Giveaway: Dover Coloring Books


Homeschoolers, have you heard about the Fall 2010 Curriculum Clean-Out? It’s a fun time to clear out a little of the clutter on your shelves — one gal’s clutter is another homeschool mom’s treasure!

I first saw the Clean-Out on love2learn2day, who is giving away a living math picture book. My house, however, is a black hole for math books: they come in, but they don’t go back out!

Therefore, I’m offering a set of Dover Coloring Books. If you win the giveaway, you may choose from the following:

How to Enter

Leave a comment telling me HOW YOU TEACH WRITING in your homeschool. Do you use a curriculum (which one)? Do you use online resources, or library books, or just follow your child’s interest? Does your student have a blog? (If so, please share the link!) I’m curious to hear about your experiences.

The Clean-Out runs through August 28, so I’ll use to choose a comment as winner on the 29th and email you for your address. [U.S. shipping only!]

Check Out My Other Giveaway

On my math blog, I’m offering a copy of The Usborne Book of Easy Recorder Tunes.


43 responses to “Giveaway: Dover Coloring Books

  • Allie

    I’ve never taught writing. We have just read tons of books and living books on writing. WE’ll talk about paragraphs,etc. My daughter has done writing very easily this way. Stories and reports alike

    amalliegater at gmail dot com

    this would be fun to win

  • Dave Roller

    I teach writing in a variety of ways. For handwriting we have started using handwriting w/o tears. My daughter’s English book Intermediate Language lessons by Emma Serl gives writing assignments. I also use story starters and think of other assignments. The kids used to participate in a blog called home school kids write which had great assignments.

    my kids have blogs


    They didn’t write in them in the summer but they will use them in the school year.

  • MamaHen

    Up until this year I have not formally taught writing. My kids will start keeping short journals this year and my older kids will begin writing out some book reports.

  • Jeanette

    We love Dover coloring books!
    My son is in K so up to now there has been zero writing instruction and I am not planning anything formal yet. Right now we are working on handwriting a little and I have made up simple prompts for him to use each day. At this point it is mostly coloring and drawing with a little labeling for writing.

  • Penny

    We haven’t taught writing, because he’s still working on the basics of spelling. We’re just sort-of free-styling it

  • Kelly

    We are just starting out so I do not have a plan yet for teaching writing.
    kellysesame (at) gmail (dot) com

  • nancy

    We are just starting out. My kindergartener. and I are working through the various traits of writing along with story starters and prompts. It is working well for him. Thanks

  • Dawn

    Our writing lessons are a combination of 3 different curriculum. Writing With Ease (to teach summarizing, and dictation), Writing Strands (to teach paraphrasing and composition), and Tapestry of Graces Writing Aids (to teach different types of writing). So far so good with this approach.We also teach grammar and handwriting with other curriculum.

  • Sarah

    My oldest daughter just naturally fell into writing…. but my sons seems to need more structure, I think we will start with simple book reports.

  • Melissa

    We love Dover coloring books!

    We are using Writing with Ease 1 and Handwriting without tears grade 1 this year.

  • Sarah G

    We are using First Language Lessons level 1 & 2 this year with my first grade. Our My Father’s World curriculum also has a great phonics/writing curriculum built in that we are using as well. Thank you for the giveaway!

  • Daffodil Lane

    I LOVE Dover coloring books, they have so many relevant subjects for learning. We’ve used birds, castles, and several medieval. Thanks for the chance.

  • Lanna

    So far I’m just following my 6yo’s lead with his handwriting. I do have HWOT, but it’s buried in a box somewhere when I went on my packing spree a while back. I figure he’s got time on his side in regards to writing – it’ll happen before he goes to college. 😉

  • Julia

    How do I teach writing? Well, my daughter’s core curriculum is mostly Abeka based. I write out McGuffey Reader’s lessons for her, and taught her cursive early. We also have various other language arts books that she is encourage to work on at her own speed. She is now 6 years old, starting 3rd grade curriculum, and reads at a 5th grade level. As for her writing techniques, we’re at about a 3rd grade level there as well and most people that see samples of her writing assume it’s from an 8 or 9 year old, including grammar. So I think the hodge-podge is working out well for her at least.

  • Katie

    We are still working on actual writing, and not quite to content yet. I am working on verbal story telling though, so hopefully this will translate once we get to writing!

  • Rana

    I have never taught writing. My kids just love to write and practice on their own because they have something to say.

    I like the idea of the Dover coloring books. Great give away!


  • Daniela

    we’re using first language lessons and read, read, read!

  • Shannon A.

    We’re a little young for writing here, but coloring is in high demand and we could always use more coloring books –the animal ones would be adored. Thanks!

  • Tara

    we are using handwritting w/o tears!

  • Lynn

    Thank you for the give away! My son isn’t quite three yet, so writing for us at this age is basically a combination of penmanship and storytelling. We have recently started writing down his stories, and I bought him a story journal today that I’m going to introduce to him sometime this month and start writing his stories in for him (until he can write in it himself).

  • Kim

    Right now my kids are just working on handwriting because they are so young. We use Handwriting Without Tears and love it. We love Dover coloring books too. Thanks for this great giveaway.

    williams3129 at comcast dot net

  • Karen@CandidDiversions

    We haven’t done much writing yet. I have my children narrate to me every day, with the expectation that when they are more physically ready we’ll start having them write.

    Their primary practice in original writing is in writing letters to pen-pals that live in France.

    Thanks for the chance!

  • welcome to our wonderland

    i teach writing by using a variety of things from montessori to kumon workbooks

  • preschooljoy

    We’re doing Kindergarten this year, so I haven’t done a ton of focused writing yet, but one thing my daughter enjoys is putting tracing paper over book pages and tracing the words, then asking me what they say!

  • Laura

    Right now, we are not doing a focused writing class. The kids write when they feel like it. We are young and creative though, so in a few years we would like to try IEW.

  • Michelle

    How fun! OK, so far our writing has consisted of notebooking and un-guided story writing. I think children learn best from living, so we just read a lot of books. They pick up vocabulary, grammar and articulation, plus a whole lot more from listening to good books- the older books are the best! We download lots of books from and they listen to them for an hour or two every afternoon.

  • Lisa

    We use Writing with Ease and lots of books! Hope I win those coloring books! They sure could come in handy! 😉

  • Our Country Road

    Currently we are just starting Kindergarten, so my daughter is still learning to write her letters. I was blessed to find a wonderful phonics workbook at the Dollar Tree which has fit our needs perfectly.

  • LadyJ

    We use Explode the Code, Draw Write Now, Handwriting for a reason, and a mix of copywork and whatever grabs our attention. We write something everyday. So far no blog for the kids but I am considering it.

  • Charity L.

    We basically write as we go along. I give assignments and work with them on it. But ours are a bit older too. When they were younger, we used the Rod and Staff curriculum. I would so love to win the WWII set of coloring books!! Please enter me:) Thanks!

  • Lori

    For our curriculum, we are using a mixture of school-books. A lot of our schooling is day by day. S most of our hand-writing is book reports, letter writing to friends, etc. Thanks for the chance at winning these!

  • Hope Lyman

    We use Bob Jones for our school. Would love to be entered in this giveaway.

  • Modesty

    Our family uses Rod and Staff. I would like to win this giveaway. Thank you!

  • Stephanie

    Right now we are just working on reading, haven’t gotten really into writing yet.

  • Andrea Reb

    We have children who are too young to write but coloring is something that my older one is crazy about right now! Thanks for the giveaway

  • Katreena

    Thanks for the giveaway! We use Handwriting Without Tears and Learning Language Arts Through Literature. We also use a mix of worksheets from in our workboxes. A fun idea we started this spring (thanks to a homeschooling mom) was a Story-Starter jar. I filled the jar with interesting titles and once a week we chose one to write our own story (keyed to my child’s interests/family events, movies, playthings, places, etc.). We took turns writing the sentences, using pre-filled transitional words (or transitional words from a word bank). This quickly became a every day request.

  • Mozi Esmes Mom

    Wow – I love them all! I’m having a hard time choosing between Animals and History – the Christmas Around the World would be perfect for our curriculum this year, but I think my daughter would probably prefer the Animals one…

    As for teaching writing – on handwriting, I’ve decided that’s not a big priority at this point, so we won’t be teaching it as a separate subject. My main concern is legibility, and so far that’s not a problem. As for creative writing, I’ve just helped my daughter start her very own blog! We’ve done journaling for a while, so this will be a fun step in the process.

    janemaritz at yahoo dot com

  • lisa

    My son is young, so at this point we’re mostly just following his interests. He likes to write captions for his drawings and things like that.

  • Heather S

    For now, I have been using workbooks that I picked up at the Dollar Tree. I plan on using online resources soon!

    mommys3lilbirds at gmail dot com

  • seastar

    We do a little copy work but mostly just write while doing reports and things for other subjects. So far it has worked out well.

  • Veronica

    I use the assignments in R&S for writing instructions along with letter and journal writin. I would love a chance to win these coloring books. Thanks so much! Veronica ps112fam at yahoo . com.

  • TeacherMom

    Wow — so many great ways to learn! Thank you all for playing.

    Choosing a number from 1-41, gave me 34. So Stephanie wins her choice of the sets. Congratulations! 🙂

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