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Fresh Start Giveaway

It’s that time of the school year where we all start looking toward the Raki's Rad Resources - Quality Teaching Resources for Quality Teachersfuture, to next school year and getting ready for a Fresh Start.  This weekend, I am starting a Fresh Start of my own.  Raki’s Rad Resources is moving over to a new logo and a new blog – .  In order to celebrate my fresh start, I’d like to set you up with a Fresh Start Package.  I’m going to be giving away these four Fresh Start Packages, each valued at over $35 worth of Quality Teaching Resources, at the new blog, and there’s a Fresh Start Freebie for all!  So, stop by and sign up!

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Fresh Start Giveaway

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And the winners are…

Thank you to all who entered the contest for the Everything’s ticketsIntermediate Expo tickets.  I loved reading your comments about your English Language Learners.  As I am taping my presentation on teaching English Language Learners for you guys, I will be sure to keep your needs in mind and give some strategies that address these topics. 

Without further ado, here are the winners:

Ticket #1

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Ticket #2

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Ticket #3

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Congratulations to Pam Atkinson, Melissa Lawrence and Heather Temske!  They will soon be receiving their ticket via email and will all be able to attend professional development in their pj’s (if they so choose) for absolutely FREE!  If you aren’t one of my lucky winners, but you want to join us on this fun event, feel free to stop by the Everything’s Intermediate Expo page and grab a ticket for just $14.95 until the day of the event.

Also, if you have a chance, stop by the blogs of the other presenters to learn about the amazing things they have planned:

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Expo Ticket Giveaway

Do you dread professional development?  Do you wish they would choose topics that were more meaningful to your classroom?  Do you wish you didn’t have to sit in that uncomfortable chair at a table with people you may not like very much?  I have the solution for you – The Everything’s Intermediate Expo – information you really want in a comfortable setting – your house!  You can even watch in your PJ’s if you’d like!!!

Another reason I am in love with the idea of webinars like this is that –for those of you who don’t know – I’m in Morocco.  While I love being in Morocco, professional development is a little hard to come by – at least in English, lol!  Heidigray

For this venture though, I am as even more excited because I’m one of the presenters.  I have hand tips and tricks for you on teaching English Language Learners!  The other presenters will be presenting about: modifying math instruction, integrating technology and using interactive notebooks.

So, have you bought your ticket for the Everything’s Intermediate Expo yet?  If you haven’t, feel free to enter this weekend’s giveaway.  Teacher Blog Addict and Teacher’s Notebook, who are sponsoring the ticketsexpo have given me not one, not two, but three tickets to giveaway this weekend!  Scroll down to find out how to enter the giveaway.  Note – if you’ve already bought your ticket, please feel free to enter for a friend, or to give the tickets away as a gift to a teammate or student teacher!


Contest Guidelines:

1.) You can enter up to 3 times, but please don’t forget to fill out the entry form each time so that your entry can be counted.

2.) Your entry must be received by Sunday, March 25th at 5:00p.m. EST.  Winners will be announced on Sunday, March 25th at 8:00p.m. EST.

3.)  The ways to enter are:

1. Sign up for the Raki’s Rad Resources News Release.  (If you already receive these news releases, it will count as an entry.)

2.  Sign up for the Virtual Teaching Expo Newsletter.  (If you already receive this newsletter, it will count as an entry.)

3.  Leave a comment letting me know how many English Language Learners are in your class(es) and what one thing you struggle with in regards to teaching them.


Good luck to all – I can’t wait to hand out these tickets!


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St. Patrick’s Day Centers Giveaway

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I have recently created the newest of my holiday center packets for St. Patrick’s Day. My kids are super excited to get to work on them! You can grab a copy on TPT for $3.00, or you can sign up for this Friday’s Raki’s Rad Resources News Release clicking HERE, and find out when they will be available completely FREE. I will be making them completely FREE for two days to celebrate my two son’s birthdays, which happen to be back to back. In this week’s News Release, I’ll be letting my readers know when to get them free. There are also a ton of other freebies in this week’s News Release, so be sure to sign up!



St. Patrick’s Day Blog Hop

blog hunt picsTop of the Morning Blogging Friends!  Play a fun blog hunt with us by following the shamrocks on different blogs each day until Saint Patrick’s Day. You will see lots of great blogs along the way, discover some great ideas for your classroom, and pick up some free materials.  May the “Luck of the Irish” be with you!  We started on Thursday, March 1st with Mrs. Jump’s Class, but it’s never too late to start – so go on over to her blog and she will get you started.  Come back here on  Monday, March 5th to find my great FREE Leprechaun Money puzzle!



P.S.  While you’re blog hopping today, check out my guest blog post on independence in centers that was featured on Kreative in Kinder on Tuesday!


Win a $50 Shopping Spree!!

My husband and I made the plunge into domain ownership this month.  We purchased the domain name: for our Raki’s Shop.   Then, my husband set out renovating the shop to  fit the needs of our customers.  In order to celebrate our domain address being in working order, we are offering a 50/50 Giveaway. 


First, we are going to send a 50% OFF coupon to everyone of our customers through next Friday’s Raki’s Rad News Release.

Second, we are going to choose one Raki’s Rad News Release subscriber to get a $50 Shopping Spree at the newly renovated Raki’s Shop.


Click here to sign up for the Raki’s Rad News Release to get your 50% OFF coupon AND be entered to win the $50 Shopping Spree.  All entries must be received by Thursday, February 16, 2012 at midnight EST.



Missing Apple!

missingappleHelp!  My husband has been working so hard on the Raki’s Shop Website, somehow he lost track of an apple icon!  He was going to use it in our Raki’s Rad Resources logo, and it ran away!  Can you help us find it?  There is a reward of $5 off your next purchase from Raki’s Shop if you are able to find it and click on it.  There is no limit to the number of people we will send rewards to – so tell your friends to help us search! 



What an Honor!!

Wow!  I love blogging, I really do, but I’m honestly still sometimes surprised when people comment to let me know they’re reading.  Then, Sunday, the amazing happened, I was nominated for the Leibster award by Liz Buzcrek of Liz’s Lessons!  (BTW – have you seen her blog?  It’s fantastic!)


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Here’s an explanation of what the award is all about:

Liebster means “dearest” in German, and the award is intended to help up-and-coming blogs get the attention they deserve.

In order to accept the award, the blog owner must do the following:

  1. Copy and paste the award on our blog.

  2. Link back to the blogger who gave us the award.

  3. Pick out five favorite blogs with less than 200 followers, and leave a comment on their blog to let them know they have been nominated.

  4. Hope that the five blogs chosen will keep spreading the love and pass it on to five more blogs.

I am pleased to accept this award and would like to pass it along to the following great blogs:

1.  Treasures for Teaching

2.  Teaching in Room 6

3.  Sharing Kindergarten

4.  Classroom Magic

5.  Elementary Matters

BTW – In honor of the Leibster, I’m going to put my whole store on sale this weekend – Saturday & Sunday – 10% Off Everything!


Get up to 350 Teacher Resources Free

I have a confession to make – I am not the best “detail person”.  It took me 4 days to realize my husband painted the car.  I don’t always notice if my kids change clothes halfway through the day.  And, I’m known to miss a period or misspell a word in some of my teacher resources.  For example, in my Christmas Centers Packet, I found 4 errors (one was found by a Fabulous Raki’s Rad rrrbuttonResources Follower).  Now, I am always happy to fix errors that I miss and resend them FREE of charge, but I know everyone would appreciate it more if the errors were gone ahead of time.  So, I decided to make it my New Year’s Resolution to find those errors and get them fixed.  I also decided I need some help.  So, I’m introducing the Raki’s Rad Resources Proofreading Team.

In order to get rid of all of the errors in my products and product descriptions, I am enlisting the help of you – Fabulous Raki’s Rad Resources Followers, and I’m willing to give away my store in exchange for your help!  Every product you are willing to proofread for me, you will receive completely FREE.  I’m even going to let you choose which product(s) you want to proofread!  (Each product will only be eligible to be proofread 2 times.)

By now, I hope you’re asking yourself – How do I sign up?  Here’s how:

1.  Fill out this form, giving me your contact information, so I can add you to the team.

2.  Go to my store and find the product you want to proofread (and get for FREE).  Use this form to proofread the product description. 

3.  Email the form to and I will send you the teacher resource as it is listed right now.

4. Use this form to proofread the teacher resource.

5.  Email the form to with the corrections.  I will then make the corrections and send you the updated teacher resource.

6.  Feel free to proudly place this badge on your blog!








I hope you join us on the Raki’s Rad Resources Proofreading Team!  Thanks in advance for all your help.


Suesstastic Birthday Giveaway

Did you enter my Birthday Giveaway back in November?  I think it was a good giveaway, but Melissa of Seusstastic Classroom Inspirations might just have me beat!  She’s giving away 40 items from her own TPT store, plus 45 items from other TPT sellers, myself included.



When Melissa decided to do her giveaway, I sent her my Self-Correcting Counting Puzzle, a favorite in my classroomcountingpuzzle, which is available at my TPT store for $2.50.  She also got contributions from The Organized Classroom, The Wise Owl Factory, and Nyla’s Crafty Teaching – to name a few!  You have until January 6th to enter and there’s TONS of ways to enter!!!  Head on over to her blog and get your chance at all the freebies!!!

Oh, and stand by for more details on a promotion I’ll be running and a chance to get pretty much my entire TPT store FREE.  I hope to have the details up and ready by Thursday.


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