Can you believe that we are already into the last week of September? Fall is officially here and I am excited to announce that on the blog there will be many discounts and giveaways each day leading up to October. I will be highlighting several back to school resources/materials and some fun fashion items too!
Have you ever heard of Early Literature? I hadn't either until a beautiful box of books arrived at my doorstep! Baby S couldn't wait to see what was inside, and he explored each title carefully! We are very fond of reading in our house. Someone once told me that if children are surrounded by print material, that the research has shown an increase in their quest to lifelong learning. In other words, the more books they are exposed to, the higher the chances and years that they will be in school. Interesting, don't you think? I would love to find out more on this study...
In any event, we love to read! Each day after our breakfast and songs, S and I go through about three books together. I was amazed to see him begin reading on his own initiative within his crib and play pen the other day... On a weekly basis we try to visit the public library or a bookstore of some kind. I know that when I get busier with my full-time work, that this may become a little bit more challenging for us. Therefore, I am almost certain that I will rely on online websites and book providers to help me out!
Early Literature is a book subscription by month. The company selects high quality books on your behalf and sends them right to your doorstep or classroom! It truly is an effortless way to grow your own personal or school library.
What I like about the books is that they have been hand-picked by a book specialist and that they are very current. All of the titles in my gifted box were published in 2016! As a classroom educator, when I am busy planning the learning environment and being responsive to students interests and needs, it's always helpful to have new books arrive to spark some rich discussions! Subscribing means that I can remain up-to-date with what is becoming available, with regards to early literature, and perhaps what I might have missed with my busy day to day tasks.
In addition, every monthly subscription comes with ideas to extend the learning of each book that is included. It contains a book summary, learning activity suggestions, and a materials list. Of course your students/children will lead the direction of learning, but it is definitely a place that you might like to begin!
Finally, they are packaged so professionally in rectangular reusable boxes. When you finish reading each month's theme, you can stack them away neatly into your cupboards!
Early Literature has kindly offered us a special giveaway of their "September Back to School" box. If you enter you will get the chance to receive four free books (the same as the images in this blog post). The first 25 blog followers to purchase a box also get a $10.00 discount with the code TransformEd16. Since they already have a $5.00 off deal this month, that's a total savings of $15.00 off your first box!!!
How can you win?
- follow me @joannebabalis on instagram
- follow Early Literature on instgram
- leave a comment below (with your name and email address clearly stated) highlighting a favourite reading memory of your own, your students, or your family members that will either inspire or warm someone's heart when they see it
- for extra chances tag your friends on my instagram post
One lucky contestant will be selected by Early Literature and mailed their very own box! The contest closes on October 1st. I will also announce the winner on this blog post (at the bottom) within the comment section.
Partners and photoshoot details:
Photographer - @my_secret_photography
Location - My baby's "young artist dream" nursery
Thank you Jasmine Ansah-Mensah for finding my blog and for your kindness. Baby S and I have been really loving your books!!!
Thank you also to the photographer, Alessandra Caparelli that I collaborated with to bring this blog post to life: @my_secret_photography. Without her help, I wouldn't have been in any of the images with my little boy! I will treasure them for years to come, as I know in a few short months our special time together (during the work day) will come to an end... Alessandra photographs many children and families from the point where they are expecting, to newborn images, birthday celebrations, and portraits for special occasions. My whole family loved her, including my dog Ruby! Her sweet and bubbly personality will have everyone smiling and laughing throughout the experience!
Please stay tuned for a full week of blogging ahead! I am challenging myself to write each day. Do you think that I can do it? I promise to try my best!!! This Fall my personal goal is to blog at least twice per week, if not every other day like when I first started back in 2011. If I can do this until the end of my maternity leave, then perhaps you can forgive me when my full-time teaching resumes and I become busier!
Happy last week of September! Remember to slow down and enjoy all the miraculous changes found in nature.
You can find magic
wherever you look.
Sit back and relax,
all you need is a book.