Thursday, May 24, 2012

Summer Learning from Carson-Dellosa (Giveaway Closed)

When my husband talks about the summers of his childhood, he talks about playing sports with his friends from morning until night. I remember reading, swimming, and chasing fireflies.
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credit: Flickr user terren in Virginia
I'm sure, though, that neither of us was thinking about the schoolwork that we were forgetting during that summer break!  Now that I'm a mom, however, I see things a little differently.

Studies have shown that kids can lose up to 2.5 months of learning over the summer, with most loss appearing in math and spelling.  The loss is cumulative, and by ninth grade, it is blamed for two-thirds of the achievement gap between higher- and lower-income students.  Here are more statistics, courtesy of Carson-Dellosa:

summer learning info

Fortunately, as the graphic indicates, parents can encourage summer learning.  One way is to use Summer Bridge Activities from Carson-Dellosa.

Thanks to Carson-Dellosa, I have the chance to give away a Summer Learning Kit to one lucky reader.  The kit, which is available for grades K-6, will include everything pictured here:
summer learning kit

These are the items:
  • Summer Bridge Activities card set
  • Summer Bridge Activities workbook
  • Access to the Summer Bridge Activities Online Companion
  • 2 Sun notepads (50 sheets each)
  • 2 packs of Sea Life name tags (40 per pack)
  • 1 pack of Sea Life mini incentive charts (30 sheets, 630 stickers)
This giveaway is closed.

Here's how to enter:  Leave a comment and tell me how you plan to help your child(ren) learn this summer.  Be sure to leave a way for me to contact you.  Limit 1 entry by this method.  This must be done in order to qualify for extra entries.

Here's how you can earn additional entries (please leave one comment per entry):
  • Visit the Carson-Dellosa website and identify another product you like.  Comment here to tell me which product it is. (1 entry)
  • Share the link to this giveaway post on Facebook.  Leave a comment here with a link to your post. (1 entry)
More details: Open to residents of USA and Canada, age 18 or older. Giveaway ends 6/7/12 at noon (Eastern time). Winner will be chosen by the random number generator at Random.org and will be notified by email.  Winner must claim prize within 48 hours, or another winner will be chosen.  Void where prohibited.  Carson-Dellosa is providing the giveaway prize.

Disclosure:  I have received no compensation in any form for hosting this giveaway.

60 comments :

  1. Well, my kids are going to an arts and sports camp where they do educational instruction in the morning. And I hope to find the time to encourage them to read more and work on some of their educational workbooks/sheets.

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  2. The Summer Bridge Activities cards look interesting! :-)

    petulawrites@comcast.net

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  3. We are going on a road trip and plan to stop at lots of educations stop - museums and such. We will also be hiking and there will be lots of educational opportunities there.

    DS will also be reading all summer. I want to get some math in there somewhere as well.

    budletsmom (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  4. I really liked some of the free activities on the site. Going to have to try some of those.

    We actually used these books a couple of summers ago when our school offered them - I wish they would do so again. I would love to do this as I know DS looses so much so quickly.

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  5. Opps I forgot to include my email on the last comment.

    budletsmom (at)yahoo(dot)com

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  6. I am a nanny - but will soon be student teaching...this is my last summer with the girls I watch and I really want to make it count -- this kit will help me make a difference in both their lives....

    boncheri05 at gmail.com

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  7. we have a wonderful local library that has many summer programs

    tiramisu392 (at) yahoo.com

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  8. We will be going to the library for their program. I have 2 daughters one going into 6th and the other 3rd and we have used these books in previous years. I believe they have a huge impact on how well the kids do the next school year.

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  9. I am making a calendar plan with fun (and educational) activities for each day. For example, one day we might go to the beach and collect seashells. The next day, we will sort the collection and glue onto a board.

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  10. https://www.facebook.com/donna.george.18/posts/378494055542752

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  11. I'd like the Inferring Resource Book for my class

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  12. I plan on setting a time for reading every day, doing lots of educational day trips, and even though it's not fun I plan on quizzing my kids on their math facts a few times a week. cwitherstine at zoominternet dot net

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  13. I like the Noah's Ark Bulletin Board set. cwitherstine at zoominternet dot net

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  14. With 3 small boys, I use everything as a learning experience. We go to the library and get books, I usually pick at least one or two per trip with some educational value. We do a lot of educational crafts and trips during the summer as well.

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  15. Around the farm board game looks cute. Oh and my email address is juliihack@gmail.com

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    SHared on FB! Thanks for the chance!
    juliihack@gmail.com

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  17. we go to historic places and research about where we are going debbie jackson
    djackson1958 at hotmail dot com

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  18. the inferring research book sounds interesting debbie jackson
    djackson1958 at hotmail dot com

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  19. http://www.facebook.com/djackson1958/posts/187258004734566

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  20. well, my oldest will be going to the local college for "gifted" programs in august for 2 weeks. i have a son going into kindergarten and we're doing explode the code with him for reading, and my youngest will start pre-k in the fall. all three love workbooks. LOVE them. they get that from me!!

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  21. Animals Workbook looks really cool. my kids would love it!

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  22. I plan on reading with my girls several times during the day.
    sexyhots29@yahoo.com

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  23. I really like the Beginning and Ending Consonant Sounds Learning Spot Lessons
    sexyhots29@yahoo.com

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  24. We plan on visiting the library often this summer
    hrddiana556@gmail.com

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  25. I love the alphabet floor puzzle
    hrddiana556@gmail.com

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  26. my daugher continues homeschooling during the summer

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  27. https://www.facebook.com/gloria.bailey.10/posts/142897629167241

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  28. I try to make sure that there is at least one learning based activity everyday. Outside of the required summer reading time. We go on nature walks which is really easy here in the rural environment that I where I live. On trips to the city I quiz them on social studies and we joke about current events. I love picture sets because these can be turned into flashcards about different facts.
    lpninpain at gmail dot com

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  29. I love the Bee Notepad right now I have a child very interested in everything bee.
    lpninpain at gmail dot com

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  30. I try to incorporate learning into various craft activities and into trips to the park. We will count steps, hops and find letters and numbers in signs.

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  31. I like the alphabet floor puzzle.

    pennymindingmom (at) hotmail (dot) com

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  32. Shared on FB

    https://www.facebook.com/elizabeth.carr.90/posts/288675637895097

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  33. right now, my daughter is at the age where she is learning so much! i want to make sure that we are reading together and going over other things (animals, colors, shapes) and if watching tv, that it is fun and educational :) callee2005(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  34. i love all the fairytale books and ideas!
    callee2005(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  35. i shared on facebook
    https://www.facebook.com/callee.sligh/posts/316262525125332
    callee2005(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  36. the summer bridge program would be great. normally i print out worksheets for my daughter to do.
    cindy0462@gmail.com

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  37. We will read,take nature walks,visit parks and have fun! Thank you!
    natbelinsky@verizon.net

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  38. We'll try to do fieldtrips:)
    annejk112233(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  39. I also like their Alphabet Ants Board Game
    annejk112233 at yahoo dot com

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  40. http://www.facebook.com/#!/anne.dall.9/posts/399980226719180 fb link. annejk112233 at yahoo dot com

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  41. We are moving this summer across the Conti so we have been teaching the kids about geography. We well keep teaching them as we travel.
    beckeesdeals at gmail dot com

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  42. Another product I like is the Guinness World Records® Tangram Puzzles Puzzle.

    Beckeesdeals at gmail dot com

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  43. I plan on helping my child get ahead by working on summer learning projects each week. It's something I've done with my kids since my daughter was small (she's now graduating next year) and it seems to be a hit around here not to mention it keeps the kids from getting bored!!

    Thanks for the amazing giveaway,
    Kelly Burroughs Crowell - kjb1977 at live dot com

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  44. Shared the giveaway on Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/kelly.crowell/posts/447810651896615

    Thanks,
    Kelly Burroughs Crowell - kjb1977 at live dot com

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  45. I visited the site and found something I liked to much that I had to order it :) Making the Most of Summer Resource Book for ages 11-12!!

    Thanks,
    Kelly Burroughs Crowell - kjb1977 at live dot com

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  46. My daughter will be doing extra reading and worksheets during the summer.

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  47. I do arts $ crafts all summer with the kids to keep their creative side growing...plus we hike, camp & we teach them all we know about nature...and they are also going to Bible Camp this summer for the first time...they are sooo excited...lol ...heavensent1@yahoo dotcom

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  48. Yumderful Cooking Activities Resource Book is another book I am interested in. taam216(at)gmail(com)

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  49. I'd also love to check out their Food Frenzy Board Game~!! heavensent1@yahoo dotcom

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  50. I plan on reading with them several times a day.
    sexyhots29@yahoo.com

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  51. We will read books,go for nature walks ,and have cooking lessons thank you! natbelinsky@verizon.net

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  52. I like like the big box of little words puzzles thank u!
    natbelinsky@verizon.net

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  53. I am tutoring my niece and nephew this summer so these would be great!

    alittleumbrella (at) live (dot) com

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  54. I also like the Big Box of Little Word Puzzles Puzzle!

    alittleumbrella (at) live (dot) com

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  55. Shared on FB

    https://www.facebook.com/a.little.umbrella/posts/443414065670598

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  56. We are working on math this summer. Can add math to our everyday activities.

    thransom@gmail.com

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  57. I also like the Comprehensive Curriculum of Basic Skills Workbook

    thransom@gmail.com

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  58. Shared on Facebook
    https://www.facebook.com/THRansom/posts/371726689554082

    thransom@gmail.com

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  59. I plan on doing fun activites that involve learning!
    cluelessme8@Hotmail.com

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  60. i try to do fun and educational things with the boys... and have them read ONE book during the summer.. they hate it, but I at least try...

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