Monday, March 19, 2012

GIVAWAY! 22 Zoology Books from Montessori Print Shop

Thanks to the Montessori Print Shop, Me Too read his first word!  Let me tell you how it happened, and at the bottom of this post you'll find the giveaway!

About two weeks ago the Montessori Print Shop sent me a digital bundle of 22 Zoology nomenclature,  definitions and life cycle books to review.  You can enter to win them all for your own children or class at the end of this post!  Definitions books for animals are like three-part cards in that there is a line drawing of the animal with a particular body part highlighted and the name of that body part given at the bottom of the picture (just like the control card of a three-part card set).  However, rather than stopping there and simply asking the child to match the loose word and picture to the control card, the definitions booklets provide a definition of the body part on the opposing page.  The Montessori Print Shop has an excellent article titled "How to Use Montessori Nomenclature Materials" that you can find on their blog. It describes all of the traditional Montessori nomenclature materials with the exception of multi-part definition cards, how to progress through them, and how to present them.

My fluent reader (Kal-El) still loves three-part cards, and I hope he always will, but he also enjoys the challenge of doing a little more reading, he LOVES non-fiction, and he adores collecting facts about animals.  That is why I thought something like these would be well-suited for him:


The Montessori Print Shop calls these "nomenclature" books, but I would tend to call them "definitions" books instead.  I don't like to make things like definitions books or command cards myself because I dislike having to be creative about content.  I like having someone else decide what goes in there and how to define it.  It gives me a break from the rest of my life as a homeschooling mom in which I have to make every decision about the content of my children's education.  I was interested to see the full content of these nomenclature books because sometimes you find that they just say things like "This is the bird's eye" which is more of a "nomenclature" book rather than a definitions book.  Also, I wondered if the definitions would be dry or interesting.  I couldn't be happier, each page offers up interesting tidbits of information about the animals that attract my boys like our electronics attract dust.

I had a feeling this collection would be perfect for Kal-El.  However, Me Too has been very interested in dogs.  So, the first book I made was for him.


Before I received the files, I didn't know what level the books would be at regarding body parts.  Sometimes you find materials that label body, head, legs, tail, nose, eyes  and then they are done.  That might be appropriate in early primary, but for my late primary Me Too and early elementary Kal-El it would be too simple.  This book is more advanced which is what I had hoped for (muzzle, brisket, withers, etc.,). He asked me to read it to him twice and then he said, "Now, I'll read it to you but I'm only going to read the picture pages and not the big pages."  He flew through the first few pages by memory (dog, head, ears) and then he got stuck.  He didn't remember what the "stop" was called.  Then next thing I know his pointer finger is gliding along beneath the word and I hear " 'sssttt' (yes, he even blended).../o/.../p/.  Stop."  He continued through the book and likewise read "back", "hocks", "tail", and "brisket."  He sometimes handled the phonograms well as in those words, and other times needed a reminder to not read them separately as in "withers."  There were, of course, some words beyond his reading ability such as "thigh" and "shoulder", but folks, I think we have a reader!

Here he is reading his book.  This picture is a little sunny, but you can see his little lips sounding out the word and his chubby little finger sliding along underneath.  So cute.



This particular type of material is hard to find.  Maitri Learning sells them but I can't say that I've seen them anywhere else to DIY other than at the Montessori Print Shop.  If you can't wait to make some for your own kids, you can head over to the Montessori Print Shop and buy any book you want individually.  Or, you can save some money and buy The 22-item Zoology bundle which includes:


Zoology Nomenclature Cards Bundle

This bundle includes 22 sets of Zoology Nomenclature Cards. Each card in every set is in a 3-Part Card format.
1Bat Nomenclature Cards (13 parts)2.49
2Bird Nomenclature Cards (11 parts)2.49
3Butterfly Life Cycle Cards and Charts (5 parts)2.49
4Butterfly Nomenclature Cards (5 parts)2.49
5Dog Nomenclature Cards (15 parts)2.49
6Elephant Nomenclature Cards (10 parts)2.49
7Fish Nomenclature Cards (11 parts)2.49
8Frog Life Cycle Cards and Charts (6 parts)2.49
9Frog Nomenclature Cards (6 parts)0.00
10Grasshopper Nomenclature Cards (13 parts)2.49
11Horse Nomenclature Cards (9 parts)2.49
12Insect Nomenclature Cards (11 parts)2.49
13Jellyfish Nomenclature Cards (8 parts)2.49
14Kangaroo Nomenclature Cards (11 parts)2.49
15Ladybug Nomenclature Cards (10 parts)2.49
16Penguin Nomenclature Cards (9 parts)2.49
17Snail Nomenclature Cards (9 parts)2.49
18Spider Nomenclature Cards (8 parts)2.49
19Starfish Nomenclature Cards (11 parts)2.49
20Turkey Nomenclature Cards (13 parts)2.49
21Turtle Nomenclature Cards (10 parts)2.49
22Worm Nomenclature Cards (5 parts)1.49
Total if purchased individually$51.29
Save 15% on the Bundle7.69
$43.60

I read through all of the materials, made the books for the kangaroo, the bird, the dog, and the insect and the boys had a blast with them last week.  As you can see from the above list, the bundle is not limited to definitions books but also includes life cycle books and charts.  I have read through those materials and they are fantastic.


 I haven't made them yet because the boys still glaze over a little when I start talking about life cycles.  I can't wait until they show some interest and I can get started on life cycles.  In the meantime, this bundle has provided more than enough "parts of" booklets to keep us busy.

Note:  If you prefer three-part cards, or you feel three-part cards are more appropriate for your child's stage of development, there are three-part card materials for all of these animals as well available on the Montessori Print Shop site.

The materials printed beautifully and were easy, but a little tedious, to make.  You can read a very helpful article about how to turn these digital files into long-lasting booklets at the Montessori Print Shop as well.  If everything in the world could be "my way" I would set these files up so they could be printed double-sided onto cardstock. As is, you cannot do that because when you fold them things would be on the wrong facing pages.  So instead, the Montessori Print shop suggests that you print everything on regular printer paper, cut them out, also cut cardstock into quarters, glue each of the pages onto the cardstock, laminate, and cut again.  Then you can perforate and bind them with your comb binding machine.  If they could be printed double-sided you could just print them on cardstock, cut once, skip laminating and go directly to binding.  If you didn't have a comb binder, you could print them on printer paper and simply staple them.   I don't like the tediousness of glueing things back to back.  That said, I can hazard a guess that if they were set up for double-sided printing the company would get a lot of complaints from people who couldn't figure out how to put their books together.  It would look very disjointed in the digital file because like would not be with like.  Also, many people are not familiar enough with how their printer works to be capable of successfully printing things back to back so that they line up correctly.  It could also be difficult to format because you never know what someone's printer will do with the margins.

TO ENTER THE GIVEAWAY!

The Montessori Print Shop is graciously giving ONE of my readers the 22-item Zoology Nomenclature Books Bundle.  These files have a $51.29 value if purchased individually and can be purchased for $43.60 as a bundle.  Wouldn't it be great to win it?  There are several ways to enter.  The first entry is mandatory.  If you don't blog or social network and can only enter by commenting, remember...it only takes one entry to win! Do not despair!  Also, I have added number nine so that you have a way to come back and earn more entries.


This giveaway is being run through Rafflecopter.  You have to earn your entries and then enter them into the Rafflecopter.  If you don't know how to use it, here is a video that explains:



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Ways to earn an entry:


  1. Visit the Montessori Print Shop site and leave a comment here on this blog post letting us know what other product YOU would like to see reviewed.  (I didn't think I needed to say this, but it appears I do.  In order to leave a comment go to the bottom of this post where it lists the current number of comments..."5 comments"...."29 comments"...whatever. Click on that and it takes you to the comments page.)  Tell the Rafflecopter you've done so.
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  9. After the first day, you can come back here and leave a comment on this blog post each day of the giveaway.  That way those of you who don't blog or social network can earn more entries as well!  Tell the Rafflecopter you've done so.


The giveaway begins today, Monday March 19th, at 12:01 a.m. and closes on Monday March 26th at 12:01 a.m.  The Montessori Print Shop will be provided with the winner's contact information and will contact them in order to provide the digital file.

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92 comments:

  1. This is such an amazing giveaway! We totally love nomenclature cards. Hope I win :) I would love to read your review on the Geography unit of Montessori Print Shop!

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  2. Oh no, not the rafflecopter... I don't use Facebook or Twitter, and don't blog anymore. Therefore I don't stand a chance... :(

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  3. Elsa,

    It only takes one comment to win! However, in response to your comment I added an extra option to help out non-bloggers/non-social networkers.

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  4. Would love to win! How about reviewing the teacher's manuals of Montessori Print Shop? Would love to hear from you about this!

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  5. Would love to win! How about reviewing the teacher's manuals of Montessori Print Shop? Would love to hear from you about this! - moon_child710 at yahoo dot com

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  7. WOW!!!!! Awesome giveaway!!!!! We would love to win these! In fact these are the products that I have been thinking we need as we start our Biome Study! I think that getting a reveiw on some of MPS geogaphy cards would be fun! I made mine, but would love to hear about theirs!

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  8. Oh, and by the way I cant believe that Me Too is reading!!!!!!! Yeah for him!!!!!!! That is just the coolest thing ever!!!!! Tell him we are happy for him!!!!! Congrats Me Too!

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  9. I agree with another poster who suggested a review of the manuals

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  10. Thank you for such a great giveaway!!! My nature-loving boys would love to learn with these books!!!

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  11. I would like to see reviews of the Geography Continent bundles.

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  12. I love Montessori Printshop! Their continent works have been a wonderful addition to our classroom - vibrant pictures and lots variety of cultures.

    Thank you for hosting this giveaway. Those of us with small schools really appreciate the opportunity to win something.

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  13. I love Montessori Printshop! Their continent works have been a wonderful addition to our classroom - vibrant pictures and lots variety of cultures.

    Thank you for hosting this giveaway. Those of us with small schools really appreciate the opportunity to win something.

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  14. i would love to see the geography files reviewed. I've seen the pin map flags, and they're awesome, but I'd love to see the photographs of the culture and animals.

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  15. I would love to win this for my science class!I try to use as much Montessori as possible (in a non-traditional Montessori school).

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  16. I'd love to see a review on the math operations bundle.
    gorillas_r_loved at hotmail dot com

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  17. I'm new to your blog so I don't know what you've covered in the past, but I'm really interested in a review of the geography resources. I suspect my little guy will be really interested in this soon! Thanks!

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  18. I'd love to see a review of the food chain chart and cards..thanks for the giveaway!

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  19. What an awesome giveaway!I would be thrilled to win this.
    Nandini

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  20. I'd love to see a review of the readers...but I don't know if you are using them yet!

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  21. I'd love to see a review of the phonics series

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  22. In the geometry section, the files on geometric solids and the geometry cabinet.

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  23. Great giveaway! I would love to read a review of the grammar materials.

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  24. Great giveaway! I would love to read a review of the grammar materials.

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  25. Would love to win this for my kids school. Thank you!

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  26. I'd like to see a review on the geometric continents bundle, too!
    I already follow your blog via e-mail.

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  27. I mean, the GEOGRAPHY continents bundle!! hahahahh

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  28. What a great giveaway! I'd like to see the tree identification materials reviewed. They look great!

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  29. I loved so,so,so many products from MPS! But to mention one the map with flags.

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  30. I have had great success with nomenclatures, lately, and would love to make some MPS zoology books!

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  31. I have had great success with nomenclatures, lately, and would love to make some MPS zoology books!

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  32. Thank you for this opportunity! I would love to hear a review from you about the Teacher Manuals. Thank you again!

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  33. I would love to see the readers reviewed and know what you think of them!

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  34. i love all monessori prontshop material , and it is a big help when seeing it use in another homeschool . thank you for your review . Like you i wish those files could print differently , did you laminae yours ?? viv

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  35. One of the art materials, I've never seen those reviewed.

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  36. I've "liked" you on Facebook!

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  37. I've "liked" you on Facebook.

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  38. I would like to see a review on the "Research outlines" from Montessori Print Shop.

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  39. I love MPS!!! I would love the Continent materials.....always my fav!

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  40. I agree with reviewing some of the art materials.

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  41. Two of my favorites together.. Your blog and Montessori print shop!!!
    Thanks for the giveaway. I would love to hear your review of some of the geography materials.

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  42. I'd like to see a review of the Europe Geography Folder. Thanks for a great giveaway!!

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  43. I'd like to see a review on "Guess What?" cards. There are two sets. And I wonder if they are challenging enough for a preschooler.
    Thank you for a great giveaway and for your amazing blog.

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  44. I would like a review on the geography bundles. Thanks for the opportunity to win!

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  45. I would like a review on the geography bundles. Thanks for the opportunity to win!

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  46. And here's to a second chance to win the giveaway!!
    Have a nice day

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  48. I've been eyeing these for a while, fingers crossed.

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  49. I left the wrong comment first. I really like their geography stuff as well. It's a hard call on what else I like.

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  50. I like the art cards.

    jensteed.08 (at) gmail (dot) com

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  51. wow - cool giveaway.
    would like to see a review on the Art Books bundle as I am looking for something good to kick start our art studies :)

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  52. also liked you on facebook - fingers crossed

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  53. Thanks for the giveaway. I'd be fascinated to see a review of the Visual Art Materials as I think exposure to geometric patterns can generate so many interesting spin-offs.
    Amanda

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  54. First of all, thank you for the giveaway! Would love to see a review of the Math Operations Bundle.

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  55. I would like to see a review of the Math Operations Bundle.

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  56. I liked What DID We Do All Day? on FB

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  57. Thank you for the opportunity!

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  58. Thank you for hosting this giveaway. Would love to see a review of the Geography Continent Materials.

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  59. So glad to have found your site. It is inspiring me to get back to using more Montessori in our curriculumn!

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  60. I would love the geography materials to be reviewed. It is one area that I have trouble finding items for. Thanks!

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  61. Another day, another chance.
    Have a good day!!
    Thanks

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  62. I left a comment on the MPS blog post of your giveaway.

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  63. Left a comment on the MPS blogpost of the giveaway.

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  64. I would love to win. What an exciting chance.

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  65. the review on the Teacher Manuals would be perfect :)

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  66. the giveaway is awesome but it's going to take me a while to figure out how to log my entries!!!

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  67. I "like" this post on Facebook!

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  68. Another day, another chance ...

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  69. Another day, another chance ...

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  70. One more day, one more chance.
    Kind regards

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  71. I'd be interested in a review of The Montessori At Home! eBook & Materials Bundle.

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  72. Great to see your boys enjoying the grammer lessons! Nothing quite like that feeling when they get it AND enjoy it!

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  73. I am so excited for this giveaway! Hope to win!

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  74. Maybe today is my lucky day!!
    Kind regards

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  75. Maybe today is my lucky day!!
    Kind regards and happy weekend!!

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  76. I'd like to hear about the math products!

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  77. Learning about frogs and using the free nomenclature printables for frogs. Hoping to win so we can learn more!

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  78. One more and hoping to win!

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  79. My last chance. Good luck to everyone!!

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  80. My last opportunity. Hope this is it!

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  81. Thank you for this opportunity!

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