Win a Free $50 Finders-Keepers Gift Certificate—and let us know what else you’d like for us to give away! Entering is easy!


The Finders-Keepers weekly Facebook drawings have been so popular that we’ve decided to continue them into the summer.  We’ve been blessed, amused, informed, and encouraged by the responses we’ve received to our previous contests, and giving away free materials has been downright fun.  Now we’d like to hear from our Facebook friends regarding what they’d like the opportunity to win in the coming weeks.

Entering is really easy. First browse through the items offered at our website, then respond with a comment to the contest post on our Facebook page naming an item you’d like to see offered as one of our giveaways.  (Feel free to explain why, if you like.)  There’s a lot of good stuff available, so for this week only we’re encouraging participants to enter more than once.  Additionally, we’d love for you to pass the contest information along to likeminded friends to increase the chance of having your favorite products featured as prizes. For instance, if your student will be in an Apologia Biology co-op next year,  you might invite everyone in the group to enter products from that category as potential prizes.

The entries will be tallied and considered in conjunction with shopping trends and our advertising budget to determine which items will be given away in upcoming contests.

All entries must be received by Noon CST on Wednesday, June 2nd, and the drawing will be that afternoon. One winner will be selected randomly from the number of responses received, and he or she will receive a $50 Finders-Keepers gift certificate.  The winner will be announced on Facebook, and he or she will receive a message from Finders-Keepers about the prize.

The Finders-Keepers website offers pictures, descriptions, and prices for all our products, as well as additional resources such as sample modules, scope and sequences, placement tests, and demo clips.  And as always, Finders-Keepers customers can count on us for expert curriculum advice, friendly service, and free shipping on orders of $50 or more.

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Read any good guarantees lately?

  

Here’s my submission for the most ridiculous item of the day—and further proof that manufacturers think consumers are stupid.

My daughter’s blow dryer recently went kaput.  My husband, the master tinkerer, was not able to revive it because certain specialty parts were needed.  It’s a pricey unit, but my daughter’s hair is very long, and I like to think that this particular product causes less damage, so I decided to reorder the same one.

When the replacement arrived, I made sure to check on the warranty, just in case we had the same problem again.  Here is the guarantee that is offered on this top shelf piece of equipment:

Your common sense probably tells you that pretty much the entire unit is composed of steel parts, plastic parts, and the flex cord. I can confirm this, since I have a dismantled version of this blow dryer in my possession. It does have a thin piece of cardboard on the inside, so I guess that’s the part they’re guaranteeing. I’d have more confidence in the product and the company if they just labeled it “SOLD AS IS”.

I know this hoodwinking is nothing new, but sometimes I just want to speak up. So here’s a message to all those big companies that think they’re pulling one over on us:

We know that you’re shrinking the size of ice cream cartons and coffee cans. We know that you’re pumping our meats full of “solutions” to bloat the net weight so you can walk away with more dollars per portion. We know that you’re choosing deceptive brand names to mislead consumers about a product’s country of origin . We’re onto you, and we’re adjusting our shopping habits accordingly.

Furthermore, we’re training a generation of students who can read, think, contrast, compare, and make rational decisions. When they finally outnumber the sheeple, you’re going to have to change your ways.

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Published in: on May 26, 2010 at 6:11 am  Comments (1)  
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Win a FREE Shurley English Jingle Time Music Pack–for use with ANY English curriculum. Entering is easy!

One of the things that makes Shurley English so effective is the use of jingles to teach the parts of speech. Shurley recently released their Jingle Time Music Packs so students using any English curriculum could take advantage of this unique learning method. Each Music Pack includes an Audio CD and a Piano Sheet Music Book with guitar tabs, and they’re available in two sets: Levels 1-2 and Levels 3-8.

Whether you love them or hate them, the little ditties that make their way into your brain as a child really stick with you! For this week’s contest, we’d like to hear about a jingle from your youth that’s made a permanent home in your head. I’m a pepper, you’re a pepper…Weebles wobble but they don’t fall down…Ooey gooey rich and chewy inside…Nothing beats a great pair of L’eggs. We’ll probably never get that personal hard drive space back, so we might as well have some fun remembering the jingles of days gone by.

To enter this week’s contest, simply write your answer as a “Comment” to the contest post on the Finders-Keepers Facebook Page. The winner will receive a free Shurley English Jingle Time Music Pack (choice of level).

All entries must be received by Noon CST on Wednesday, May 26th, and the drawing will be that afternoon. One winner will be selected randomly from the number of responses received. The winner will be announced on Facebook, and he or she will receive a message from Finders-Keepers requesting shipping information. Please feel free to share the contest information with friends and family, but we do request that responses be limited to one per person. 

And don’t forget, the  Finders-Keepers website offers free  Printable Shurley Extra Practice Sentences , free Printable Shurley Writing Templates, and a Shurley Scope & Sequence, as well as fantastic prices on Shurley English materials with FREE shipping on all orders of $50 or more.

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Doodle4Google Homeschool Student Finalist—Please vote and help spread the word!

Hannah Newsom is a homeschooled student who has been selected as one of 40 finalists in Google’s Doodle4Google competition. (She also happens to be from my hometown of Fayetteville, Arkansas!) In addition to being a lovely work of art, her entry expresses a wish for others to “glimpse the beauty of the Maker”. We received information about this contestant at a homeschool convention this weekend, and we’d love to see the homeschool community rally around to help her win!

The following information is excerpted from a VegSource post:

Since Hannah is a homeschool student she doesn’t have the backing of a large
school like many of the other contestants. So, we hope you will be her school
and vote for her and help us get the word out to your friends, family, co-
workers, etc.

Voting is going on now and closes at noon on Tuesday, 25th. Takes just a
couple of minutes to vote.

How to Vote –
Go to doodle4google.com
click “Vote Now”
click “grade 10-12”
click “Region 7”
Hannah’s doodle come up “Dawn of Hope”
click “vote for this doodle”

Published in: on May 23, 2010 at 5:53 pm  Comments (1)  
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Win a FREE Shurley English Software CD. It can be used with any English program, and entering is EASY!


 (You can watch a demo of this software HERE –if you don’t mind my southern accent!)

Not all learning can be a fun-filled carnival, but games certainly have their place in the world of education.  Critical thinking, strategic planning, memorization, sportsmanship, laws of probability, and much more are apprehended unconsciously through many games—particularly old fashioned board games.

Because we’re giving away a game (well…it’s sort of a game), this week we’d like to know what you’ve learned from the games of your youth.  I’ll go first: I used to love to play a game called “Sleuth” that was 100% deductive reasoning and critical thinking—no bells and whistles, fancy graphics, or happenstance turns of events.  Playing this game taught me to think hard and really hang on to a train of thought.  It also taught me to win graciously and perhaps not go for the jugular every single time.  Otherwise, I’d have nobody to play with! And it taught me that I’m not always as smart as I think I am.

To enter this week’s contest, simply write your answer as a “Comment” to the contest post on the Finders-Keepers Facebook Page. The winner will receive a free Shurley English Classifying with Quigley Software CD (choice of level).  This software can be used with any English program simply by labeling the words from left to right rather than according to the Shurley Question & Answer Flow.

All entries must be received by Noon CST on Wednesday, May 12th, and the drawing will be that afternoon. One winner will be selected randomly from the number of responses received. The winner will be announced on Facebook, and he or she will receive a message from Finders-Keepers requesting shipping information. Please feel free to share the contest information with friends and family, but we do request that responses be limited to one per person.

And don’t forget, the  Finders-Keepers website offers free  Printable Shurley Extra Practice Sentences , free Printable Shurley Writing Templates, and a Shurley Scope & Sequence, as well as fantastic prices on Shurley English materials with FREE shipping on all orders of $50 or more.

www.finders-keepers.net

Published in: on May 5, 2010 at 1:16 pm  Leave a Comment