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Pinterest Approved Recipe Link-Up

Hi everyone! I'm super excited for you to stop by a new monthly blog post that should be a lot of fun!


Some of my favorite blogging friends are Courtney, Nicole and Tonya. We're always talking about how we can make our lives easier and simpler, because everyone knows teaching can be stressful! 

Figuring out what to feed my family is often one of my biggest stressors. I love finding recipes on Pinterest, but I'm often unsure of whether the recipes are actually good! 

On the 3rd Sunday of every month, we will be hosting our Pinterest-Approved Recipe Link-up!! 
We will share our favorite, *successful* Pinterest recipes that we've done in the past or throughout the month and we hope that you will share yours too!! 

The rules for this link-up are simple:




We're a family of 6, so I'm always looking for easy dinners that are delicious but can come together quickly. This is one of the big reasons that I love my Crock Pot! I use it pretty much weekly! 

This Slow Cooker Broccoli Beef from Creme de la Crumb is one of my go to recipes!


It is so delicious and really is better than take out! It's even a hit with my kids! You can find this delicious recipe {here}.

If you want to see more recipes that my family loves, and I've actually tried, you can check out this Pinterest board {here}. This is my collection of recipes that I've tried out that have been successful!

We would love it you'd link up with us. Don't forget to leave some love for those you visit ;)

Do You Like These IEPs?

So many fun things are happening this week in schools across America. In my class, we'll be doing lots of reading rhyming books by a Dr. who cannot be mentioned due to trademark laws and a bunch of other technical stuff.

If you follow me on Instagram @extraspecialteaching you'll be able to check out these awesome 
t-shirts my team will wear on Wednesday and some other fun stuff my class will be doing.

A few years ago, I came across this poem somewhere and spruced it up some. It cracks me up every time I read it, especially since I'm drowning in IEPs right now! You can download your copy by clicking {here} or the picture below.

Do You Like These IEPs? Funny poem for special education teachers about writing and scheduling IEPs.

Happy celebrating reading week!

Gearing up for Standardized Testing (freebies)

I know a lot of you are gearing up for the big state tests.  I'm fortunate that this year I'm teaching 1st and 2nd graders, so I don't have to worry about high stakes testing THIS year.  Who knows what next year will hold though.  

Standardized testing can be so stressful and cause a lot of test anxiety for students. By sending this letter home, parents are encouraged to send a supportive letter to their child to open and read before standardized testing.


Standardized testing can be so stressful for students (and teachers). Just last week, I found my 4th grade daughter checking the calendar out at 6:45am. Turns out, she was counting the days until standardized testing. Talk about breaking my momma heart. :(



A few years ago, I wrote about this letter that I sent home to my parents.  It's so important for parents to help out during that stressful testing week by being supportive and encouraging at home.  You can get your free copy by clicking on the picture.

Standardized testing can be so stressful and cause a lot of test anxiety for students. By sending this letter home, parents are encouraged to send a supportive letter to their child to open and read before standardized testing.


A few years ago (you can read about that here), I was spending a lot of time doing test prep with my kids when I realized they were struggling just to read the test questions.  Some of those words are hard to read!  So I went through all of the test prep questions and picked out any of those words that I thought might be tricky, such as italics, paragraph, sidebar, etc., etc.  I made a fun game for my students to practice reading tricky words, and it gave us opportunities to discuss the meaning of those words.

If you downloaded this game a few years ago, you'll want to redownload.  I've updated all of my games so that they have easy to read fonts with no confusing letters.  Just click on the picture to download your free copy.

Struggling readers often have a difficult time with reading vocabulary such as words like define, meaning, and understand. This freebie game helps students practice reading words they might see on standardized tests.


Good luck to all of those who will start testing soon!

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