Monday, December 20, 2010
Saturday, December 4, 2010
It’s hard to believe that we are already here in the December holiday season! I want to thank all of you for coming to the parent/teacher conferences. I really enjoyed being able to spend some time with each of you and learning more about your children.
As we enter this holiday season, the children have been enjoying reading different versions of the Gingerbread Man.
We have read:
Be sure to check out Jan Bret's website for some great activities to go along with The Gingerbread Baby.
There is also an interactive Gingerbread Game on starfall.com
We will finish up our Gingerbread activities early this week and start our unit on holidays around the world. This week we will learn about Hanukkah and Kwanzaa.
Saturday, October 30, 2010
During the first reading of the story, the kids watched as I demonstrated the creation of the "mouse house". We attempted to try it as a listening activity as a class, but found it was a bit more challenging as a big group. I promised the kids that I would post the story for them to try at home.
Here it is:
We have had a very busy 2 weeks in kindergarten. We are now a class of 25 friends. Over the past few weeks the students have learned about spiders, bats and pumpkins in science. We have started to learn about characters in a story and about discussing the beginning, middle and end of a story.
We would like to send a big thank you to Elizabeth’s mom for bringing in a fun art project for Halloween. The children had a blast making the trick-or-treat bags.
The kids also had a great time making our haunted houses. The kids had to plan their creations and figure out what their houses needed. They then painted them and decorated them to make them real “spooky”. Thank you to Jayden’s mom, Adriana’s mom, Ashley’s mom and Anthony’s mom for helping us with our creations.
The children looked spectacular for our Halloween celebration. They were excited to be able to watch the “big” 1st and 2nd graders in their costumes and then even more excited to be able to join in the parade. The kids came back to our party and made popcorn hands, Ritz Cracker spiders, a pumpkin craft, a picture frame and decorated a cupcake. Thank you to Paris’ mom, Kristian’s mom, and Arriana’s mom for helping us with the party.
I would also like to thank all the many families in our class who donated to our projects and party this month. We appreciate all the support you give us!
Have a happy and safe Halloween!
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
- Plain popcorn
- Wood glue
- Fake spider webs
- 2-3 cans of pumpkin
- 2 boxes of instant vanilla pudding
- 1 bag of Laffy Taffy candy
- 1 box of Ritz Crackers
- 1 bag of M& M's
- 1 bag of small pretzel sticks
Last week we enjoyed reading the story "The Crayon Box That Talked". In the story, a box of crayons does not get along. After a child brings the box of crayons home to create a picture, the crayons learn that even though each of them are different, when they work together they can create something beautiful.
Saturday, October 2, 2010
Our class had an amazing time at Parlee Farms on Wednesday. We were very lucky to have 1 of the only sunny days this week. When we arrived, we took a small hayride to the apple orchard to pick our apples. There were so many to choose from. The kids were very excited to tell our farmer that they already knew how to “twist” the apples. While we waited for the tractor to come pick us up, we were able to munch on an apple. They were very tasty and juicy! Next we were able to pick our small pumpkins to bring home. There were so many to choose from! After a quick bite for lunch, many of the kids checked out the goats, sheep and bunnies. The goats were more then happy to have us feed them. It was fun to watch many of the kids feed goats for the first time. We finished up the day with some time in the hay maze.
I would like to thank Ms. Guerra, Ms. Briere, Mrs. Brown, Mrs. Garcia, and Ms. Rosario for chaperoning.
Friday, September 24, 2010
I hope that homework went well this week at home. It will be my homework this weekend to go through everything. If you have any questions, concerns or comments…please don’t hesitate to let me know.
This week we started to learn about apples. We have talked about how they grow throughout the year and the different parts of the apple. We hope to be “apple experts” for our fieldtrip next Wednesday! Today we had a blast making applesauce. The room smelled delicious all day long! This is one of my favorite things to make at home in the crock-pot and is so easy to do. Check your child’s BEAR binder for the recipe.
As jacket season has started to sneak up on us, I’ve already started my loss & found collection of assorted coats, hats and sweatshirts. If you could write your child’s name or initials on inside tags, it would be very helpful in helping return loss items.
Friday, September 10, 2010
We have started using the clip chart to monitor our behavior. It will be a learning process for both the kids and I. This is the first year we have utilized this system and I am very excited about being able to focus more on the positive behaviors. As we settle in to our daily routine, we will be able to utilize the chart more consistently.
Lunchtime is always a very big part of our day. Many kids are excited to try school lunch for the first time. During lunch the kindergarten program assistants stay with the kids and help them. This year we are sharing Mrs. Peters and Mrs. Chaisson with 2 other classes. It would be helpful to your child to be able to practice opening their snacks or putting straws in juice boxes. Just as a reminder, you can send in money for lunch in any amount and it will be added to your child lunch account. You can also access their lunch account information directly online from the school website. You will need their student id number to register for online access.
Any Scholastic book orders are due by Wednesday the 15th.
Thursday, September 2, 2010
This year we will be sharing 2 program assistants. We will have Mrs. Peters and Mrs.Chaisson.
Over the next several weeks we will talk a lot more about names, letters and colors. We will also begin a unit on apples.
I want to send a HUGE THANK YOU to all the families who were able to donate needed items to our classroom. We appreciate everything you do for us.
Have a great 4 day weekend! :)
Tuesday, August 31, 2010
I know the beginning of the year can be a bit overwhelming for everyone. Please do not hesitate to send me an email, note or phone call with any questions. I am looking forward to getting to know your families more over the next few months.
Saturday, August 14, 2010
We will have our open house on Tuesday, August 31st. At this time, boys and girls will be able to explore our classroom and find their cubbies, bins, and mailboxes. I will give a brief overview of our kindergarten program and procedures and will be able to answer any questions. I will also have transportation forms to be filled out, so that I can have bus & parent pick-up tags ready for the first day of school. You can check the Methuen School Bus Routes here: Bus Routes Info.
I’ll also be sending home lots of important papers to fill out and read over.
I will be working on our classroom website and updating it over the next few weeks. Please check out the different sections to learn more about kindergarten and our room. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to send me an e-mail. firstname.lastname@example.org
See you soon!
P.S. Basic school supplies will be supplied for your child. They will need a backpack big enough to fit a binder and with NO wheels. You may want to pick-up some basic supplies to keep at home for their homework. (pencils, scissors, glue-sticks, and CRAYONS). During open house we will have a wish tree for those of you who would like to donate needed items to our classroom. Below is a list of some things we will be in need of.
· Large and small paper plates (the plain thin kind)
· Plastic forks, spoons and knives
· Paper towels
· Glue sticks (we go through hundreds during the school year!)
· Mr. Clean magic eraser sponges
· Paper bags
· Small cheap toys, pencils, stickers etc. for our prize box (party favors, new McDonald’s Toys, etc…)
· 4 x 6 photo paper
· Men’s shaving Cream
· Plastic zip-lock bags: sandwich size & 2 gallon size
· Corn syrup
· Cotton balls
Saturday, June 12, 2010
On a side-note, the 1st grade reading list didn't make it to us on time. It is posted on the school district website for you to view.
And be sure to check out the reading programs at Barnes & Noble and Borders to be able to earn a free book.
Wednesday, June 2, 2010
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
I want to thank all the families for their very generous contributions to our celebration this afternoon. Everything was so yummy!
Can you believe that we only have 10 more days?!?!
Monday, May 24, 2010
If your child does not have a Methuen library card, be sure to fill out the form and return it. They will issue the cards and we will send them home to you.
The Methuen Police Department will be doing fingerprint kits for the children. The kits will come home directly to you for keeping. Please fill out the forms and return them this week.
Thursday, May 20, 2010
Our class will be on the center on the 4th riser. The best place to sit in the auditorium is in the center section towards the right.
If any parents are able to take photos during the show,I would love copies.
After the show, parents will be invited back to the classrooms for a small celebration/open house. If you would like to contribute any food/juice, please feel free to do so and have your child bring it in on Wednesday morning. (we'll have it all set up and ready to share for after the show).
Thank you for all your continued support throughout the school year. It is hard to believe that it is almost time to move up to 1st grade!
Monday, May 17, 2010
A BIG THANK YOU to Mrs. Whelan, Mr. Kuzlotsky and Mrs. Arrivillaga for joining us!
Here are some pictures of the things we saw. Be sure to check out our photo book after our kindergarten show. There will be some great ones of the kids to see.
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Sunday, May 16, 2010
2010 Barnes and Noble Reading Program
Borders Double Dog Dare
Thursday, May 13, 2010
As summer is quickly approaching, I wanted to let you know that there are many openings available for the summer enrichment classes. I will be teaching several morning and afternoon classes that run from 9am-12pm and 12:30pm-3: 30pm. All classes will be held at the Tenney School. Brochures were sent home and copies are available on www.methuen.k12.ma.us. Hope to see you this summer!
Summer Time Crafts
Adventures Down Under
Teddy Bear Picnic
All About You
Monday, May 10, 2010
Sunday, May 9, 2010
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
The kids have worked so hard this year in their music classes and can't wait to show off their talents.
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
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Thursday, April 8, 2010
Be sure to check out the New England Aquarium for some family activities for home and special events happening. (a great day trip for April vacation!)
Wednesday, April 7, 2010
Saturday, March 20, 2010
The Leprechaun traps were amazing and so creative! It was very obvious that a lot of hard work went into them. The children were delighted to find just the right spot to set up their traps on Tuesday night. And sure enough Liam the Leprechaun came to visit our room. On Wednesday, we found that he knocked over chairs, switched bins around, played with toys, left green footprints everywhere and made a mess! Liam managed to set off every trap and left a surprise inside, but no one was able to catch him. He was just too tricky! We ended Wednesday with eating our lunch outside for a picnic. It was just too nice to eat inside.
Our fieldtrip on Thursday was a blast! Thank you to Mr. Kuzlotsky and Mrs. Whelan for joining us. We traveled to Chelmsford High School Performing Art Center to see the puppet performance of “Eric Carle’s The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Other Stories.” Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia performed the show. The show was done using glow in the dark effects and had moveable props. You can visit the website of Mermaid Theatre and watch a video of the show and learn more about them.
(The video link is at the very bottom)
Saturday, February 20, 2010
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
If you are looking for some books, be sure to check out the new Used Book Superstore in Salem. They have a huge selection of kids books and kids videos. Children's books are just $1.29.
Saturday, January 23, 2010
We enjoyed reading Jan Brett’s “The Mitten” and “The Hat”. The kids did a fantastic job with retelling the stories and focusing on the beginning, middle and end. They also were able to talk about the similar settings of the stories and characters. Be sure to check out Jan Brett’s website for some great activities!
Jan Brett’s stories led us into our mini-unit on animals in winter. This week we discussed animals that hibernate and adapt. On Monday we will talk about migration. We have been working very hard on our book creations as we learn about the animals.
The kids have been working very hard on their sight words! We are almost done our yellow words. We will be introduced to both “you” and “have” within the next two weeks. We have also been working on word families to help with our reading.
Check out this Between the Lions game online to help with word families:
Please remember to have your children wear their hats and mittens/gloves to school each day. We try to get out each day for recess.