ETA review, RAK, & give away

I love getting packages in the mail...
LOVE LOVE LOVE
and I was SUPER excited when 
ETA contacted me and wanted to send me this fabulousness...


 they sent me the starter kit and let me tell you I was EXCITED!!!
I pulled out one of the many books included in the kit
and started playing...
it took me a little while to get use to it... BUT
then I remembered they also told me to watch this video...
HA HA
 http://www.hand2mind.com/versatiles/versatiles_how_it_works.jsp
once I did I was good to go...
ha ha ha
and this Getting Started Page helped too LOL

 so I got my tile board and work page ready

I lined up my tiles in order at the top of the Versa Tiles board
you can see that there are letters at the bottom of the board... once you answer a question you will move your number tile on top of the corresponding letter space...
might sound confusing BUT
once you get the hang of it... it is SUPER EASY and fun

 see where it says answer box... that is how you know where to place your number tile
 so it just so happened that the answer to number one was 111.5 which is A
so I placed my number one tile on A
 you keep going... number two was answer F so I moved it to F
 when I was ALL done it looked like this... then here is the really FUN part
 close the tile board and flip it over to the back

when you open it back up there is a pattern... 
and this is what mine looked like...
see how under the the answer box (in the workbook) there is a small rectangle in the bottom left corner...
well that is where you compare your pattern with the correct pattern
it is SELF CHECKING
LOVE IT
and my patten DOESN'T match... 
that's right I got the wrong answers on 2 of them... 
do you see that?
did I do that on purpose?
did Bub come in and play with the tiles?
or did I really miss it?
who knows I will never tell
maybe I did it for the sake of showing how it is a self checker....



Versa Tiles has several books to choose from 
and all of them are GREAT 
here they are...






ok that is my quick review for Versa Tiles

let's SUM this up...
1- I found it to be brain stretching... I loved how I had to use different thinking  to make sure the answers matched the tiles which went in a specific place... really made me stop and think
2- even though AT FIRST I was a little stumped at how to do it... after reading the REALLY EASY directions it became really easy... WATCH THE VIDEO and READ the DIRECTIONS
3- I like the self checking aspect...  makes this an EXCELLENT center OR I am finished now what activity... I LIKE THAT
4- can be easily differentiated by using the scope and sequence included
5- it is more like a puzzle/game and it makes learning FUN

so if you are interested in more information click 
HERE to head on over to their web page

thanks ETA (Versa Tiles) for trusting me with this review... it was FUN and I can't wait to use these in my classroom!!!

PLUS...
the FAB peeps from ETA are offering one of my followers a kit just like mine
we can be twinkies... COOL HUH?
so here is what you have to do...
super EASY
SUPER EASY!!!
NUMBER ONE you need to like ETA on facebook AND tell them FARLEY SENT YOU and THANK them for the give away... (it is always polite to say thanks)

NUMBER 2, 3, AND 4

so here is what I did... I randomly picked 3 (my favorite number) blogs from my July Currently... and you have to make sure you go and follow them!!! and tell them I sent you... (consider this a NOT SO random act of kindness... random on my part but since I am making you do it... I guess it is not so random for you BUT imagine their day when I HOPE a bunch of you go and light up their inbox with followers and comments... brings me SMILES and I hope it does for you too)

NUMBER 5
this is very random but leave me a link in my comments section of something really cool to do with my theme mustaches.. I am doing a mustache theme in my room  HOLLA... it can be anything... TPT product... decorations... anything... no duck tape though... I have that :)

 OKIE DOKIE ARTICHOKIE...
here is Rafflecopter and the contest will end in 3 days on the 3rd... can you tell I love 3
GOOD LUCK!!!


a Rafflecopter giveaway



toodles 

34 comments:

  1. Lettering Delights has some DARLING mustache ABC's and other cute clip art. Here's the site:

    http://www.letteringdelights.com/searchprod.php?search=mustache

    Jessica
    Teach on a Limb

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  2. I think making some mustaches with a popsicle stick might be fun to have---maybe when we celebrate something, the kids could "wear" them, and then take a picture of the kiddos sporting the 'staches.

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  3. Create a poster that says " I mustache you a question"

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  4. My mentor teacher had these Versatiles, and I just loved them!!! Is it odd that while I was walking around Michael's the other day, I saw some candy molds for mustaches and thought of you!! lol goofy But there's bound to be a way you could use those in your room. Even if it's just to make mustache treats for the kiddos. :)

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  5. Oh my goodness! Imagine my shock and huge SMILE when I looked at my blog and noticed my quickly growing number of followers and posts about "Farley sending them". What an amazing act of kindness! You made my day! Thank you!!!!!! I think the idea of placing a mustache on a popsicle stick for each student and then taking a class photo with each student holding one up on the first and last day of school would be a fun idea and great for an end of school year memory book.

    Krista
    stellar-students

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  6. I love the mustache paper at this link!!:
    http://www.etsy.com/listing/103772454/diy-digital-ribbon-images-mustache-zebra?ref=sr_gallery_31&ga_includes%5B%5D=tags&ga_search_query=mustache+clip+art&ga_search_type=all&ga_view_type=gallery
    Lisa
    Learning Is Something to Treasure

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  7. I did the Valentine pictures with the kids holding up a mustache on the popsicle and took pictures. They turned out so stinkin' cute! Have you seen that idea before? I also made a drape to put on the kids in pink felt and punched out yellow, white and pink felt hearts at school. It really made a cute Valentine gift! I found it on Pinterest and put the link below:

    http://pinterest.com/pin/204139795579646289/

    kellybrown28021@gmail.com

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  8. Can't wait to try out all your super ideas. I'm moving from kindergarten to third this year!

    debinderry@gmail.com

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  9. Have students wear mustaches and use it as a prompt for a creative writing activity.

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  10. Oh my goodness! How lucky am I??? I was reading a few of my comments and saw a few that said "Farley sent me" and I thought....no way. They MUST be in the wrong place....not THE Farley, sent them here? I was so giddy when I saw your post...whoo-hoo! How sweet and thoughtful of you...definitely made my day!

    Natalie
    Teachery Tidbits

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  11. I was so excited to see I had new comments and then I read "Farley sent me"! Too cool! Even though you chose randomly, thanks so much for the shout out! Love your blog and can't wait too see what you come up with for the next currently!
    Not really sure how to use it in your classroom unless it would be for writing prompts maybe, but you could have them take a pic with the mustaches with the caption, "I mustache you a question..." HAHA!

    Erin
    First with Franklin

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  12. Mustache on a stick...I like it.....take pics....I LOVE that idea. You can do it! Oh the possibilities......(and to quote a friend of mine...).....AND GO!

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  14. I found the perfect roll of duct tape for you today! Check it out in my latest post!
    http://msborganizedchaos.blogspot.com/2012/07/hooray-home-depot.html

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  15. My daughter is obsessed with mustaches! She just bought a shirt from her favorite store "Justice" with mustaches all over it!

    For some reason I perceive a mustache to be someone who likes to think...so when your kids are writing or responding to reading, they could show they are really thinking by wearing a mustache and THEY can't be disturbed (during that time). Could you even imagine if they thought NO ONE could disturb them while mustache wearing?!?!?
    Thanks Farley! I'm new to this blogging stuff!

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  16. Target has mustache duct tape! I think of you every time I see mustache stuff now :) haha

    Katie
    Dirty Hands and Lesson Plans

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  17. My daughter is going to middle school and wanted mustache patches for her backpack. I was cert confused but I get it now (I think). Ncruzsaubert@Yahoo.com

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  18. My daughter is going to middle school and wanted mustache patches for her backpack. I was cert confused but I get it now (I think). Ncruzsaubert@Yahoo.com

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  19. I have the reading Versatiles kit and love it! We had math for several years at my school, but recently got the reading and it is fab! Congrats on getting selected to review the kit!
    Twins, Teaching and Tacos.

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  20. As a 4th grade teacher, this would be AWESOME to use as a learning center! I'd love to win it!

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  21. Saw this and thought you'd enjoy it
    http://pinterest.com/pin/219761656786323568/

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  22. I think I used to use these as a kid myself?? Would love to win a set - thanks for doing the giveaway! ourmothershipadventures@gmail.com

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    1. As far as mustaches, I'm drawing a blank - so sorry!

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  24. Saw these awesome mustache erasers on Tilly's site and thought they would fit your class theme perfectly! http://www.tillys.com/tillys/variants.aspx?prod=198434100&ctlg=020_Girls&cid=1102&source=2

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  25. Thanks for the giveaway! Would love to win a set! And here's my pinterest search on mustaches - http://pinterest.com/joannephillips/mustache-theme/

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  26. Dr. Seuss is always a kid favorite - mine, too. Here is a site with a cute mustache idea using The Lorax. http://seusstastic.blogspot.com/2012/02/seusstastic-seuss-week-freebies-ideas.html

    Thanks for the giveaway opportunity!

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  27. I have the Kindergarten Versa Tile set in my classroom and the kids just love it! Thanks for the giveaway!

    And for the mustaches... I found mustache cookie pops!
    http://www.instructables.com/id/Mustache-Cookie-Pops/

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  28. I had VersaTiles in my old classroom, so of course I would LOVE to have them once again at my new school!!! The (obvious to me) first thought about mustaches would be to put them on sticks and on the first day of school the kids "must ask" questions about each other with them for a getting to know each other activity. Then, of course you must take the obligatory pics of the kids with their 'staches!

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  29. Love the VersaTiles and would love to have a set again...sometimes moving is a good thing, sometimes...eh?

    As for mustaches...You know how you can get the "weeks worth of mustaches" at specialty stores? Well, why not put these on a stick and use these for the kids to practice "voice?" You know...the big cookie duster with an "Old West" feel to the voice, the little pencil thin mustache for a villainous voice, etc...

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  30. I nominated your blog for an award! Visit my blog to accept it :)
    ~Amy
    Sixth Grade Sparkle

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  31. Mustache sounds kinda like "must ask." You could add something like this to your theme.

    Traci
    The Bender Bunch

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  32. Would LOVE to have a set of versa tiles!!!!!!!!!

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  33. Would LOVE to have a set of versa tiles!!!!!!!!!

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