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Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Mrs. Wishy-Washy: Review & Giveaway!

I love getting things in the mail! 

I never knew when I started blogging that companies would send me products to review and then keep. This has been such a blessing to me as I have collected some great things and discovered some amazing products! My first classroom won't be as empty thanks to this hidden surprise!

So... what did I get in the mail now? 

Mrs. Wishy-Washy Books!

Oh! I love getting books in the mail. There was a bit of a fight as my sons love them to. Any book is devoured quickly around here and if there is a book in the mail there is always a competition for who can open it first. I lost! =(

Have you read Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle? My homeschool friends will remember my obsession with her. She cracked me up!! Its a little Amelia Bedelia in style but so fun. This is what Mrs. Wishy-Washy reminds me of.

Mrs. Wishy-Washy and the Big Wash is designed for students who are ready to read but still need the support of controlled vocabulary. Most pages have 1-2 sentences.

This particular story focuses on rhyming, onomatopoeia, and compound words. The inside of the back cover provides a list of vocabulary words as well as activities for before, during, and after reading. The information provide allows you to easily align it to the core.

What I love most about this reader is that the story is one children can get into and love. My own children are in 3rd, 4th, and 8th grade. My 3rd grader loves this story. My 4th grader likes it. You know a reader is good if its still loved when children can read way beyond its level.

Wishy- Washy Clothes.... This book would be perfect for my struggling 4th grade ELL readers. They need a book that has controlled vocabulary support but still one that has a story they can loved.

This would have been the perfect reader for my youngest when he was in 1st/2nd grade. He has always been at the top of his class. This has the same focus and vocabulary as the shorter reader but with more details. LOVE IT!

So where can you learn more about these books? They are produced by Hameray Publishing who makes all kinds of fiction and non-fiction (can we say hello common core materials??) books for the early elementary set. You can find them on Pinterest and Facebook

Oh speaking of which... they are having a huge giveaway on Facebook! Stop by to enter. 

You can also win a big book from my site by leaving me a comment with your favorite Joy Cowley book. I will use to select a winner on April 23. Make sure you leave your email in the comment to win. US and Canada addresses only.

Hameray is offering a 20% discount on any purchase for my readers through June 30, 2013 with coupon code ZJCC13..... this means we all win!

Just in case you missed my disclaimer above.... I received complimentary products for review. The opinions are my own and I am not compensated for this post. 

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At April 17, 2013 at 11:22 AM , Blogger Cherie said...

My little kids love The Hungry Giant by Joy Cowley!

At April 17, 2013 at 3:48 PM , Blogger Laura said...

My students love Dan, the Flying Man the most! It's the first big book we read each year!
Peace, Love, and First Grade

At April 18, 2013 at 11:17 AM , Blogger Jackie Higgins said...

I love The Hungry Giant. My boys run around the house yelling, "I want some HONEY!!!" I also love Mrs. Wishy-Washy!

At April 18, 2013 at 6:55 PM , Blogger Karyn said...

I love Wishy Washy Day! My students love all of the Joy Cowley books (even though I only have a handful).

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At April 19, 2013 at 8:23 PM , Blogger Erika said...

There isn't a Joy Cowley book I don't love but Mrs. Wishy Washy is a top favorite.

At April 20, 2013 at 10:01 PM , Blogger Amber D. said...

We actually haven't discovered the joy of reading Joy Cowley's books as of yet. But since everyone else loves Mrs. Wishy Washy sounds like that's the one to start with :)

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