ABC and 123: Summer Bridge Review & Giveaway

Friday, July 10, 2009

Summer Bridge Review & Giveaway

This giveaway is now closed, thank you to everyone who entered!



What in the world is the Summer Vacation Slide?

Is it an amusement park ride?
A wet, slippery plastic across your front yard?
The fast, tallest metal slide on the playground?
Well, no, actually...

The summer vacation slide, termed by teachers & educational researchers, refers to the great amount of factual & procedural knowledge that students lose over their summer vacation. Sad, but true, it is proven that in the summer months children lose some of the information gained during the school year. Interestingly, the loss is most pronounced in knowledge based on facts and procedures (ie: spelling & math) than it is in conceptual based skills (life skills, reading, comprehension & problem solving). This information, and the research behind it, lead many in the field of education questioning & debating the benefits of year round school...but that is another topic for another day.

In the mean time, the brains behind the well known publishing company, Carson Dellosa, have come up with the Summer Bridge.
Is it a path connecting the campground to the beach?
The wooden planks over the creek to the tree swing?
The 5 mile structure connecting the 2 peninsulas of Michigan?
No, actually...

The Summer Bridge Activity Books, published by Carson Dellosa , are award winning resources to help parents and teachers keep their students (PreK - 8th Grade) active and learning throughout the summer. The activity books are full of exercises that reinforce the core academic areas. The instructions are easy to understand and the skills are presented in colorful & creative ways to motivate children to review familiar facts and procedures while being progressively challenged.

The activity books encourage daily practice with goal setting activities, motivational charts, and completion certificates. Each book also includes age appropriate flash cards and a suggested summer reading list.

Aside from addressing the academic needs of your child, the Summer Bridge Activity books also address health, wellness, and life skills. Preview the pages and activities in the Summer Bridge books at each level.

Summer Bridge Extension Activities are also available online. Their site offers interactive learning games as well as printable games. The age appropriate Summer Reading Lists are also available on the website.

When you purchase the Summer Bridge Activities book you will be given a code useful for accessing more features on the Summer Bridge Activities site. Your child will also have the opportunity to rate and review the books from their recommended reading lists. The pass code also gives you access to many wonderful sites for practicing & playing for skill review in: math, science, social studies, grammar, and more!

I have heard recommendations for the Summer Bridge books from:

Teachers - "The workbooks review the skills we learned during the school year and I'd love if all of my students had their own books so I didn't have to run pages and pages of copies to make summer workbooks."

Parents - "My child is getting quality skill review and maintaining the daily routine of quiet study/homework time."

Book Store Owners - " Of all the summer workbook options we offer, the Summer Bridge Books are by far the most effective and affordable. They are our best sellers."

Children - "This is fun. 'Can' I do an extra page today?" (Note: my child is just entering K and ALL schoolwork is exciting to him).

Buy It: Find the Summer Bridge Activity books tailored to your child's age/grade level. If you'd prefer not to shop online you may search the site for a location near you that carries the Summer Bridge Activity Books.

Win It: Carson Dellosa will be giving away a Summer Bridge Book, of your grade level choice, to one of our readers.

Entry Requirements:
Leave a comment here letting us know what book would fit your child's age/grade level. Notice the way the levels are assigned when you visit the Summer Bridge site.

Additional Entry:
~Leave a comment telling us another Carson Dellosa product that you have used before and/or would like to try.

If you are unfamiliar with Carson Dellosa and their other products, I would encourage you to take the time to visit their website and check them out. By educators, administrators, book store owners, and librarians they are respected for their high standards, large selection of products, and quality publishing.

Disclaimer: We received our review product free of charge, in return for writing this review. However, it is important to mention that our opinions are genuine and no effort was made to influence them by the company. In addition, we have had good experiences with other products from Carson Dellosa in the past, with materials we have purchased ourselves.

33 comments:

  1. I love these books! They are offered at the school I work at! I would love the 1st-2nd grade book! What a great way to encourage my child to learn and work all summer!

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  2. my daughter is going into 1st grade and she loves her book! she asks if she can do extra pages, too! we found that the k to 1 book was too easy for her, so she's actually doing the 1-2 book. her little brother asks if he can do his homework, too

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  3. Great giveaway! I would love to win a pre-k to kindgergarten level.

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  4. These look like great books. I would choose a pre-k book for my little one.
    Thanks

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  5. I love Carson Dellosa products! We homeschool, but this would still be a great resource for us to use. I like the K-1 book.

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  6. We have used several Carson Dellosa products, such as their holiday decorative accents, Note Pals and I think we have a few of their charts.

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  7. What a fun giveaway! I would love a 1st grade level book.

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  8. I have the P-K book - fun and colorful! I would love the 7-8 book for my oldest. :-)

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  9. The Photos for Building Language Skills : Book looks like a neat book - I would like to try that!

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  10. we used the summer bridge book before my oldest entered 1st grade last year! we'd love to have the 2nd grade one now if we win!!

    i love carson-dellosa and used to use many of their books when i taught preschool myself!!

    what a great review/giveway!

    noelle ♥

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  11. I am a great fan of Carson Dellosa! I love their books, certainly to win a prek level one won't go bad with my collection lol

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  12. I have also used the File folder games for reading and math, and love it!

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  13. I've looked at these books and would love to have one! I'd pick P-K...

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  14. I have looked at these books in these stores and I love them. My daughter will start preschool this fall and so I would love to have the pre-K one if we win.

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  15. I was just looking at these books the other day. I would like the PreK book. :)

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  16. I would love to try the Alphabet Train bulletin board set. I can't find my alphabet set from when I was a teacher and I really want to put up an alphabet in our play area for my sons. They are really into trains and I think they would love it!

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  17. Jase would love the Pre-K Summer Bridge Activities Book! I was also looking for some ESL books for a friend, so thank you for recommending this site - I think I've found what I was looking for!

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  18. I'm having a blast looking through all of the Pre-K books that are available - I can't just choose one! Right now we are working on our alphabet, so the "Amazing ABCs and 123s Book" would probably be a great addition to our lessons!

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  19. We would use the 2-3 book for my son!

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  20. We use Carson Dellosa products all of the time. We like to decorate so we often have their bulletin board border and other cut-outs. In my eye shot right now, I see the Vocabulary Development Home Workbook. We also have the Reading Comprehension one. My son likes these workbooks because they are small and have stickers included for incentive.

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  21. I like the Summer Bridge Activities K-1
    sylviawhit@gmail.com

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  22. my daughter is going into first grade so 2 of the books FIT her level grade K-1 and grades 1-2 although, I'd like grades 1-2.

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  23. We love these books. We would love the K-1 Book, since my son is going into Kinder in August. Thank you for the chance to win.

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  24. I used these books when I was a Pre-K teacher. I especially love the file folder books. Wonderful!!!

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  25. I would love to win the grades 5-6 book.

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  26. Looking through their website I saw many things that be helpful but narrowing it down to one I would like to get the Systematic Sequential Phonics They Use Book grades 1-5. This would be a big help with my son's reading.

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  27. Carrie Ovard

    My daughter would use the Book grades 2-3.
    caovard@yahoo.com

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  28. Carrie Ovard

    I have the froggy bulletin board set, but I have used so much more than that as I am a school teacher.

    caovard@yahoo.com

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  29. I was just thinking of getting one of these the other day. I would get the 1-2 book.

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  30. I would like the Alphabet ages 3-6 for us.

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  31. Though I have used their products before when I taught first and third grades, I'm not sure what, other than I know I used some for math and bulletin boards...and loved it!

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  32. I would love to win the Summer Bridge Activities K-1 book! I homeschool my sons and my 6-year-old would really benefit from the K-1 book. I actually saw this book at Barnes & Noble today and was really impressed by the contents.

    mfalcon13@hotmail.com

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  33. Additional entry:

    I haven't tried their products yet, but if I could try another one, it would be the Summer Bridge Activities P-K for my 4-year-old.

    Thanks for the opportunity!

    mfalcon13@hotmail.com

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