Saturday, June 4, 2011

My First Giveaway

We finished Story of the World Volume 1!!!  When I think back to my time in school and my children’s time in school I remember all the things that were left unfinished.  It strikes me as remarkable that we finished a 42 chapter textbook and the related activities and quizzes.  I remember the last day of school,  unpacking backpacks l weighed down with journal, writing folders and math folders containing worksheet after worksheet.  Distress washed over me in waves as I gazed upon unfinished work in every folder.  

Stories left dangling in mid thought.
 Math sheets never corrected by my child 
 Journals with two or three pages written in them
A waste of time and money, not to mention my daughter’s patience and intelligence.
I did not start out this journey with many negative feelings about public school.  Heck, I was a teacher!  My sister and aunt are teachers, my cousins are teachers and the children that are fortunate enough to have them for a year are truly blessed.  My Aunt has shared sample journals that her students in 5th grade completed and they are wonderful examples of what can happen when instruction and creativity collide.  Sadly for my girls, they had too few of these opportunities while attending school.  I now realize that because of this, the quality of their education was sub-par.
In order to rectify that, over the course of this year in history we: built Greek musical instruments, listened to ancient Greek and Indian music, discovered that Mom loves the more contemporary music of Bollywood, and realized that Mickey Mouse was not the first sorcerer’s apprentice.  We drew our own Nazca drawings, watched videos on the Olmecs, looked through my own photo albums of the Great Wall and attended a private lesson at a Zen Center in New Haven on meditation.  We created amazing books of centuries (our living timeline) and learned how to use the internet to research.  
This history program is the perfect fit for my family.  Through it we have read many books, studied geography, incorporated art and music and gained wisdom that comes from knowing how we came to be.  We learned more about our own religion such as the origin of the fish symbol and the catacombs under Rome and recently discovered under Jerusalem.  We discussed how the events that transpired 2,000 years ago with the Jews are still being played out in the middle east and across the world today.
Story of the World has become the foundation of our curriculum.  All things link back to it.  To celebrate our accomplishment, I am hosting my first giveaway!  
I have a like-new paperback copy of Story of the World, The Ancients for you!  In order to win, you can:
  • link to my post on Facebook
  • become a follower
  • Twitter about my site
  • leave a topic-related comment! 

Win It! Giveway will close Tuesday, June 7th at 11:59 p.m.  Winner must provide email address for contact.  Book will be shipped June 8th to the lucky winner who provides a US mailing address upon request.
It is that simple.  I hope that you enjoy this book as much as the girls and I have and that it helps you to merge creativity and content in a way that the information will become a part of you forever. 

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  1. Well, I don't want to enter because we are working through the book, too -- but this is great! I just tweeted the giveaway and I'll share it on FB, too! Hooray!

  2. Tweeted about giveaway!/kbalman/status/77040132401790976

  3. I love history and hope to get the kids too as well!

  4. I would love to start this series in my own home. Didn't want to buy it before viewing it but heard all the glowing reviews about these books. Thank you for offering your copy for other learners.

  5. Posted a link on my FB page about the giveaway. Thank you again!

  6. We are currently working through the Wouldn't Want to be series for History but I am planning on using this next, so winning it would be great! I was actually going to email the group of friends and see if anyone had one.

  7. I would love this book! I keep trying to borrow a copy so I can check it out but this would be even better :)

  8. I shared your link on facebook. :)

  9. I follow on facebook now... I didn't know you were on there. Very cool.

  10. I would love a copy of this book. I can not get my hands on it through our library.

  11. We just started using this book last month and we really love the activities. It is such a fun and educational way to spend the summer. I would love to win this for a friend of mine who is interested in using it!

    Thanks for the opportunity!

  12. I also don't want to enter, because we have it!! I haven't started it - but we're excited to start it!!

  13. I've heard glowing reviews about SOTW. It's wonderful to hear good reviews from someone who finished it! We had borrowed SOTW from the library to preview but haven't purchased a copy yet. I would love to win one for future use!

  14. I'm a follower! Thanks for the giveaway!

  15. *** GIVEAWAY UPDATE***

    The winner of Story of the World is Monica. Her name was chosen randomly with the number of entries per person increasing depending on how you promoted my site (1 entry for a comment, 1 entry for FB, 1 entry for Twitter, 1 entry for new follower).

    Give her site a peek and stay tuned for more giveaways soon!

  16. Story of the World is so fun. :) Glad you finished it. We still haven't. Hee hee...


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