Friday, April 1, 2011

April Fools Giveaway

There’s no fooling around here . . . we actually have a great giveaway to tell you about!

Since beginning this blog we have received several requests and questions about our center rotations, how we group students, how students rotate, etc . . . We PROMISE to put together something soon that thoroughly explains “how” we do everything.  Believe it or not, it’s actually kind of a tricky process to understand without actually seeing it in action.  We won’t let that stop us though!!!

What we can tell you is that four days a week (Monday-Thursday) we do centers and guided reading with our kiddos.  While we are working with a small group of students at the teacher center the other students are at a center with their partner or completing an activity independently at their seat.  We also have parent volunteers scheduled to be in our room each morning. They are able to assist those kiddos who are at their seats and centers.  This allows us to focus all of our attention on the small group of 6 that is with us at the teacher center.

At the teacher center we try to do a variety of activities with each level of readers.  Besides reading decodable books and chapter books with each group at their independent reading level, we also like to do word building activities that reinforce the phonics skills we are working on in our reading series.  Several years ago we discovered a company called Primary Concepts.  We’ve bought several of their products and we use them nearly every day. 

This is why we are so excited . . .

Primary Concepts, has agreed to team up with us and give away three of our favorite products to three of our new friends {followers}. That’s right . . . we said (3) products AND (3) winners!!!  

These are all products we LOVE and we are sure you will LOVE them too.primary concepts giveaway {sneak} peek

  Here’s a brief description of the products we are giving away.  You can click on the product name to be directed to the Primary Concepts website where you can read more about each of them and see sample pages.  This way you’ll know exactly which item you want if you are a winner!

rime time 

Children will practice letter/sound recognition while building, reading, and writing hundreds of words. They will add selected onset tiles (consonants, blends, and digraphs) to common rimes, such as at and en, and blend them together.

We probably use this resource the most.  It is a great way to introduce a new word family.  All you have to do is make a copy of the worksheet and you are ready to go.  There are usually several to go with each vowel sound.  They also reinforce real and nonsense words. 

There are also letter tiles at the back of the booklet that you can copy and laminate on cardstock to use with your students.  We have just made ourselves a set of BIG letter tiles on cardstock and laminated them.  Then we pick out the letters we need for each worksheet and we do them on the pocket chart along with our kids.  This allows them to see each word they make.  Then we go around the table and let the kids take turns blending the sounds in each new word.  They decide if it is a real word or nonsense word and they have to use it in a sentence.

vowel power

Children will develop mastery of vowel/sound correspondence as they build hundreds of words with common vowel sounds and regular patterns.

We use this book more second semester when we begin introducing long vowels and vowel pairs.  The format of the activities in this book is similar to those described above. 

word ladders

Students will create Word Ladders by using tiles to build a chain of words.

You can use these ladders along with letter tiles, dry erase boards or a photo copied worksheet of the ladder (which is included) to play a fun little game we call “Quick Erase”.  To do this you will start with the word at the bottom of the ladder and have students record it.  Then they will change a sound in that word to create a new word on their ladder.  As students move up the ladder one sound will change in each word.  That’s why we call it “Quick Erase” when we use our dry erase boards.

We have decided to choose (3) lucky winners.  The first winner will be chosen on Monday, April 4th.  They will get to choose which item best fits their teaching and classroom needs.  The second winner will be chosen on Wednesday, April 6th.  They will get to choose from the two remaining products.  The final winner will be chosen on Friday, April 8th.  They will receive the product that is left.  Believe us . . . you can’t go wrong with any of these products.  We LOVE them all!!!

So now that you know all about these great products and how the giveaways will work . . . here’s what you need to do to be our first winner. 

1.  Make sure you are one of our followers AND post a comment.

2.  For an additional entry you can blog about this giveaway and then post an additional comment with a link to your blog.

3.  You can also become a fan of Primary Concepts on Facebook and then post an additional comment.

Good Luck . . . this is definitely a giveaway that you will want to win!!!]signature

121 comments:

  1. I follow your awesome blog! :o)

    Cindy
    ccfirstteacher@gmail.com

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  2. I'm a fan of Primary Concepts on Facebook!

    Cindy
    ccfirstteacher@gmail.com

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  3. I follow your blog! I love you activities!

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  4. Whoops, I meant follow.
    I also like Primary Concepts on fbook :)

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  5. I also like Primary Concepts on fb.

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  6. I like Primary Concepts and gave them a THUBMS up on Facebook!!

    Cheryl
    Primary Graffiti

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  7. I already follow your fab Blog!

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  8. I already follow your blog and am a great customer!!!

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  9. I love your blog and products! Love that they are kid tested first!

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  10. I enjoy and follow your blog and all the ideas that can be converted for Kindergarten as well!

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  11. I love your blog. Thanks for all your great ideas!

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  12. Love your blog and all of your creative ideas. Thanks so much for sharing!

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  13. I follow your blog and my guided reading set-up sounds VERY similar to yours! Sometimes the complicated ones are best...once you can finally figure it out. ;)

    http://LittleMissGlamourGoesToKindergarten.blogspot.com

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  14. I follow your amazing BLOG and do guided reading and centers every day! I would love this giveaway. Thanks for all you do!
    Kiley
    kiley.hicks@sendit.nodak.edu

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  15. I am a follower of your blog.

    Ms. M
    www.msk1ell.blogspot.com

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  16. I follow your blog. I do not have a blog. I am a substitute doing a first grade interim right now.

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  17. I like Primary Concepts on Facebook.

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  18. I follow your blog and I have had my eye on some things from primary Concepts for a long time.

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  19. I follow your blog!
    Hgower1880@mymail.trcc.edu

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  20. I like Primary Concepts of Facebook!
    hgower1880@mymail.trcc.edu

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  21. I follow Primary Concepts on facebook.

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  22. I follow your awesome blog! Thanks for this chance!

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  23. I follow your fabulous blog! Hope I win! Sounds awesome!

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  24. Your blog has made my blog obsession even worse (or better)....love everything!

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  25. I already follow your blog!

    Jodi
    www.fun-in-first.blogspot.com

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  26. Already a follower! I love the insight and cute, helpful resources you ladies share! It's always neat to see what other people for do for centers. Great ideas!

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  27. I'm already a follower and would love to win one of these awesome resources!
    Emily
    Playground Duty

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  28. I posted about your great giveaway over on my blog:
    http://playgroundduty.blogspot.com/2011/04/is-anyone-else-glad-its-friday-this.html
    Emily
    Playground Duty

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  29. I "like" Primary concepts on fb!
    kellybrown28021@att.net

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  30. I am following your blog!

    kellybrown28021@att.net

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  31. I follow your blog.

    Tanya
    http://firstgradeisfantabulous.blogspot.com/

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  32. I follow Primary Concepts on FB.

    Tanya
    http://firstgradeisfantabulous.blogspot.com/

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  33. I am a follower! Thanks for the giveaway!!

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  34. Just became a fan of Primary Concepts on facebook!

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  35. I also follow Primary Concepts on FB!

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  36. I am a follower of your blog!

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  37. I like Primary Concepts on facebook. :)

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  38. I follow your amazing blog and I LOVE LOVE ALL of your great products!

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  39. I think Primary Concepts has great things! I am now a follower on FB!
    Thanks!

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  40. I'm already a follower.

    Jenna
    fancyinfirst.blogspot.com

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  41. I am following you on FB.

    Jennifer

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  42. I like Primary Concepts on Facebook.

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  43. I blogged about your giveaway here:

    http://faithfulinfirst.blogspot.com/2011/04/made-for-1st-grade-april-fools-giveaway.html

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  44. I am a follower of your blog :)

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  45. I became your friend on FB too!

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  46. I'm a follower of your blog. Your guided reading set-up sounds similar to mine even though I use The Daily 5. I would love to win!

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  47. I am a follower of yours! Love your blog!!!

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  48. I am also a fan of Primary Concepts on Facebook. Thank sfor the give away!

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  49. I follow you!

    Conchy

    Conchy.Marcano@gmail.com

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  50. I already follow your amazing blog!

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  51. I like Primary Concepts on FB! They have excellent products. I really hope I win one!

    Conchy

    Conchy.Marcano@gmail.com

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  52. I "like" primary concepts on fbook. I LOVE their products, but I don't have any of the 3 you are featuring!

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  53. I am a follower and LOVE your blog!!

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  54. I "like" Primary Concepts on facebook.

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  55. I follow your blog--thanks! :)

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  56. and...I "like" Primary Concepts on Facebook. :)

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  57. I follow your wonderful blog. Your work is fabulous!
    As creative and talented as you are, I can't imagine why you would ever purchase things to use in your room.

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  58. I follow your blog! Thanks for the great ideas!

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  59. I am a follower of your blog!! meadowt@msn.com

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  60. I also like primary concepts on facebook!!

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  61. Love your ideas and blog!

    I follow your blog

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  62. I'm a follower of your blog! Love it!

    Stephanie

    MrsKellysKindergarten

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  63. I am a follower of your blog and LOVE it!!

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  64. I "like"ed Primary Concepts on facebook!!

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  65. I am a Primary Concepts fan on Facebook!

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  66. I follow this blog.

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  67. I like Primary Concepts on FB!

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  68. I am now a fan of Primary Concepts on Facebook!

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  69. I already follow your blog!

    Tammy

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  70. I already follow your awesome blog!

    Amy
    firstgradepandamonium@blogspot.com

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  71. I am a Fb primary concept fan too!

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  72. Should be sleeping but keep seeing more and more wonderful ideas - thank you!

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  73. And I like "Primary Concepts" on Facebook.
    I thought the name was familiar... I receive and have ordered from the catalog.

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  74. I am a follower of your blog!

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  75. I am a follower of your blog! Thanks! Nancy

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  76. I am a follower of your blog.
    Tam118dans@gmail.com

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  77. I have blogged about this on my blog.
    Tam118dans@gmail.com

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  78. I became a follower of Primary concepts on facebook.
    Tam118dans@gmail.com

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  79. I follow your blog. Your ideas are really cute!
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  80. I follow your blog! Love it all!

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