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Christmas 2010

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December 2010 Newsletter

Hi - Here is the link to your f r e e Christmas Song
Book with the lyrics to 28 of the most popular Christmas songs and
carols: Christmas song book:

There are also more than 130 songs in our Christmas section.

1. KIDiddles Christmas Song Book
Get the free song book
The song book contains the following:

Auld Lang Syne, Away in a Manger, Angels We Have Heard on High,
Christmas is Coming, Christmas Bells, Deck the Halls, Go Tell It
On the Mountain, God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, Good King Wenceslas,
Hark, the Herald Angels Sing, I Saw Three Ships, It Came Upon the
Midnight Clear, Jingle Bells, Jolly Old Saint Nicholas, Joy to the
World, Merry Christmas Baby Jesus, O Christmas Tree (O Tannenbaum),
O Come, All Ye Faithful, O Little Town of Bethlehem, Once In Royal
David's City, Ring Merrily, Bells! Silent Night, The First Noel,
The Holly and the Ivy, The Twelve Days of Christmas, We Three Kings,
We Wish You a Merry Christmas, While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks
By Night.

See all 133 Christmas songs in our Christmas section:

2. Where the Wild Things Are
Last month, I told you that in 1987, I met Maurice Sendak and he
kindly signed two of his books for me. They have been among my
prized possessions for more than twenty years. I am now ready to
give-up the books in the name of spreading the word about
www.ReadingLessons.com. If you would like these books, see below.

I am going to give-away these books in a random drawing which will
be made on Thanksgiving Day (November 25th).

All you have to do is recommend ReadingLessons.com to three of your
friends or colleagues and you will be entered into the drawing.
Click on the orange "Tell a Friend" button on the ReadingLessons.com

You get one entry for every three people you recommend. Recommend
30 and get 10 entries, no limit. All three must be genuine email
addresses, if any are not, a new drawing will be made.

On Thanksgiving Day:
1. The first name picked will win the signed copy of Where the Wild
Things Are.
2. The second picked will win the signed copy of In The Night Kitchen.
3. Third name picked will win the first book in the Tommy Tales
series that I wrote--
The School Lunch Room and I will sign it personally for the winner.

I heard Maurice Sendak being interviewed on NPR at the time the
movie Where the Wild Things Are came out, and he said that he not
done any book signings for many years, so these two of his books
are are quite rare. There are only a few hundred eligible entries
so far, so you have a good chance of winning!

3. ReadingLessons Sound/Symbol Cards
The set of cards is now complete. Download and print Sound/Symbol
cards (64 cards).
Sound/Symbol Phonics Cards

Phonics Cards
Use the front of the cards to teach phonemic awareness.
Ask "What sound does this animal (object) begin with?"

The reverse side of the cards show the letter that the animal
(or object) on the front of the cards begins with-lowercase and
Teach the letter that corresponds to the sound.

4. ReadingLessons Website
The Sound/Symbol cards are just one of the many free resources
offered on ReadingLessons.com, the new reading program that has
been developed by the Kididdles team.

Besides the lessons, which you can
1. use online
2. download to your computer
3. print out to store in a binder
ReadingLessons.com has many free resources including:

* Rhyme Cards
* Sound/Symbol Cards
* Writing Practice Sheets
* Letter Cards
* Word Cards
* High Frequency Word Cards
* plus lots more.

40 lessons are now available. You can sign-up to get access to the
and all of the many free resources.
If you haven't signed-up, here's the link:

5. Feliz Navidad free MP3
Award-winning children's performer, DARIA is giving away an mp3 of

Feliz Navidad on her website during the month of December. She has
a great multicultural holiday release that features songs from
around the world for Christmas and Hanukkah. If you sign up for
her free monthly e-newsletter, you will be entered into a drawing
for a goodie basket of musical instruments from around the world.
Rainsticks from Chile, Caixixi rattles from Africa and much more.
Check it out at:

6. Even More Great Websites
People ask me where I find websites with great free stuff. Here's
the secret, I always start by looking through the sites on Sites
for Teachers. You'll always find something interesting on this site:
Great Educational Websites on Sites for Teachers

That's all for now, I'll be in touch soon.
Keep on Singing!