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Entries in reading (3)

Monday
Jul112011

Discovery Girls Magazines and Fab Girls Guide Books are Perfect for Tweens

The Twofer are turning the corner into tweendom. It's evident not in their age (8) but more in their attitude. They want more independence, they are asking difficult questions, and they are wanting to spend more time with friends than with me! (How dare they!)

Their world is getting more complicated every day. They are kids, but they want to be more grown up. They have issues with friends and they are learning to work them out. They are starting to look at themselves more and compare differences.

So when Discovery Girls asked if I would like a sample of their magazine to review I was thrilled.

Discovery Girls Magazine and Collector's Edition

The Discovery Girls issue I was sent has articles that cover everything from spending versus saving money, to shopping for your first bra. Each story has quotes from real girls discussing their experience, or how they dealt with a particular situation. The theme is that whatever you are feeling about the topic (nervous, scared, excited) it's NORMAL. If I squint my eyes and try to remember back to that age when everything around you seems like it's changing...it would be nice to read about other girls who are feeling the same way.

(The silver issue in the photo is a Collector's Edition that is filled with 10 years of Discovery Girls history from fashion to embarrassing moments to quizzes and advice.)

 

I was also sent a set of the Discovery Girls' Fab Girl Guides


Fab Girls Guides book collection

The Fab Girls are twins Carmen and Dallas. They are about as different from each other as night and day. The guides are written to help girls get through the difficult middle-school years and you can see by the book titles they cover everything.

How to deal with mean girls & frenemies

What do you do if you show up at school in PJs for pajama day...and it isn't pajama day?!?

How to get your mom to stop listening to your phone calls

And what it's like when a family is going through a rough time.

I was not going to let the Twofer dig into these books just yet but they picked them up before I could say anything and they haven't put them down. Some of the topics are tough...losing someone your love, being cyber bullied, having an alocholic parent. I realize this is a great opportunity to set the example that in our family we TALK about those things. If they have questions after reading a book, I will answer it. Starting the dialogue now about tough topics will hopefully show them they can come to me when they really need to.

WIN a Discovery Girls magazine subscription and Fab Girls Guide book set!

One lucky TwoferMom reader will be chosen at random to receive a Discovery Girls prize package valued at $70 including a 1-year subscription, the collector's edition, and all 4 Fab Girls books! All you have to do is enter here to win.

How to enter: (leave separate comment for each)

1. Leave a comment telling me who you would give the magazines and books to

2. Tweet a link to this giveaway on Twitter and include me @JanineNickel

3. Subscribe to TwoferMom via email (click on the coffee mug in the right column)

4. Include a link to this giveaway on your own blog

Giveaway is open to US residents 18 and over and ends at 11:59 pm on Friday, July 29, 2011. Winner will be notified via email and prizing will be handled by Discovery Girls.

Good luck to all who enter!

Want to order the books now? Head on over to Amazon!

 

Disclosure: I received complimentary copies of the the magazines and books for the purpose of a review. All opinions expressed here are my own and this post was neither reviewed nor approved prior to being posted.

Monday
Jun142010

Help Kids Stay on Target with Summer Bridge Activities Books

School has not yet finished for us but I'm already working on how the girls will occupy themselves while I try to work in the mornings. One activity they love to play is school. I keep a selecting of their papers from the previous grade just for this purpose. Encouraging them to play school is not just for fun, however. As they play they are reviewing what they spent the last nine months learning!

Summer Bridge Activities Books Can Help with Summer Review

When I was approached to review the Summer Bridge Activites books I jumped at the chance. I was even given two different books for each daughter - a 1st to 2nd Grade workbook, and a 2nd to 3rd Grade workbook since the girls are learning some things at an advanced pace. The girls tore into them the day they arrived!

It was a school day...they had just spent 5 hours doing school work but couldn't wait to dig into these books!

What The Twofer and I like about the Summer Bridge Activities workbooks:

The books vary activities from page to page so drills are short and sweet.

The math activities are exactly what The Twofer were learning in school and even some new concepts to start looking at before they cover them in grade 2.

There are little reminders to get some exercise on every other page.

The books cover more than math and reading...there is science, social studies, reading comprehension, even grammar worksheets!

The Twofer loved the little stickers they can use to track their progress, and the certificate they'll get when they complete the books.

I loved the pull-out flashcards we can bring with us on car trips - not to drill them, I am soooo not like that, but just as another way to entertain them on the way to the beach.

The honest truth is that The Twofer LOVE to do this type of work. So why not offer it to them, encourage it, and have it around to occupy them this summer? 

You can see sample workbook pages for different grades HERE.

And you can purchase the Summer Bridge Activities books at Amazon for $10 - $15 and other online retailers.

Janine

Disclosure: I received two copies of each book at no charge from Summer Bridge for purposes of this review. All opinions expressed here are mine and this post was neither reviewed nor approved prior to publishing. Affiliate links are used in this post and a commission may be earned from a referred sale.

Monday
May182009

Reading is Fundamental (RIF) and US Airways Reward Readers

Say that 10 times fast.

My twins were early readers and while I'd like to take credit for it, I can't. They had an early love of books and I just kept them coming. The reading part is all them.

So when I was sent the RIF press release on the Read with Kids Challenge I couldn't help but let you know about it too.

Here are the deets.

  • Register at www.RIF.org/readwithkids
  • Log your reading minutes there, online.
  • You can join as an individual or create a team of three or more adults.
  • Participants will be entered to win a Walt Disney World Resort vacation package from US Airways Vacations!

There are other prizes as well like US Airways gift cards, and one team will be randomly chosen to receive a featured RIF program and school in their community to receive a special children's book collection.

In addition, US Airways is encouraging people to donate to RIF by making available a special edition of Off You Go, Maisy! and donors are also eligible to receive up to 5,000 US Airways Dividend Miles.

My girls LOVED all the Maisy books...I might just have to donate for that reason alone!

Also - for more information on Reading is Fundamental I found the CEO's blog with lots of cool links including Facebook and Twitter

Happy reading and good luck winning the trip to Disney!
Janine