Friday, March 19, 2010

Curriculum Clean Out Giveaway

Spring cleaning has begun at the Olive Plants house.

Boy, is it needed, too. The long, hard winter has taken its toll on our house, and it feels good to clear away the clutter, wipe away the dust, and watch order return to our home.

One of the hardest parts of spring cleaning for me is starting the process of emptying the school shelves. As a curriculum pack rat connoisseur, my shelves are always too full.

And crazy sentimental me, I do not want to let anything go because it all has such meaning...

I can't sell that book. I taught Wilbur to read with it.

I remember the day we did this. Oh, how can I part with this?

I can't throw that out. Orville told the funniest joke about the picture on p. 12.

But alas, the Olive Plants house is bursting at the seams, and books, teacher's guides, and activity packs are popping through the crevices. So it is time for me to get over it spread the wealth.

The Curriculum Choice has motivated me to get moving in my efforts to de-curriculify with their Spring Cleaning Curriculum blog hop.

Yes, I really just wrote "de-curriculify". It's my blog, and I can make words up if I want, right?

I am giving away four books in the First-Rate Reading Basics series. Each book contains activity ideas and reproducibles to support basic reading instruction. There is one book each for vocabulary, phonemic awareness and phonics, fluency, and comprehension. I used these books with both of my boys in the early years to supplement their reading and phonics instruction and have loved the results.

The boys enjoyed the activities and did not learn words like "de-curriculify". Honest!

To enter, leave a comment with the title of your favorite children's book. I will accept entries through Monday, March 22 at 11 p.m. The next day, I will select a winner using and notify the winner via email, as well as announce here and link to the winner's blog.

I will do my best to mail it promptly next week and not cling to it with my last heart string. I may stand at the post office and wave as the delivery truck departs, though.

For additional entries (please leave a separate comment for each entry):

  • Subscribe to receive Olive Plants via email

  • Grab the new Olive Plants button and display it on your blog (leave a link)

  • Follow Olive Plants

  • Follow me on twitter- @Homeschooldawn

If you are new to Olive Plants, welcome! Please take a little time to look around and be sure to introduce yourself.

If you are an Olive Plants regular, take a minute to hop over to The Curriculum Choice and check out their great giveaway and the other participating blogs. There are some real goodies available.

Happy De-curriculifying!



Rebecca said...

Pelle's New Suit and the Ox Cart Man

REALLY. We are can't expect us to only have ONE! ;-)

Charity said...

I would have to say Green Eggs and Ham for the little guys and Anne of Green Gables for the older girls:) Please enter me. Thanks!!


Charity said...

I also became a blog follower:)

Charity said...

And an email subscriber!!

Laura at By the Bushel said...

I loved & my kids love 'go dog, go' but as kids books go, I myself read & loved, 'A LIttle Princess'.
(day dreaming I'm sure)
My oldest loves 'Encyclopedia Brown', I could go on... :)These books look great-

Katy~The Country Blossom said...

I have lots of favorite children's books...but one of them is Charlotte's Web! :)

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Katy~The Country Blossom said...

I requested to follow you on twitter! KatyLMA

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Katy~The Country Blossom said...

I am now a blog follower too! :)

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Brenda @ Tie That Binds Us said...

Thank you for participating in the give-away. Would you mind adding the code from CC in your post? It makes it easier to "hop" from blog to blog with the links showing in everyone's post. Thank you!

Homeschool Dawn said...

Thank you,ladies,for entering. I know choosing one book must be excruciating! It's okay if you list more than one. Mine is I'll Love You Forever.

Thank you for following and welcome! I hope you will continue to enjoy Olive Plants,and I look forward to getting to know you better.

@Brenda- It is fixed. So sorry. I thought I had linked that last line.

The giveaway is still open, so keep your entries coming!

Jeanine said...

i love good night moon. i have it memorized after reading it to 4 children :)
thanks so much for sharing your curriculum! your blog is such a blessing :)

Jeanine said...

i am a loyal email subscriber :)

Jeanine said...

i follow olive plants

Jeanine said...

twitter follower @neenee_is_me

Joan said...

Thanks for sharing your resources. It's hard to pick one but I'd have to say Goodnight Moon is an all time favorite

Anonymous said...

These look like GREAT books!

The Popes said...

I'm so nervous about teaching my daughter to read! I would love to win these!

The Popes said...

Oh, duh! My favorite book is "The Giving Tree"

Close To Home said...

well, we pretty much like all cars and barbie books! ;0 that's the downright honest truth, however, my dd does enjoy reading about science!