Raflecopter giveaways-a Primary & an Intermediate.

Now for....drum roll please.....THE GIVEAWAYS!

Includes 11 fabulous products to help you get the year started.

Here are the wonderful teacher authors who donated and the fabulous products you will win in the Primary Giveaway.  Click on each button to show our donors some love.  Make sure to follow and connect with them all.  

1. Phonics & Word Work BUNDLE from Paige Bessick at Our Elementary Lives

2. Word Family Classroom Decor Set from Kristen Sullins at Where the First Graders Are
3. Dear New Teacher! Back to School Activities! from Moore to Learn
4. Student Data Folders from Briana Beverly at Sun, Sand & Second Grade
5. Back to School Writing Craftivity from Tales from a Very Busy Teacher

6. Word Family Word Wall Headers from A+ Classroom Creations
7. Back to School Forms & Letters from Natalie Lynn at Collaborating in Kinder
8. Adjectives Literacy Mega Bundle from Stavroula Kampakou-Power Teaching
9. Pete the Cat-Back to School Pack from Yay for PreK
10. Month-by-Month Self Portraits-Memory Book from My Heart Belongs in Kindergarten
11. Classroom Alphabet Cards-Creature Features from Kyp McLaren

This prize is worth over $50 in TpT Products!

Includes 8 fabulous products to help you get the year started.

And now the wonderful teacher authors who donated and the fabulous products you will win in the Intermediate Giveaway.  Click on each button to show our donors some love.  Make sure to follow and connect with them all.

1.  Journalism Unit-Newspaper Template from Joanna Cree at Our Elementary Lives
2. Tackling Main Idea from Hanging with Mrs. Hulsey
3. Physical Science Posters from The Core of Grade 4
4. Teacher Binder: Incorporating Technology in the Classroom from  Adventures in ISTEM
5. Back to School Activities & Resources from Liana Davis
6. Back to School -Punny Cards from Wife Teacher Mommy
7. Question-Answer Response Strategy Set from A+ Classroom Creations
8. Intermediate Cutting Skills Practice by Teaching Powered by Caffeine

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Thanks so much for checking out our new blog design!  And GOOD LUCK with the Giveaways!

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