Sunday, August 2, 2015

Back to School TpT Sale!

Woohoo! I love sales and I know you do, too! Teachers Pay Teachers is having a back to school sale Aug 3-5, 2015 and most sellers will have their stuff on sale for 20% off, too.  It's a great time to get new products for the new year. Go have fun shopping and let me know your favorite purchases. Use code BTS15.

Don't forget to check out my newest packet. It's already half price and then the sale on top of it will make it an excellent deal. A whole year of literacy and math write the room centers for a low, low price! Get it now!

Be fun and Fabulous!

~Mrs. Sweeney

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Where, oh, where did summer go?

Summer gets faster every year. My to do list was a mile long, but I think I only marked off 3 things. How does that happen? I spent most of the summer just trying to rest my shoulder from my injury. Plus, I doubled up on Grad school so I had twice the workload thrown into 2 months. I will be done early though, so I am happy about that.

My classroom is ready to go, I've got my new class list, and I'm ready to start a new year with new, fabulous kiddos. At the moment, I only have 16 on my roster. Let's see how long that lasts.

One thing I've done this summer is my favorite packet yet! I am so excited for it. My kiddos love to "write the room" and I try to put that as a center each week. I am really into themed learning and want to coordinate everything about what we are learning, the time of year, and the skills. I also wanted to let them "write the room" for math, and there just wasn't much out there. So I decided to make a packet that works for me and fits all of that criteria. I am happy to say that I have the first whole half of the year done and ready to go. I will be adding the second half later as a growing bundle, so you can get it now for half price! This means that you can re-download when I get the 2nd half of the year finished for free.

I can't wait to use it, and I hope it helps you as well.

Right now this product includes:

August: Back to School, Friends, Short Vowels, Colors, and Shapes
September: Apples, Rhyming, Punctuation, Number Words, Addition Dice, Ten Frames
October: Fall, Pumpkins, Halloween, Nouns, Ten Frame Addition, Odd & Even
November: Thanksgiving, Nouns & Verbs, Syllables, Sentences, Tally Marks, Counting On
December: Christmas, Nouns, Verbs, & Adjectives, Long & Short Vowels, Sentences & Punctuation, Numbers Before & After, Making Ten

Here are some of the cute pages for you to catch a glimpse.

Vocabulary work

phonics work


                                                                  Sentences and Punctuation
                                                            More math

                                                                     and so much more!

Each one has 12 word cards and a recording sheet that actually makes them think. :)

Hooray for the start of school. I hope your year is fabulous!

~Mrs. Sweeney

Thursday, April 2, 2015


Life sure gets in the way of things sometimes, doesn't it?  Last time I blogged, I told you I would tell about the ordeal I had had that weekend. Well, I didn't get around to it because it turned into a much bigger ordeal than I could have imagined. Let me start at the beginning.

At the end of January, my teaching friend and I were supposed to go to another writing/math training so we could bring back what we learned to our school. The night before it snowed. Here in Tennessee that is a big deal. A tiny bit of snow wreaks havoc on our roads, grocery stores, schools, etc. We just aren't prepared. I think it's funny because I grew up in the west where it snows feet at a time. :) The next morning I wake up and check to make sure that the training is still on. I didn't have an email, so I prepared to go. My friend came and picked me up and we were on our way. Less than a mile from my house, we got to see firsthand why Tennesseeans freak out over winter weather.

We were about to pass the fire station, when suddenly we started sliding. We slid to the left, to the right, back to the left, and then turned around backwards. Both of us expected the tires to catch on dy ground any second. Nope. We see us sliding towards the edge of a creek bed into a creek that is full of icy water. I'll never forget that image, that's for sure. We went over the ledge, I forced myself to relax so the impact wouldn't be as bad. I had always heard that drunk drivers don't get hurt in car accidents because they are so relaxed. I figured it was a good strategy. Then suddenly, we slammed really hard and wedged into 2 trees. Thank goodness for those 2 trees. If not for them, we would have been upside down in the freezing creek.

After we hit, I looked to the left and saw the water less than a foot away. Then I looked right and a fireman was already at my window talking on his walkie talkie. We crashed directly across the street from the Fire Department and they just happened to be outside working on their truck! They pulled us out and did everything for us. If it had to happen, it couldn't have happened in a better place!

 Notice how close and high the water is!

We seemed to be fine after the wreck. We got to sit in the warm Fire Department for 3 hours while they tried to get the car out. It took 2 different tow trucks and several different towing cables (they kept breaking) to get it out. They finally had to pull it straight up into the air. Crazy!

I was totally fine. I was definitely sore within 30 minutes, but was good. I even went grocery shopping that night. I noticed that I kept holding my left arm funny, but it didn't hurt, so I couldn't figure out why. Then I noticed that I was sleeping very carefully with my left side super close and protected against my body, while my right side was willy nilly everywhere. After the 3rd day, the pain set in. I had definitely hurt something in my left shoulder.

I got into the doctor and had an MRI. Verdict- partial tear in my rotator cuff with severe inflamation and tendonitis. Yuck! I started physical therapy. I could move my shoulder pretty well, even above my head, but I was in constant pain. The PT started off strong, thinking it wouldn't take more than 3-5 weeks to get me good to go.

Nope, I have now been in PT for 9 weeks and I am not one bit better. I went back to the doctor and had a cortisone shot. Everyone told me it would be a miracle cure. Nope. It lowered the inflammation SOMETIMES, but I am no better. Sigh. They started talking surgery. Wah.

We are on Spring Break this week. I have spent 3 of the 4 days at the doctor. They sent me back for an MRI again. This time of my neck. I started having numbness, weakness, and my hand keeps turning blue. Maybe this will show something. Probably not though, since I can't seem to do anything easy. We'll see.

Needless to say, I haven't been around because pain is not my friend. I am barely making it each day. I have had to do this blog post in 5 different sessions today. Work is horrible, but thankfully I love my job, and am good at pushing through and dying later. :)

I've done some fun things though. We had a Family Fluency Night. As soon as I get around to downloading pics from my camera, I will show you. I loved it! We have done great activities in class. I am in the middle of my Masters Program. I am a coach for future teachers. I am competing in a quartet contest in 2 weeks, and so much more. Life still goes on, pain or not. My youngest, Crazy Boy, also turns 11 on Saturday! What?! How am I this old? :)

I have managed to get my last homework packet completed though. :) Here it is if you need it. I really, really want to get on of my  monthly printables packets done too. Darn shoulder really messed up my TpT plans! We'll see if I get to it. Hopefully, pain-free days will be coming soon!

Be Fun and Fabulous Even in Pain! :)

~Mrs. Sweeney

Friday, January 30, 2015

Pen Love

We are all teachers here, so we can post about our obsessions, our addictions, our loves. :)

I know that all of you have a secret love of pens. I got to try some new Inkjoy pens and I must say, they are awesome. I got a free sample of many different colors from Smiley360. The pink is my favorite, but I like them all. They write so well, don't smear or fade, and give just the right pop of color. They are perfect for all of the list making that teachers do. Just look at my shopping list for school! Beautiful! My hand writing could be better, but hey, I was in a hurry!

Don't you want my shopping list? It's full of food! Haha! The celebration committee provided a coffee/hot chocolate cart for the faculty a couple of weeks ago. It's our schools' most favorite day of the year. :) Then I went ahead and got stuff for our Vday party and then a bunch of stuff needed for my classroom, 100th day, snacks, etc. I had money to spend, so I did!

Back to the pens... I recommend these awesome colored pens. Go get some!
Click here for more info and fabulousness- InkJoy Pens

Hopefully this weekend I will get to tell you about my ordeal this week!

Be fun and fabulous!

~Mrs. Sweeney

Friday, January 9, 2015

Back to Life, Back to Reality!

Whew! Being lazy over the break made it super duper hard to get back in the swing of things. It was a tough week for me. I just wasn't feeling it. Next break, I will just be my normal, busy self, so I welcome going back to school. :) Thankfully, we did lots of fun things this week. We also didn't have intervention times, so I felt like I actually had time to really teach and dig in this week. if only every week could be like that!

I thought you might like to see some of our fun!

We built a snowman and estimated how long it would take to melt. They LOVED this! It's super easy, too. Just fill up some balloons with a small, medium, and large amount. Put them in a bowl. Then put a plate on top of them so that one side gets a little flatter. Stick them in the freezer overnight. The next morning, stack them up and decorate with felt pieces. The ice balls did keep sliding off of each other, so I used some salt to help stick them together. He lasted a LONG time so you might want to make them smaller.

He wasn't even close to being melted by the time I left school, but when we came back in the next morning, his pieces were just floating in the water. The water was ice cold, so I don't think he had been completely melted very long. They loved seeing the pieces floating there and we got to talk about how sometimes our guesses or hypothesis's won't be correct and that's ok!

Then we did another experiment to show what happened to a hibernating bear and an awake bear in the winter. Thanks Teacher to the Core! I filled up baby food jars with water. Then I put a pat of butter in each jar. The hibernating bear, just sat on the table sleeping in his cave. The awake bear was up roaming around. He was climbing trees, running down hills, rolling in the dirt, swimming witht he fish, and so much more :) We passed him around the room and the kids shook it up while we decided what activity he was doing. By the end, that poor bear was super tired, super hungry, and had no energy left. 

As you can see, the hibernating bear still has all of his fat. He loses it very slowly since he isn't active. The poor awake bear really used up a lot of his extra fat though.Uh oh. He probably wasn't going to make it through the winter. Poor bear! There just isn't enough food around for him to be that active. 

We also read this comprehension passage from my January Printables packet. The kids thought it was very interesting and got to learn some words to go on our vocabulary tree, like the word "scarce".

Finally, I wanted to show you our Math journals. We do a word problem a week in them and then we do other activities on skills we are working on each week. I plan on making them even more interactive the rest of this year. Here's what we used them for this week. 
Number Lines!

Here is the number line page, next to one of our word problems. 

They wrote their equation underneath. They think it's so cool that they can "lift the flap". :)

It was a fun week, even though I couldn't get back in the swing of things". I faked it well. :)

Tomorrow is my first graduate class at Lipscomb. Fun, fun!

What fun things are you doing this month in your classroom? 

Be fun and fabulous (even when you don't want to be)!

~Mrs. Sweeney

Thursday, January 1, 2015

January Is Upon Us!

Man! The years just fly by! How is it 2015 already? That's like the future! I remember the 90s, for heaven's sake, and that was just like 10 years ago, I'm pretty sure!

This year will be full of new for me. It starts out with my first semester of Grad school. It's a little scary, but  exciting , too. I am excited to learn more, work on some of my weaknesses, and delve in to what I love. I'm also excited because I get to help future teachers learn about the classroom. I am working with Lipscomb to allow students changing careers to come into my classroom to see education in action.  Should be fun!

Some other newness will happen in my family. My oldest will get his Learner's Permit this year. My youngest will start Middle School. I will have no more children with me at school. That's a little sad. How do they get so big?

I'm excited for this part of the school year. The kids just explode with learning. Plus, all of my favorite units and activities happen in this half of the year.

I actually was a little lazy on this break. I relaxed, watched tv, read a book, and some days did not think one bit about school. I know I'm going to be insane after this break, so I wanted to decompress. I did, however, make some new products. Fun, fun!

First, I finished up my Homework Packet for Unit 4 Reading Wonders. Only 2 more units left! If you haven't checked it out yet, and use Reading Wonders, you should. This homework goes right along with each story. It includes reading comprehension, fluency, spelling, and math. It's everything you need in homework so each week is easy and ready to go. Here are some pages for you to take a look.

Make your life easier for the rest of the school year. Easy peasy.

I am super excited about my next product. My January Print and Go packet is up and ready. More pages, more cuteness. Can't wait to use it!

Back to work on Monday. This will make my life easier and yours, too. 

Be fun and fabulous in the new year!

~Mrs. Sweeney