Monday, October 25, 2010

ABC Twiggles Review & Giveaway

You all know how much I love the early learning resources website, KidSoup, right? I've used it time and again for a variety of our activities - click here, here and here to see what I mean.

Well, have I some exciting news for you! The creators of KidSoup have outdone themselves by creating a new website called ABC Twiggles. It's chock-full of amazing alphabet resources and ideas - everything from printables to teacher's guides to book recommendations!


My favorite thing about this site is that is has activities for each letter that appeal to all 5 of the senses. There's a section each for "See the Letter', "Hear the Letter", "Taste the Letter" (and in turn, Smell the Letter), and "Feel the Letter". How cool is that?!

The generous people at KidSoup, Inc. have offered to give one of my readers a FREE year long subscription to the ABC Twiggles site. With the school year upon us, you will be so glad to have their resources in your homeschooling arsenal!

How to win:

1. Simply visit ABC Twiggles by clicking the button the left and get a sense of just how awesome this site is. Everything in the letter A section is free and available for sampling!
2. Come back to this post and leave me a comment letting me know what you like best about the site - this is mandatory.
3. For extra entries, come back every day and leave me a comment on this post.

The giveaway will end on October 30th at 9pm Atlantic Time. I'll announce the winner the next day. Be sure to leave your email address so I can pass it on to the good folks at ABC Twiggles who will in turn arrange your free membership!

*Keep in mind that if you don't win you'll still benefit from the incredibly reasonable membership price (just $21.99/year!). Oh and there's also a 30% discount available to KidSoup members. Good stuff!*

Good luck everyone!


~Thank you for your comments!~

111 comments:

Rusheika said...

great giveaway!! I love the multisensory approach! it would be great for Eden!!

southfink said...

What's NOT to like about this site...so many materials! I too like that it has materials for so many different learning types. I will definitely be adding this resource to my bookmarks!

Katherine said...

Wow! So many fun things to do with the letter A! I have to pick just one? The "write the letter" activities are great as my 4 y/o is learning to write letters. The "meet the letter" stick figure is so cute! Pick me! Pick me!

Jen said...

Wow! They have so much to offer. Love that they have a craft and folder game for the letters. I love that they also have the handwriting practice sheets in D'Nealian.

Olive's mum said...

I love the Word Wall!

Angela Tomczak said...

Wow. Everything I need in one spot! This is a definitely a purchase I'll be making. The price is right for sure. Thanks!!

The Activity Mom said...

What a great resource and website. We liked the letter chant the best! I also think B would love to hear the online book read to him.

Debbie said...

Wow! That is a great site! I think my favorite thing is the funny and cute online story, and the Taste the Letter section would be a close second. I could see myself using all the ideas, though!

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Abbie said...

PERFECT TIMING! I just posted yesterday about how my daughter has shown a sudden intense interest in learning her letters. This is PERFECT! I really liked the E-Book. I think my daughter would have fun watching that. But the snack ideas and recipes are so fun too.
What a great giveaway!

Susan W said...

I love the pre-writing worksheets, very clear and easy to follow for my little one who is currently fascinated with letters! The letter related worksheet is also pretty great for her. Thanks for the opportunity!

Just Jess said...

Wow what a great resource- my favorite part is how everything is all pulled together for you (all the work is done!). Thank you for the opportunity!

Ashlea said...

This may sound simple, but my favorite was the uppercase AND lowercase A coloring page, with the lower case 'a' written properly. I spent over an hour yesterday trying to find a suitable template, with both of them on the same page, and never did find one I was happy with. I was so excited to see this!
blueviolet_290@hotmail.com

Susan-Chasing Marcus said...

Sophie and I did many of the A activities when we were doing our apple unit in September. We really enjoyed the activities we did!

Olives and Pickles said...

Thank you for the chance! I went to this page and I like it..it has lots of printables, even letter's crafts..I love it!

Michelle said...

Looks like a great website! I hadn't heard of kidsoup either, so will have to check it out too :) Thanks for the chance to win!

Lisa said...

I like the noe stop shopping aspect. If you have tons of time, you can find a lot of letter of the week type activities to put together a curriculum yourself, but I've realized that the time savings is sometimes worth spending the money to have someone else do it. This looks like a good value for the money, fun and loaded with activities.

Förskoleburken said...

WOW! I love the themes and that everything comes in both bw and in colour! I would print like crazy! Thanks for the chance!

Teaque said...

such a great website! I love the letter crafts the most!

Patty said...

I really like the literacy section. We love books, so they are always a good way to open up a topic. Thank you!

Ida i Québec said...

Oh what a great idea! I really like the use of the senses to learn a letter... those activities will be hugely popular with my 3.5 year old and his friends!

Lindsay said...

oo very exciting! What an amazing resource!! I really liked the different ideas they have for holidays. Sometimes I get stuck in a rut and do the same crafts each year so that would be neat to get some different ideas. I also like that they have book recommendations to go along with a lot of different things.

Darcey said...

This site is really cool! This is the first time I've ever seen it. My favorite part about the site is all the ideas for each letter. I only saw them for the letter A, but I get the idea. This would be a great resource. I like the multisensory approach.

M/T.A. said...

Hi Mari-Ann,
Love the interactive options on the site...I've been looking for a neat option to expose Rachel to the computer.
Also, I put aside time today to read yesterdays post, and see it was removed. If possible, could I still access it? Let me know lynchta1@hotmail.com
Take care,
T.A.

EmilyM said...

Thanks for sharing this site. I looked around the site and I think it is great. I love the multi- sensory approach, and how everything you could possible need is right there. This would be great for my son!

Steph B said...

I first have to say that I love your site! You have inspired me! Now, on to the fun new site. I like that they give us options in color and black and white...because let's be honest, I can go through colored ink like water!;0.

Kama said...

That is really cool! I like the online activities that the kids can look at as well as the movement section for things to do. This looks like a great site!

b.c. Gurl said...

I've just 'discovered' your blog and I'm in love already! what a great giveaway! what is there not to love about that site! My favorite is that it's adaptable to differnent ages and stages and the multi-sensory of course! I haven't explored it fully - but I've added it to my favorites!

Sherri said...

Wow, what a great site! I love all of the ideas, especially the online books and letter craft ideas. But all of it would be super helpful to have in a multisensory way!
Thanks for the offer!!
solson25@hotmail.com

Kaci said...

Wow. There's a ton of great stuff. I am just getting started with two preschoolers...so I can see this site coming in handy. I especially like the Meet the Letter Introduction. That seems like something my children would enjoy.

Elle Belles Bows said...

Thanks so much for sharing this with us!

I love that each letter has an associated puppet with it!

Thanks for hosting!

Kerri
ellebellesbows@gmail.com

Life Is A Lark said...

WOW! Thanks for introducing me to this great site along with Kid Soup. I definitely like the multi sensory approach when teaching preschool and love the Meet the Letter activity with letter puppets. Also, love the file folder games.

Julie said...

What a great resource! It's so nice to have all these ideas in one spot, from the book recommendations to the crafts to the recipes to the handwriting sheets. I don't think I could pick a favorite. It's all wonderful.

Amanda @ www.kiddio.org said...

The letter crafts are great! What I think I like best is the work that it would save me!!

Sara said...

I love that there are so many different themes for the letter A. I assume that's true of the other letters? So cool! Really like the "hear the letter" portion.

Queen to my 3 Boys said...

What a great site! I love the variety - I have 4 boys who are all so different from each other. There's sure to be something for everyone here.

queentomy3boys(at)yahoo(dot)com

Erin Ropelato said...

I love how it reaches out to all 5 senses! I like the option for printables plus all the instructions to make additional materials for each letter (like the Sandpaper Letters).

Shannon said...

There are so many things I like about this site. I like that you can either listen to the online story or play it in read mode. I also like that they offer file folder games. My absolute favorite though is that they give instructions on how to use and discuss each activity with your child. This is especially helpful for new homeschooling moms life myself, who are still trying to figure out how to go about homeschooling.

Thanks for the giveaway!

mico said...

Wow. So many fun things to do. Was already thinking of purchasing membership so this discount is great.

mico said...

See it, feel it, write it, taste it and hear it. Seems very organised and easy to use. Esp usefuly for a full time working mum like me who just wants to pick up something to do with my kid.

Carey said...

I'm back for a second entry today...so many wonderful activities and approaches utilized. The recipes are so clever.

Carey said...

I'm back for a second entry today...so many wonderful activities and approaches utilized. The recipes are so clever.

Sarah said...

I'm so excited about this new site. I run a home daycare and have a bunch of ready to learn little wonders that are going to love the activities.

Lindsay said...

Yay I am coming back to make another entry for today. You know I like to put something in the comments other than the hey I am here again :-P.. So this time I thought I would share something I think you would like about where I live... in my attempt to convince you to move here *wink* This morning I had coffee while watching the sun rise up over the mountains... and the cool thing I can watch it set over the other mountains tonight :-) All from my back yard :-)

Ashlea said...

I always had an easy time with school, but my brother struggled, even though we all knew he was intelligent. If some of these different methods of teaching had been utilized, ie. touching the letter, tasting the letter, I think he would have done better. He learned things differently, and his overworked teacher couldn't cater to all the different needs in the classroom.
blueviolet_290@hotmail.com

Abbie said...

Back again to say that I love the coloring sheets that they had and if I win it will be great to use those with Sam!

mommy days said...

Such great resources in one website. I loved the folder fun and letter craft the most!

Steph B said...

I am going for an extra check back today post! I too loved the handwriting practice sheets.

Förskoleburken said...

Back again, hoping!

Beth said...

I like the site's five senses approach.... its very in sync with Montessori's idea of a child's sensitivity phases. And its all in one place- cool!

Corrie said...

Thank you for informing me about twiggles. It looks awesome. I'm not signing up to win because I don't have a printer yet, but I did want to let you know it looks really cool and informative. I can't wait until Christmas when I get my printer (hopefully) and can really start looking at sites like that one. Thanks so much.

Maria said...

Even though the Literacy section is way in the bottom right corner, I think this is such an important subject. I really appreciate how they have lessons/activities that tie into books. Another way to make reading more fun and interactive!

Susan-Chasing Marcus said...

Day 2!

Jen said...

Day 2! Thanks for the opportunity!

Sherri said...

I would love love love this! What a great thing to have eveything you need all in one resource!

Amy said...

Super giveaway! My kiddos would love these "taste" the letter activities. What a great site, thanks for sharing.

On a separate topic, could I get your email address? There's something I want to bring to your attention that I think you may not be aware of.

Andrea said...

Hi there,
Please let me know how to contact you via email. I have something to discuss with you
thanks
Andrea

Counting Coconuts said...

Hi Amy & Andrea, feel free to contact me at countingcoconuts1@gmail.com.

Rusheika said...

me again! day 2!!

Claudia said...

Thank you so much for this website! It is chock full of awesome things for us to do! I just know that Evan will love the crafts and tasting the letter! I am so excited that they include all the senses and enable the children to fully intergrate the concepts while having fun! Two very enthusiastic thumbs up!
stardustedcloud.9@gmail.com

Sara said...

What a great site! I can't pick just one thing, but I do have to say that I love the variety of material that it offers. Thanks for the chance to win! I'll be back tomorrow.

Lindsay said...

ok today's reason to move to where I live.. amazing fall colors red, orange, yellow, green, you name it we got it! People actually come a long way to drive on our skyline drive during the fall :-)

Abbie said...

Cannot wait to use those online letter books with Sam. Keeping my fingers crossed this week that I win this one!

Förskoleburken said...

Here again!

Susan-Chasing Marcus said...

Back for day 3! We just read the A book again, and Sophie really enjoyed it.

Sherri said...

Just checking back... I would love this giveaway! I love the word wall idea!

jess_hak said...

What a fun site! I think that I like the file folder games best (I'm a sucker for those). Also I really liked the maze where the ant follows the a's through the apple. Really detailed I know, but I just like that it is a different approach on letter recognition than the find and circle all the a's that my daughter has been doing.

The Schroaders said...

I love that it incorporates all the senses so thoroughly! What an amazing resource! No matter what,..I'll have something for both my little ones that will fit both learning styles! schroaderfamily@gmail.com. Thanks for the recommendation!

The Schroaders said...

Love all of it really! With my twins,..it is nice to have resources that will fit their different learning styles. This site has depth! schroaderfamily@gmail.com Thanks for the recommendation!

Elizabeth said...

Oh my what a wonderful giveaway. After the multisensory approach I love the folder games and the craft. My little on would love this and so would I. Thanks for the chance.

Ashlea said...

Just getting my entry in for the day!
Thanks,
Blueviolet_290@hotmail.com

Jaisey said...

This is amazing! I loved the resource section...ideas for activities, songs, and rhymes to go along with the letter. This is the part I always seem to struggle with when teaching my kiddos. Thanks for sharing.

Jaisey said...

This is amazing! I loved the resource section...ideas for activities, songs, and rhymes to go along with the letter. This is the part I always seem to struggle with when teaching my kiddos. Thanks for sharing.

Shannon said...

Stopping by for another chance to win!

Thanks again.

The Woodall family said...

Oh, these are awesome resources! What I like best about it is that it uses all the senses to teach the letters. My 4 year old daughter has Sensory Processing Disorder and I try to include strong sensory input activities into everything we do. This is a great site!

Steph B said...

I love the taste the letter section! What a great idea! sbitter at live dot com

TomatoJam said...

I love that it is more then just printable - craft, etc too. But also, that the printables are nice so that on a day that you want something quick and not too messy, there is something easy to grab.

Lindsay said...

hmm so today's comment about why you should move to my area.. we have all 4 seasons. We get hot in the summer but its not unbearable all summer, we have nice crisp falls, winters we get some snow but not all the time, and spring is nice and warm :-)

Abbie said...

Love that the little ones can sit and hear the online books.
Hoping you pick me!

Autumn mama said...

HI there ! just wanted to stop by and tell you how much i enjoy your blog... i run an in home daycare here in Canada... what a lovely place to stop....
thanks for sharing
light and peace
autumn mama

Michelle said...

Wow, what a great site! I love how much stuff they offer for each letter. You will be supplied with activities and learning. I really love that they included a folder game. How fun!

Kaci said...

I am coming back for a second comment. The more I visit the site, the more I like it. I have already recommended it to a couple of friends.

Förskoleburken said...

Third time's the charm!

Sandra said...

Wow! I just LOVE it! I love it because they offer so many different things and ideas - and it will become No.1 research site for me - no more jumping around and fishing for ideas! Thanks!

Sherri said...

I would love to use this...what a great giveaway!

Susan-Chasing Marcus said...

Day 4 :)

Plain and Joyful Living said...

Wow thank you for this terrific giveaway.

Ashlea said...

I love that everything is on one site. No more searching multiple pages for what I'm looking for!

Blueviolet_290@hotmail.com

Shannon said...

Back again for another chance.

Andrea said...

I love how there are so many resources right in one spot. I especially liked the movement connection since I'm trying to add more planned movement activities into our days. The suggested list of themes is really helpful to. Thanks for sharing!

Sari Asenith said...

As a mother of two PRE preschoolers I am always trying to find new activities to do them and your website is my first stop! Thank you!

Rusheika said...

here again! hope you have a happy friday!!

Carey said...

I really like the letter craft activities and the little puppet people.

Michelle said...

Back to try again! Would really love to win this!!!

Caleb and Leah Schroeder said...

I really like the website!

Förskoleburken said...

Fourth time's the charm?

Ashlea said...

I'm back again for my daily entry! My little girl and I just started working through one letter per week. We started A on monday and it was perfect timing to hear about this site! We did the matching game with lowercase and uppercase A's and she loved it! Now she points out any A she sees and tells me if it's an uppercase or lowercase.

Lindsay said...

Okay today's reason - All of the wonderful things you can pick yourself, strawberries, apples, peaches, pumpkins, blueberries, and a few other things!

Zonnah said...

I like how they use multipule sences.

Steph B said...

Coming back again! Loved the E-book..we tried it today.
sbitter at live dot com

Susan-Chasing Marcus said...

Final Entry =)

Kandace said...

This is a great site! I'm so excited to use this....bringing in all the senses is fabulous. I especially love the movement area, that can be one of the hardest ideas to come up with on your own. And all the templates are fabulous!
Thanks!

Sherri said...

Back for my daily entry. Love the folder game for the letters!
solson35@ hotmail.com

Sue Hills said...

commenting for the 2nd time for another entry. Thanks for offering this!!

Shannon said...

Another entry for me please!

scbarker.mph AT gmail DOT com

Sherri said...

Back for my last entry! Keeping my fingers crossed!
solson35@ hotmail DOT com

Jen said...

Thanks for the chance to win a great product!

Rusheika said...

I am back! I hope I win :)

Ashlea said...

I wanted to get my last entry in before the giveaway closes! This is such a cool site! Thanks for sharing it :)

Blueviolet_290@hotmail.com

Mandy said...

such a fun site! i am doing preschool with my daughter and it would be nice to get all my info in one place instead of jumping from site to site. thanks for the chance to win!

Elizabeth said...

Back for another chance. My fingers are crossed.

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