Get Ready For Kindergarten with Dinosaur Train and a GiveawaySaturday, August 14, 2010
This contest is now closed.
Yes, you read that correctly. It's time to pull out those backpacks and get ready for Kindergarten. My daughter will be entering Senior Kindergarten this year and I couldn't be more excited for her. She is growing up into a little lady right before my very eyes and I'm always taken aback by her incredible use of words and her continued growth in and love of reading and writing. Sometimes I can't believe she is only five years old. I even recall tweeting recently about how she used the word "unfortunately" correctly and oh so matter-of-factly. It really is a joy to watch her morph into a mature young lady and develop the crucial skills required for school. It's times like these that I wish I were my daughter's school teacher just so I can witness her early learning years in a classroom setting. I swear, I would even love to just be a fly on the wall.
I also want her to have a well-rounded general knowledge of all the wonderful and amazing things in this world. We have spent time at the Toronto Zoo and learned that a zebra's stripes are actually brown. We have explored cause and effect as well as the law of gravity through play at Kidspark at the Ontario Science Centre. We even went to see dinosaur embryos at the Royal Ontario Museum. And all of this touches on one of my favourite school subjects - Science. (I once contemplated perusing a career in microbiology with the aim of one day finding a cure for cancer. No joke.)
The Jim Hensen Company has a website which is perfect for encouraging basic scientific and critical thinking skills for pre-schoolers. At Dinosaur Train, parents and teachers alike will find useful hands-on activities that will explore the term "hypothesis" and the science behind colours. There are activities that will help pre-school children learn the letters of the alphabet while learning about the diversity of dinosaurs. They can even learn about parts of a bird, the importance of feathers and the difference between a herbivore and a carnivore. In short, there are lots of fun and engaging activities that will be sure to please the little scientist in your home (or classroom!).
One reader of Toronto Teacher Mom will receive some pretty cool new Dinosaur Train themed products which would include a Dinosaur Train themed backpack (see above) full of Dinosaur Train books (I am a T-Rex and Triceratops for Lunch), toys and games available for the first time this summer and fall (approximately valued at $53). Please refer to the images in this post for a visual of all these great prizes.
For your main entry, which is mandatory, visit the Dinosaur Trains website and tell me which activity would be most popular with your child and why. Leave your answer in a comment on this post along with a way to contact you if you win. (You need to click on the word "comments" at the bottom of this post to take you to the comment form.)
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Get ready for kindergarten with a Dinosaur Train prize pack giveaway (US only) http://ow.ly/2pxiz @TeacherMomOfTwoContest ends August 28 at 11pm EST and is open to U.S. residents only. Winner will be selected using Random.org and must reply to the notification email within 3 days or a new winner will be drawn.
Images courtesy of Michelle Orsi. For a full press release and a description of the prizes, please visit Firefly Blog.
Disclosure: I was given the opportunity to o provide my U.S. readers with a chance to win a Dinosaur Train Prize Pack because of my Blogger Select membership at The Product Review Place. I was not compensated in any way. The thoughts expressed in this post are strictly my own honest opinions.