$500 Cash Giveaway!

500 cash giveaway

This week I have partnered with a team of bloggers for a fun giveaway – CASH, a LOT of cash {in my opinion}!

$500 in PayPal Cash! Don’t have a PayPal account? You can choose an Amazon or Target gift card instead!  If you are like me, you could definitely use $500, especially as back to {home} school approaches!

Entries are simple. Yes, you have an opportunity to do lots of stuff to earn extra entries, which I don’t usually do, but since this is such a big giveaway and is sponsored by so many bloggers, there are more entry opportunities.

  • Mandatory entry – leave a comment on the blog post {below the Rafflecopter} and tell us how you would spend your winnings.   The winner will be randomly chose by Rafflecopter when all is said and done, and one of you will be very excited! Do not forget to indicate on the Rafflecopter that you left a comment.
  • Want extra entries? Like the sponsor’s Facebook pages and follow them on Twitter.
  • If you don’t have Facebook or Twitter, there are other options just for you.

Happy entering! Giveaway ends 7/21/12, enter using the Rafflecopter form below the sponsor listing. If you don’t see Rafflecopter, be sure you are reading on the blog istelf and not in RSS/email.

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Readeez Giveaway

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First things first…

what is Readeez?

I wondered the same thing when they contacted me!  So, let me share some basic points first so you know what I am sharing about!

  • Readeez are fun, entertaining videos that teach reading, math and more with superb original songs and a clever technique called SyllableSync.
  • Available as downloads (ideal for iPad/Computer/iPhone) or on DVD.  We personally use our iPad.
  • You can watch/download free samples, learn more, and purchase Readeez at their site.
  • They also make Bible Readeez, with a new DVD coming soon! 

What Did We Think?

Now that you have the general idea I can share my thoughts as a mom, homeschooler and teacher!  At first, I wasn’t so sure, did I really need more songs and videos for my iPad?  I downloaded the samples sent to me for review and soon I was hooked.  I had Ladybug join me and she too was giggling and asking me to play them again!

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After it was apparent how much we loved the samples, I emailed Michael from Readeez to let him know!  He sent me the rest of the videos to review and we are in love!

Ladybug’s absolute favorite is Isabel’s Alphabet, which you can watch here…

 

Her other favorite is probably The Duck Song, which is silly and funny…and very engaging for her!  She watches this one a lot!

 

Personally I LOVE the Nursery Rhyme Collection, which also includes a PDF file of printables for all of the songs included!

Nursery Rhyme Readeez

    


Want to Watch More Readeez?

Homeschooler Discount…

Get 20% off with the code: HOMESCHOOL, on all purchases!


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    I am grateful that Michael is also giving away the Readeez Mega Bundle: 3 DVDs and a CD, plus 5 downloadable products (including videos, MP3s and Ebooks) valued at $59.99 to one of my readers!

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    Giveaway is open worldwide and ends on July 2, 2012.

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    Learning Resources Letter Construction Activity Set Giveaway!

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    We have a fun giveaway for you today, for the awesome Letter Construction Activity Set  from Learning Resources!

    Letter Construction Activity Set

    You have probably already seen this on my blog as it became a fast favorite as soon as the box was opened!  I had Ladybug in mind when I chose this product to review, but the boys have played with it non stop too!

    Letter Construction Kit

    The set comes with large cards which tell you the pieces you need to construct each letter and how to construct both the upper and lower case.  Ladybug and I had fun going through and making tons of letters together!

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    After we made them, we spread them out and I yelled out a letter for her to run to!

    Jump to the Letter

    Even though it’s called the “Letter Construction Set” it is definitely not limited to just letters!  We made shapes and jumped to those too!

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    This set is a fabulous way to reinforce a letter of the week, if you do that like we do!  You may have seen us using these in our Letter N Tot School post!

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    As for the boys, they weren’t really interested in making letters, but more in creating anything they could think of!  Here Krash was working on an umbrella…

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    We made people, and he is working on a “cup for Rita’s Water Ice".  He ended up making an entire Rita’s store, with multiple cups of water ice!

    Letter Construction Activity Set

    Even PacMan at age 10, has had TONS of fun with these.  They now have a home in our schoolroom toy storage area, with a brand new bin of their own!  This is where we keep the most played with learning toys. 

    Letter Construction Activity Set

    My thoughts…I LOVE these!  They came in a box all “stuck” together and were a bit difficult to pry apart, but with help of a flat head screwdriver to pry a few of the difficult ones, it was fine.  The only frustration has come when a few of the designs we have created haven’t stuck together and the part where they connect seems a bit loose.  They snap together with these little circles and most of them worked perfectly, but every now and then we had some that were loose and had to be careful lifting up our creations! Overall this is a fabulous product for many reasons and for many ages of children!  You can purchase these on Amazon here, and also directly on the Learning Resources website.

     

    Wanna win a set of your own?

    Letter Construction Activity Set

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    Giveaway is open for US only and ends June 25, 2012

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    Lakeshore Summer Learning Fun

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    The kids were here when the UPS man delivered our new toy from Lakeshore Learning.  We opened the box together and they found this…Alphabet Pegboards

    It was quite obviously for Ladybug and she got busy right away!Alphabet Pegboards

    Alphabet Pegboards

    The set comes with 26 upper case letters and pegs to fit in them.  The pegs were a bit of a challenge for her at first but she persevered and can now do them by herself!Alphabet Pegboards

    Alphabet Pegboards

    You have to do a bit of prep when you get the set, the holes need to be punched out and the letters themselves come in rectangles of foam, you have to separate them.  The process was very simple and my boys enjoyed helping me.  We even kept the tiny green pieces to play with and craft with in the future!

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    I am VERY pleased with this set and am excited to use it in many different ways with Ladybug, the pegs themselves are a wonderful learning tool! You can purchase the set here on the Lakeshore Learning website

    Alphabet Pegboards & Pegs

    Thank you to Lakeshore for allowing us to review this wonderful product!


    Lakeshore is having an amazing Summer Learning Facebook Photo Contest, with huge prizes! 5 winners will get a $1000 gift card-whoa!  Here’s the details…

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    • Simply ‘Like’ Lakeshore’s Facebook Page (www.facebook.com/lakeshorelearning)
    • Click on the Entry form and submit a picture of your child participating in their favorite summer learning activity! From a visit to the local zoo, to nature walks to fun family road trips and everything in between!
    • Spread the word by encouraging family and friends to ‘Like’ the submitted photo
    • The top photos with the most ‘Likes’ —WIN!
    • Winners: 5 lucky fans will be awarded with a $1,000 e-gift card! PLUS everyone who enters will receive a special discount coupon as a thank you for their participation.
    • Time Frame: Begins June 4th-June 30th and Winners will be announced on July 2nd

    That’s not all!  One of you is going to win a $25 e-gift card to use at Lakeshore Learning!  Just enter using the Rafflecopter form below.  If you don’t see the form, be sure you are reading on the actual blog and not in email/RSS!

    This giveaway is open worldwide and ends on June 18, 2012.

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    Photography Summer Camp for Kids

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    I was recently introduced to JessicaSprague.com – a fabulous, online learning classroom and shop for digital crafters. They offer tons of classes in everything from photography and photo editing to using the Silhouette!

    This summer they have a kids photography summer camp that I am excited to share with you. The three-week long camp is designed for children ages 8 – 13 and will teach basic photography and camera techniques. No special equipment is required – any point and shoot camera; even a cell phone or iPod with a camera will work!

    Although I have not personally seen this class in action, I am thrilled to get to peek in on PacMan who is enrolled for the June 11-29 session!  He is so excited to begin, and I will certainly share his thoughts when he completes it!

    Basically, this is how it works…

    Every day your child will get an email with a printable card that includes a new photography technique and a new assignment.  There are weekly videos, a class forum, and a class gallery where they can ask questions and post their images.  Each Friday they will receive a fun photography scavenger hunt to keep them learning and discovering new things all week long!  The videos are pre recorded and can be viewed at any time, even beyond the session itself!  Once you have access, you can go back to any of the videos, anytime!

    The class is taught by Candice Stringham, an editorial photographer turned scrapbooker. Candice Has a BFA in Photography and taught at a collegiate level after she graduated.

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    Two session of the kids camp will be offered:

    First Session: June 11 – 29 – Register for the June Session {Pac is enrolled in this one!}

    Second Session: July 9 – 27 – Register for the July Session

    The session fee is $36 and we have a discount for families with multiple children who would all like to take the class. Just add ten dollars for each additional sibling instead of the whole $36!

    I am so excited to offer one of YOU a spot in the Kids Photography Camp session of your choice. To enter, just use the Rafflecopter form below, if you don’t see the Rafflecopter form be sure you are reading on the actual blog {not in email or RSS}.

    Added Bonus – Free Photoshop Class For You!

    As an added bonus, JessicaSprague.com is currently offering registration for a FREE online Photoshop Class – The Photoshop Top 5: Five Techniques Everyone Should Know. If you have ever been interested in learning Photoshop, check it out!

    This giveaway ends June 8, 2012.

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