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    August 5, 2015 by Brandy Vencel

    [dropcap]O[/dropcap]ne result of my ongoing office project {which has kind of stalled due to school planning} is that I found some stuff I’d planned to give away and forgotten about. It happens. At first, I thought it’d be fun to do one big prize, but then I thought it’d be more fun to do three smaller prizes. The upside is that you can enter to win only the things you really want or need. And sorry: you can’t win more than one prize.

    Three Contests in One Week

    I was also feeling badly that my weekend subscribers didn’t really get to participate in last week’s giveaway, unless they happened to stop by midweek. That’s why this giveaway is going to run from today {August 5th} until next week {August 12, 2015}. I’ll choose a winner after that, and I hope to be able to announce the winners in the Friday post next week.

    Keep in mind that some of the entries can be done daily, giving you many entry opportunities!

    If you win, I contact you by email. If you don’t reply quickly {I will give a deadline in the email}, I select a new winner. Consider yourselves warned. 😉


    Giveaway #1: A Taste of Chaucer by Anne Malcolmson

    Taste of ChaucerAssigned for Year 7 of AmblesideOnline, this book was demoted to being an “option” not because of its quality {it’s the best one on the list of Chaucer options}, but because it’s out of print and can get quite expensive. So, I found this one at a great price and picked it up to give to one of you — I knew what a fantastic prize it would be!

    It’s a used book, of course, but it’s in good condition.

    Enter to win here:

    a Rafflecopter giveaway


    Giveaway #2: Teaching Reading with Bob Books Printable Phonics Lessons

    TRwBB Set 1 and 2 CoversYou all know that {1} I love the Bob Books and {2} this is my baby, the culmination of my years of teaching reading and thinking about teaching reading. I released the Set 1 lessons in June, and I plan to release the Set 2 lessons really soon. As in: it should be ready for the prize winner! I’m really excited about that, so I thought I’d give a set away. Enter to win here:

    a Rafflecopter giveaway

    Giveaway #3: Whatever Happened to Justice? by Richard Maybury

    This book is one of my notorious accidental prizes: I accidentally bought two copies of this book, and I don’t even know how it happened. Anyhow, we love Maybury’s books, and this one is assigned for AmblesideOnline Year 8. This is another used book, of course. I love used bookstores. Have I mentioned that before?

    Enter here to win:

    a Rafflecopter giveaway

    And that’s all for today! I hope you win. 🙂


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  • Reply Jessica A August 12, 2015 at 7:02 pm

    Great giveaway!

  • Reply Amanda August 12, 2015 at 3:33 pm

    Thank you so much for the opportunity to win! I am new to homeschooling and AO and your blog has been helpful in guiding me on this journey :).

  • Reply Vanessa August 12, 2015 at 1:36 pm

    Love your blog, keep the posts coming! If I were to win, I’d love to win Taste of Chaucer. Last year we had to borrow it from the library but by the time my youngest is in Y7 I hope to have our own copy.

  • Reply Candace August 12, 2015 at 12:22 pm

    Thank you for this website! When I need a pep talk or inspiration I come here. I often feel encouraged, helped and reenergized as I am reading through your info, experiences, and thoughts.

    I am most excited about Teaching Reading as my third born DS will be learning to read this year and I KNOW he needs a different approach then my other two.

    Thanks for all you do!


  • Reply SarahD August 11, 2015 at 12:17 pm

    I’d love to win the Chaucer. I used it last year, but had to borrow the lone copy in the entire library system. It’s so rare and it would be great to own it for the other kids.

  • Reply Hollie August 11, 2015 at 11:35 am

    I would love to win A Taste of Chaucer. We will be using it next year! 🙂

  • Reply Mandy August 11, 2015 at 9:27 am

    I’ve just recently found your site! I’m super excited/slightly overwhelmed with all your content! You are giving me hours of deep things to think over!
    As to the contest- I think the Bob books would be most helpful right now as I have a struggling beginner reader. My first child practically learned to read via osmosis- I just read to her from a baby and before I could blink, she just started reading at 3! She spoiled me.. my soon to be 6 yr old boy on the other hand, is just now figuring out that letters have sounds! Kids are soooo unique! Of course, my first girl (above mentioned reader) would probably LOVE Chaucer!

    Thanks again for this fantastic blog! Looking forward to digging in to your fantastic resources!

  • Reply Leah August 10, 2015 at 10:01 pm

    Awesome give away! Would love to win all 3 of them.

  • Reply Elizabeth August 10, 2015 at 5:51 pm

    Nice raffles! Love your posts! Ü

  • Reply Dovey August 10, 2015 at 2:10 pm

    I’d love to win any of them! I just don’t know if I’m supposed to write a separate comment for each one. I’d especially like either the Chaucer or the Bob Books (two different stages of children!). 🙂

  • Reply Melani August 9, 2015 at 7:56 pm

    All these prizes look fantastic! Thanks for another great contest!

  • Reply Jennifer August 9, 2015 at 2:02 pm

    Would be excited to win either the Maybury or Malcomson books. Thanks for doing this 🙂

  • Reply Sheri August 9, 2015 at 10:42 am

    What a great idea! I’ve been eyeballing that Chaucer book for a while now . . . . and Maybury wouldn’t hurt my feelings, either 🙂

  • Reply Melissa August 9, 2015 at 8:59 am

    We need all three! Thanks for the great giveaway!

  • Reply Bekah August 9, 2015 at 8:55 am

    I would love the Chaucer book because it looks good, and it’s more of a “rare find.” Good to know it was replaced in Ambleside because of cost/availability. Any of the prizes would be fun though. Thanks for the chance!

  • Reply Janice August 8, 2015 at 7:23 pm

    This is awesome. I can’t decide which one I would want or get more use out of. With a kid in AO 6, both the Chauser and Maybury will be useful but I also have a young child who would read the bob books. So I could go with any of them. 🙂
    So exciting though.

  • Reply Nelleke from P.E.I. August 8, 2015 at 1:55 pm

    Wow, great giveaway! And thanks for leaving it open for an entire week! 🙂

  • Reply Laura August 8, 2015 at 11:10 am

    I am most excited about a Taste of Chaucer as we are not far from our first time through AO Year 7.

  • Reply MS Bradshaw August 8, 2015 at 9:34 am

    I would love to get the Chaucer book!

  • Reply April August 8, 2015 at 8:08 am

    I found your blog earlier this summer when I was looking for more information on homeschooling. It has been a wealth of knowledge keep up the good work!

  • Reply Paola Collazo August 8, 2015 at 6:44 am

    I actually like all three because I can still use any of it. And, any little bit helps. Thanks!

  • Reply Sara B August 8, 2015 at 6:36 am

    So excited to win Chaucer!

  • Reply Missy August 7, 2015 at 8:41 pm

    I am so glad that you posted this. Last week I was at our library book sale and I saw the Chaucer book but passed it up. I went back this week and got it for 50 cents. When I told my hubby the difference he encouraged me to sell it – I said not yet – let’s use it first. So glad you happened to post it.

  • Reply Cassie W. August 7, 2015 at 5:40 pm

    I would love to win the Chaucer book because I need it for my year 7 student. ; ) It would help out the budget and one last thing for me to have have to take a chance on buying used.

  • Reply Kim August 7, 2015 at 10:27 am

    I get so hung up on finding the perfect “how” and then I don’t do the work. So I think getting the Bob Books will help me stick to the how’s and do the do’s. So excited about the giveaways. Thank you.

  • Reply Kristi August 7, 2015 at 10:17 am

    I would love to win any of these, thanks for holding the giveaway! I’m probably most interested in your Bob book right now because of my children’s ages, but the other two look interesting as well, especially the Chaucer book, and I LOVE awesome used books, too. 🙂

  • Reply knmkendall August 7, 2015 at 8:48 am

    Thank you for this giveaway! I would love to win the printable Bob reading lessons for my two Kindergarteners. And the Maybury book is one I have never seen, although I love his other books. So either one would be terrific!

  • Reply Sarah Lemmon August 7, 2015 at 5:20 am

    I’d love to win the Teaching Reading with BOB Books! I have a son that I am struggling to teach to read and this seems like a fun and interesting way for him.

  • Reply Cyndy August 7, 2015 at 4:45 am

    Hmmm. I could really use both the Chaucer book and the Maybury one. I think I’d like Whatever Happened to Justice. Thanks for the contest!

  • Reply Diana August 6, 2015 at 7:13 pm

    I would love A Taste of Chaucer for our future studies! Thanks for the giveaways.

  • Reply Holly August 6, 2015 at 7:08 pm

    I’ve been hungry for a little Chaucer lately, so this book would fill my plate nicely!

  • Reply Amanda August 6, 2015 at 6:29 pm

    I’d really love to win the Chaucer book as my oldest is just a year from year 7. But all the prizes are great! Thanks!

  • Reply Mandie L August 6, 2015 at 4:27 pm

    I would love to win the Mayberry book. It’s on my list of books to read this year, but I haven’t bought it yet. Penny Candy was very interesting read.

  • Reply Jamie August 6, 2015 at 2:58 pm

    Free books and one is Chaucer, I can’t pass that up. ?

  • Reply SarahD August 6, 2015 at 2:33 pm

    I would be delighted with Chaucer, because it’s tough to find, because the prospect of homeschooling until year 7 is now exciting instead of terrifying, and because I utilized some Chaucer to really through my high school literature teacher for a loop all those years ago.

  • Reply becky August 6, 2015 at 10:24 am

    I would love to win the Chaucer. I’m always jealous when you post your used bookstore finds!

  • Reply Denise August 6, 2015 at 9:00 am

    I would love A Taste of Chaucer! Thanks for the give away!

  • Reply Monica August 6, 2015 at 7:33 am

    You had me at “free books.” 😉

    All of the books look wonderful. However, I am most excited about your “Teaching Reading..” series. After several fails in the teaching reading curriculum department, it’s so exciting to see something simple, but thorough.

    In fact, I just sent a sweet friend your way, to check out your learning to read program for her little guy.

    Thank you for your wonderful blog. It’s been an invaluable resource.

  • Reply ashley August 6, 2015 at 6:58 am

    Would love to win A Taste of Chaucer or the Maybury book! Year 7 is one that we are doing this year.

  • Reply Dawn August 6, 2015 at 3:42 am

    “Whatever Happened to Justice” is the one that would be most useful to me right now. Also like the Chaucer. We’re well=past the learning to read stage 🙂

  • Reply Celeste August 5, 2015 at 10:53 pm

    I don’t have the Maybury book yet. Just sayin. 😉

  • Reply Tyneisha August 5, 2015 at 9:48 pm

    I’d love Chaucer!

  • Reply Meghan August 5, 2015 at 9:45 pm

    I REALLY want your Bob Book sets 🙂 We are just getting started with learning to read and these would be a great help.

  • Reply Heather August 5, 2015 at 8:56 pm

    Thanks for offering these great books; your blog is a wealth of information even without giveaways! The Chaucer sounds great but since my oldest is at the learning to read stage, I’d love to have a copy of TRWBB!

  • Reply Congetta August 5, 2015 at 8:48 pm

    Chaucer first, Maybury second. I love looking for books in Second-hand stores or library bookstores. Thank you for the opportunity and for the AO and Charlotte Mason information!

  • Reply Carol August 5, 2015 at 6:27 pm

    Chaucer…fat chance, but you’ve got to be in it to win it.

  • Reply Kate August 5, 2015 at 5:48 pm

    Whatever happened to justice sounds very interesting!

  • Reply Lisa A August 5, 2015 at 5:45 pm

    I totally want Chaucer! Thanks for offering the giveaway!

  • Reply Melissa August 5, 2015 at 4:55 pm

    Hey Brandy,

    I’ve been looking for Malcolmson’s, Chaucer for years. I’d absolutely LOVE to own it!

    Thanks for the opportunity,

  • Reply Rebekah August 5, 2015 at 3:59 pm

    The chaucer one looks great!!

  • Reply Virginia Lee August 5, 2015 at 3:37 pm

    Also, I wish you would do Instagram instead of Twitter. I know you don’t do photos of your kiddos, but you can have an account and not post a thing. My mom does this and just follows accounts. It just allows you to see the accounts you follow. You do not have to put anything at all on your account, or you could just put the afterthought’s blog link. Basically I’m boo hooing because I’m never gonna do twitter, but I do do Instagram. =)

    • Reply Brandy Vencel August 5, 2015 at 3:45 pm

      Well, I will tell you a secret about my Twitter account: it is linked to my FB account, and I very rarely go onto Twitter. Everything there is just a feed from FB for the few people who prefer Twitter. I don’t know anything about Instagram! But I will look into it… 🙂

  • Reply Ashley August 5, 2015 at 3:35 pm

    I’m loving the idea of introducing Chaucer to my chickadees! I’m working on some responses to your classical ed posts. Love your comparasions!

  • Reply Dawn August 5, 2015 at 3:26 pm

    I would love to win the Chaucer!

  • Reply Virginia Lee August 5, 2015 at 3:23 pm

    Fun! I’d love to win A Taste of Chaucer.

  • Reply Amy August 5, 2015 at 2:28 pm

    Would LOVE the Chaucer!

    • Reply Amy August 5, 2015 at 2:29 pm

      And the Bob books! (So excited about the Chaucer that I forgot about them!)

  • Reply Katie August 5, 2015 at 2:17 pm

    I’m teaching a five-year-old to read this year–would love the Bob books curriculum that you have created.

  • Reply Andrea August 5, 2015 at 2:10 pm

    I’d love to win “A Taste of Chaucer” Thanks for being so generous!! 🙂

  • Reply Tashina August 5, 2015 at 12:41 pm

    Thanks for such a great giveaway. They all look great but with a soon to be reader, I must say the reading with bob books looks the best.

  • Reply Dawn August 5, 2015 at 12:37 pm

    I recently scored the Taste of Chaucer book inexpensively to use for our recent discussion on the AO forum. I’d love to have a copy of Maybury, though!

  • Reply Phoebe T. August 5, 2015 at 12:31 pm

    I am interested in both the Chaucer and the Teaching Reading with Bob Books. I guess I am most excited about the TRwBB. 🙂 Because we are using the Bob books right now to learn to read. Thanks for the giveaway.

  • Reply RobinP August 5, 2015 at 12:01 pm

    I’d love the Chaucer. I’m, too, memorized the prologue to Canterbury Tales and I can still say much of it after 35 years (though I’ve no idea what I’m saying.) 🙂

  • Reply Glenna August 5, 2015 at 11:46 am

    All three please ?

  • Reply M August 5, 2015 at 11:45 am

    I would enjoy any of these prizes! Thank you!

  • Reply Rachel August 5, 2015 at 11:03 am

    I am so excited that you found the Chaucer book and are giving it away! I’m really hoping to win that one for me and my kiddos to enjoy.

  • Reply Kari August 5, 2015 at 10:02 am

    I would love to win any of the prizes!! However the Teaching Reading with Bob books i could use this year 🙂

  • Reply ChristineH August 5, 2015 at 10:02 am

    A Taste of Chaucer would be my first pick!

  • Reply Josie Ramos August 5, 2015 at 9:53 am

    This is super exciting. I’d be happy to win any of the prizes, as I have children of different ages that could use them all 🙂

  • Reply Rebecca Burdullis August 5, 2015 at 9:23 am

    The English major in me says definitely A Taste of Chaucer 🙂 Great contest!

  • Reply Dianna August 5, 2015 at 9:09 am

    I’d love the Chaucer book, please!

  • Reply Andrea August 5, 2015 at 8:41 am

    I love the idea of teaching Chaucer to kids.

  • Reply Natasha August 5, 2015 at 8:38 am

    I’d love to see the Chaucer book. I have two children starting AO7 this year. I’ve been pre-reading the other Chaucer option, and I think we’ll enjoy him! 🙂

  • Reply Katrina August 5, 2015 at 8:21 am

    It’s a toss up between A Taste of Chaucer and Reading With Bob Books as to which one I would want more. 🙂

  • Reply Becca August 5, 2015 at 8:05 am

    Would love to win the Chaucer book as we’ve not covered it yet and will need to in the near future. I’m always excited about your blog posts and giveaways.

  • Reply Amy Boone August 5, 2015 at 8:04 am

    I would love to win the Canterbury Tales book or Bob Book lessons!

  • Reply Emily Upchurch August 5, 2015 at 8:02 am

    Would love to win TRWBB!! (Also, I’ve been reading the blog and following on Facebook for several months, but this is the first time I’ve commented on the blog!)

  • Reply Eva August 5, 2015 at 7:51 am

    I would like the one on learning to read with the Bob books. But I don’t really need it, I would like to get it for my daughter whose little boy will soon be ready, and I think they would both enjoy it.

  • Reply Sharon August 5, 2015 at 7:41 am

    Thank you for the contest! I’d love to win a Taste of Chaucer for my girls to read this school year.

  • Reply Tammy August 5, 2015 at 7:35 am

    Chaucer would be my first choice. Thank you for sponsoring this giveaway.

  • Reply Ann S. August 5, 2015 at 7:34 am

    Chaucer, for sure! It’s one of a few I have not yet found and we have just started Year 7. Plus, I never win anything, so that in itself would be thrilling 😉

  • Reply Angie August 5, 2015 at 7:28 am

    Thanks for the chance to win!

  • Reply Renee August 5, 2015 at 7:25 am

    Reading Chaucer this year and would love to win A Taste of Chaucer!

  • Reply Jennifer August 5, 2015 at 7:19 am

    Enjoying your posts and now this: a giveaway! My son is starting Y7 and, while we had a copy of A Taste of Chaucer for our daughter (who’s now of to univerisity), after 2 intercontinental moves and several temporary housing settings, we just can’t find it. I’d love to win Malcomson’s book.

  • Reply Sarah August 5, 2015 at 7:15 am

    Whoo hooo I love giveaways! Hoping to win the Chaucer Book!

  • Reply An August 5, 2015 at 7:13 am

    We would live to win whatever happened to justice. My oldest will be doing ambleside year 8. This book will looks interesting.

  • Reply Joshua August 5, 2015 at 6:21 am

    Chaucer for kids!? Definitely worth its weight in gold.

  • Reply Sarah August 5, 2015 at 5:58 am

    Would love to win the Chaucer book!

  • Reply susan in st louis August 5, 2015 at 5:04 am

    I’d love to get my hands on the Chaucer book…so fun!

  • Reply Ivy Mae August 5, 2015 at 5:02 am

    So, here’s an interesting fact: when I was a freshman in high school, we were required to memorize the prologue to the Canterbury Tales in Middle English. I used to teach high school lit, and my students were always very impressed when I trotted that out! Hopefully my own kids will think it’s cool, too…
    Anyways, yay Chaucer!

    • Reply Rebekah August 5, 2015 at 4:01 pm

      Wait, with George Grant??

      • Reply Brandy Vencel August 5, 2015 at 4:37 pm

        As the President of the California Chapter of the George Grant Fan Club 😉 I am officially intrigued by this question…

  • Reply Jessica August 5, 2015 at 4:07 am

    Oooh, Chaucer for children! We would love to win that one at our house!

  • Reply Heather August 5, 2015 at 4:06 am

    I’d like to win “A Taste of Chaucer” bc I’ve never read him before! Self education so I can educate! 😉

  • Reply JoyH August 5, 2015 at 1:34 am

    I want the Maybury book!

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