Friday, May 30, 2014

App Review & Giveaway *Win a free app!*

I was asked to review the Rhyme to Read app. You'll get a chance to enter to win it at the end of this post!  This app requires an iPad running iOS 7 or later. The app is currently $9.99 in the app store. That means each story is only 50 cents!

The app features 20 short vowel word family stories. The pop-up that you see on the picture (can be disabled in settings) talks about how the app works and give bio information for the creators. It was created by 2 teachers who are reading specialists with advanced degrees and many years of experience. I love that! These ladies know how to teach reading! The music can also be disabled in settings.

At the beginning of each story there is a suggestion page. It gives advice about reading the title to the student (so they are familiar with the word patterns that are emphasized in that book) and that students should read the books in order.

The pages of each book feature those word family words throughout the story. The word families are all color coded for ease of use and to help beginning readers. Each page has a little box in the top corner that has sight words that are used on that page. The reader can tap any word on the page (including the sight words at top) to hear the word. To me, this is one of the best things about technology and early readers. I love that the app doesn't automatically read the words or leave them without help (no audio). I searched high and low for books like this and there are not that many out there with this feature. PLUS, this one is focused on word families!

I'm excited to use this app with my 1st graders at the beginning of the year. It would be awesome for preschool, kindergarten or the beginning of 1st grade. I would LOVE for the authors to create more booklets like this (long vowel word families, blends, etc.). Let's help this one to be super successful so these amazing ladies can create even more apps for us!

One lucky winner will be able to try this app for free. If you are the winner, you will be emailed a promo code. Be sure to read the instructions to activate. You won't download the app. You just enter the code on the app store and it automatically downloads the app for you. Remember, this is for an iPad with iOS 7 or higher. Good luck!
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DISCLOSURE: I was provided with a free copy of this app to review. All opinions expressed are my own and this review was written by me. :)

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Congratulations!



Thank you to everyone who participated in the blog hop and downloaded the free animal writing pages. I appreciate all the great feedback! I hope that you all enjoyed the long weekend. I'm back to school today. We have 9 more days.

2 winners were randomly selected for the gift certificates to my store. Congratulations to Jessica Eicke-Reinartz & Cristina Cortejoso! I'll be emailing you soon in case you don't see this message. You can visit my store to start figuring out how you want to spend your $20 gift certificate!

I'll be hosting a giveaway this next weekend for an awesome educational app. You won't want to miss it!

Happy Tuesday, everyone! :)


Friday, May 23, 2014

Memorial Day Blog Hop


http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Veterans-Memorial-Day-Pack-Teaching-Posters-Activities-Worksheets-957474
*From my Veteran's Day/Memorial Day pack (paid product) - click on the picture to view this product
I've teamed up with a great group of bloggers to bring you some freebies this weekend! Once you download the freebie from my store, click on the link at the bottom of the page to visit the next blog.

I wanted to make some writing pages with word banks and came up with some animal themed ones. Please leave feedback! <3 You can download it for free at TPT -- a little rhyme for ya' :)  (It's so much fun when you say an instruction in class and make it into a rhyme - the kids LOVE it!) The freebie is at the end of the post.
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While you're there be sure to ~
*Get some other freebies! How about the newly listed Shark Vocabulary Activity or the popular List Writing Pack for the whole school year? Free-free-free!!
*Follow my store - just click on the star under my store name. Newly listed products are 50% off for 24 hours. Plus, you'll be notified (via the TPT homepage) when my store is having a sale or when I list a freebie!
*Shop the Sale!! My ENTIRE store is 20% off Saturday (5/24) through Monday (5/26). It's a great time to get some items from your wish list or discover new items. I've recently listed some QR book packs, lots of I have...Who has games and some health themed products. Don't miss the Animal Research Pages - teachers LOVE these (read a few of the reviews). I'm using the desert ones next week for rotations with groups of 1st-5th graders. Fun stuff!!

Here's your freebie! Just click on the link and you'll be taken to TPT where it is a FREE download this weekend only. Come back to enter the giveaway at the end of this post. :) Enjoy!!
http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/FREEBIE-This-weekend-only-Science-Writing-Prompts-ANIMALS-1253174

Giveaway! You can win a $20 gift certificate to my store. I'll choose 2 winners.


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Thanks for stopping by! Here's a link to the next stop.
http://bisforbilingual.blogspot.com/2014/05/memorial-day-blog-hop.html



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