About Me

I love children and puppets and books, and I have been blessed beyond my imagination! I live in Michigan with my husband, and not too far from 3 of my 4 adult kids and my great daughter-in-law and son-in-law. (One son had the nerve to move out of state!) We are so over-the-moon about our 4 grandchildren and extremely excited that we get to spend a lot of time with all of them! ย All I ever wanted to be when I grew up was a kindergarten teacher – and I had that job for 22 years. Now I am playing with grandkids and looking for a way to share some of the things I love doing with children – and avoiding school supply aisles during back to school days because it makes me sad. I hope you can find something fun and useful here!

123 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Kristin Moritz
    Oct 22, 2010 @ 23:44:36

    Nice job! Keep the ideas coming:)

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  2. nicole
    Oct 25, 2010 @ 15:18:03

    I love your ideas!

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  3. Kathleen Hucks
    Oct 27, 2010 @ 01:08:09

    Thanks for sharing. I really like the text features.

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  4. Janet
    Oct 27, 2010 @ 03:27:20

    I am in my 34th year of teaching-32 in kindergarten. I love finding new ideas to use in my classroom. I am very impressed with your blog and will be adding you to my favorites. Thank you for sharing.

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  5. Vanessa Phillips
    Oct 27, 2010 @ 20:45:06

    Hi!!
    I looovve your blog! I am a new k teachers and would LOOOVE to get the text features books that you make with your students. I know my students would truly benefit from booklets like these.
    Thank you so much for all of your wonderful information…..I am learning soo much!!
    Vanessa

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  6. Sarah Graham
    Oct 28, 2010 @ 10:23:56

    I love seeing your great ideas and projects! Your students were very lucky to have such a fabulous and creative teacher. Are you possibly planning on posting any blacklines that go along with your books and acitivities? I’d love to try them in my own in kindergarten classroom.

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    • dbsenk
      Oct 28, 2010 @ 11:59:31

      Thank you Sarah. I would be happy to share the masters but I haven’t figured out how to post them yet. When I try to add a full size picture it gets cut off on the blog – I really am a novice, I keep asking friends (and my kids) – I will figure out how to do it! Any suggestions are welcome!

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  7. Lori
    Nov 28, 2010 @ 19:09:01

    Love this site! Where do you get most of your puppets? I have several Folkmanis but need more, especially the people ones

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    • dbsenk
      Nov 29, 2010 @ 12:01:51

      I bought puppets everywhere! At conferences, toy stores, online, craft shows. Some of my friends got great deals on ebay or Craig’s list. Check out Folkmanis and Lucy’s Toys online. Once in a while some are listed on the site Teacher’s Bargain Basement. You can Google any of those to get the email address. I’m so glad you love puppets too!

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  8. Hillary
    Dec 01, 2010 @ 08:22:22

    Did you have a letter that went with the kindness calendar that I love? Thank you in advance. Hillary

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    • dbsenk
      Dec 01, 2010 @ 17:47:29

      I’m so sorry, I don’t have it saved on my computer. I got rid of lots of stuff when I retired before I decided to write this blog. I know I explained that my goal was for children to spend some time thinking about being kind to other people, and to give specific suggestions of things young children are able to do that shows they care about other people.

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  9. Debbie
    Dec 02, 2010 @ 22:45:57

    I am so glad I happened upon your blog. I am so enjoying your ideas. My most recent favorite of yours (I am savoring your prior blogs.) is the one on nursery rhymes. Is it possible to get or buy copies of your pages with the space for the kinder photos? Thanks, Debbie

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    • dbsenk
      Dec 02, 2010 @ 23:38:11

      I am working on that! I left a lot behind when I retired, I plan to go visit my old school and borrow a few things back. I’m so glad you like my blog!

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  10. Susan Schulz
    Dec 18, 2010 @ 15:56:32

    I am so glad I found this site Diane! I was so sad to hear that you were retiring but know how excited you were to become a Grandmother. I hope you don’t mind that I am bookmarking your blog so that I can use these with the twins. I have so many fond memories of Ethan’s year with you that I would love to pass on to them so that they can have a little fun too. Also because I want to see what their answers are to “How to Cook a Turkey” since we still howl at Ethan’s responses. Enjoy your retirement and keep the pictures of your little cuties coming!

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  11. Robyn
    Jan 26, 2011 @ 18:26:31

    I love your blog. I found it when I was looking for information about teaching the value of respect to my kindergarten students. Your information and ideals are refreshing! Thank you for helping me to remember the magic of kindergarten and not the mini first grade that so many sites seem to reflect!

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    • dbsenk
      Jan 26, 2011 @ 21:00:43

      Thank you so much Robyn! That really meant a lot to me! I feel so strongly that Kindergarten has to be fun and engaging, and you can still meet all those benchmarks! All of those social skills and ability to self regulate are just as important as sight words and reading strategies. I really miss teaching, and love to think I can share some of the activities I loved so much!

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  12. Shannon
    Feb 19, 2011 @ 00:46:25

    Amazing website, Diane. So helpful! I wanted to do that cute Abe Lincoln project this year you shared with me a few years ago & couldn’t find an example. That was always such a cute Kindergarten looking project. Could you share that one? Hope you enjoyed Disney! Thanks again for continuing to share your ideas.

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  13. Shannon
    Feb 24, 2011 @ 21:50:08

    Thanks so much for making & posting the cute Abe Lincoln project for me! Love it. It is just one of them that just makes me smile. So Kindy looking! Also, can’t take the cuteness of the baby pics. Precious! And your son feeding those 2 babies at once with one on his tummy. Now that is a pro daddy! Thumbs up!

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  14. Pam
    Mar 05, 2011 @ 15:06:09

    Where did you purchase your Grace Mulligan and Calvin puppets?

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    • dbsenk
      Mar 05, 2011 @ 15:13:59

      I got them from Folkmanis, but I heard they have been discontinued. I searched character puppets online and found a few sites online that listed them. I love them, it’s so fun to be able to use your hands.

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  15. Maureen A.
    Mar 05, 2011 @ 16:21:51

    I’m so glad I stumbled upon your blog! It is terrific. I taught K for 5 years and am returning next year after spending time in GR 3. I thought I’d better see what has been happening since I was gone-your blog has given me lots of ideas. Now I can hardly wait for Sept.!! Although I will enjoy summer!!! Thanks from Canada!

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  16. Lisa
    Mar 07, 2011 @ 19:59:36

    THANK YOU! What a blessing to have your wisdom. I am a first year kindergarten teacher and feel humbled beyond belief! There is so much to learn and it helps so much to hear from a veteran like yourself. I hope you know how much I appreciate your willingness to share!

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  17. Rose Jakab
    Mar 16, 2011 @ 15:29:48

    Hi Diane,
    I was happy to find your blog online while I was looking for K ideas. I had so much fun working and learning from you when we worked together on the K workshops with Mary Masson. This will be a fun way to keep in touch with you. I am so glad that you are still mentoring others in our profession. I didn’t realize that you retired but I am so happy for you.
    Everyone glean from her knowledge, Diane has much to offer!

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    • dbsenk
      Mar 16, 2011 @ 21:42:19

      Thanks Rose, it’s so nice to hear from you! I hope your year is going well, and that you might find something useful here! Feel free to add any of your great ideas too!

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  18. Rosemary
    Mar 27, 2011 @ 21:29:33

    Hello,
    You have the best ideas and strategies and love looking though everything when I have time. About a month ago, I was trying to find the girl puppet, with no luck. Well, guess what? I received it this weekend and was so surprised. She is so cute and now figuring out how to use two hands and the mouth opening for having her talk and be busy with her hands. I’m guessing one hand and the mouth. It was one of the places I contacted and they said they would look around for it. Now I have to get busy finding the “reading strategy” items and be ready to use it very soon. So wanted to Thank You for such a wonderful idea.

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  19. Michelle A.
    Mar 31, 2011 @ 14:07:11

    I have loved your blog. I just came across it last week and have already used one of your transportation activities. The kids loved it.๐Ÿ™‚ This is my first year teaching K and I surprisingly enjoy it. I didn’t think I would. I have a very bright student who reads at about the 4th grade level and her spelling is just amazing. When you have a student like this do you have them participate with the whole class when we are doing our phonics/letter/making words time? I have been having her do what the rest of the class does, but I know it is so easy for her. I will throw in a harder question or two just for her but I feel like she just isn’t being challenged. Any kind of information you could provide would be much appreciated. Thank you for all the time you have spent on this blog. The information is so helpful.

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  20. gail k
    Apr 17, 2011 @ 12:54:20

    What a great find ! I love your ideas and your gentle approach to teaching kindergarten. I have been teaching for 38 years, but only the last 3 in K. I am always looking for new ideas! Thank you and please keep sharing your wonderful career with us.

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  21. Lynn
    May 15, 2011 @ 23:11:39

    Hi
    I have taught in Public School for over 10 years and am now a Home School K-9 teacher always on the search for inspiration and fun ways to incorporate learning. I LOVE your blog๐Ÿ™‚ Oh … I also have a 7 year old and 5 year old (both boys) who try out your lessons for me๐Ÿ™‚ They LOVE them too๐Ÿ™‚ Keep up the GREAT work๐Ÿ™‚

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  22. Allison
    May 25, 2011 @ 18:14:39

    Thank you so much for posting such creative and interesting ideas! I am a first year kindergarten teacher and I can’t believe it took me almost the whole year to come across your website, its like the bible for kindergarten teachers!! You have excellent ideas and I really appreciate the printables and pictures you provide. I found your blog a few weeks ago and you quickly became a favorite! I will most certainly be using your end of the year ideas!๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks again and keep posting!

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  23. Helga
    May 28, 2011 @ 19:58:47

    Your site is wonderful. Thank You for all your great ideas and printables. Do you have any theme ideas for Nursery Rhymes ? I could use some fresh ideas.
    Thanks again! Helga

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    • dbsenk
      May 29, 2011 @ 06:56:51

      I’m so glad you’ve found some things you can use on my site. I have some Nursery Rhyme stuff posted under the Rhyming section. I didn’t know I was going to do this blog when I retired, and I didn’t save a lot of projects that I would have loved to share. I wrote about a few projects and shared a book that we used that changed the nursery rhymes to include the names of the children. Thanks for reading!!

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  24. Kelly
    Jun 04, 2011 @ 22:57:22

    I love your Summer Package ideas!! I was wondering if you have a list of the books you sent home with the A to Z books letter, as I have access to that website, and would like to send the books home with my students.

    Thanks,

    Kelly

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    • dbsenk
      Jun 05, 2011 @ 08:32:32

      Hi Kelly,
      I’m sorry I don’t have the titles that I sent home. The letter I included was from the first year I sent these books home, and I sent the same books to every family – 4 books from each level A-D. Sometimes I used my DRA2 levels (reading assessment) and sent books that were just below, at and just above each child’s reading level, but I really don’t think it is vital to match their reading level, the most important thing is for them to keep reading!! It takes a lot of time to figure out how many / which books to copy if you try to individualize it. I would try to give an assortment that basically lets the children practice books that are really easy to read (to give them confidence), right at their level (to maintain skills) and a little challenging (that makes some parents happy!)

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  25. Allison
    Jun 06, 2011 @ 21:29:46

    Hello there,

    I was wondering if you could fill me in on some of the science experiments you did for the ocean unit. I’m starting it this week and I know my kids LOVE science experiments. You mentioned something about salt water and food coloring. I would appreciate anything you remember or tips you could give!

    Thanks
    Allison

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  26. Marie
    Jun 09, 2011 @ 22:07:40

    Your site is AWESOME!! I LOVE IT!!

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  27. AnaLu
    Jun 10, 2011 @ 01:05:20

    After accidentally deleting my end-of-year report card comments on my disk drive, I was in desperate need of finding good e.o.y. comments and stumbled upon your site. I am excited to keep coming back during the summer to enrich my kinder planning for next school year… THANKS A BUNCH for your site and THANK GOD for existing!!!

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  28. Linda
    Jul 19, 2011 @ 17:06:29

    I love reading all of your ideas. This next year will be my 36th year of teaching. Computers are wonderful. I’m finding so many great ideas.
    Linda

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  29. Shannon O'Connor
    Jul 22, 2011 @ 06:54:35

    Wow! You have a great site! I’m enjoying learning from your expertise. I have been teaching Kindergarten for six years now. Thanks for sharing all of your ideas!

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  30. Claire
    Jul 22, 2011 @ 11:37:13

    I love your ideas! I can’t wait to use them next year in my kindergarten class. I do have one question. I would love to see an outline of your themes for the year. I am trying to get ready for next year but I feel there are so many themes you can do. Thanks for sharing all your ideas!

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  31. Lucille
    Aug 05, 2011 @ 19:33:01

    I’m so glad I found your site. We teach in very similar ways and I love soooo many of your ideas. Thank you for sharing.

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  32. Judy
    Aug 23, 2011 @ 15:45:47

    AMAZING! Your website is probably one of THE best that I’ve come across! Thank you so much for sharing all your awesome ideas! I’ve been teaching kindergarten for 5 years and each year I am looking for new ideas.

    THANKS again!

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  33. Carla
    Aug 25, 2011 @ 17:58:41

    What I love the most about your ideas is that they are child centered. They showcase the child’s work with minimal “enhancement” via computer graphics that sometimes take away from what the child did. Your class books are terrific!

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  34. Joyce Davis
    Aug 30, 2011 @ 12:25:32

    Love your website. Just saw your note on the website and noticed it was “old.”
    Of course you can share anything on it. I have not kept up with the website, but vow when I return to Toledo to do some postings. Every month I write part of a tri-fold for Olander Park in Sylvania on activities for “Leave No Child Inside!” I will try to share the latest activities with readers.
    Keep up the great work.
    Joyce

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  35. Wendy
    Sep 04, 2011 @ 00:56:27

    I just “found” your blog. Love it!! Thank you for sharing your knowledge and all of these resources with us (especially the ones of us that are newer!!!!)

    Thank you!!!!!

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  36. Kay Emfinger
    Sep 04, 2011 @ 20:34:25

    I am a teacher educator whose story is much like yours. I am so glad you are taking the time to pass along your knowledge to the next generation of teachers, those who will teach our grandchildren:)

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    • dbsenk
      Sep 05, 2011 @ 19:26:25

      Thanks Kay. My oldest grandchild is turning 3, and I think about his first day of Kindergarten sometimes. I will hold onto the image your note gave me!!

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  37. Joyce Davis
    Sep 06, 2011 @ 08:50:35

    It’s Joyce, not Wendy. I do enjoy your blog.

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  38. Cindy
    Sep 07, 2011 @ 20:04:46

    Hello,
    I love your blog! I taught kindergarten last year for the first time, and I plan to incorporate many of your ideas this year. I was wondering if you did any activities for teaching about the flag and Pledge of Allegiance. I’d love some suggestions!

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  39. andrea
    Sep 23, 2011 @ 23:09:56

    Just wanted to say thank-you. I am a new K teacher and have found your site to be useful, comprehensive and inspiring. Keep teaching us, I am loving it.

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  40. Wanda Booth
    Sep 29, 2011 @ 13:49:43

    Not so much a reply–a request!! In the Do You Know How Pumpkins Grow? book, you mentioned a coloring method using a warming tray. I would like to know more details!!!
    Wanda Booth

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  41. Dawn Jordan
    Oct 12, 2011 @ 20:43:57

    I just discovered your sight. I am so excited to explore. Yeah!!

    Thank you for taking the time to post all of this.

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  42. Renee J
    Oct 17, 2011 @ 14:35:16

    Hi Diane!

    Its been a while since we last talked, but I always am checking your posts for ideas! I am now teaching second grade, but I still find a lot of your ideas can be applied to our little ones.

    In science we are learning how living things grow (animals, plants, and people). Do you have any ideas or projects you did with animals and habitats? I thought you did, but maybe I am wrong.

    Also, I know you had more Halloween projects besides the leaves, Halloween Counting book, and Pumpkin cycle. Would you mind sharing those too? Thanks Diane!

    Renee Johnson

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  43. Anne Burfitt
    Oct 27, 2011 @ 15:59:19

    Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful experience!

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  44. Renee J
    Dec 12, 2011 @ 10:27:35

    Hi Diane,
    Im looking for ideas for Christmas crafts. I am going to do the balls with the painted snowmen again and the rudolph candy canes. Any other ideas besides the items you have posted?

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  45. monique
    Feb 19, 2012 @ 12:04:35

    this is fantastic i have now got some great ideas for my home daycare thank you

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  46. dbsenk
    Feb 19, 2012 @ 17:47:24

    Thanks Monique, glad you found some useful ideas!

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  47. Amy
    Feb 23, 2012 @ 20:47:01

    I just happened across your blog. THANK YOU so much for sharing. I am an ELL teacher, K-8, and I was looking for some new ideas for my kindergarteners. I especially enjoyed your post about sight words – I usually start with the words that relate to them personally (I, like, love, me, my, see, can, have, has, etc.) but then I was getting stuck for some more ideas – thanks for elaborating on how you taught various sight words – that was SO HELPFUL!!!! It is so generous of you to share your expertise – THANK YOU!!!!!!

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  48. Karen Stoner
    Mar 01, 2012 @ 14:50:45

    I just found your blog today. Love it! I have taught kindergarten for 22 years, we have 5 grown children, and have 2 beautiful grandchildren and a 3rd one (grandson) who is supposed to be born today but will probably take his time making his appearance just like his mama did many years ago! I can relate to your experiences as both a teacher and a nana.
    Thank you for sharing your thoughts and ideas. I truly appreciate them!

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    • dbsenk
      Mar 11, 2012 @ 08:34:11

      Thank you Karen! How is that new grandson? I hope things are great. It sounds like you and I have a lot in common, thanks for reading!
      Diane

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  49. Linda Rocha-Mendoza
    Apr 15, 2012 @ 18:57:58

    I just found your site. I work in Germany teaching American children of our military serivce members. Thank you for sharing your ideas. You have such great ideas and lots to share.

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  50. Tara McConnell
    May 02, 2012 @ 21:02:17

    I just found your website and was wondering if you could help me with something? I need to create a fake window on a wall (outside looking in) and can’t for the life of me think of what to put “in the window”. Any ideas would be greatly appreciated!๐Ÿ™‚

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    • dbsenk
      May 02, 2012 @ 21:25:51

      A friend of mine did that, she put part of a tree with branches filling up quite a bit of the window and the trunk showed on one side. It was great because she changed the tree to show the seasons and left it up all year. Behind the tree she just had light blue for sky and a little bit of clouds. Another idea might be to put something they recognize, like a picture of part of the playground equipment – slide or climber, etc. whatever is easiest to draw and cut out! Sounds like a cute idea. Are you going to add a curtain rod and fabric curtain? That would be cute too, if you could fasten it up somehow.

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  51. jan sutter
    May 08, 2012 @ 20:07:16

    Well, what a wonderful surprise to find your blog that sounds like we could be twins! I live south of you in Ohio and this is my 32nd year of teaching with most of my years in Kindergarten. We now have a full day, every day and the literacy opportunities make me so happy! I have a few more years in the classroom until I can do what you’re doing with Owen with my 5 grandkids. I have done many of the same stories and activities but you have given me many great ideas as well. Thanks for taking the time to write. We all appreciate your generosity.

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  52. Katrina Dieck
    Jun 05, 2012 @ 21:05:29

    I overheard someone taking by the copy machine that you had a website. I came home and had to see for myself! So glad that you are sharing all of your amazing work with the world. I was privileged and honored to work with you and have you as my mentor! With love-Katrina

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  53. Jan Addington
    Jun 10, 2012 @ 13:12:58

    I enjoyed reading your parent education pages and can’t wait to share them with parents net year. Thanks so much.

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  54. Melanie
    Jul 13, 2012 @ 00:32:33

    Thank you for the wonderful pages you made for Back to school Night. I have put them into a Livebinder for parents to peruse.
    Lots of work went into those!
    :0) Melanie

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  55. Tiffani Reed
    Jul 22, 2012 @ 23:00:30

    Thank you for sharing your wonderful, creative, educational ideas! After teaching first grade for 4 years, I am teaching kindergarten for the first time in about a month and your site is helping me plan. I especially like your Me Book. I can tell that you were an amazing teacher – and you still are! Now you are teaching us!

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  56. Jill Rivard
    Aug 20, 2012 @ 16:15:03

    I have been teaching kindergarten for 18 years and this is the best web site I have ever visited! Thank you for sharing.

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  57. Heidi
    Aug 20, 2012 @ 22:42:17

    Thank you for taking the time to share your ideas! I especially love the parent education information and the “homework” ideas. Your site is well organized, and I’m really enjoying browsing through it. Thanks again for your generosity!

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  58. Cheryl
    Sep 03, 2012 @ 06:11:30

    Thank you so much for sharing your awesome ideas. I just found your blog and have spent a couple hours looking at it. I can’t wait to use some of your creative ideas with my first graders.

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  59. Debbie Wyler
    Sep 06, 2012 @ 14:51:21

    Hi! I love your blog. You have so many wonderful ideas. I was just looking at this post about grandparents day ideas.
    https://dbsenk.wordpress.com/2011/09/09/grandparents-day/#
    I want to make the grandparents day booklet with my little ones for their grandparents. I was wondering if you would be willing to send me the file that I can edit.
    Thanks!
    Debbie

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  60. Renee
    Oct 06, 2012 @ 21:17:30

    Hi Diane,
    Hope all is well! Im back to teaching Kindergarten this year and I realize I don’t have all of the copies for the fold up books for letter sound. Do you have a link or file I could download for the alphabet fold up books?

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  61. Jane Farmer
    Oct 17, 2012 @ 12:09:44

    Thank you for your generosity in sharing so many great ideas, Your blog is the first I’ve ever officially followed. There is so much there that I may not need to spend time searching anywhere else. Thanks again๐Ÿ™‚

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  62. Bev Ciaburri
    Nov 26, 2012 @ 18:38:19

    Hi Diane,
    Thank you for sharing all your great ideas. I must say you love many of the same authors and stories that are my favorites. I am a first grade teacher and I am hoping that you might be able to help me. I noticed that you have a sequencing activity for Little Red Riding Hood. I am looking for the sequencing activity for the gingerbread man. The Frank Schaffer Kindergarten Activities book I have is out of print and all of my pictures for the fairy tale sequencing are missing. I have moved around a bit and I am sure they got lost in the shuffle. I am hoping you could help by sending me the sequencing pictures for the gingerbread man. We do an entire bundle on fairy tales and December is the gingerbread man, any help you could give me with any of those 6 sequencing pictures for fairy tales would be great.
    Thanks so much for the inspiration.
    Bev Ciaburri
    First Grade Teacher

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  63. Sally Hanson
    Jan 30, 2013 @ 15:55:08

    I took a class of yours in Grand Rapids at the conference years ago. I loved it! When I found this site and reading about a dog named Rosco I knew it had to be you. I took “Kindergarten Fun From A to Z” and I always wanted those CD’s Do you still sell them?

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  64. Kristy
    Jan 31, 2013 @ 22:04:18

    I am a kindergarten teacher. This is my first year. I need ideas for graduation. I would like to do a play and show off what they have learned. I’m having a hard time finding something. It could be any simple play and I can rewrite it to include what they have learned. Any ideas?

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  65. Kate
    Apr 10, 2013 @ 20:35:54

    Love your site………I am hanging up the tinker toys this year after 43 years in a K-1 classroom. Keep up the good work of sharing great things with the kinder world.

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    • dbsenk
      Apr 10, 2013 @ 20:47:18

      Thanks Kate. It’s a big decision, isn’t it? Grandchildren were my motivation! I hope you find fulfilling and fun ways to spend your new life! This blog has been a good transition for me, part of me will always be a Kindergarten teacher.

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  66. Verona Prince
    Apr 14, 2013 @ 19:20:18

    This site is great! I wish I had found it earlier in the year,

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    • dbsenk
      Apr 14, 2013 @ 20:31:50

      Thanks Verona. I have several posts about ending the school year and getting ready and getting.started in the fall. So glad you found it useful!

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  67. Luz Weeks
    Apr 15, 2013 @ 00:26:50

    Thank you so much for your hard work and for all ideas. I love it. Muchas gracias.

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  68. Praseetha
    May 03, 2013 @ 01:35:53

    Thank you for your ideas , it is interesting as well as useful .

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  69. Tina
    May 06, 2013 @ 15:43:20

    Diane, I found your blog interesting and especially to teachers and parents of young children.

    I think it would be nice if you named the local libraries that you have mentioned in your blog. I’m sure the libraries would appreciate the publicity.

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  70. Elizabeth
    Jun 27, 2013 @ 07:45:34

    Just discovered your site and love, love, love it. Clean, simple, easy to navigate, and filled with wonderful ideas. Thank you so much for sharing.

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  71. cjmommy
    Jul 25, 2013 @ 21:22:24

    I’m a Mom of a boy off to Kindergarten this Fall and I am using some of your great ideas to prepare him for school. I hope he finds himself in a classroom like yours! Your passion and creativity is what teaching should be. Thanks for sharing.

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  72. Laura McCormick, SLP
    Aug 16, 2013 @ 17:03:14

    What a wonderful site! Lots of fun ideas for children! I’m impressed with your organization and inspired by your passion! Thank you for sharing this wealth of information!

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  73. Rosie Ruiz
    Sep 15, 2013 @ 02:53:54

    I love your site! How can I be a member, so I can get your wonderful and useful ideas

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    • dbsenk
      Sep 15, 2013 @ 21:26:17

      Thank you Rosie. On the right hand side of my blog there is a bar that says SIGN ME UP. Just click on that and every time I post something on the blog you will get it by email! Thanks for reading!

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  74. Mrs. W
    Sep 22, 2013 @ 00:50:49

    I just found your site and I love it! I am new to kindergarten and appreciate all of your wonderful ideas. What a blessing! Thank you for sharing!=)

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  75. carla
    Oct 06, 2013 @ 11:26:19

    omg you are wonderful! i hope one day i can be a teacher as special as you are! i’m a big fan! hugs from brazil!โค

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  76. Kerrilin
    Nov 12, 2013 @ 05:23:18

    This is inspirational! As a new kindergarten teacher myself I am inspired and in awe of you. Thanks for sharing!

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  77. Gretchen
    Jan 05, 2014 @ 20:22:11

    Hi, quite a while back on your site I saw an activity that involved pushing small coloured sponge pieces through a slot in a container. I have tried to find the spongey pieces on the internet but without success. Could you let me know where you got them. I would like to use them in an activity with some special needs children.

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    • dbsenk
      Jan 05, 2014 @ 20:46:58

      I got the small sponge pieces at a dollar store, pretty sure it was Dollar Tree. They don’t always have the same things in stock though. That activity could be done with pom poms too, or even cotton balls that would be less expensive. Thanks for reading my blog!

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  78. Placey
    Jun 16, 2014 @ 05:45:31

    I just discovered your wonderful site – searching for activities for ‘Today is Monday’by Eric Carle. Simply wonderful – thank you so much for sharing. I am a primary school teacher in Australia working with kids with special needs and multiple disabilities – I think they will love making the mini-books.

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  79. Sharon Jackson
    Jun 23, 2014 @ 17:50:20

    awesome ideas here!! i do training for parents and for preschool teachers to help them know how to get parents ready for kinder–i will be referring them to your site…as well as sending it on to my own grown children for my grandgirl and boy who will go to kinder in the fall. thanks so much for sharing!

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  80. Courtney Bettingen
    Jul 23, 2014 @ 10:39:40

    Thanks for keeping your blog, I am using some of your center ideas to get ready for this year as I am teaching K for the first time. So excited to get to be with the kiddos!

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  81. Wendy
    Aug 13, 2014 @ 15:08:47

    Thanks so much for your ideas and printables I was also a teacher ( but of art) and find myself joyfully speading a lot of time with my 4 grandchildren (soon to be 5). After a couple of years with our oldest grandchild I got tired of the same old toys, didn’t want to spend more money on a bunch of new ones, and wanted our time together to be more enriching so I hit the internet. Lots of great ideas and printable out there. I go with the letter theme per month so I can hit lots of topics. Besides that I need to have something engaging for a 3rd grader, a kindergartener, and 2 three year olds. Your site helps a lot with the Kinder and the threes. Once again thanks for sharing.

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  82. Beth Widgren
    Sep 29, 2014 @ 19:54:06

    Hi Diane,
    I am a Conscious Discipline classmate of yours from years ago. I am hoping you might be able to give me some contact information for Mary or another CD trainer in the Oakland County area.
    Thanks so much.

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  83. jessica
    May 03, 2015 @ 23:17:03

    How generous you are to share these very useful tools and ideas. In gratitude, Jessica

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  84. dewi
    May 11, 2015 @ 00:42:58

    I am from Indonesia, and I loooove this blog. Kindest regards, dewi

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  85. rohfam4
    Aug 17, 2015 @ 02:27:40

    I have been a K teacher for 4 years and am shifting to full-time K….I just stumbled on your wonderful site and I wanted to thank you for sharing 22 years worth of developmentally appropriate ideas, management, and your kindergarten love! Everything you offer here is so beneficial…thank you for taking the time to share your passion with us!

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  86. Jbuck
    Sep 05, 2015 @ 01:16:16

    Thank you for posting the flag resources. Very helpful

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  87. ANNE PATTERSON
    Apr 15, 2016 @ 08:43:08

    I am loving your blog, and so happy I found it! I love how you are keeping the dramatic play in K while still incorporating all the newest state standards! ๐Ÿ™‚
    I am in LOVE w/ your loft! May I ask where it came from? I love the reading loft on top. and the play area below! ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you for sharing all your ideas with us!
    Blessings,
    anne

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    • dbsenk
      Apr 15, 2016 @ 08:54:12

      My wonderful husband built the loft, I loved it too. I left it at school when I retired, but sadly it was packed away in the school storage and there is not much real play going on any more. Thank you so much for your kind words, I do believe that you can accomplish all the state standards and still respect the way children learn best. Your note really meant a lot to me!

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  88. Jane Davis
    Jul 03, 2016 @ 19:34:36

    My grand daughter had such a horrible experience in kindergarten last year. Oh how I wish she had been taught by someone like you.

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  89. Richard Morealy
    Nov 23, 2016 @ 19:19:42

    Hello Kindergarten Nana,

    I would like to get a copy of the Frank Schaffer Fairy Tale Sequencing book.
    I have tried all over to get a copy from e-bay to Amazon to AbeBooks but no luck.
    I am a Grade 1 Teacher in Trinidad and the pictures make the retelling of the story so wonderfully.
    Please say you’ll send me a pdf copy, It would be greatly appreciated.
    Regards,
    R. Morealy

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