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Monday, November 26, 2012

Christmas Letter to Santa Template and Envelope FREE!

Hey everyone!

Today, I have another free little thing for my fellow teachers!

A "Letter to Santa" template and an envelope template for the children to use in class or at home this Christmas.


A Preview:

You can download it for free by following the link below:
Letter to Santa template and an envelope template

Hope you enjoy this in class or at home!

Merry Christmas!



                                                                             Dina - The Constant Kindergartener


My blog is nominated for the Liebster Award!





As I was going to bed two days ago, I read a comment on my blog about someone nominating me for a "Liebster Award". I thought...I am nominated for..what?? So, I researched it for a while and I found out that it is an award for new bloggers (like myself!) with less than 200 followers in order to be introduced to more people.

"Liebster" in german also means "Dearest" (cool! right?)..And now I'm excited about all this!


Two more comments followed the first one, saying that I am nominated two more times! Wow...I'd like to thank Kindergarten Faith, Keepin' It Kool In KinderLand and Mrs.Payton's Precious Kindergarteners for nominating me!


I have been reading about the rules of the Liebster Award Nominees and Nominators and they are the following:

1. You must post 11 random things about yourself.
2. Answer the questions that the nominator set for you.
3. Create 11 questions for the people you nominate.
4. Choose 11 blogs you love (with less than 200 followers) and link them in your post.
5. No tag back (Just leave a comment on this post with the URL to your Liebster post!)

Ok then! 

11 random things about myself:

1. I like being forward with people.
2. I own two dogs - cocker spaniels which I adore (Their names are Danni and Joy!Male and female.)
3. I love arts and crafts so I have turned my Kindergarten classroom into an art studio for the children!
4. I like being very organized.
5. I am addicted to chocolate!
6. I always believe I am right about everything (Crazy..I know! But mostly I am! :-P )
7. I love travelling.
8. I would like to speak many languages..but I only speak two for now (Greek and English!)
9. My favourite colour is light blue.
10. I like decorating my classroom and my house.
11. I love horses and I would love to own one someday (although I don't think it would fit in my apartment..!)

11 random things about myself..check! 

Answers to my nominator Kindergarten Faith !

1.  When did you start blogging?  
     Two months ago!
2.  Why did you start blogging?
     To interact with people from all over the world and to share my work.
3.  If there was one thing you could share with new teachers what would it be?
     You are more important than you imagine.
4.  What is your favorite thing to do?
      Walk in the park with my dogs.
5.  What is your favorite kind of ice-cream?
      Chocolate!!
6.  Would you rather snow ski or swim in the ocean?
     I've never tried snow skiing, so I would love to do that!
7.  What is your favorite book?
     It's a children's book called "The Dot" by Peter H. Reynolds. So much meaning both for    grown-ups and children.
8.  What is the craziest thing a student has ever told you?
    "Ms. can you adopt us all??"
9.  What is something you have learned from your students?
      Everything is simple and fun in life.
10.  Do you have a class pet?  If so, what? :0)
       Nope! But last year we had a parrot!
11.  What do you look forward to the most about blogging?
        Communicating with people from all over the world.

Answers to my nominator Keepin' It Kool In KinderLand!

1. What is your favorite thing about teaching?
Feeling like I am making a difference and..crafts!!
2. If you won $2 million, what would be your first purchase?
A house in the countryside.
3. What was your favorite movie/tv show as a kid?
Lassie!
4. If you were a crayon, what color would you be and why?
I think light blue, because I like being calm and quite. This color represents these things for me.
5. What is the last book you read? Did you like it?
Eleven Minutes by Paulo Coelho. It was good.
6. Do you have a special talent (other than teaching of course!)?
Crafts!
7. What did you want to grow up to be when you were little?
A vet.
8. What is your favorite flavor of ice cream?
Chocolate!
9. What is your guilty pleasure?
Chocolate...!
10. If you were stranded on an island, what one thing would you take and why?
My laptop, I'm addicted to the web!
11. What is the kindest thing anyone has ever done for you or that you have done for
someone else?
The kindest thing anyone has ever done for me, is to make me feel free to always make my own choices.

Answers to my nominator Mrs. Payton's Precious Kindergarteners !
1. Why did you start blogging?
To communicate with other teachers globally and share my work.
2. If you didn't teach the grade you taught, what grade would you teach?
1st grade!
3. What's your favorite thing about teaching?
Feeling like a window to the world for the children and..crafts of course!
4. Favorite place to shop?
Amazon!
5. Favorite drink?
Diet Coke!
6. Favorite sweet food?
Chocolate!
7. Favorite place to vacation?
Verona,Italy.
8. How long have you been teaching?
5 years.
9. What job would you have if you weren't a teacher?
A vet or a dog trainer.
10. What's your least favorite thing about teaching?
Parents who don't count the teacher's opinion.
11. What's the best thing that has ever happened to you?
Feeling truly loved and adopting my doggies!

My 11 nominations for the Liebster Award are:


Questions to my nominations!

1. What did you want to be when you were little?
2. What's your favorite food?
3. What's your favorite color?
4. Why did you start blogging?
5. What's your favorite animal?
6. What's the craziest thing a student ever told you?
7. What's the best thing about teaching for you?
8. What's the worst thing about teaching for you?
9. Have you travelled a lot? If yes, where?
10. What is your favorite TV show/movie?
11. What's your favorite hobby?

Good luck to everyone being nominated! I'll be waiting for your interesting answers! :-D

Love this Liebster Award thing! :-D

Dina


Saturday, November 24, 2012

Winter Activity Story Book - Social Studies Pre-K and Kindergarten!

Hey everyone!

Winter is here to stay..!




I created something as an introduction to winter for the kiddos: A personalized story and activity book. The children learn winter facts while practicing writing and..art!




Two versions of the winter book are included in this pack. One is individual ("Winter&Me!") for each student to complete on his/her own and one is for the classroom ("Winter&Us!") to complete by working in small groups. They are going to have fun!


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                                                                                     Dina - The Constant Kindergartener

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Christmas Writing Drawing and Notes Papers! Free!

Hey everyone!

Today I created some Christmas fun writing and drawing papers! The children can use them in projects at school or at home. They are also great for teacher's notes and homework.

This pack contains 24 colorful and black&white Christmas themed writing, drawing and note papers. Each design is in color, black&white, lined and plain and they are free!

A preview:




You can download them by following the link below:

Hope you enjoy these in class or at home!

                                                                                      Dina - The Constant Kindergartener


The first Christmas - Nativity story for children in Pre-K and Kindergarten!

Hey everyone!

My favorite time of the year is almost here...Christmas! 😄




One of the things I love doing around this magical time is reading the Nativity story to my class. I was looking to buy a new picture book of the first Christmas story but could not really find exactly what I was looking for. I wanted kiddo-friendly concise text and age-appropriate illustrations to keep my little learners interested till the end of the story. Since I love picture books and have an excellent clip art artist in mind, I created a simple and comprehensive version of the first Christmas story for children in pre-k and kindergarten. I think the results were great since my class was captivated by the story and loved the illustrations!

This can be used in the reading/literacy center, for group reading, or as a read aloud. You can print it or use with your laptop, projector, or Ipad.

I have also enriched this little booklet with activities, worksheets, and crafts to assist our young students in learning and remembering key facts about the first Christmas.


A Preview:






You can see more about this teaching resource by following the link below:

Hope you enjoy this in class or at home! 

Merry Christmas!




                                                                               Dina - The Constant Kindergartener


Thursday, November 15, 2012

The Gingerbread Man Story - For Pre-K and Kindergarten! A picture book, activities, worksheets and crafts.


Hey everyone!

I have just finished updating the Gingerbread Man story packet, by adding new fun activities for the kiddos! You have been leaving some amazing comments and feedback for this, thank you!

This traditional story has been told in many different ways. I rewrote this particular version to make it more age appropriate (4-6yrs) and easier to use in class.

The story is in color while the worksheets and crafts' templates are in black&white (ink friendly).

Story Summary:
The little old woman decides to make a gingerbread man for lunch. The gingerbread man escapes when the oven opens. While running, he meets a cow, a horse and a pig who want to eat him as well. He runs and meets a fox who tricks him and eventually eats him.

As odd as the story of the gingerbread man is, it has many important hidden meanings that can be discussed with the children. I have researched the meaning a lot and found many different versions as well as many different versions of the story.

Some interesting links to check out about the meaning:


This packet now includes:
- The Gingerbread Man Story - reader/read aloud for early grades
- Student's individual story book (color, cut&bind the pages!)
- 2 unique craftivities : Story wheel craft - retelling the Gingerbread Man story and a handprint craft/ornament "I got you Gingerbread Man!"
- Story response sheets
- ELA - common core worksheets
- Math worksheets
- Cut&Paste activities
- Tracing&printing words from the story 
- Writing papers for the children to use in projects at school or at home (Gingerbread Man themed)

A preview:





You can check this out by following the link below:

Hope you enjoy it at school or at home!

Thank you for visiting!

                                                                            Dina - The Constant Kindergartener


Thanksgiving Day - History and Literacy Worksheets for Pre-K, Kindergarten and First Grade! Free!

Hey everyone!

Today is..freebie day!

This is an activity that promotes history and literacy. It is about the first Thanksgiving, all cut and paste fun! 

A preview:



You can download it for free by following the link below:


                                                                                                                                         Dina




Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Thanksgiving Teaching Resources for Children in Pre-K, Kindergarten, and First Grade!

Hey everyone!

I thought I should do a roundup of my Thanksgiving teaching resources for you to see them all in one place!



1.  Thanksgiving Day Social Studies - History Pre-K and Kindergarten

The Thanksgiving story with printables, worksheets and crafts for children in Pre-K and Kindergarten. 

The story is in two versions. Color and black&white.You can use this in the reading/literacy center, as an emergent reader or for group reading. It is also appropriate for a great (hi)story sequence activity!

A Preview:






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2. Thanksgiving Math Art Activities in Printable Worksheets

Thanksgiving math - all cut&paste fun! The children learn to count while they are coloring, cutting, and pasting Thanksgiving images. Each worksheet will end up different for each child, as they use their individual creativity when working on these math worksheets. 


These activities are aligned to the kindergarten common core. The children practice counting and cardinality (K.CC.4 Understand the relationship between numbers and quantities; connect counting to cardinality). 


A preview:




You can check it out by following the link below:



3. Thanksgiving Writing and Notes Papers

Thanksgiving fun writing paper for the children to use in projects at school or at home. Also great for teacher's notes and homework.

This pack contains 64 colorful and black&white Thanksgiving themed writing and note papers. Each design is in color, black&white, lined and plain. 


A preview:



You can check it out it by following the link below:


Happy
!


                                                                                     Dina 



Monday, November 12, 2012

Linky party!! To celebrate my first 300 sold products!!



I am very happy about my first 300 sales so I decided I would have a linky party here on my blog!!

Everybody is welcome to post a Thanksgiving product (free or paid) , a Native American product or your blog link!

Thank you to all of my buyers and followers for trusting me!

Dina



Thursday, November 8, 2012

Veterans Day Social Studies - History for Pre-K and Kindergarten. A picture book, worksheets, and crafts!

Hey everyone!

This past week, I have been doing a lot of research on Veterans Day, and I have just finished writing a (nonfiction) story about it for children in Pre-K and Kindergarten.




It explains the history of the holiday in a simple and comprehensive way. You can use it in the reading/literacy center, as an emergent reader, for group reading, or as a read aloud. It is also appropriate for a great (hi)story sequence activity.

The book helps you to easily explain Veterans Day to young learners and the age appropriate illustrations keep the children interested till the end of the (nonfiction) story.

This packet also includes printables, activities and crafts!

A Preview:








You can see more about this teaching tool by following the link below:
Veterans Day Social Studies - History Pre-K and Kindergarten

Hope the children learn and have fun with this unit!



                                                                                                                                                 Dina

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Thanksgiving Math Art Activities in Printable Worksheets for Pre-K and Kindergarten!

Hey everyone!

It's time to teach about..




Hehe!

To incorporate math into the subject, I have prepared a fun Thanksgiving math packet. All the activities are cut&paste and color! This helps keep the kiddos interested and is also a great way to practice scissor skills and fine motor skills.

The children learn to count while coloring, cutting, and pasting Thanksgiving images. Each worksheet will end up different for each child, as they use their individual creativity, when working on these.


The activities are aligned to the following kindergarten common core standard :

K.CC.4 Understand the relationship between numbers and quantities; connect counting to cardinality)



A Preview:




You can check this out by following the link below:
Thanksgiving Math Art Activities in Printable Worksheets


Happy Thanksgiving!



                                                                                                                                                Dina