I am thrilled to share today’s freebie with all of you. It is not a book this week, but as a writing teacher, I am super excited about this one, guys, and I know you are going to love it.
Earlier this week I was discussing tools for teaching kids how to write really great stuff with my pal, Joshua Unruh. He suggested I check out Flocabulary, a company that uses hip hop to help kids learn academic material. I’m honestly the least “hip-hop” person I know, except for maybe my mother in law, but that’s why Flocabulary is so fabulous. Kids love hip-hop and Flocabulary brings that fun and creativity that they naturally connect with and uses its power to introduce great material, including writing techniques. You get to be the cool teacher, just by sharing Flocabulary with your kids!
Well, naturally I explored their website and I loved their recent post about 5 ways to teach writing with Flocabulary. That’s when I went to find my 12 year old to drag her into the middle of this. We don’t listen to a lot of rap music in our house (if you don’t count the rapping on Electric Company, that total goes down to “none”) so I wasn’t sure how she would respond to this idea. What an idiot I am sometimes. Of course she loved it! We watched a few of their free videos and she was asking me to play them again and again. Then, she wanted me to print off the lyrics to the Transitions song. I asked her why. “So I can memorize them. I didn’t know this stuff and I think it would be fun to learn the rap so I can remember it.” That’s the whole point of Flocabulary. She got it! It grabs their attention and makes them want more.
I contacted Flocabulary and asked permission to blog about them. They were excited to share their hard work with all of us. If you go to they're website, you’ll find Flocabulary’s great products are accessible without signing up for a trial. But thanks to the awesome people over at Flocabulary, we have an incredible opportunity to share the fun of hip-hop learning with our students this spring.
When you visit Flocabulary’s website, you’ll see that they offer everyone a free trial which provides unlimited access to all of their songs and videos for 14 days.
But wait, there’s more! Just for you, the good people at Flocabulary have created a special code that will allow you to swim in the Flocabulary fun for a whole 30 free days!
Just use this link: http://flocabulary.com/kidsgottawrite30/ or enter the code "kidsgottawrite30" when you sign up for a free trial and the 30 days of Flocabulary awesomeness are yours!
Now don't be stingy. Share this great deal with all of your teacher friends and the great parents you know. We could all use a little help when it comes to enticing our students to learn. And don't forget to check out Flocabulary's other fabulous products, too! I know a certain girl in this house who is going to be begging me for the Flocabulary Shakespeare.
Thank you, Flocabulary for sharing your genius with all of us and making us the coolest teachers on the block!