Monday, August 17, 2009

Giveaway Winners and results of my informal poll and such stuff

So, here's the big winners:

For the Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons:

Pink & Green Mama said...
My 6 year old is just starting to read but I'm trying to find new ways to help her along, this book looks like it would be a huge help. I'm artsy but always need help with curriculum ideas.
I'm always making art projects with the girls - I made Rainbow Rice Bottles with them last week for our road trip to Pennsylvania. They were a huge hit in the car!!

For the Hands On Homeschooling age 2

CJ said...
What a great giveaway. One of the several websites that I like is

I have now emailed or commented on the winners blogs and they have 2 days to contact me for me to send the prize!

And here's what I found were the favorite websites:

Homeschool Creations - that one seemed almost like a cheat because they're hosting the giveaway, but I figure if you're just finding cool preschool/primary sites then it makes sense to name it

Homemaking Fun - I hadn't heard of this one before, so I'm going to have fun checking it out.

Jumpstart - I've heard great things about this one, but haven't wanted to plunge into a subscription site for my kids yet.

TOTLOL - it's like Youtube for kids, without you having to moderate as much, at least that's what it looks like to me. I think I just found a great new place to waste a lot of time, I mean find educational videos for my kids.

PBS Kids - truthfully, I haven't taken near as much advantage of this site as I should. It's pretty awesome.

Homeschool Share -I didn't link to their main page, this is their alphabet section, which is excellent, and I'm using with my kids right now. I haven't done super well with their preschool lapbooks for me, but that's just me. However I'm loving the alphabet stuff.

Starfall - if you haven't been there, it's great and go check it out. If you have, this is a great reminder of it's awesomeness. Actually I should show my kids the "M" video when I get them up from nap, in all too soon.

Prekinders - This is another new one to me. From my quick glance at it, it looks pretty cool!

1+1+1=1 - I'll echo that one, she has lots of great stuff that she's made for her kids, that I've used with mine.

ABC Jesus Loves Me- a preschool curriculum, for those who didn't win the Hands on Homeschooling, this could be for you.

Joyful Learning - at Mother's Hubbard, another preschool curriculum site

ABC and 123 - I love their posts, and am having lots of fun with their picnic posts right now

Family Fun Education - I'm going to have to take their word for it, that this is a great site, my computer has decided it doesn't like that one

Making Learning Fun - I just looked at their themes pages and there are tons of them!

Totally Tots - another great site, much like ABC and 123, but aimed for a younger age

Letter of the Week - also called Brightly Beaming, another great free curriculum, if you do use it, join the yahoo group, there are a bunch of great printables to be gotten through that group

Kid's Science Experiments - this looks to cover all of the traditional early elementary science topics

Bembo's Zoo - I'd definitely say it's educational, and it's lots of fun. My kids have so much fun looking at the animals they make and finding the letters. This would also be a great springboard for an older child's art activity.

Homeschool Library - I'm so glad I asked people to give me their favorite learning sites, I'm finding so many new ones.

Raising Itty Bitty Bookworms - I just love the word picture of the name

The Crafty Crow - always a great source to find fun crafts and the occasional new blog to follow

Christian Preschool Printables - more great crafts and things to do from a Biblical perspective

To all of those, I'll add two more of my own, you guys got most of my favorites:

Kinderprintables - It's coming back up soon, but she has all sorts of great printables that she does

Childcareland - lots and lots of printables for many different themes. The games are all somewhat derivative of each other, but that's what little guys like. Just be prepared to go out and use lots of ink when you go to her site.

It looked like what people most wanted me to post more about were: Nursery Rhymes, organization, legos, and tot school. That works out well, because those were the things I wanted to post more about. I'm going to be trying to tie my nursery rhyme of the week to my theme as much as possible. So, last week we learned about the sun, and so our nursery rhyme was "The Itsy Bitsy Spider." There's not a lot of rhymes about the sun, sadly.

I'll post more about Legos and organization as it's appropriate (meaning as I get it done), and as I find ways to put it in. For now I better get dinner started and groceries put away. I'm giving up on the thought of my kids actually napping, despite their desperately needing it.
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