Friday, March 27, 2009

Itty-Bitty Bookworm Giveaway!!

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The Itty-Bitty Bookworm

I've been blessed to be able to host several giveaways for you all, but this one is for a full year of Itty-Bitty Bookworm's preschool curriculum (a $300 value!!). Please read through this review to see how to enter to win!

Before deciding to be a stay-at-home mom and homeschooling, I was a preschool teacher. I know how much time and effort goes into planning a week's worth, let alone a year's worth, of curriculum in both the classroom setting and at home. I wish that I would have had Itty-Bitty Bookworm YEARS ago because it would have saved me so much time and energy! I have been 100% impressed with all that has been poured into this preschool curriculum and what it offers for both teachers and children.

Itty-Bitty Bookworm is a literature-based curriculum for preschoolers ages 18 months to 5 years ~ and everything you need is provided for you! The plans would work well in any teaching setting, from homeschooling, in-home daycares, or large school settings. It was developed by several early childhood educators and is extremely well-organized. The literature used as the base for the curriculum includes great books such as The Itsy-Bitsy Spider, The Wheels on the Bus, The Best Mouse Cookie, Silly Sally, The Gingerbread Man, and Mouse Paint.

Bailey's curriculum (ages 18 to 36 months) focuses on two different books each month and Bo's curriculum (ages 3 to 5) focuses on four books each month. The activities and projects for the lessons revolve around the stories that are being read with the children.

Each month of curriculum includes:
  • 4 full weeks of lesson plans for a 5 day week
  • activity sheets/mini books
  • full-color clip art
  • learning center ideas
  • long term and short term objectives
  • morning meeting plans
  • poem pages
  • shared reading ideas
  • and so much more!
Just to give you an idea of how complete and thorough the plans are, the lesson plans for the month of February (Year 1, Bo's Curriculum) are 265 pages. The plans provide an abundance of craft ideas, games, rhymes, finger plays, printable books and activities. In addition, the curriculum provides supply lists, newsletters for parents, monthly objectives, milestones for children, daily report forms for children, and observation record sheets.

The lesson plans are laid out in a simple-to-follow format (you can see a pdf sample here) and you have the option of using as many or as few of the ideas as you want. The lessons are completely flexible. When we used them I was able to adapt different projects quickly to what we had on hand, but had the great framework that Itty-Bitty Bookworm provided.

Curriculum calendars for both levels:
If you'd like to see how we used the curriculum during our homeschool day, you can find pictures and more details in a few of my Preschool Corner posts: the letter S and the letter W.

Itty-Bitty also has Bible Story Units that can be used a supplement to your curriculum or as part of a Sunday School curriculum. The Bible units include a verse coloring sheet, mini poster and 3 days of lesson plans along with other activity ideas. Tara, the founder of Itty-Bitty Bookworm, also has a blog, Raising Itty-Bitty Bookworms along with free resources for parents.

If you are interested in ordering Itty-Bitty Curriculum, you can choose to download a month of lesson plans ($20 each month) at a time or order a CD-rom ($25) of plans. Itty-Bitty also offers a 10% discount if you purchase a subscription of 3 months. Yearly subscriptions receive a 15% discount. You will get your money's worth out of this curriculum and will not be disappointed!



The Itty-Bitty Giveaway!!

The Itty-Bitty Bookworm has kindly offered to give one of my readers Year 1 of Bo's curriculum on CD. If you would like to enter to win this great curriculum, leave a comment here letting me know what you like most about this curriculum. The giveaway is open until Thursday, April 2nd at 8pm and I will announce the winner on Friday the 3rd. Please be sure to leave a way for me to contact you, otherwise I will draw another winner.

This giveaway is now closed. Thanks so much!

46 comments:

  1. I like the long term and short term objectives! It's nice to know what the goal is so you know better how the progress is going.

    AND even better, the contest ends on my birthday, it would make an EXCELLENT giftie. GRINS

    Joesette

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  2. You know, that sounds like something Tennyson would really do well with. So put my name in!

    You know how to reach me. :-)

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  3. Oh my name so needs to be in this drawing!! It sounds very impressive. You know how to reach me so no worries on that one!

    Amy Dyson

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  4. I just had to compliment you on the extremely cute clip art...I love it!

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  5. I love how flexible they seem. I'm all about making the lessons flexible depending on the day and what we have on hand. Great blog!

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  6. You know I want in, girl! This curriculum sounds great. I am looking for something to start with the kids in the fall and this sounds perfect!

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  7. Hoe lovely, I really love Itty-Bitty Bookworms, please put my name in the giveaway, thanks

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  8. Both of my girls' LOVE books, and I would love to try out this curriculum for my younger one (she's 2 now, so Bo's Year 1 would be great in another year or so!)
    ginadarnell@hotmail.com

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  9. I think the learning center ideas would be great! Give me tips to get my little one motivated. thanks for a wonderful giveaway, and what a great product!

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  10. I like that it provides a lot of craft ideas and games! I can also use the learning center ideas for my kids! Thanks

    whitten100 @yahoo dot com

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  11. As a working mom to a (nearly) 3 year old, I appreciate that everything is ready for me. I simply need to follow up on it and not hunt for additional things to do. Every moment counts...
    tami
    4t.atou@gmail.com

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  12. I love that it's something that I could do with my youngest while my older kids are working on their school work. It's hard sometimes to keep him occupied while I'm homeschooling the others. He ask to do school, too, so he would love it.

    hafner611{AT}gmail{DOT}com

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  13. I love the flexibility it offers

    jdmimi at gmail dot com

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  14. I'm finding that the things that worked with Aaron learning his alphabet and sounds DOES NOT work with Ryan. So, I've been scouring the internet looking for print out pages, etc. This would be great!! Please, put our name in the pot. It sounds like this curriculum is so flexible and thorough...we'd love to see it. colemanje1@verizon.net

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  15. I've heard about this curriculum before and think it looks like a good one. I like the variety of activities and that it's based on literature.

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  16. My son loves a good story, and I like the fact that they have activities that coordinate with each story! OOOh I hope I win!!!

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  17. I love literature based programs as you can do so much with a good book. My little girl loves to read and have book read to her so I know she would really like a program like this

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  18. I like that it is a comprehensive package and also that its complied on CD making it easy to store.
    Thanks for the giveaway!
    kimspam66(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  19. this is exactly what we need! I love it that it's so easy to use! Thank you for doing this giveaway.

    Jenny :)
    cwjdbeak@yahoo.com

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  20. I have been looking for a book based curriculum for my daycare. This looks like it is exactly what I have been looking for. I love that it incorporates all areas of learning. Please put me in the drawing.

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  21. Hello,

    I would love to try this curriculum! ; )

    I am a Childcare Provider/Preschool Teacher. I operate an in-home family childcare (www.thecrayonboxkids.com) and am going to school part-time at night for Early Childhood Education. I usually create my own curriculum, but it is sooooo time consuming and with my schedule, I just can't find the time to keep up with it.

    Thank you for your consideration!

    Enjoy your day!

    Betsy

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  22. I love that it's literature-based, that everything is laid out for you. I have been shocked at how little time I spend choosing activities specifically for my little one while trying to work with her first grade brother. Having things laid out would be a big help! Thanks for the contest.

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  23. It looks so full of ideas! My daughter would love all the books as well! Thanks so much,
    Rebecca

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  24. I like how through the curriculum is - everything is included.

    cmjunkmail1891@yahoo.com

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  25. Sorry, above comment should say thorough.

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  26. I like that it is literature based.

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  27. I love that the curriculum is so flexible, so if my daughter gets bored with one activity, I can move on to something else!

    Tara
    hitara@verizon.net

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  28. I love how the curriculum is all laid out for you so that I can just jump right in and get started with teaching my children.

    contact me at tiffanyk@rocketmail.com

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  29. Samuel is just begging to do school with us (hope that continues). This would be perfect! Thanks for the chance. :)

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  30. I am currently trying out the Baily's year 2 for my 26 1/2 month old and we love it! Is there any drawing for the Baily level?

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  31. I like that is clearly laid out and easy to follow. The book selections sound great also.

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  32. I love that it is a literature based program. The repeated use of the story so the children get to see the book multiple times in different ways! Great centers based on the theme.
    spelsue1@maine.rr.com

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  33. This looks like an incredible curriculum. I for 10 years before becoming a stay-at-home mom and this has to be the most complete curriculum I have seen. I love that it is based on literature and includes book lists for years 1 and 2. I love the way the lessons are laid out--I like having the materials listed so I can get prepared and ready easily and then the directions are simple and clear.

    I think my kids would excel with this curriculum.

    I can be reached at kimmymp@gmail.com

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  34. I am new to your site and found it really interesting! I am a childcare provider and am always looking for new & better curriculum to introduce to my children. I think this curriculum would be a great addition to what we are already using!

    dmposner@midco.com

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  35. I found your blog from a link on the Totally Tots blog! Thanks for all the great information and sharing so many great ideas! I love that The Itty-Bitty Bookworm is literature based. We have three girls who all LOVE books. I also like how there is curriculum for 3-5 years old and 18-36 months old!

    Thanks for the giveaway!
    Erin
    erinjacquez@hotmail.com

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  36. Jolanthe-
    Add my name to the drawing. I think it would be a great supplement to our program. Could you also add the other teachers names?? Thanks for letting me know about this!!

    Amy Wampole

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  37. Hi,
    I found your blog through my sister Amy and Life on Sylvan Drive. I am very interested in this program. As an elementary school teacher and a librarian I have to say that I love the book choices that the program uses. They are some of my favorites!
    Please include my name in the drawing.

    Thank you,
    Lana Daneils
    lana.kiser@gmail.com

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  38. I love how the program uses shared reading and is literature based. I am a former elementary teacher and now teach preschool in my home so I am available for my son with special needs. This would be great for my next years curriculum.

    Hannah Hamilton
    rhhamilton@cableone.net

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  39. Have another child to start in the fall. I would live something a little less time consuming as I have three older ones to teach as well.
    Teresa@centurytel.net

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  40. WOW-this is EXACTLY what i have been looking for. I have two boys 15 months apart. I have been searching for a program that incorporated reading classics along with the traditional. I love that the bible story lessons can be added on as well. This would take a lot of the fear I have out of homeschooling-this almost seems to be foolproof! Thanks for the great product and timely giveaway!
    -Becky
    beckyclark@comcast.net

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  41. What a great program. I love how the curriculum is literature based and easy to navigate through. And the stories that were listed were wonderful. I know the kids will enjoy them!
    Rebeca
    nursegirlrn@yahoo.com

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  42. What a wonderful program! I'd love to do this with my son. My favorite part is that it would instill a love of reading in my son early, which helps him be successful later.
    Laura
    Laurasu82@yahoo.com

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  43. I love the learning center ideas! THis would be perfect for my 20 month old!
    abliss@waff.com

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  44. I love the poem pages and learning center ideas. Thanks so much for the chance!

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  45. I love to read. My kids love to read. What's not to love about Itty Bitty Bookworm?

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  46. Oh, this is the most exciting giveaway I have ever seen! I am diving into homeschooling my 3 1/2 year old daughter and I love the idea of using a literature based program that will foster such a love for good books. I am an avid reader and I want my daughter to follow suit.
    Thanks for the opportunity!
    saskiakendziera@comcast.net

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