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Get Ready For Kindergarten with Dinosaur Train and a Giveaway

Saturday, August 14, 2010

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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.



Some of the things we have been doing over the summer months include phonics study, letter-writing, word building, reading comprehension and even some critical thinking. We have incorporated this into arts and crafts, song and dance and imaginative play. Though I try not to promote a limited focus on princess themed topics, I do try to build on her interests while also giving her opportunities to explore without me hovering over her. As much as I want to correct her every mistake, I know it could do more harm than good. I want her to have the self-confidence that is needed to promote her love of learning. And I don't ever want it to turn into a chore but rather make learning fun and rewarding.

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!).

It is thus with great pleasure to offer a great giveaway to my U.S. readers (sorry Canada but you can still enter the cool Hilroy school supplies CAN-only giveaway!)


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.)

For additional entries, you may choose to do any or all of the following. Please leave a separate comment for each entry indicating what you have done. Include additional comments if indicated below.
Get ready for kindergarten with a Dinosaur Train prize pack giveaway (US only) http://ow.ly/2pxiz @TeacherMomOfTwo

Contest 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.

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43 COMMENTS

  1. My little one would do best with the Dinosaurs A to Z - she knows the alphabet but we're still working on the sounds each letter makes. At 3, she's doing well and loves learning, so this would be a fun addition to our activities.

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  2. My boys would love the 3 pack of Dinosaurs so they can play together!

    tiggeraj at yahoo dot com

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  3. My 4 year old would love Playing Dino Ball YOUR Way because he has such an imagination at his age.
    dgoodridge84@yahoo.com

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  4. I follow via google friend connect
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  5. I like dinosaur train on facebook
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  6. Brynna would love to make a dragonfly.

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  7. My daughter would love Make a Dragonfly because she likes crafts and insects.

    felecia@twinoaksfl.org

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  8. gfc follower

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  9. Definitely Dinosaurs A-Z! I am going to start teaching my little guy his letters in a few weeks! :) SO this would be great!

    venturesofsahm at yahoo dot com

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  10. I follow on Twitter and tweeted.

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  11. I already follow you on FB and I left a comment about this giveaway!
    Jessica A

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  12. Follow you on GFC :)

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  13. Fan of Dinosaur Train on FB
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  14. I have your button on my blog!

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  15. I think the hungry herbivore game looks fun!

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  16. I follow you on twitter and tweeted!
    @everydaymom05

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  17. Dinosaurs A to Z because my son is learning his abcs right now

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  18. We’ll definitely have to try “Dinosaurs A to Z” with our 4 year old daughter, since she’s still working on the alphabet, in Pre-K. And “Hungry Herbivores” looks perfect for our 5 1/2yr old son, as he already enjoys classifying dinosaur and animal types, and can expand on what he’s already learned.

    scarethesquare@yahoo.com

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  19. Just "liked" Dinosaur Train on Facebook!

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  20. Daily Tweet:

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  22. I think my son would like the make a dragonfly best because he love to create things and he likes bugs.

    kerrie@mayansfamily.com

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  23. My 4 year old son would enjoy the "Have a Brachiosaurus Picnic." He loves to cook with me and I know seeing his apple juice turn green would make him smile. I think he'll get a kick out making the bread into dinosaur shapes too. :)

    ehirai at gmail dot com

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  24. Daily tweet:
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  25. The most popular activity for my kids would probably be the "Make a dragon fly" activity. All 3 of my kids LOVE the show!

    peytonsmomie at hotmail (dot com).

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  26. I'm a follower on GFC.

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  27. I "like" you on FB (initials DL, let me know if you need full name!).

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  28. I "like Dinosaur Train on facebook!

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  29. Dinosaurs A to Z sounds would be most popular with my kid because he loves the ABC song and this would help him match the sounds with the letters. Thanks for the giveaway!

    beatspammer at gmail dot com

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  30. Liked Dinosaur Train on Facebook (Bing)

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  31. Follow and tweeted
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  33. My daughter would love the Make Your Own Buddy Costume activity because she loves to dress up and pretend to be the characters that she loves to watch!

    mcbrady 13 at hotmail dot com

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  34. Following you and tweeted: http://twitter.com/chirpandtweet/status/22336408504

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  35. GFC follower (Mary Brady)
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  36. I like you on FB and wrote on your wall! Mary C. Brady
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  37. My boys would love Playing Dino Ball Your Way because it is an active game!
    winnieayala at yahoo dot com

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  38. I follow on GFC
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  39. I like Dinosaur Train on Facebook!
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  40. I think my kids would love not only to play the games but they are fasinated by any kind of books with dinosaurs in them.

    danellejohns at gmail dot com

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  41. I follow you publicly via GFC-DanelleJohnson

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  42. I like/ follow Dinosaur Train on FB-DanelleJohns

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