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July 14, 2010

Stepping Stones Together

Recently I was given the opportunity to try Stepping Stones Together, a reading program that is designed for parents to help their child (ages 3-7) with beginning reading skills. The Stepping Stones Together reading program uses an easy to follow, 6 step approach, which you and your child can complete in just 15 – 20 minutes a day. There are different levels and genres of stories, questions for each book, writing prompts, printable flashcards for additional practice, and extra practice ideas all in an easy to use online format.


What I love about my experience with Stepping Stones Together:

*It is personalized. You can pick genres of books that your child will be interested in and their name appears on each of the books.
*It is printable. You can print the books, writing extension sheets, word cards, incentive chart, certificates, and the 6 steps as a reminder.
*The step by step instructions are based on research and considered best reading practices.
*Online support for all of my questions.
*The characters and illustrations were interesting to B.
*The choice of printing out the book or saving it to your computer to read was a fun choice to offer B.

Results:

At first, B just wanted to hear me read the stories and he kept telling me I was in charge of the words. I was wondering if maybe it was too soon for him. I struggled with the balance of encouraging, but not pushing him. With the online support at Stepping Stones Together, I kept plugging along with small adjustments and then one day B agreed to read one of the books with his Dad on the computer. That’s all it took. From that day on, he has been excited to participate. He loves to pick which book we will read next and he is so proud to check them off of the list. He loves the option of reading it on the computer and enjoys the writing extensions.

We are coming to the end of level A. We could be reading level B books but he wants to make sure all of the boxes get checked off on his sheet so we will continue with level A for awhile longer. Stepping Stones Together has given B confidence. He has learned a lot of words, but more importantly he has been exposed to making predictions and answering questions about the story. It brings a huge smile to my face when he says, “Mom, we should look at the pictures to see what this book is going to be about.”.

Stepping Stones Together is offering a special deal right now for Activity Mom readers!
You can get a year of Stepping Stones Together (regular price $39.99) for just $19.99!

Go to the Become a Member page, purchase the $39.99 year program and put in the code "I want the deal". You will get a year of Stepping Stones Together for just $19.99!
Still not sure? Read more to find out if your child is ready for Stepping Stones Together?

July 11, 2010

Winner - Guidecraft Tabletop Puppet Theater

A big thank you to Guidecraft for joining our celebration and for providing this Center Stage Tabletop Puppet Theater to one lucky reader!

The winner of the Guidecraft Tabletop Puppet Theater is:
Megan from Out of Kadesh

Congratulations, Megan and thank you to everyone that entered!

July 10, 2010

Winner - Guidecraft Drivetime Signs

Thank you to Guidecraft for joining our celebration and for providing these Drivetime Signs to one lucky reader!

The winner of the Drivetime Signs is:
Lisa from My 2 Cents FL

Congratulations, Lisa and thank you to everyone that entered!

July 9, 2010

Winner - Reading Eggs Subscription

A great big thank you to Reading Eggs for joining our celebration and for providing one lucky reader a subscription to Reading Eggs!

The winner of the Reading Eggs Subscription is:

You are going to LOVE it! Congratulations and thank you to everyone that entered!

July 8, 2010

Guidecraft Tabletop Puppet Theater

This giveaway is now closed.
Guidecraft sent us this Center Stage Tabletop Puppet Theater for our Celebration!
We wasted no time opening it up and get started. It was really easy to put together and is also very easy to take apart and fold up for storage. The theater is a very well made and sturdy.


The front and sides are chalkboard which lends itself to endless creativity. You can name your shows, write ticket prices, draw characters, etc. I used this opportunity to do a show about telling the truth! Puppets are a great way to teach/learn about different concepts.  I love how the puppet theater functions like a full sized theater, but is used on the tabletop so it doesn't take up too much space.


Do you want to win a Center Stage Tabletop Puppet Theater from Guidecraft?

Here's How to Enter: (You MUST be a follower/subscriber of The Activity Mom to enter.)

Mandatory Entry:
Visit Guidecraft and browse through their amazing products. Come back and tell me which one you absolutely love.

Extra Entries:
*Become a member our Mom Loop community
*Spread the word about the 1000 Readers Celebration and leave me the link

*This giveaway is open to US residents only.
**I will select a winner using random.org so make sure to leave a separate comment for each entry.

The contest starts now and ENDS Saturday, July 10th at midnight. The winner will be announced here and emailed (your email must be enabled in Blogger or in your comments). The winner must reply to my email within 48 hours or another winner will be chosen. 

I was sent the Tabletop Puppet Theater to review. These views and opinions are my own and I was not compensated in any other way.  

Winner - CSN Stores $60 Gift Certificate

A big thank you to CSN stores for joining us in the Celebration and providing one lucky reader with the opportunity to choose from so many great items!

The winner of the CSN Stores $60 Gift Certificate is:

Congratulations, Karen and thank you to everyone who entered!

July 7, 2010

Guidecraft Drivetime Signs

This giveaway is now closed.
Guidecraft generously sent us these Drivetime Signs for our Celebration!
When they arrived B was so excited to figure out what these signs were all about. Thankfully they were really easy and fast to put together. B was even able to help me. The pieces are very kid friendly - a good size, smooth edges, and nothing that would pinch little fingers.

I love how real the signs look and the height (3 ft.) is perfect to make them come alive. Now when we drive down the road B says, "I have one of those signs!".

There are so many ways to use these signs! Here are a few things that we tried:
*To learn what the signs mean, we scattered them around the house and ran to each one and acted out what the sign told us to do. It was so much fun!
*B had a blast taking them outside and setting them up to make his own roads and use them with his scooter. 
*We also took them off of the posts and used them on the floor with B's matchbox cars (not pictured).


The signs are lightweight enough for B to move around and manipulate himself which is perfect. For outdoor use there is a capped spot in the green base to put sand or pea gravel to weigh them down.


Do you want to win a set of these Drivetime Signs from Guidecraft?

Here's How to Enter:
**You must be a follower or subscriber of The Activity Mom to be eligible to enter!

Mandatory Entry:
Visit Guidecraft and have fun looking through their products. Come back and tell me which one you absolutely love!

Extra Entries:
*Become a member of our Mom Loop community
*Blog about the 1000 Readers Celebration and leave me the link


*This Giveaway is open for US Residents only.

**I will select a winner using Random.org, so be sure you leave a separate comment for each entry!

The contest starts now and ENDS Friday, July 9th at midnight. The winner will be announced here, and emailed (your email MUST be in each comment/or enabled in blogger). The winner must reply to my email within 48 hours or another winner will be chosen.

Good Luck!

I was sent a set of these Drivetime Signs for review purposes. These views and opinions are my own and I was not compensated in any other way!

July 6, 2010

Reading Eggs

This giveaway is now closed.

Readingeggs.com is an online world where children have fun learning to read! Reading Eggs' 80 lessons are designed for 4-6 year olds and Reading Eggs World was designed for 6-8 year olds. Reading Eggs assesses your child's progress and adjusts the level of difficulty according to the results, which allows your child to progress at their own rate. Reading Eggs is launching their US edition in August and we are so excited for it!

To play, your child will complete different lessons to earn golden eggs that can be used to buy reward games. We are huge fans of this site! B loves to play and feels so proud of himself when he earns golden eggs and I can't believe how much he has learned in such a short amount of time! He started by playing different games with letters and is now working on word families and a few sight words.


Reading Eggs is offering a free trial until the middle of August. Go to Readingeggs.com, click on the Register button located on the top orange bar. Then add the code: WQL35XKU in the required field.  It's that simple!

Do you want to win a 6 month subscription to Reading Eggs?

Here's How to Enter: (You must be a follower/subscriber of The Activity Mom to enter.)

Mandatory Entry:
Visit Reading Eggs and tell me something you found out about them on their site OR let me know that you signed up for a free trial.

Additional Entries:
Become a member of our community, Mom Loop.
Spread the word about the 1000 Readers Celebration and leave me the link

**I will select a winner using Random.org, so be sure you leave a separate comment for each entry!

The contest starts now and ENDS Thursday, July 8th at midnight. The winner will be announced here, and emailed (your email MUST be in each comment/or enabled in blogger). The winner must reply to my email within 48 hours or another winner will be chosen.

These views and opinions are my own and I was not compensated in any way!

July 5, 2010

CSN Stores $60 Gift Certificate

This Giveaway is now closed.
CSN stores has it all! They have over 200 online stores where you can find everything from a bathroom vanity to kids' toys! They even have things you might not think about like chalkboards and printer ink.

What's better than a store that has it all? A gift certificate to a store that has it all!

What would I pick if I won? A car seat or a food steamer to make baby food!


Want to win a $60 gift certificate to CSN Stores?

Here's How to Enter: (You must be a follower/subscriber of The Activity Mom to enter.)
**Leave a comment, any comment - that's it!

The contest starts now and ENDS Wednesday, July 7th at midnight. The winner will be chosen by random.org, announced here, and emailed (your email MUST be in each comment/or enabled in blogger). The winner must reply to my email within 48 hours or another winner will be chosen.

I was not compensated in any way for this post!

July 3, 2010

Winner - Felt Breakfast Set

A big thank you to It's the Small Things for joining our celebration and providing one lucky reader with a felt breakfast set!

The winner of the felt breakfast set is:

Congratulations, Brodie and thank you to everyone who entered!

July 2, 2010

Winner - Disney Family Fun Subscription

Thank you to Disney Family Fun for joining our celebration and for giving one of my lucky readers a subscription to your magazine!

The winner is of the subscription is:

Congratulations, Dana and thank you to everyone who entered!

July 1, 2010

Winner - Scavenger Hunt Cards

A huge thank you to Kid-N Around Creations for joining our celebration and for giving one lucky reader a set of Scavenger Hunt Cards.

The winner of the Scavenger Hunt Cards is:

Congratulations, Jen and thank you to everyone who entered.