Monday, December 20, 2010

Pinatas


"Santa" Ariana, Sabrina, Ashly and Xavier

"Christmas Tree" Mika, Denzel, Amber, Hanna, Thomas

"Snowman" Kristian, Paris, Adriana, Sarah

"Rudolph" Marcel0, Elizabeth, John, Giorgio, Ella

"Penguin" Thalia, Christopher, James, Adrian, Gabriel

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Christmas Quilt





Holiday Season

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:

The Gingerbread Man by Karen Schmidt

The Gingerbread Man by Jim Aylesworth

The Gingerbread Girl by Lisa Ernst

The Gingerbread Cowboy by Janet Squires

The Gingerbread Baby and Gingerbread Friends by Jan Brett

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

Haunted Houses

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Mouse House

One of our pumpkin activities this week revolved around the story of the Mouse House.
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:
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Halloween Celebrations

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

Thank you!

Thank you for all of your generosity for our October activities. If you would still like to donate this month, these are the items we are still in need of.

  • 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

Fall


In the fall the leaves fall of the tree.

We created these fall trees after learning about leaves and our new sight word "the".

The Crayon Box That Talked


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

Apple Picking




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

Sep.20-24th

16 Days of Kindergarten! Things are starting to pick up speed. Each day the kids are becoming more and more independent in our daily routine.

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

Sep.7-11

Another 4 days down. This week the kids really started to settle in. Many of them are now independently unpacking in the morning and going right to their morning work. They have done a fantastic job of learning our morning calendar songs and have started to learn the alphabet in sign language.

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

Great 1st Week!

2 days down! What a great first 2 days we had. Kids learned about our classroom and classroom rules. We read the story "Keven Knows the Rules". Today we practiced a fire drill and we talked about our lock down practices.

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

Fantastic Open House!

Thank you to all of the families who were able to make it this afternoon. It was so wonderful to meet all of the kids. We have a great year ahead of us!

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.

Take Care,
Mrs. Burns

Saturday, August 14, 2010

WELCOME to the 2010/2011 year!

Welcome to the 2010/2011 school year! The summer has flown by and it’s hard to believe that we are already here. Soon I will be in our classroom setting up for our school year. Shortly, I will be sending each of you a letter and nametag for your child to wear on the first day of school.

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. leburns@methuen.k12.ma.us

See you soon!
Mrs. Burns


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
· Tissues
· Glue sticks (we go through hundreds during the school year!)
· Sponges
· 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
· Q-tips
· Cotton balls

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Have a great summer!

Wow! I can't believe summer vacation is here. This year went by super fast. I have immensely enjoyed working with all your children this year. This is one of the best group of students I have had. They worked so well together and really created their own community in the classroom. I want to thank all of the families for all of your support throughout the year. Family support makes a huge impact. I was blessed with so many amazing parents who volunteered and parents who were able to help by donating things throughout the year. Thank you all so much! I hope you and your children stop by next year to say hi.

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.

Summer Reading

And be sure to check out the reading programs at Barnes & Noble and Borders to be able to earn a free book.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

AWESOME AWESOME AWESOME SHOW!

The kids were amazing! No matter how much we practice, I am always blown away the day of the big show. The kids really give it their all for their family. It has been such a wonderful journey watching them practice all year and getting so excited for the show. And as I put together some of the pictures today for the slide show, I was truly in awe at how far the kids have come. They have grown so much this year.

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

Lots of New Dates!

Be sure to check out the calendar on our classroom website. There are a lot of new dates for activities going on over the next 3 weeks.

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

Show

The kids have been working so hard on getting ready for the show this week. We have had several last minute changes of staging and moving around and the kids have handled it like real pros! We can't wait for you to see how awesome these kids are! It is always amazing to see all 150 kids up on stage. (and wait till you see our finale!)

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

Brooke Stone Farm State Park

We had an incredible time today on our field trip. After a long (and bumpy) bus ride we finally arrived. The kids started the day by exploring near a pond and seeing many things we talked about during our pond unit. They worked hard to collect items for a scavenger hunt. We also found many butterflies nearby. After lunch we went to feed some pigs, goats, sheep and chickens. And greeted some rabbits too. Soon it was our turn to visit the cows and see them up close. After smelling them all day, it was great to finally meet them. The baby cows were happy to see us and were very eager to give "kisses" to all the children. We also enjoyed some ice-cream while we were there. We were able to eat our ice-cream while watching the cows through a big glass window. We ended the day with one last exploration to the pond and found turtles, frogs, geese with their goslings and a mallard duck. By the end of the day everyone was exhausted (even the teachers)! Several boys and girls slept all the way home.

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

Summer Reading Rewards

Check out these great reading programs through Barnes & Noble and Borders. Both stores are offering free books by simply filling out their reading forms with the books you read at home.

2010 Barnes and Noble Reading Program

Borders Double Dog Dare

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Summer Programs

Dear Families,
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!

Dynamite Dinosaurs
Summer Time Crafts
Adventures Down Under
Castle Adventures
Teddy Bear Picnic
All About You
Rainbow Fish
Games Galore

Monday, May 10, 2010

Field Trip

On Monday, May 17th, we will be going on a field trip to the Great Brook Farm State Park in Carisle, MA.

Notices should go home on Tuesday. (just waiting for all confirmations to come in)

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Happy Mother's Day

Wishing all of you a happy Mother's Day! May you enjoy every moment.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

KINDERGARTEN SHOW!

Our end of the year kindergarten show has been scheduled for Wednesday, May 26th. The show will be in the afternoon. More details will follow within the next few weeks.

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

Community Helpers

WOW! We wrapped up our community helpers unit today with a show and tell of our favorite community helpers. The kids were adorable and did a fantastic job of talking about their choice. After our show and tell, we painted self-portraits of ourselves as community helpers. Click the play button below and check out our awesome paintings!



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Thursday, April 8, 2010

New England Aquarium

Today we were treated to a special program today from the New England Aquarium. Maris and Julia, from the aquarium, did an amazing job of helping us to imagine we were at the beach searching in the tide pools for small creatures. We learned about snails, hermit crabs, clams, mussels, sea stars, and more. They brought many friends from the aquarium for us to hold and touch. Although many friends were nervous at first to touch the animals, everyone quickly warmed up to them and had a great time. We would like to thank the PTO for sponsoring this program for kindergarten.

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!)

http://www.neaq.org/education_and_activities/games_and_activities/index.php

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

New discovered blog

I thought I would share a new resource I discovered over the weekend. It has great ideas for activities at home.

Our Pond Creations

The kids had a blast creating their pond murals. They did a fantastic job working in groups and coming up with creative ways to create a pond.
video

Saturday, March 20, 2010

The Leprechaun Traps

Leprechauns and a Hungry Caterpillar

This has been a very exciting week!

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.

http://www.mermaidtheatre.ns.ca/repertory/vhc.shtml

(The video link is at the very bottom)

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Number Words

Jan Brett has some great number word puzzles that you can print out and play at home.

janbrett.com

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Happy February Vacation

This is one of my favorite websites/blogs to look at for ideas. It has some great ideas for both teachers and parents. If you are looking for something to keep busy over this week, be sure to check it out!

abcand123learning.blogspot.com

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.

UsedBooksSuperstore.com

Saturday, January 23, 2010

January

It is hard to believe that we are quickly coming upon our 100th day of school! This past month the kids have been very busy workers and dove right back into their routine after Christmas break. They are doing a fantastic job with writing their last names and with their shoe tying!

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!
janbrett.com

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:
pbskids.org/lions/games/blending.html

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.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Food Collection




WOW! Our class overfilled the box with food donations on pajama day! Great job!