Preschool Years at Home

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Giveaway: Woodrow, the White House Mouse

If you’re trying to help your little ones make sense of U.S. government and the electoral process, Peter and Cheryl Barnes’ books make a great starting place. To help you build your collection, this month’s giveaway is for a copy of Woodrow, The White House Mouse. This artfully-illustrated tale is perfect for introducing younger children to the electoral process and the role of the President. Beginning with the words, “Every four years, like the rest of us do, The mice of the nation elect someone, too,” this book is part fiction, part fact, and wholly enjoyable.

To enter, simply comment on this blog post. I’d love to hear about the Election Day activities you’re planning on doing with your on children, but no partisan politics, please! Please make sure to include your e-mail address so that I may contact the lucky winner. You may earn additional entries by liking Preschool Years at Home on Facebook and/or tweeting about this giveaway. The drawing ends at 11:59 p.m. Friday, September 21. As always, free media mail shipping is offered only within the United States or to APO, FPO, or DPO addresses.

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If you’re looking for other kid-friendly ideas for learning about the elections, please take time to check out my Election 2012 post as well.

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Giveaway: Human Body Science Pack

Today’s giveaway, the fourth and final giveaway in our Curriculum Clean-Out, is for a collection of books to help young learners understand how the human body works. Titles include …

The first title, Play and Find Out about the Human Body, is a collection of 50 easy experiments for preschoolers through second graders. Each activity begins with a question, followed by a simple experiment, an explanation of the results, and related activities. If you have a child who asks questions about everything, this is the book for you. Our copy has been loved and shows definite signs of use, though the binding is still tight and there are no rips or tears. (We’re parting with it only because we’ve upgraded to Janice VanCleave’s Big Book of Play and Find Out Science Projects.)

The second title, Make It Work: Body, is a collection of models, artistic representations, and experiments to help elementary students visualize and understand the workings of the human body. This book is geared toward 3rd-6th graders. Younger children could probably understand the concepts presented, but would need assistance with the projects. This book is in excellent condition.

The third title, You and Your Body, introduces 4- to 8-year-olds to the basic workings of the human body and outlines steps they can take to keep their bodies healthy. It includes simple experiments and thought-provoking questions. This book is in like-new condition.

The fourth title, The Human Body, is a part of Scholastic’s Science Reader series, and is meant to be one that kindergartners and first graders can read on their own. It is new.

To enter this drawing, simply comment on this post, telling me what science curriculum or resource your family likes best. You may earn extra entries by liking Preschool Years at Home on Facebook, subscribing to our FeedBurner feed, sharing this giveaway on your own blog, or tweeting about it. The contest ends at midnight August 11. Free media mail shipping is to U.S. addresses only.

If you enjoy giveaway, please be sure to keep Preschool Years at Home on your blog list. I’ll be launching a giveaway the first Friday of each month through December. Take time also to stop by Hip Homeschool Moms Giveaway Day and enter a few more contests.

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Giveaway: Take It To Your Seat Learning Centers

Today’s Curriculum Clean-Out giveaway is for two volumes from Evan-Moor’s Take It To Your Seat Learning Center collection, a $40 retail value:

The first volume, Take It to Your Seat Early Learning Centers, Grades PreK-K, is in like new condition. It includes 14 ready-to-assemble math and reading readiness activities. The second, Take It to Your Seat Literacy Centers, Grades K-1, has been used, and the two sight word activities that were removed from the book have long since disappeared. Ten of the twelve self-contained centers are still in the book.

Please note that that the activities in these books do require some preparation. They are printed on standard paper and must be cut, laminated, and assembled. The activities are bright, colorful, engaging, and age-appropriate. These books have great reviews, and I had high hopes for putting them to good use when I bought them on August 15, 2003. … But I really don’t enjoy cutting and laminating page after page of little pieces. What’s more, after nine years of housing these books, moving them, planning to use them “someday,” but consistently passing over them, I’ve finally realized that I’m never going to roll out of bed thinking, “Hey, today’s a great day to do some cutting and laminating!” It’s time for them to find a new home.

To enter this drawing, just comment on this post and tell me how you encourage math and/or reading readiness in your own children.  You may earn extra entries by liking Preschool Years at Home on Facebook, subscribing to our FeedBurner feed, sharing this giveaway on your own blog, or tweeting about it. The contest ends at midnight August 10. Free media mail shipping is to U.S. addresses only.
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Giveaway: Toss & Learn Games Set

Today’s Curriculum Clean-Out giveaway, also linked up at Hip Homeschool Moms Giveaway Day, is for three of my favorite early childhood resource books, Scholastic’s Toss & Learn Game series:

Add a photocopier and photo blocks (trim cards to size and insert in blocks), jumbo foam dice (cut cards out and tape to dice), or even cardboard and packing tape (mount cards on cardboard, cut, and use packing tape to assemble pieces into sturdy die), and you’ve got 30 fun, active learning games for preschoolers or kindergartners. I used these games at least a couple of times a month while teaching preschool and kindergarten, and they were always a hit — so much so, in fact, that I ended up buying digital copies of these books so that when I needed a quick activity, these were just a few keystrokes and a bit of cutting away.

I’ve held on to the print copies of these, despite having digital copies, through two moves. It’s time now, however, to let them find a new home. The copies I’m offering here have my name on the front cover, but are otherwise in excellent used condition with only the lightest of shelf wear.

To enter this drawing, simply comment on this post, telling me about your favorite early childhood resource. It could be a book, a toy, a game — whatever your children have loved and learned from. You may earn extra entries by liking Preschool Years at Home on Facebook, subscribing to our FeedBurner feed, sharing this giveaway on your own blog, or tweeting about it. The contest ends at midnight August 9. Free media mail shipping is to U.S. addresses only.

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Be sure to check back tomorrow for another giveaway, a pair of Take It To Your Seat Learning Center books!

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Giveaway: Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons

I saw that Homeschool Creations was launching its annual curriculum clean-out party and was inspired to do some purging on our own shelves. Young as my girls are, we’ve already amassed some resources that we’re simply not using, and I’d like to pass these on to another home.

Up for grabs in this giveaway is a like-new copy of Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons. This product has excellent reviews on Amazon.com, and many people swear by its approach. It did not appeal to my visual/kinesthetic learner, though, and got shelved after just a few uses. Please note that this giveaway is for the original 1983 version of this book.

To enter, simply comment on this blog post. Please make sure to include your e-mail address so that I may contact the lucky winner. You may earn additional entries by liking Preschool Years at Home on Facebook and/or tweeting about this giveaway. The drawing ends at midnight August 8. Shipping to U.S. only please.

I’m still cleaning shelves amid wrangling a busy 15-month-old and keeping pace with a 4-year-old, so check back later this week for more giveaways.

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If you’re looking for more free resources, be sure to check out Hip Homeschool Moms Giveaway Day as well.
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Friday Freebie

Tonight, I was enjoying some quiet “Mommy Time” on the computer and browsing other blogs, when I found a link to a free e-book full of activities and ideas for observing the Lenten season with children. The book titled Jesus Loves Me This I Know is the work of two homeschooling moms and was written with 2- to 6-year-olds in mind. It is divided into seven lessons or units, with summaries, teaching points, and craft projects for each. Topics covered include the following:

  1. The Triumphal Entry
  2. The Lord’s Supper
  3. Praying at Gethsemane
  4. Jesus Appears Before Pilate
  5. The Crucifixion
  6. The Empty Tomb
  7. The Resurrection

The book is a guide for parents, not a text for children. Users will need to supplement lessons using relevant Bible passages, excerpts from a story Bible, and/or Bible story books. We’ll be supplementing with the excerpts from the child-friendly NIrV, The Jesus Storybook Bible, The Child’s Story Bible, some Easter-themed Arch Books that I purchased last year, and these printable Holy Week sequencing cards created by one of the book’s authors.

The related art projects would work for children of varying ages. Every lesson contains at least one activity simple enough for my preschooler (age 3 1/2), but equally appropriate for kindergarten or early elementary students. I can’t wait to incorporate these hands-on activities into our Bible study time and will be posting pictures of Little Bear’s completed work.

Thanks to Erin and Nicole for creating and sharing this great resource!

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