We LOVE Fly Guy!! Do you?

Do your kids LOVE Fly Guy? Oh my goodness, my kids eat him up! Even more my boys LOVE him!! And finding books that boys are especially into is so so important to get our precious kiddos hooked on reading! My girls love him too, which makes it a win-win! And as a BONUS Fly Guy books are chapter books. Chapter books people. It's kind of a big deal in first grade! To say the least We LOVE Fly Guy!!
And for the bargain of the century, I got this little guy on Amazon for about $6! Shut the front door! Best $6 this teacher ever spent. Worth every penny!! Click HERE or on the picture to snag one yourself! :)

So when I whipped out Fly Guy along with this book, my kids were all ears and all giggles and oh.so.excited to find out that I own *almost* every single Fly Guy book. It's true! I kinda like Fly Guy too!
Click HERE or on the picture to grab this book for under $4!

Well the squeals got louder when I told them that Mr. Fly had a very important question: he wanted to know if he could come home with each of them and be their pet for a night--since he is the world's smartest pet! He of course asked them this question in a very buzzy voice (aka Mrs. Foxwell deserves an Emmy for her acting skills!) One of my boys told me today that his favorite part about Mr. Fly was his voice! Bless his heart. He immediately followed by asking whose turn it would be today to take Mr. Fly home! Take him home? Oh yes dear friends Mr. Fly can now be anyones pet thanks to this FUN take-home bag: 
The beginning of the year is such an important time to build excitement for reading and to get to know our precious kiddos. This bag does both! Mr. Fly has written a letter to his new friends explaining that he wants to be their new pet and go home to meet their family!
They get to take this journal home, along with Mr. Fly, and I like to throw in a copy of the book too for them to read with their family in this bag. You could use any bag but I just use the $0.50 reusable bags from Wal-Mart (I'm letting my secret out--these bags are fabulous and are only half a dollar! That means two for a $1! Impressive math skills, huh?! This girl knows a deal when I see it!)
At home they get to write and draw about their family and about their time with Mr. Fly:
Then they bring everything back the next day (or two...) and share their journal pages with the class! What a great listening and speaking activity! Then the highly anticipated part comes when they reach into a bag with name cards and pick the next student who will get to take Mr. Fly home (with drum rolls, of course!):

When everyone has had a turn, I put the completed journal into our classroom library! The students LOVE re-reading each others pages! 
The best authors around can often be found right in our classroom! :)

If you would like to add this fun Hi Family! Take-Home Bag to your family/community unit or classroom activities, I have put everything in a packet for you!
Altogether this packet includes:
-Instructions on making and using the take-home bag
-Journal Cover (in color & black and white)
-Instruction Letter from Mr. Fly (in color & black and white)
-Journal Pages
-name cards (for choosing a student each day-in color & black and white)
-a printable Mr. Fly (incase you don't have a stuffed animal fly-in color & black and white)

AND I'm putting it on sale for 40% off for the next 24 hours!!


Classroom Helpers

Yes, it's me!! I'm still alive! So sorry to have neglected this little blog. I have been a crazy woman with taking grad classes and moving into my new classroom. Since I'm working on finishing up my masters, a new classroom decor wasn't on my to-do list for this year. I had had my current forest theme for the past four years and was going to hang onto it from another year or two. However, we found out at the end of the year that everybody was moving classrooms and my new classroom has tons of PINK cabinets. Well, to say the least my forest theme was going to clash big time so a new classroom decor has been added to the summer to do list. I have slowly been making a new decor set in between grad papers, presentations, and catching some summer with friends and family too. :) 

For those of you following me on Instagram or Facebook, you know that these Classroom Job Helper Cards have been in the works for a while: 

But I am so excited to let you know that they are finished and available in my TPT store!
In many ways a classroom is like a team: it takes everyone working together to make it successful! One management system that I LOVE using in my room is classroom jobs! I truly could not imagine my classroom with it! My students LOVE having their own job and I love how it helps our classroom function as they learn to become responsible leaders in our classroom!

This packet contains 48 different job cards so that you can assign a different job to each of your students.

As as requested from my amazing followers, I have provided each card in 2 different font options. You can choose from a black font:

Or a gray background/white bubble letter. 

I'm personally a fan of this one and have already printed and laminated them to use for next year!

You can use these cards in many ways. I plan on putting the cards on a bulletin board and then clipping clothespins with the students names on them to the job cards. Be sure to follow me on Instagram to see a completed picture of my bulletin board when it's finished! You could also use these cards in a pocket chart or use magnets on the board with them. Instead of names you could also use an assigned number system. It's totally up to you! I have created the cards so that you can use them in the way that works best for you and your classroom!

Altogether this packet includes:
*48 job cards
*2 font options for each card
*instructions, job card list, and management and rotation ideas

If you are looking for Classroom Job cards for next year, you can snag them ON SALE for the next 24 hours! And the first 2 people that leave a comment with their email address will win it for free!

Be on the lookout for more bright and cheery classroom decor! I have more in the works! :)


Happy 4th of July SALE!!

Happy 4th of July friends! We are so blessed to live in a country that is free! Our freedom is definitely something worth celebrating, protecting and fighting for!

I'm celebrating the fourth by throwing a 20% off sale on everything in my store July 4-6! Click HERE or on the button to check out my store!
Thanks to Cassie for the cute button! :)

Our family is about to have a little cookout! What are you all up to today?


Winner of My Entire Store is...

You all have blessed my socks off with your generous gifts towards my Donors Choose Project!! I was on vacation with my amazing hubby when I got the news that Criss-Cross Applesauce had been fully funded and can I just tell you--I about fell off my chair! I couldn't believe that it was already funded!! I decided to "unplug" while we were on vacation (so needed) and had left my lap top at home intentionally, so I'm sorry for the delay in getting back to you and announcing the winner. I really didn't think it would get funded so quickly, but you all are just amazing!!

Thank you so much for your kind and generous giving towards this project! This rug is going to make such an impact in my classroom! It will add so much warmth to our classroom environment and my students will use it everyday as they learn and grow! I can't wait to have morning meetings and read aloud times on this carpet! My heart smiles thinking about all of the students that will fall in love with books and reading on the carpet! The carpet will also often be a place abuzz with conversations as students share with their partners and class discussions come to life! I can't wait for this carpet to arrive and just feel so blessed by all of your help to make this rug possible! Thank you!!

Now for the big announcement that many of you have been waiting for!

Can I get a drumroll please....
Congratulations Maureen!! Every product from my Teachers Pay Teachers store is coming your way soon! :)

Thank you to everyone who gave and entered! I just couldn't let any of you walk away empty handed, so I'm sending everyone who gave and entered a copy of my Helping Hands unit (found HERE):
This Helping Hands unit is by far one of the best organization systems and home connection tools that I have put into place in my classroom. It is an entire organization system--everything you need with detailed instructions on how to utilize take-home volunteers to do things like cut lamination, assemble books, cut tracers or project pieces, etc. I have sent this packet to each of you who gave to my project and entered the rafflecopter as a little thank you!!

You all are the best! Thank you for so generously giving so that my class can use and enjoy our new classroom rug!


Win My ENTIRE TPT Store {worth over $165}

I'm throwing a HUGE giveaway for a chance to win my entire TPT Store!!
Take a look at ALL of the products that you could win--it's a grand prize worth OVER $165:
Click HERE to check out all of the items you could win from my TPT store.

Now, this giveaway is going to be a little different from usual giveaways. In order to enter you have to give a least a $1 to my Donors Choose Project: Criss-Cross Applesauce (click HERE to check it out) AND use the matching code INSPIRE to match your donation. Here are the details:
I know that this is not like a typical giveaway, but I am so excited about getting this project funded for my students and it only has $194 to go (it started at $364)!! Every dollar makes a difference and this carpet is going to be such a blessing to my students and our learning time together!

Having a classroom rug for students to sit criss-cross applesauce on would be a tremendous blessing! We all gather together on the floor for morning meetings, writing lessons, reading time, math mini-lessons, and when we are utilizing the Smart Board. Students also sit on the floor during centers and during independent reading. Since we have tiled floors in our classroom, having a carpet would help cushion the hard floor. Plus it will add warmth to our classroom and make our learning space more welcoming! 

This area rug for our classroom is going to be used everyday in many ways! Thank you for helping us be able to get this learning space for our classroom! We cannot thank you enough!

Plus, I have a special surprise BONUS for anyone who gives and enters:

Thank you SO much for helping out our classroom! What I love about this giveaway is that at the end EVERYONE gets to be a winner!

Winner of a Custom Blog Design!!!

Thank you to everyone who entered to win a Custom Blog Design from:

I'm excited to announce the grand winner of the Custom Premium Blog (a $50 value) from Blogs Fit for a Queen:

Can I get a drum roll please....
Congratulations Jen!! Courtney will be contacting you soon to begin working with you!! Thanks again to Courtney for my amazing blog design and for giving me the honor of hosting this special giveaway!! 

If you are in the market for a custom blog design, please check out Courtney's affordable packages!! She is so talented and amazing to work with!


Win a Custom Blog Design!!

AHHH!! Did you see? Did you see? My blog got a makeover and I am in LOVE!!!
It's ok--go ahead and take another look! I have. Like a bazillion times. *Sigh* It's just so beautiful and I keep going back to make sure that it is really still there and that it really is MY BLOG!!

The amazing and talented designer that brought my blog dreams to life was the talented Courtney Juneau from Blogs Fit for a Queen:
Courtney was a dream to work with!! She seriously makes you feel like a queen!! I have been dreaming of having my blog professionally designed for a long time and was so excited when I found Blogs Fit for a Queen! Courtney was able to take all of my ideas and dreams for my blog and bring them to life! With top-notch communication, she worked diligently to listen to my ideas, answer all of my questions, and make sure that every detail was done with precision and care. This girl is one talented designer! If you have been thinking and dreaming of a blog makeover, Courtney is your girl!!! She has many different options for design that are affordable and can easily fit into your budget! Packages range from $30-$50 with several add-on options. Click HERE to check out her packages! 

I am SO excited because to celebrate my new blog design Courtney has allowed me to giveaway one of her Custom Blog Designs:
You too can have your dream blog designed!! The winner of this giveaway is going to get the ultimate blog makeover!! Courtney is giving away her Premium Custom Blog Package! Here is what you will get:
This package is a $50 value! 

I am SO excited for you!! Be sure to check this girl out and enter to win the blog of your dreams!! The giveaway will end on Thursday, June 12 at midnight (EST).

Ok-I'm off to look at my blog...again! I can't believe that it's actually mine!! :)