Busy Bee Five For Friday! - Ideas By Jivey: For the Classroom

Busy Bee Five For Friday!

Good morning!! Can't sleep... So I'm blogging. Totally normal right??
Oh no!!! Another Friday?? I'm running out of Summer Fridays!! :(

Well anyway, I'm linking up with Doodle Bugs Teaching to tell you about my week! I've been a busy little bee!
I started re-reading Notebook Know-How by Aimee Buckner this week.
I've read it before, but I really want to focus on writing this year more, and I thought that would be a good place to start "preparing" my brain. It's totally working too. I love the ideas she offers right out of the gate to prepare students to write in Writer's Workshop. She gives examples of mini-lessons and mentor texts she uses to start the year. Later this week, I'm going to do a quick run-down of the ideas I'm loving from her that I will be implementing. Maybe it will help you, too! What books are you reading this summer to prepare for next school year?
Have you checked out what is, I'm pretty sure, THE biggest organized giveaway ever?!?!? Just by following all of us on Bloglovin, you have the opportunity to enter (and win!) 150+ blogs' giveaways!! Believe me, I've entered (fingers crossed!), and I've found some new blogs to follow too!! (As though I don't have enough. LOL!)
 I made my Third Mentor Sentence Unit this week!

I've posted a bit this week about it (sorry- just soooo excited!), so I won't go on about it, but I WILL remind you that all my Mentor Sentences Units are on sale in my TPT store, but today is the last day of the sale!! Also, I've had a couple people ask so I thought I'd say it here, too - once you get started with the first unit and get the routine down, you do not have to do all the sentences in order. :)
I got my planner!!!! Nooo... it's not an Erin Condren. But I'm still SUPER happy with it!! I bought it from A Modern Teacher back during the TPT Teacher Appreciation Sale because I LOVED the chevron!! I took it to Office Max so I could get it bound and have a clear plastic protective cover put on it.

I also loved that I could personalize it. I added each week's dates to it before I printed it. I also moved the pages around to fit what I wanted- like I wanted the calendars mixed in with my planning pages, not in their own separate spot.

Look how cute the calendar and at-a-glance pages are!!! (sorry for the crappy iPhone pictures)

Something else I worked on this week was creating some more fonts! I've been making them in *ALL* my free time over the last few months (because we have so much!), and I've finally packaged them up so that you can buy them to use personally or commercially! I will add fonts to the set when I create new ones, so if you buy the set, you will always get the new ones (as long as you remember to go check in your purchases for the revised download)!

But, you know me!! I have to give them away to some of my awesome followers!!

Pin it to Win it!! 

Please visit the product at my TPT store, and press "Pin It" on the product page.
Once you've pinned Jivey Fonts Set (from TPT, not from this post), copy the link to your pin and paste it in a comment below. Don't forget to leave your email address if you are a no-reply blogger!! (And if you are a no-reply blogger, and you want to fix that problem, visit my Techy Tips at the top of my blog!) I will choose winners this weekend! :)

You can get two of the fonts that are in the set for free! Just click on either (or both) of the font posters below and it will take you to the download! I appreciate feedback if you download, please! :)

I hope everyone has a fabulous weekend!! :)


  1. I can't sleep either....so I'm blogging too :) Your fonts looks awesome!!! What do you use to make them?

    A Sunny Day in First Grade

  2. I also couldn't sleep, so I'm blogging. I guess it must be normal.
    Also, I love Notebook Know-how. It's my favorite book about writing with students.

  3. I've read Notebook Know-How, but I also want to focus on writing more this year. Maybe I'll reread it with you.
    Creating Lifelong Learners

  4. Good morning. Thank you for the new fonts I love them! I pinned the set here http://pinterest.com/pin/284923113898094617/

    Have a fabulous day!

  5. Thanks for all the great ideas and resources this week!
    I Pinned your fonts! (http://pinterest.com/pin/280771357991712171/)

  6. I really like that planner!!

    Cute fonts. :) http://pinterest.com/pin/252553491576807128/


  7. The planner looks great. I got an EC planner, but this one is the same thing, basically.. just a lot more reasonably priced! I bought the "Organizer" from her for the attendance rosters, etc. She rocks!

  8. http://pinterest.com/pin/90564642479447864/

    Jivey Cuddles is one of my favorite fonts! I would love the others too!


  9. http://pinterest.com/pin/192177109072349906/

    I just saw on TpT that you're from Lawrenceville - it's nice to meet a fellow Georgian!


  10. Your planner turned out soooooo cute! And what else is cute? Your fonts!!!!! I am lovin' Jivey Daisy especially.... I'm crazy about daisies (that's my cat's name)! Thanks for sharing some of your new fonts with us... downloaded and ready to use. THANKS!!!!!!

    ... and just in case teachersdesk@yahoo.com

  11. http://pinterest.com/pin/37576978113817468/. Adorable fonts. I'd love to know how you make them :)

  12. http://pinterest.com/pin/253890497715950526/

    Cute fonts!! teach4life2000@gmail.com

  13. Love your teacher planner! I am going to make one too. :)

  14. Super cute fonts!! I love writer's workshop so your book sounds very good!
    Conversations in Literacy

  15. That planner looks awesome! I love the "Jivey Cheer" font!
    Tamra and Sarah
    First Grade Buddies

  16. Love the new fonts! Here's my pin:http://pinterest.com/pin/242912973624399976/

    I think I might need to put Notebook Know How on my list of summer reads!


    Life in Room 24

  17. Pick me! Pick me!


    Joy in the Journey

  18. Love your personalized planner! We type ours into an online system so I'm jealous of all the pretty planners I've been seeing because I don't think I have a use for one. Cute fonts: http://pinterest.com/pin/154177987216168010/

    Literacy Spark

  19. Your fonts are cute!



  20. http://pinterest.com/pin/34832597091276411/

    I like your planner a LOT. Very cute!

    All of your fonts are cute, too, but I really like Watermelon!


  21. Holy cow, girl! You have been busy!

    Your planner is so cute!!

    Fifth in the Middle

  22. Let's try this comment again....

    I love your planner! I think I'm going to try keeping my plans online this year. We'll see how it goes. You've been very busy this week! I hope you take the weekend off to relax.

    Mrs. Laffin's Laughings

  23. http://pinterest.com/pin/499758889870369458/
    Great fonts; great planner
    THanks for the opportunity

  24. Notebook Know-How is SUCH a good book! Great for kicking off the year in writing. Aimee Buckner also has one called Notebook Connections. It's on using Reader's Notebooks. Love that one too! Also, when it comes to writing, anything by Ralph Fletcher is absolutely amazing!
    This summer I'm planning to read Teach Like a Pirate, The Book Whisperer, Words Their Way (I'm going to try that in my classroom this year), and hopefully refresh myself with some of my favorites I've already read!

    I'm following you on Bloglovin! Thank goodness it was so easy to import all the blogs I already followed! :)
    I'm linked up for the Bloglovin giveaway too, check it out! :)

    Mrs. Johnson's Little Prowlers

  25. I love your site!! I am your newest follower.

    A Basket Full of Apples

  26. Love your fonts, Jivey! I'm looking for fonts to have french accents like "é" and the accent on the "à" ... is this something you would consider doing? :)


  27. I am looking forward to your comments on Notebook Know How. I need to re-read it this summer too and also have the Reader's Notebook one to read.
    I am absolutely LOVING all your fonts!! You are amazing! Mentor Sentences 3 is in my shopping cart too for a back to school sale:)
    Fourth Grade Flipper


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