Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Halloween Spooky Stories - The Legend of Jack O'Lantern! A story - picture book, printables, worksheets, and a craft.

Hey everyone!

We are only days away from Halloween!

I was thinking about carving pumpkins, calling them Jack O'Lanterns and thought..what is the (hi)story behind this? I looked into it online and came about some quite spooky stuff about who Jack O'Lantern really was (according to an old Irish legend) and how carved pumpkins became a Halloween must. I found this very interesting and I think it would be a hit in class too! 

How the story goes in a nutshell:

There was a man in Ireland called Jack who people called Stingy Jack. He liked playing tricks on everyone, even on the Devil (!) who he tricked twice. When he died, Saint Peter wouldn't let him into Heaven and the Devil wouldn't let him into hell, so he had no choice but to come back to Earth. As the way back was really dark, he asked for the Devil's help who tossed him a coal from his fire. Stingy Jack took the coal and put it in a turnip which he first hollowed out and carved and turned into a lantern. Since then, he roams the Earth with his lantern and that's why we call him Jack O'Lantern, which is short for Jack of the Lantern. The Irish were the first to carve turnips, potatoes, beets, and other vegetables for Halloween. They put them in front of their houses to keep evil spirits out. When they immigrated to America, they discovered that pumpkins are easier to carve. Americans liked and adopted this custom.

Not many images or art of the "real" Jack O'Lantern are out there, but all stories seem to agree that he was a "stingy old man" (!) Some "Stingy Jack" art from the web:


(Images belong to their rightful owners)

I could not NOT write a kiddo-friendly story about this and add some activities too..!

A preview of the little picture book I wrote. Includes a Jack O'Lantern craft too!

You can check this unit out by following the link below:


Saturday, October 26, 2013

Halloween Giveaway Winners!!

Hey everyone!
I thought I'd announce the winners early to give them a chance to take a look at their prize and organize how they're going to use it in class or at home this week! I have decided to have 5 winners instead of just one or three, because I loved the enthusiasm of the participants! So here they are:

1. Entry #116Christin
2. Entry #184Laura S.
3. Entry #237Leslie W.
4. Entry #18Carla C.
5. Entry #324Caitlin O.

Congratulations! You will be receiving your prize via e-mail in the next hour! If for any reason you don't see it in your e-mail by then, let me know.

Thank you everyone for participating!

                                                    Dina - The Constant Kindergartener

Friday, October 18, 2013

Halloween Giveaway time!

Hey everyone! Hope you are all doing well and getting ready for Halloween!
I was thinking about doing something special for my followers it is! A giveaway!

The prize is my (90 pages) Halloween pack of 5 cut&paste math centers for kindergarten - 2nd (detailed description). The giveaway starts NOW (fixed it!) and ends 10/27! Good luck everyone!!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

                                                                                        Dina - The Constant Kindergartener

Monday, October 7, 2013

Halloween FREEBIE! 24 Halloween writing papers for all grades!

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

This item contains 24 colorful and black&white Halloween themed writing and note papers. The main designs are six. Each design is in color, black&white, lined and plain. 

They are FREE and suitable for all grades! Go grab them ;)  (click on the image to download! Target your cursor next to the Pinterest button! )

                                                 Dina - The Constant Kindergartener