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Welcome to The Colorful Apple!

Welcome to The Colorful Apple!  I am so glad you are here!  You may know me from Smiling In Second Grade.

It's been exactly two years since I began that blog.  When I started, I had no idea how much I would love blogging and that I would still be doing it two years later!  Had I known what I was getting myself into, I may have chosen a less grade-specific blog name.  As much as I loved the name, Smiling In Second Grade, I am moving onto bigger and better things!

Well, maybe just bigger students...I am a fifth grade teacher now!  I found out at the end of the school year that I would be leaving 2nd grade and moving up.  Here is a picture of my last day in my classroom of 4 1/2 years.

I was super nervous but so excited as well.  I knew there were going to be many things that I would miss about being a second grade teacher {esp my teacher friends!} but I was so looking forward to working with the older students.  Luckily, I not only stayed in the same district, but the same school as well.  That made the transition so much easier.

Here are some early pictures of my classroom {there will be a full tour later on - don't worry!}

My husband came in to help me on the first day!  Can you find him?!  He's never helped me in my classroom before.  I think he felt bad that I had to move from the first floor to the third floor on the opposite side of the building.  I have a lot of stuff!

But I clean up quickly!  Here's Day 2!

To thank you for joining me on new adventure, I am having giveaways all week!  I'll be giving away a few of my favorite things.

First up, is a $25 giftcard to Teachers Pay Teachers!  Now, who doesn't need that during this crazy back to school season?!

All you need to do is follow me on Bloglovin, then leave me a comment telling me your blog and grade level so I can get to know you too!  I'll choose a winner on Saturday morning.  Then come back tomorrow for another chance to win!


  1. Congratulations on your new blog & new grade level! I don't have a blog, but I am a special education teacher at the elementary school level. dbednarsk@yahoo.com

  2. I followed you on Smiling in Second Grade.. of course I will follow you here, too!!

    Mme Julie's Classroom

  3. Wow! 2nd grade to 5th grade...that is a huge jump! I am glad you are so excited to be in a new grade level and are looking forward to your school year. :) I teach 1st grade but I used to teach K-5 as the special education teacher for our school. I don't have a blog but I am hoping to have one soon! Thank you for the opportunity to win! veronica.varela@live.com

  4. The new blog looks great! I like the new name. I'll miss you being in 2nd but I know you'll do awesome in 5th! Those kids are lucky to have you! Good luck!

    Saddle Up For 2nd Grade

  5. I like your new blog name and I am following your new blog. I wish you well in your new adventure in 5th grade!


  6. Congrats on 5th Grade! I don't think I could handle 5th graders so props to you! I teach first grade and love it!
    Teaching in the Valley

  7. Congratulations on your new blog and your new class, Sara! I'm disappointed to lose a great 2nd grade teacher from my list as this is my first year in the primary division in over 13 years! But... I spent those 13 years in 5th grade and can tell you that you're going to LOVE it!! I was disappointed to be leaving them, but I'm enjoying my new adventure! Have fun! I can't wait to see what you post!

    Mrs. Beattie's Classroom

  8. Congratulations on a new grade! I've been teaching 2/3 for years, but fondly remember the time I spent in 6th grade. I love that age of kids because they have such great discussions and are capable of doing so much. Plus, the subject matter is very interesting. I don't have a blog, but I'd love to win anyways.

  9. I love your blog design! I followed you on blog lovin!
    Gretchen Hilley @ sweetsweetsecondgrade.blogspot.com

  10. LOVE your new blog design Sara! I hope you're loving 5th grade! I'm looking forward to following your adventures!

    A is for Apple B is for Blog

  11. Congrats on your new adventure!
    This is my 5th year teaching 2nd grade before that I taught 4th grade for 5 years. Hope you have a great year!

    Christina :)
    Apples, Books, and Crayons

  12. Congrats on your new blog and job! I don't have a blog , but I have a facebook page and pinterest..
    Jill Aysenne

  13. I followed you smiling through second grade, and I will be following you through fifth grade! Have fun in your new adventure! I teach fourth grade and love working with the little bit older students!! :)

  14. LOVE your new blog Sara! :) Especially the colors!!!!!! Very cheerful just like you! :)

    Soaring Through Second

  15. Aw... I was following because you were a second grade blogger! I'm sure you'll continue to share great stuff though. Congrats on your move! Can't wait to hear about your experiences in a new grade. Love the look of your new blog!

    Super Sparkly in Second

  16. I follow you on Smiling Through Second grade so I thought I would hop over and follow you at your new blog. I teach Kindergarten; I feel bad because I haven't been active on my blog in so long! I feel like I am just running in circles lately!


  17. Love the new blog and the new name!! I'm Jess from Rambling about Reading! I've been following your blog for awhile....probably since I started blogging!
    Rambling About Reading

    1. Forgot to tell you I teach 1st! I chose a non grade specific name because I wasn't sure where I would be the next year and I LOVE teaching reading and got my Masters in reading! Also can you tell I love to ramble....

  18. I'm definitely following your new blog. I teach 2nd, so I'll miss reading & connecting with your posts for that grade, but look forward to reading about your new adventure :)
    Stories by Storie

  19. I am in my 2nd year of teaching first grade. I moved into first grade after teaching technology and library for the past 8 years. My website is http://bonnieadams.weebly.com

  20. Of course I'll follow your new blog! I'm a K-8 librarian who loves reading/stalking teacher blogs to find ideas to share with my teachers.
    Mrs. Brown Loves Bookworms

  21. I don't have a blog but I followed your last blog and I teach 2nd grade.

  22. Congratulations on your new blog and grade switch Sara! :)

    Fashion Craze Learning Days

  23. Congrats on the new grade level, new classroom, and new blog! :) I'm following you on BlogLovin, just like I followed Smiling in Second. Good luck!!

    Hello Mrs Sykes

  24. I don't have a blog,but I followed your last blog and I teach 1st.


  25. Hey Sara,
    I will miss you blogging about second grade because I am a second grade teacher too. However, I am sure you will be an awesome fifth grade teacher! I wish you all the best!
    Barrow's Hodgepodge

  26. I follow you on Bloglovin. I don't have a blog, but I follow quite a lot of them! I moved back to 3rd this year, after being in other grades for a few years. I'm glad to be back! (24th year in 3rd, 6 years in other grades)

  27. I follow you on Bloglovin. I don't have a blog, but I follow quite a lot of them! I am currently teaching 2nd grade.


  28. Hey Sara,
    It was so nice to meet you while you were on vacation :) I must say, I am SUPER impressed at how quickly you cleaned up your rooom! I wish I moved as fast as you!!

    Teaching in Paradise

  29. When I started blogging, Smiling in Second Grade was one of the first blogs I followed. I will DEFINITELY miss your 2nd grade ideas, but I'm excited for your new adventure! Can't wait to read how your first year in 5th grade goes! I'm now following your new blog on Bloglovin' (and GFC!).

    Angela :)
    Hippo Hooray for Second Grade!

  30. I follow you on bloglovin. Congrats on your new blog and your new grade level. I don't have my own blog, but totally stalk tons of them. kganon@sanjuan.edu

  31. I teach 2nd grade but am looking forward to reading about your adventures in 5th! :)

    Teaching With Style

  32. Hi!
    I love the new blog design! While I'm sad you're leaving my grade level, I'm excited to hear all about those big kid journeys! I'm new to the blog world and just getting stated on mine..hope to see you visit mine and would love to he's your tips! Good luck this year!

    Acupcakeformyclassroom .blogspot

  33. Love your new design! Sad to see you leave my grade level as well. I know you will do well.

    Tidbits From Ms.Pitts

  34. Welcome to fifth grade. I have taught fifth for years and love it. I am following your new blog. Love the design.
    Learning in Bliss

  35. Congrats on your new level. I'm sure you'll do just fine. I followed you on bloglovin. I moved from first to second grade this year. Angelharlin@gmail.com

  36. Congratulations on being so positive about your move. I love teaching Year 5 but I also love teaching Year 2. Enjoy the journey. My email is starbel@internode.on.net

  37. Bummed you moved grade levels, as I also teach second! Will be looking forward to reading about your new adventures in fifth! (I moved from sixth to second a while back...talk about culture shock!)

  38. Excited to be following your new blog and adventures!

    The Second Grade Superkids

  39. I'm following you!


  40. I followed with Blog Lovin. Alas, I have no blog, But I enjoy reading about your adventures! My email Is: stpeter2ndgrade@sbcglobal.net
    Which is not accurate either, because I am teaching 2/3 combined class this year.

  41. Following with bloglovin'! I teach 2nd grade!


  42. Congrats on your new blog and position! Welcome to life with the "big kids". I'm the Title I Reading Specialist for 3-5 and followed you over at Smiling in Second Grade. Glad to continue following you here. LOVE the new design!

    Don't Let the Teacher Stay Up Late
    Follow me on Bloglovin!

  43. SO excited to see that your in 5th too, Sara! :) I follow you and cannot wait to hear all of your great ideas.

    The Brown-Bag Teacher

  44. I also teach 5th grade. I love it! I don't have a blog.

  45. Oh Wow! I went from 5th to 2nd. I'm Heather from Second Grade Perks. I would love to win a TPT giftcard!

  46. Congrats on your move, and I DO love your new look! My name 2ndinline fits me well since I have taught 2nd grade for 35 years, so I don't think I'll have to change my name until I retire!
    I am excited to watch you grow into this new grade! Have fun!
    Second In Line

  47. Hi Sara! Congrats on the move up! I teach 2nd grade and I've taught 2nd grade for 4 years. Good luck this year!

    Swimming into Second

  48. I teach second :) I hope you love the change. We will jealous of all your independent learners while ours learn the difference between the plus and minus signs :)
    My Second Sense

  49. I follow you on bloglovin' ~ I teach first grade in southeast Kansas. :o)


  50. Have fun with your big kiddos! They're so much fun because they can carry on a real conversation, and are independent. I teach second in SC, and follow you on both blogs!

  51. I hope your school year is going well! I just started teaching in March - 3rd grade Language Arts, so I'm REALLY new to teaching. I've researched SOOOO many blogs and classroom ideas this past summer that I needed to start my own blog - take me to third grade ... takemetothirdgrade.blogspot.com


    p.s.. I follow you on bloglovin. :)

  52. I follow you on Bloglovin'! :)

    I teach special education resource for K-3rd graders. The blog (just starting out) is www.reedsresourceroom.blogspot.com

    Good luck with your new grade level!

  53. I have been following you for over a year! Thank you for sharing all your wonderful ideas. You have inspired me in so many ways! I love teaching second grade, but those upper grades rock too!
    Bright Concepts 4 Teachers

  54. I don't have a blog but I do follow you. I teach kindergarten in Florida!

  55. Hi, Sara! LOVE your name, BTW. :) My name is Sara and I teach second grade in a small rural school in Nebraska. Best wishes on moving to 5th grade!

  56. I teach 2/3 combined and follow you!!

  57. I teach 3rd. In excited to follow your new adventure! Reyesremarkablerants at gmail dot com

  58. I teach 2nd which is how I found you. I don't have a teaching blog, but I do have a classroom website for parents and students. I am loving all the teacher blogs that I follow.


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