Friday, November 25, 2011

Heidi's Songs

In class we learn many of our sight words, color words and number words to Heidi's songs. The kids love these and I have had a lot of success with incorporating her music into our lessons. This weekend through Monday night, she is offering free shipping and a 10% discount. This is a rarity. If anyone is interested her website is:

The discount codes are: (you can use both!)
Thanks11 - 10% off everything in store
Thanks12 - Free shipping

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

December Donations

Dear Families,
It is hard to imagine that Christmas is so near and we are already entering December. This month we will work on social studies and literature units focused on “The Gingerbread Man” and holidays around the world, as well as some traditional holiday stories and crafts. We are in need of a variety of donations to help us with our activities throughout the month. If you are able to donate, please check off the item(s) you are willing to contribute on the sheet sent home. I will confirm with you in case of duplicate offers. Or you may sign up online through Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.
Thank You,
Mrs. Burns
Online sign-up:

Password: kindergarten

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Haunted Houses

Here are our Haunted House creations! The kids worked so hard in designing their houses. Thank you to Mrs. Baez and Mrs. Whelan for helping us. And a thank you to all the families who donated to this big project and all of our other October activities.
Enjoy! :)

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Tuesday, September 27, 2011

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Sunday, September 25, 2011

Some of our first creations

We graphed our names after reading the story of "Chrysanthemum"

Our Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Trees

Friday, September 9, 2011

1 week down!

Congratulations to everyone for making it the 1st week! I am very excited for the school year. The kids are already amazing me with how quickly they are picking up on routines and joining right in.

I want to thank all of the parents for your support this week. I am looking forward to working with each of you and getting to know you better this school year. I would also like to thank you for all of your generous donations to the class. Each donation will be put to very good use this year.
For parents who are interested in volunteering and chaperoning field-trips, please make sure you have an up to date CORI in the main office. They do take several weeks to process.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask. I will be working on updating some of the things on our classroom website. If you have any suggestions on things that would be helpful to you, please let me know.
Have a great weekend!
Mrs. Burns :)

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Summer Reading Programs

Nevins Library:Check out the Methuen library for lots of reading fun all summer long!

Barnes and Noble:Kids earn a free book when they read 8

Borders:Read 10 books and earn a free book

Chuck E. Cheese:Fill out a reading calendar and earn 10 tokens.

National Amusements Movies:Every Wednesday morning at 10am from July 6th-August 10th just bring a book report with you to select bookworm Wednesday’s movies and that’s your price of admission!

Pizza Hut Book It Program:Read five books and enter for a chance to win a Book It! prize package.

Scholastic:Log your reading minutes for a chance to win a Klutz Book Pack.

T.D. Bank North:Earn $10 in a young saver account

Sunday, May 15, 2011

learning during read-alouds: making connections

One of the skills we have been working on with the kids is making connections while reading. Teach Mama posted this great article today for parents about making connections with their kids during story times.

learning during read-alouds: making connections

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Timony PTO facebook page

Did you know that our Timony Grammar School has a PTO facebook page?

Donald P Timony Grammar School PTO

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Reading Logs

Reading Log

I have added our reading log to the classroom website under parent and student spot. I would love to add more things online that would be beneficial to our classroom families. Please let me know if you have any suggestions!

Saturday, April 16, 2011


The class has been working very hard on their weather unit with 8th grade science teacher, Mrs. Nugent. In this past week's lesson, the students talked about how wind affects temperature. They thought about ways to measure the wind and what effects it would have. Mrs. Nugent gave them the task to create a wind anemometer in groups of 2. The kids were given 2 pieces of cardboard, a block with a small wood bead attached, a pencil, 4 small cups, putty, and small pins. They were given no direction or model to follow. The students worked as partners to draw their plans and to create their anemometer. They were then able to test their tool with the help of a fan. If it did not work, the kids went back to work on a new plan. The kids did an amazing job and it was amazing to watch them work through the task.

Pond Murals

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Spring Boards

Our St. Patrick's Day board. Everyone wrote down 3 wishes. It is always fun to see the range of wishes everyone comes up with! We painted our shamrocks with corn syrup with green dye. Clearly we should have let a few of them dry for a few more days. I think some passing kids had a little bit of fun too . :)

Our spring picture creations. We used scraps of colored paper to create our own spring scenes. Lots of creativity!

Our March "Quilt" board.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Book Readers and Pizza

Congratulations to Thomas, Anthony and Hannah for completing a reading log for each month! They were invited to join Mrs. O'Leary and Ms. Garrigan's class today for a pizza and ice-cream party!

In the spring time, I will host a pizza party for every child who has successfully read 100 books or more! Keep Reading! :)

Summer Enrichment Classes

The Methuen summer enrichment classes have been posted! Copies will follow home soon. Classes are 4 days long and 3 hours each day. There are a wide variety of classes being offered by many talented teachers from across the district. Many of these classes do fill up very quickly.

This will be my 5th year teaching enrichment classes and I am very excited!!! I will be teaching 6 classes over the summer:Fun with Dr. Seuss, Summertime Crafts, Adventures Down Under, Teddy Bear Picnic, Ocean Explorer and Safari Adventure. Please do not hesitate to ask me any questions about the program.

Methuen Unified Talents Enrichment Program

Friday, March 25, 2011

Great website

I love finding new resources online. This is a great website that was recommended to me.

This has resources for both families and teachers. It offers many great articles on a variety of topics for families, but also has some wonderful activities. Check out the activities and worksheets at the top. There are some creative hands on crafts and games and printable board games under worksheets.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011


March has blown in very quickly. The children have been working so hard over the past few months as we went through our biggest round of assessments of the year. And the results were outstanding!

You may have recently heard your children coming home and telling you about going to the computer lab. The children are using a program called Lexia twice a week. Lexia is a researched based reading program for kids. As they work through the various fun learning games, Lexia is able to track their progress and individually challenge each student. It also allows me to look at each student’s progress and see where he or she may have difficulty. This is a program that they will continue in 1st grade.

We are also very fortunate to have a guest teacher come in twice a week. Mrs. Nugent, an 8th grade science teacher will be coming in over the next few weeks to do weather lessons and experiments with the students. She has some fantastic hands on lessons for the children planned.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

What the Teacher Wants!: Valentine's Day Activities

For those interested in turning their Valentine's day cards into a book:

What the Teacher Wants!: Valentine's Day Activities

This is a such a cute activity and a great way for the kid s to save their cards. A perfect activity to work on over vacation.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

January artwork

Our snowman creations we made after reading the book"Snowballs"

Our snowman heads and snowflakes we made for the 80th day of school.
We counted snowflakes by 5's to use 80 snowflakes to make our creations.

Our winter quilt.
"We use our mittens to make a snowman"