Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Message from Santa

Moms and Dads take a look at

portablenorthpole.tv

to create a wonderful message from Santa! Really Cute. :)

Friday, December 4, 2009

December Pictures



Happy December!

Thank you to all the families that were able to donate items this month for our everyday needs and projects. We greatly appreciate it!

Thank you to Mr. Kuzlotsky and Mrs. Whelan who helped us with some of our projects this week.

The kids had a very busy week and accomplished quite a bit! We continued to read our Gingerbread stories. Some of the stories we read were “The Gingerbread Girl”, “The Gingerbread Cowboy” and the “Gingerbread Baby”. The children all chose their favorite version and wrote a sentence about their favorite. We made gingerbread play dough and special gingerbread ornaments. Our room smelled liked a yummy bakeshop today! Friday ended with graphing bites we took out of a real gingerbread cookie. 15 children took their first bite out of the head, 7 children took their first bite from the arm and 1 student took her bite from the leg.

We worked on number words this week and continued to work on our alphabet book. We are almost done our books and hope to bring them home soon! The children made trees with “lights” to hang in the windows at school and at home. We also completed our December quilt with trees and Rudolph.

Monday, November 30, 2009

Welcome Back!

I hope everyone had a fantastic Thanksgiving! We are quickly starting our holiday units. Today we read our first story of "The Gingerbread Man" and will read several more versions throughout the week. We will focus on similar and different characters in each version. Please bring in your Gingerbread person by Thursday, so we can add him or her to our bulletin board.

I will be submitting our Scholastic order on Friday. Please let me know if you would like your order to be kept a surprise. I will contact you when it arrives.

Check Out the Gingerbread Man on starfall.com
http://www.starfall.com/n/holiday/gingerbread/load.htm?f&n=main

Thursday, November 19, 2009

website

I recently discovered the website northpole.com
It has many great resources for parents and games for the kids.

November Displays




Friday, October 30, 2009

October 26-30

It’s hard to believe that the end of October is already here! These past 2 months have flown by!

We had a very busy and fun week in room 6. On Monday we created artwork to go with
"5 Little Pumpkins” and made Pumpkin Pie in a Bag. The Pumpkin Pie in a bag was delicious. It was fun and easy to make and was very tasty.

On Tuesday, we created our own Haunted Houses. The creativity was all about in the room! A HUGE thank you to Mrs. Buckley and Mrs. Carlton for helping us with our projects.

On Wednesday we watched the movie “Spookley the Square Pumpkin” This was a great Halloween movie that taught a lesson of acceptance. You can visit the website for coloring pages and lots more! Spookley.com We also read the story of” Goodnight Goon” and created our own monsters with our hands to go along with the story.

On Thursday we decorated our haunted houses with spider webs, spiders and spooky Halloween pieces. Thank you to all the parents for your donations! We also learned our sight word “like” and created necklaces to help us learn our new word.

Friday’s Halloween parade and party were a huge success! The kids looked great in their costumes! We had a blast making Witches’ Hands with popcorn, decorating frames, icing cookies and making ghost pops! Thank you to all the many families who donated for the party. We were overwhelmed with all of you generosity! We would also like to thank Mrs. Carlton, Mrs. Buckley, Ms.Estes And Mr. Kuzlotsky for their help with our party.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Paper Towel Rolls

We are looking for empty paper towel rolls to use for an upcoming art project.
Thank you! :)

Monday, October 26, 2009

October 19-23





This week we learned about bats and other nocturnal animals. We also discovered how a pumpkin grows and what it looks like on the inside. We made a lifecycle bracelet of the pumpkin and estimated the circumference of our classroom pumpkin. On Thursday, we cleaned our pumpkin out and separated the seeds. On Friday, we tasted the pumpkin seeds and discovered how yummy they were and agreed that it was worth cleaning out the pumpkin the day before.

"The" fall trees


In the fall, the leaves fall of the tree!

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Classroom Quilt

October 5-9th

We had a fantastic time on our apple picking fieldtrip . We had perfect weather for our day! We enjoyed a hayride to the apple orchards where we got to pick 5 apples and 1 to eat. The apples were very yummy! We were then off to pick our pumpkins. After a quick bite for lunch, it was off to the hay maze and to feed the rabbits. A HUGE thanks you to our wonderful chaperones!

At the end of the week we were able to put together our classroom quilt. The effort that went in to making all the squares is incredible. We have it displayed in our hallway for all to see for the next few weeks and then we will move it into our classroom for the year.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Sep. 28-Oct.2

Fall seems to be settling in. We have been watching the tree on the playground turn to magnificent shades of orange and golden colors.

This week we worked on the letters N, C, and K. We also learned the site word “my” and color word “green”. We loved learning our new Heidi’s Songs for both words. Be sure to ask your kids to sing you some of the songs!

We also have been learning a lot about apples this week to get ready for our apple picking field trip on Tuesday to Parlee Farms. On Friday, we made some delicious applesauce in the crock-pot. Our room smelled amazing and the final product was delicious and earned a “2 thumbs up”!

CROCK POT APPLESAUCE


Math journals were also introduced this week. Students will continue to work in their math journals for the year and practice illustrating simple math problems to reinforce math lessons.

Please continue to READ…READ…. READ and be sure to color in your reading log!

I encourage you to look through the different pages on our website and check out the resources. Please let me know if you have any resources that you feel might be beneficial to other families. I’ll be happy to add it.

Have a great weekend!

Friday, September 25, 2009

Sept.21-25

Things are in full swing! We have had very busy week! We have introduced the letters A, I, S, T and P. We have discussed the sight word “A” and learned the color words for red, blue and black. Our color song for black is already a favorite!

Next week we will continue letters, color words and the sight word “my”. Students will be able to earn their first raindrop for their rainbow words next week. We will also begin to talk about apples in science and start working in our math journals.

We have started a collection of unclaimed sweatshirts in the room. Please let me know if your child is missing theirs. I also highly encourage you to write their names on the inside tags.

I also want to thank you for your continued effort to send in “nut free” snacks. Just a reminder that almost all “Little Debbie” snacks are not safe.

Friday, September 18, 2009

Sept.14-18

We made it through our first full week with great success!

We spent several days reading “Chicka Chicka Boom Boom”. The kids loved reading along with the story. Our own Chicka Chicka Boom Boom trees came out great! The kids especially enjoyed stamping the letters for the alphabet, despite the many blue hands that we had after! (And my blue face!) We also made big trees and counted the letters. These are being displayed on out hallway bulletin board.

Today we started to talk more about colors and read the story “The Crayon Box that Talked”. We will continue to talk about colors for the next few weeks and learn our color songs.

We will also begin to talk about letters next week. Our goal is to learn about 1 new letter each day.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

2 weeks down! :

I want to begin by thanking all the parents who have been able to make donations to the class. Your generosity will be a HUGE help this year.

Mrs. Coughlin and I have been amazed to see how quickly everyone is picking up our everyday routines and many of our songs! Everyone seems to be settling in nicely and making many new friends.

This week we started to focus on names. We talked about how our name is special and has 1 special uppercase letter. We have been spending a lot of time practicing how to write our name and will continue over the next few weeks. Please continue to practice this skill at home. There are many handwriting resources for home on our class website.

On Wednesday, we read “Anne to Zach” and then added our names to our own word wall and made a class book with our names.

On Thursday, we read “Chrysanthemum” and talked about feelings in school. We then graphed our names by how many letters in our names and made Chrysanthemum puppets.

On Friday, we sang the song, “Mary Wore a Red Dress”. We had a blast replacing the lyrics to make it about our class. We also made a class book to go along with this song.

Next week we will continue to practice writing our names in a variety of ways. We will also begin to look at the alphabet by reading “Chicka Chicka Boom Boom” and will do several projects for the story.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

FIRST 2 days!!!

What a FANTASTIC first 2 days! Wednesday was filled with a mix of excitement and nervousness. We read the story of the “Kissing Hand” and realized that Chester the raccoon had the same feelings we did.

Today we read the story “Kevin Knows the Rules” and talked about many rules that would be good for our classroom. The kids had many insightful ideas! We introduced the car system and will begin to use it next week. Look in the binder for the calendar to be colored in daily next week.

We are slowly letting the kids learn how to use their binders and take things in and out of it. This is a new system for the teachers this year, so it will be a learning process for us too! I already learned that some of the folders are a little tricky to use. I will be looking to possibly replace them soon to make it easier. If you are sending in money please make sure it is in an envelope or baggie and labeled BEFORE you put it in their money pouch.

Starting next week, teachers will begin to ask children not to go on the equipment in the morning. The Kindergarten teachers will be rotating and taking turns for morning drop off duty. If it is not our day to be out there are other teachers responsible for watching the kids. We will be out by our door at 8:30 to pick up our class. The teachers should have their Timony ID tags on if you have any questions.

As always, please feel free to contact me with any questions. Have a wonderful weekend!

Thursday, August 27, 2009

~~~ WELCOME!

Welcome to our classroom blog! I am very excited for a new year to begin. Mrs. Coughlin and I have been busy all week setting up the classroom and getting it ready. We even added new fish to the tank yesterday and they are anxious to make some new friends.

We look forward to meeting you on Tuesday, September 1st for our Open House. At this time we will take all information for arrival and dismissal. Please check for bus schedules online. New YELLOW parent pick-up cards will be distributed this year as well.

Please have your child wear the nametag on Wednesday to school and be sure to fill in the pick-up information. I will also have extra tags for open house.

Please continue to check our blog regularly. I try to update at least once a week with classroom happenings and photos of our projects.


If you have any questions, please feel free to e-mail me at anytime.

See you soon!!! :)
Mrs. Burns

Friday, June 19, 2009

Best Wishes and Goodbye

Thank you to everyone for a wonderful year. It was a joy to work with each of your children.

Dear Parents,

We give you back your child, the same child you confidently entrusted to our care last fall. We give him back pounds heavier, inches taller, months wiser, more responsible, and more mature then he was then.

Although he would have attained his growth in spite of me, it has been my pleasure and privilege to watch his personality unfold day by day and marvel at this splendid miracle of development.

I give him back reluctantly, for having spent nine months together in the narrow confines of a crowded classroom, we have grown close, have become a part of each other, and we shall always retain a little of each other.

We have lived, loved, laughed, played, studied, learned, and enriched our lives together this year. I wish it could go on indefinitely, but give him back I must. Take care of him, for he is precious.

Remember that we shall always be interested in your child and his destiny, wherever he goes, whatever he does, whoever he becomes. His joys and sorrows we will always be happy to share.

Friday, June 12, 2009

Coming to an end....

This year has flown by! It seems like yesterday that we were still learning names. We have come so far this year! I have been so privileged to work with each of your students.

This past week we were dazzled by a delightful laser show and had an opportunity to meet Kathleen Dubler, author of “Pilot Mom”.

Looking towards next week…

Our special field day has been moved to Monday. Think sun! Students will be able to wear their special Timony dragon t-shirts for the event. They came out AWESOME! The children did an extraordinary job. We will let children change into the shirts on Monday morning. We will also celebrate our summer birthdays with some special treats.

Tuesday we will hit the fields for sports day. Students should have sunscreen applied before school at home. We also HIGHLY encourage water bottles for the day with names CLEARLY written.

Wednesday we will enjoy movie day. Students will also be treated to a slush party for all the wonderful donations for the purple stars to support the Relay for Life.

Thursday is our ice-cream day. The PTO has been kind enough to donate and support this fun party for us.

Friday is our last day! Students will meet their new first grade teachers and be able to check out their new classrooms and classmates. Report cards will also be sent home with first grade teacher’s names on them.

Friday, May 22, 2009

Handwriting

Zaner Bloser has some fun ways to practice handwriting over the summer months. Be sure to check out their page for some great ways to keep busy over the summer!

Give Students a Hand With Handwriting Practice

Congratulations!

Congratulations to all the kids for an OUTSTANDING performance! We are so proud of all their hard work. It has been wonderful to watch all the progress over the past month in practice. It is especially fun to see them add the extra pizzazz for their parents for the big show.

If anyone is able to share any pictures from the performance, we would love to see them.


Have a fantastic holiday weekend!

Saturday, May 16, 2009

May 11-15

We have had a very busy and exciting week practicing for our big show next Friday. The kids have done a fantastic job and are working really hard! It is amazing to see all 150 kids on stage! Parents are in for a huge treat next week.

This past week we learned about plants and even planted our own flowers. We will be looking for their sprouts next week. Over the course of the next two weeks we will be working on our farm unit and continuing to talk about plants on farms.

It is hard to believe that the kids only have 5 weeks left! These will be the busiest 5 weeks of the school year and we are looking forward to every moment!

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Sammy the Snail

Today we watched a wonderful performance called "Sammy Snail". There was singing, storytelling and puppets. Students learned about how to solve problems with the three steps of problem solving: Stop, Think and Go. Students were delighted to learn the sign language to accompany the 3 steps. Students also learned how to use positive talk and when they needed to go to an adult.

For more great information or to download a coloring page or game:
Sammysnail.com

Monday, May 11, 2009

May 4-8

We had an exciting week as we learned more about insects. We looked closely at the butterfly, bumblebee and honeybee, and ladybugs. The kids were enthralled in learning all they could about the insects. On Friday, we created a class insect book using our red rainbow words” one” and “little”.

Next week we will finish up a few small insect projects and begin our unit on plants.


I would also like to make a big thank you to BJ’s in Haverhill. They generously donated supplies to our kindergarten program for next year. Upon personally delivering the items to the school on the day of the ice-cream social, they also donated a gift card to the school for the event.

Friday, May 1, 2009

Welcome Back from April Vacation!

Welcome back to school! It’s hard to believe we are in the last portion of kindergarten. This year has flown by.

Everyone did a wonderful job adjusting back to school. Both teachers and students were exhausted by the end of the week!

This week we were introduced to our insect unit. We began the week by reading the “Hungry Caterpillar” by Eric Carle and “In the Tall Tall Grass” by Denise Flemming. Thursday and Friday we started to read science books on insects. We learned the parts of an insect and what makes an insect.

We will continue are insect unit through next week. We will then move into our planting unit and farm animals.

Many students have already earned their red rainbow drops! I am amazed at how quickly the students have learned all their sight words. We will be working on “one” and “little” next week. For students who have earned their red raindrop, they will receive a set of first grade words within the next week to help them continue to challenge themselves.

Thursday, May 7th will be class picture day. More information will come home next week. As a result, Crazy Hat day will be changed. A date will be announced next week.

For those of you who are interested, the 2009-2010 school calendar is available on the Methuen School’s website.

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Fun reading game!

From PBS- "Between the Lions"
Practice reading easy words with your child.
http://pbskids.org/lions/games/pounce.html

Friday, March 27, 2009

March 23-27

We had another wonderful week in room 6. On Wednesday we had a 2nd day of 100% homework being returned. A few more puzzle pieces were earned this week. We are only 4 pieces away from our popcorn party. We are hoping we can accomplish our goal this coming week!

This week we read the story of “Elmer” the elephant that is a bit different then his other elephant friends, but loved by all. We enjoyed making our own “Elmers” for the classroom and worked on the beginning, middle and end of the story.

On Tuesday we read “It Looked Like Spilled Milk”. We made our own paintings to go along with the story, while working on symmetry and writing. Our paintings are displayed in our hallway.

On Wednesday and Thursday we worked on the story of “Make Way for Ducklings”. We made many predictions as we read the story and discussed how ducks get around. Students had their own challenge packet for the story. We all did some first grade level work! Many students brought their packets home this week and the rest will bring them home on Monday. Be sure to check out the incredible work they did!

Today we sang the poem of “Five Speckled Frogs”. We talked about rhyming words and subtraction. Students created an interactive book to go along with the poem. These came out really cute! Students were asked to share their books with their families this weekend. Here are some fun online things to go along with the poem:
http://www.priorywoods.middlesbrough.sch.uk/previews/frogs.htm (cute interactive cartoon)
http://www.enchantedlearning.com/paint/rhymes/coloring/Speckledfrogs.shtml (online coloring)
http://www.dltk-teach.com/rhymes/frogs/index.htm (coloring page, crafts etc.)

Next week we will be talking more about ponds and the animals that live there.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

March 16th-20th

We had a fantastic busy week!

On Monday, we had some very impressive Leprechaun traps set up for St. Patrick’s Day…but our Leprechaun was just too tricky! He set off all the traps and made a mess of our room! Chairs were turned upside down and tracks were left all over the room! He left special treats in everyone’s traps but still managed to escape!

To celebrate St. Patrick’s Day and to get ready for our fieldtrip, we made Green Eggs and Ham. We also got to sample green milk, compliments of Mrs. Y.

On Wednesday, we had a fantastic time on our fieldtrip. Seussical was a blast! We had the perfect seats to enjoy the performance. We even had a few sleepers on our way back home.

On Thursday and Friday we worked more on our orange words. Many students earned more raindrops this week! On Friday we also had 100% homework turned in! We earned another puzzle piece for homework and later earned a 2nd puzzle piece for having everyone stay on green! What a great way to end the week.

Happy Birthday to Robert and Timothy who both celebrate their birthday this weekend!

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Spring is near!

The ice is finally melted away and we are thrilled to be back outside! Spring is almost here! If you drive by the pond next to the high school, be sure to keep an eye out for the 2 ducks that have moved in!

With the weather on Monday and a ½ day on Tuesday our week started off slow. But on Wednesday things were back in full gear! We created a leprechaun and practiced our addition with his gold. We also created mini leprechauns to display on a bulletin board. We continued reading many stories from Dr. Seuss. And on Thursday, we created our own Seuss like creatures and had Mr. Miller read, “Fox in Sox” to us. We ended the week with our new rainbow word, “look”.
This coming week we will celebrate St. Patrick’s Day and set up our Leprechaun traps in hopes of catching the famous Timony School Leprechaun. On Wednesday, we will be off to Lowell to see Seussical!
http://www.uml.edu/centerforarts/starts/performances/Seussical9.html

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Welcome Back!

We are back in full swing!

On Monday we learned about George Washington. Many were very surprised to find out that he was older then our grandparents!

On Tuesday we started to learn about reading time and were really excited to test out our new skills!

Today through Friday is all about teeth. We talked about how sugar can create cavities and did an experiment to help us see what soda can do to our teeth. We put one hardboiled egg in water and a 2nd in cola for a couple of hours. The egg in the cola turned brown and started to crack! Boys and girls assured us that they wouldn’t be giving parents a hard time anymore about brushing their teeth after seeing the egg!
We have a very busy month coming upon us. Students have their 100’s project due on Tuesday. Students will also be asked to create a leprechaun trap. More information on this fun project will be sent home with the newsletter.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Winter Creations

Some of our Northern Lights paintings





Our fantastic hearts for Valentine's Day. The creativy is amazing! Also on the board are our Eskimo people.

Friday, February 6, 2009

Vowel Song

Here are the words to the new vowel song we started to sing today.

tune (10 Little Indians)

A-E-I-O-U are the vowels.
A-E-I-O-U are the vowels.
A-E-I-O-U are the vowels.
They make special sounds.

A- says /a/ (hand under chin)
E- says /e/ (hands to side of mouth to make grin)
I- says /i/ ( a finger under chin and one finger on nose)
O- says /o/ (hands cup mouth)
U- says - /u/ (push umbrella up)

They make special sounds!

Friday, January 30, 2009

January 26th-30th

Thank you to everyone who brought in cereal boxes! We received enough to make our special boxes.

This week we learned about animals in winter. We found out that animals hibernate, migrate or adapt. We have been working on an extra special book this week to show our new knowledge. The kids are very excited to finish these up and be able to show them off to their families.

We also learned our newest sight word “do” and had fun learning our new “do” song from Heidi’s Songs. Everyone did a super job reading their sight wordbooks this week to the teachers. Please let them share their fantastic reading skills with you at home and read their books, “In Winter”.

Next week we will finish up our animals in winter book and move into the arctic unit.

Have a super weekend!

Monday, January 26, 2009

Chinese New Year

Today we learned a little about Chinese New Year. We each learned what animal we were under the Chinese zodiac. Some of us were horses and some of us were rams. We made Chinese hats to celebrate the day.

Snowballs




We loved reading the story "Snowballs" by Lois Ehlert. It gave us great inspiration for our creations!





Winter Quilt







Our beautiful winter quilt.







Saturday, January 17, 2009

Cereal Boxes

I am looking for empty cereal boxes to create our Valentine boxes next month. Any donations over the next few weeks would be very appreciated.

Thank you!!!!

Friday, January 16, 2009

January 12th-16th

This week we worked on the letter H and the word “have”. We had a great time playing our letter card game to make teams to spell out the word “have”. We were very impressed at how well all the children were able to split themselves into teams to spell the word. YAY!

We enjoyed reading the book “Snowballs” by Lois Ehlert. Our snow family creations came out awesome! We will have them on our bulletin board in the hallway next week. We’ll also post some pictures online too.

Next week we will be focusing on positive behavior in the classroom. We will start using good behavior tickets to go into a Friday chance drawing. We will also be working on a classroom incentive to earn a popcorn party for good behavior.

Monday, January 12, 2009

A few January notes...

I want to thank everyone who has donated items to our classroom. It has been very appreciated!

I also want to remind parents during this cold weather to please remember hats and mittens. We don't play in the snow, so snowpants are not needed. (I know a few have come in with some, but they are very time consuming to put on at the end of the day)

Please continue to encourage your kids to sound out words at home. We have some fantastic writers in our room!

More updates to come later in the week!

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Welcome Back!

Welcome back from the holidays and more snow!

Coming back in January brings us to a very exciting point in the school year. Now that our students are “Kindergarten Experts,” we are getting ready for 1st grade. The first new big change was the addition of the “Ask 3 friends” rule. Students must now ask 3 friends for help with tying shoes before they can ask a teacher.

We also introduced our “dictation” work on Tuesday. Several times a week, students will write down an assortment of letters given by the teacher. Students will first write these letters in uppercase form and then will go back and write the matching lowercase letters underneath. They will also write a sentence, given by the teacher, on the back of their papers. Sentences are created with our rainbow words, word families, color words and simple CVC words. We will start out very slowly and gradually work our way up to a quicker pace. This activity will work on listening skills, letter fluency, letter recognition and basic sentence structure.

Our winter journals will also see some changes. Students will copy the date into each journal page. They will also be given a sentence starter for each journal entry.

These are just a few of the new things that will help us get ready for new and exciting things ahead.