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5 for Friday, Carson Dellosa, and 3 chances to win

Oh my gosh what a week...
I am posting my Find Your Joy
and it will be 5 for Friday...
I know my favorite number is 3 BUT
I have 5 things to share :)



Bub found this butterfly struggling in my parent's backyard and asked my mom if he could take care of it... he found her a flower to rest on.... such a big heart :) LOVE HIM
Our Elf is named Gumbo... yep as in the yummy southern specialty... YUM anyways I have a blast setting him up every morning... here he is fishing with a gummy worm and a bath toy fishing pole and a real fish in the cup below... WHAT??? Bub was so excited!!!
the RACK my class is spreading throughout the school... they are LOVING IT and I know the receivers of the RACK are loving it too!!!... some things we did this week were give a class set of pencils to 3 classes, tape quarters to the sticker machine, give a class set of healthy snacks to a firstie class, and set out random cute pencils :) (((SEE BELOW))))
Carson Dellosa contacted me about doing a review for them and
HOW can you turn that down???

they are one of the bestest companies around for getting teacher supplies and necessities...

so of course I said YES YES YES!!!
did you know they were founded by teachers... me neither so now you do...
you are very welcome *wink*
and one of the items they sent me was this...
a cutie patootie  ladybug pencil topper...
we added a pencil and our RACK tag and
the perfect little surprise for the littles at our school!!!
we tape them in the Kinder and 1st bathrooms and in their cubbies when they are out at lunch or recess
the teachers talk about how the kids LOVE finding the
"BUGS" and the bathroom requests have quadrupled
because they hope to find one of these...
too bad we only do 3 a day...
the toppers come in a pack of 12 so we can do this for
four days :)
the ladybugs are so cute and it looks like they are chomping on the pencil too :)

do you see that smile... it was his turn to hide a pencil... I pick 4 kids a day to perform RACK and they get to pick from the 4 things I have set aside for that day... usually 1 teacher 1 class and 2 hidden ... and if the ladybug pencils are apart of the choice... they go first... so even fourthies love them :)
GUESS what else they sent me...
so I think I need to number this ...
I am loving this pocket chart...
and do you see the velcro closure pocket...
YES YES you read that right...
it is a POCKET
BUT the best part is it holds a lot
and because it has the velcro closure your contents stay secure :)
it is AH-mazing how much this pocket holds...
 Here is the 411 (info)
on this pocket chart...
straight from CD (Carson Dellosa)

Mini Essential Pocket Chart - the perfect pocket chart for playing games, tracking behavior,
teaching sight words, and more!
•6 horizontal clear pockets
•1 storage pocket with hook and loop tape closure
•19” x 25”

what teacher doesn't love velcro closures...
 OK and then to top it off they also sent me some
Braggin Badges....
which were perfect for the assembly we had today...
every 6 weeks we pick 2 STAR STUDENTS
from every class
and they are recognized in front of the whole school for being AWESOME!!!
and we had some really jealous peeps in the crowd because
my cool Star Students sported
STAR STUDENT stickers :)
we were BRAGGIN fo sho

So not only did they send me goodies....
BUT they are going to send these goodies to one of my readers too!!!!

and all you have to do is this

a Rafflecopter giveaway  

and if you are not a winner all of these fancy schmancy things can be found
at carsondellosa.com or at a participating retailer



  1. Holy shnikes! That's awesome!! Congrats!

  2. My fingers are crossed. Merry Christmas :)

  3. I just have to say that Bub is so blessed to have you as his mom! You ROCK!
    Fabulous 4th Grade Froggies

  4. I love the idea of your class doing RACK! I want to do it too!!! Love your blog.

  5. The Carson Dellosa products look great!

  6. That pocket chart rocks! I love the hidden pocket.


  7. That Butterfly looks like the moths we used to watch for as kids (http://www.butterfliesandmoths.org/species/Hyalophora-cecropia) Jingle is our school elf.....he is up to lots of mischief :) Thanks for the chance!

  8. Love the picture of your son and the butterfly. Such a sweet picture! :)

    Bren P.
    The Teacher Diaries

  9. Looks like great stuff from Carson Dellosa. Love them!


  10. I love the RACK idea for the classroom! It could easily be used all year and be called Random Acts of Classroom Kindness.


    1. you are so ahead of me... I am in the process of making those right now... LOL so funny!!!

  11. Love your ladybug RACK idea!! My kids would have SO much fun hiding them all over the school!

    Lessons with Laughter

  12. Love the RACK- such a great way to get the kids in the spirit of giving!!


  13. You little Bub is so cute! I love your family picture frame. That saying is too funny! You are so sweet with your RACK!

    Pixy Stix and Teacher Tricks

  14. I love the RACK idea, cant wait to have my own class to use this idea!

  15. I LOVE LOVE LOVE carson delosa and have for MANY MANY MANY years!!! I did know they were started by teachers!!!

  16. I read your blog regularly but somehow RACK slipped past me. I love that idea! And the pocket chart... the most obvious ideas/inventions are always the best and putting pockets on the chart - brilliant!


  17. I enjoy reading your blog, even though I teach 1st, not 4th. I like the RACK idea and am filing it away for next year.

  18. I love the RACK idea. I think I am going to do this not only with my class, but also with my children at home!

    Mrs. Pauley’s Kindergarten

  19. RACK is cool! It has really motivated me to get my students busy kind - less time to bicker :0)

  20. In the words of the great McDonald's...."I'm lovin' it!"

    Beg, Borrow, Steal

  21. Super awesome items to "test" out for CD!

  22. Love the idea of placing the pencils around school! Might have to head to Lakeshore today.
    Our RACK is going really well! Our class is going from class to class cleaning the computers. They love carrying their clean team basket around the school. They feel like rock stars!
    I just posted about it today!
    Fabulous Fifth Grade Fun

  23. It's really nice to see kids so excited about GIVING!

  24. It's really nice to see kids so excited about GIVING!

  25. I NEED to win this for my classroom!
    PS- we are making RACK ornaments to give to each class in our school, plus the support staff. I had these from Oriental traders, five strips of paper, attach the top and bottom of each strip to form the sphere. They took them home this weekend to design them. I picked up mini candy canes. So excited! thanks for the idea!!

  26. It's really nice to see kids so excited about GIVING!

  27. I love this idea. I know we only have two weeks of school left, but what a neat idea! I can t wait to start on Monday!

  28. I love this idea. I know we only have two weeks of school left, but what a neat idea! I can t wait to start on Monday!

  29. I love the idea above about making it a year-round thing :)

    Fifth in the Middle

  30. What a great giveaway! Thanks for always sharing. :)

  31. I get happier just reading your blog posts - so much energy!


  32. I am seriously addicted to pocket charts! And I love Gumbo!

  33. What a great giveaway!


  34. Thanks so much for sharing all your awesome ideas on your blog :)

  35. You are an awesome blogger!! Where do you find the time?
    Love reading it and hear your enthusiasm!!

  36. I love that pocket chart! Thanks for the giveaway!

    A is for Apple B is for Blog

  37. Great post! However, in your pocket chart is that word supposed to be towards?

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