Wednesday, July 10, 2013

And the Winners Are...

Hello, friends! Check out my big news for the day:
Woohoo!! I am so excited about this special day because I could never have dreamed the blessings this path would take me when I began a year ago. I have met wonderful parents, teachers, professionals and READERS. You guys are fabulous and I am humbled to have you join the journey. (I am also excited about the winners of the Giveaway Extravaganza! You will find that below!)

I thought I would celebrate today by taking a glance back at my very first post. It was suitably titled: New Beginnings...

Hi there! My name is Leah and I have embarked on a new journey in bloggersville. Education and learning have been a passion of mine for many years... since I was old enough to hold a book. I was the student who could not WAIT for school to start back each year. I loved everything about a new year including the smell of my brand new textbooks and the sounds of my school hallways. There was nothing more exciting than packing my new backpack with all of my new school supplies. In fact, I would rearrange their placement in my backpack a half dozen times to get it "just right!" Books were my best friends and I wear corrective lenses today because I couldn't put one down once I had started. Darkness was just an inconvenience that could be fixed with a window and a moon or a flashlight under the covers. Okay I admit it, I am still this way. :)

My journey through education has taken a few twists and turns. I began as a student of Elementary Education before receiving my degree and certification for the Florida Department of Education. I worked in the public school system for several years before my health caused me to reprioritize my life. As a result, I became a stay at home mom to two beautiful daughters. During this time, I decided to use the passion I have for learning and my training to teach my own children. I now homeschool my girls and it has been one of the greatest yet most challenging choices I have ever made. 

My family has now grown to three beautiful girls and we are preparing for a brand new year! I have decided to create a blog that focuses on techniques and resources the promotes knowledge retention. As I have a K-3, 3rd grader and 6th grader this year, these resources will span many different grades. Perhaps you are a homeschool parent or a teacher, I hope that you can find something that will be useful or interesting. Maybe it will just spark your own creative juices! I have found that teachers are the most creative and resourceful people in the world!

A season of new beginnings is an opportunity to be stretched, to grow, and to change. Though "change" has never been a popular word in my vocabulary (as I am a creature of habit) I have learned that growth naturally equals change. As an elementary teacher or even a mother, I would be so frustrated if a student remained unchanged from the beginning of the year to the end! So, here I am embracing this new season and I look forward to sharing it with you... Leah

How cool is it that I still get to use my passions today that have been within my entire life! :)

And now on to other BIG news:  Drum roll please! Here are the winners for my Giveaway Extravaganza!

Congratulations to all the winners! You will be hearing from me soon. Also, a BIG thank you to the many wonderful TPT stores who so generously donated their product and for each one of YOU who took part! Here's to another year! May it be as exciting as the first!

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