Wednesday, June 24, 2015

TpT Seller Challenge: Week 2 Dare to Dream

Running a little later this week due to Super Fun Family events spilling over into this week. One weekend can't hold us, ya'll! Today I'm linking up week 2 of the TPT Seller Challenge! This week's challenge is: Dare to Dream!
As of now, my TpT store funds some extras for my classroom and a splurge here or there.  I'm not one of the sellers that can say TpT paid for a new house or a trip around the world...yet.  I've been aspiring to those heights since I started the shop.  I am happy to say that I've had a steady increase throughout and that is really all I can ask.

Don't get me wrong.  I would LOVE spread the word of how revenue from my products helped us in big ways.

My first dream is to continue remodeling our house.  It was built in 1918 and I love it.  We are in a great location, have a nice spread of land and are close to lots of entertainment.  We just need to freshen up around the house.  We would like to have a new metal roof and renovate the kitchen.  It would be awesome to fund this more quickly so we can continue enjoying our house.
Next, we've been talking for years about taking a hike along the western Italian coast line.  For us, big vacations tend to get put on the back burner.  One of my goals is to squirrel away enough money to pay for the trip myself as a surprise.
Lastly I would love to provide keep-at-home resources for my students.  It breaks my heart when they tell me they don't have any books at home or that they can't get to the public library because it costs too much for everyone to ride the bus there.  Immediately I think of the trickle down of this situation.  Big sister doesn't have books so little brother can't get them as hand-me-downs and baby sister doesn't hear anyone read to her until Kindergarten.  During the school year I let kids borrow books to take home.  When I give students old books during a purge they are amazed when I say they can have them and don't have to give them back.  I'd love to give them new books to have and pass down to their siblings and cousins and neighbors.

We are a Title I school and can get low cost books, but even low cost books cost money (plus shipping, phew!)  My goal is to have enough extra funds to let students choose their own books to keep through First Books, Scholastic book clubs, etc.

There is still time to join in on the fun:


  1. I love your 3rd goal. What an amazing way to give back to your students. It is sad that many kiddos don't have books at home. Kudos to you!
    On the Go Teacher Mama

  2. I completely agree with you about books in homes. Do you know about Book Love Foundation? They supply class libraries. You have to apply, but it might be worth looking at their website! Good luck with your house renovation!

    1. Thank you so much for the website! I will definitely look into it.

  3. I love the idea of the keep-at-home resources. I teach at a title 1 as well and understand the necessity. Wonderful idea.

    1. Thank you! I've also considered Donors Choose and a local crowd sourcing program, but it is hard to raise outside funds. Enjoy your summer!

  4. Remodeling is so fun!!! We just bought a house and I can't wait to decorate :) I hope you're able to enjoy that soon!
    Tales of Teaching in Heels

  5. I give students a pencil and a book for their birthdays. Dorky but they seem to like it :) How great that your goal is to give them something readable