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Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Earn Up to 5 Free Books!

I'm always up for freebies, especially when it's something I can use for homeschooling. I have to share this fantastic deal I just found out about when reading one of my favorite blogs: MoneySavingMom


Scholastic and Kumon have joined together to create a program, Learn and Earn, designed to encourage children (ages 5-12) to read and do math. For doing one age-appropriate worksheet (reading or math), your child can earn 2 free Scholastic books. For completing BOTH reading and math worksheets, your child can earn 5 free books! How awesome is that? Just print off the worksheets and redemption form at Learn and Earn, send the completed worksheets in, and you'll get your books. I checked out what the free books would be, and guess what! You get to choose the books from an age-appropriate selection! From what I can see, they would all make great additions to your homeschool library and some can even be included in lesson plans. The books are listed on the redemption forms.

The program runs from April 4, 2011 until all 1250 book sets have been sent out or until Oct. 15, 2011, whichever comes first. Since there's a limited amount of books, you might want to jump on this deal ASAP!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Pizza Hut BOOK-IT for Homeschoolers

I recently set up a little personal read-a-thon for my older son to participate in. He wanted to earn money for some special toys. Rather than pay for him doing normal household chores that he should be doing anyway, I came up with an extra-curricular activity that would also inspire him to start reading more on his own.

In searching around for a good way to run a 'read-a-thon,' I came across Pizza Hut's Book-It program that many schools participate in. Have you heard of the Book-It program? I think it was around even when I was in grade school. It's a great program that inspires kids to read by giving them a certificate for a free personal pan pizza at Pizza Hut.

After browsing their website for a bit, I discovered something that intrigued me greatly.

HOMESCHOOLERS CAN PARTICIPATE!

And you don't have to be part of a co-op to join!

I can't say how excited I am about this! Many times, homeschooling families aren't allowed to participate in programs like this unless they belong to a homeschool co-op, if then even. There have been many activities - like fundraisers - that just don't welcome the individual family to join in.

So! You can well imagine that I'll be signing up my kids for the Pizza Hut Book-It program for next year. You can do it, too!

Here's what to do:

Visit http://www.bookitprogram.com/Enrollment/homeschool.asp on (or after) May 1 to enroll your children who wish to particpate. It's that simple They will mail a packet to you with everything you'll need to get your kids excited about reading (think FREE PIZZA!).

Any questions? I don't know the answer to everything about this program, but you can

  • browse through their website (http://www.bookitprogram.com/default.asp)
  • check out the FAQs
  • do some digging around
  • check out the Parent's Page for some book and recipe ideas
  • and the Teacher's Page for some printables