Enter to Win a $200 Free Spirit Gift Certificate!

April 2021 GiveawayRate and review a Free Spirit product to enter to win a $200 Free Spirit shopping spree!

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49 Responses to Enter to Win a $200 Free Spirit Gift Certificate!

  1. JL says:

    4 Stars by far goes to Creating a Culture of Kindness in Middle School. I enjoy using these lessons and my students look forward to our Wednesday lessons.

  2. Melissa says:

    I love using the lessons from Creating a Culture of Kindness in the Middle School with my students.
    4.5 stars

  3. MP says:

    5 stars for Gentle Hands and Other Sing-Along Songs for Social-Emotional Learning. The songs are fun to sing and easy for children to learn. It’s such a great way to teach social-emotional skills.

  4. When Gifted Kids Don’t Have All the Answers by Jim Delisle, Ph.D., and Judy Galbraith, M.A. five stars. This book offers practical strategies for anyone working with gifted individuals. It gives insight into the misconceptions people have about gifted students. The practical strategies will help all of those who have interactions with a gifted individual. This book provides ways to provide a safe, loving, and supportive environment for all of those who are involved with gifted students. I highly recommend this book.

  5. Maria Munoz says:

    ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Dude, That’s Rude! (Get Some Manners) provides hilarious lessons for teaching kids about manners. And best of all, the simplicity of how the concepts are presented have made for an easy transition to using it for online learning! Good manners are universal and this book continues to be a hit with my kids in the Philippines. Mabuhay!

  6. originalbookedgirl says:

    Teaching Gifted Kids in Today’s Classroom by Susan Winebrenner has been a real help this year as I was assigned Gifted Case Manager the week before school started, The tools and tips are practical and easy to use. I’d say this is a must have for anyone managing gifted students 5 stars

  7. FIVE STARS for free spirit publishing… the entire inventory!!! There are multiple titles on our wish-list. One of the books, that I shared for a staff development workshop and will return to again, is Uncover the Roots of Challenging Behavior by Michelle Salcedo, M.Ed. There is a digital content link, sample worksheets and forms to assist parents, teachers and most of all, children. The essence of the book are FIVE CHANGES that we can make today: 1) Incorporate active learning “H.O.M.E.S.” which is an anacronym for a Hands-on, Open-ended, Meaningful, Engaging, and Sensory-oriented curriculum; 2) Lesson sensory overstimulation; 3) Allow for movement; 4) Define expectations, and 5) Be joyful and have fun! As a parent and/or teacher, you are responsible for providing a caring, nurturing environment to help children grow and reach their full potential. This is an essential guide for making that happen. If behavior is communication, what is the challenging child trying to tell us?

  8. Malia Huffman says:

    I have enjoyed so many of the Free Spirit books as a school counselor. I recently was able to purchase the “Our Emotions and Behavior” Series and found them to be very enjoyable and understandable for the students. I’m looking forward to reading the “Smarts!” book talking about different intelligences. Thanks for all you do – your resources are great supports for my students!

  9. Laurabeth Shearer Kapp says:

    My students and I have been journeying through the workshop provided by Deb Douglas in her book The Power of Self-Advocacy for Gifted Learners. Her work has lead us through powerful discussions as we learn together about the rights and responsibilities we have as gifted learners. Her skill at teaching through incorporating fun and thought-provoking activities makes this book a must-have for other gifted support teachers!

  10. jgoveronski says:

    What do you Stand for Is a book that I have used for years for social lessons as I’m a special education teacher. The students really respond to the lessons and stories that are presented in the book. I Highly recommend it.

  11. Megan Lopez says:

    Hands are not for Hitting is a staple in my K-2 classrooms. Those social skills are crucial teaching points for our young student who are still learning how to play well together! 5 stars!

  12. Sheila Dandeneau says:

    We have been using Germs Are Not for Sharing (along with the other “Not for…” books) in our classrooms for years. Great book series to help children keep themselves and others healthy and safe.

  13. M S says:

    We frequently consult the book: How Rude! to guide our students in understanding manners, etiquette, the “why” of a cultural norm, or changing expectations. The humorous yet honest responses help students to accept the “norm” they may not have known. We hope that you keep revising/printing updated editions of this one!

  14. Mary Mougeot says:

    Zach Rules was and is awesome, have a lovely day!

  15. Jill Curry says:

    I have used The Survival Guide for Kids with ADHD. I first bought it for my own son, then have used it in my School Counseling practice. I have had students do the questionnaire in the book, and have gone through parts of the book relevant to the particular student with whom I am working. It is a book that is currently front and center in my “borrow a book” display in my office.

  16. hrleder says:

    I have used the professional books of Free Spirit. As an early literacy teacher, I especially make use of the Crafting book.

  17. Ana Osorio says:

    I have nothing but praise for Free Spirit Publishing. I love the books and authors they are working with to make it easier for us as educators and all the resources ! Thank you! I have sets that are bilingual and my children love them whether I read them in Spanish or English. The series Hands are not for hitting….is a great addition to are room for children all ages in Preschool. I would love to continue adding more story books and resources to my classroom to help enrich there little minds and watch them soar, that’s what I bv would do with the gift certificate. Good luck and I wish happy days ahead to everyone🤗

  18. Carol Ledesma says:

    “Teeth are not for biting” is a great book to help teach the proper use of teeth (that don’t hurt our friends).

  19. Judy Knox says:

    I find the articles interesting, helpful and often enlightening. The article “How Trauma Impacts Learning” targeted Social and Emotional Learning (SEL). This is time appropriate for our students that are learning at home, at school or both. It discusses ways to assist students and teacher targeted strategies for this year which is/has been highly irregular, not to mention those who have been emotionally impacted by COVID circumstances regarding family and friends.

  20. Katie Gindin says:

    Jamie is Jamie delivers an important message that is poignant and simple.We don’t need to know if Jamie was born a boy or a girl to know who Jamie is. Jamie, like the reader is playful, imaginative, friendly and full of possibilities.

  21. KENNETH C. C. YANG says:

    I found the books published by Free Spirits amazing.
    As a reader from Taiwan, I am interested in selling and translating those books to Taiwanese and Chinese readers. I think these translated books will be beneficial to over 1 billion young readers in these two countries.

  22. Connie Sutton says:

    I like the book I can play it safe, I use it to enhance my personal safety lesson with kids. It is great as it covers several different safety areas. Also used the Dare, Tough and Weird books before with students to teach about bullying. I would rate them all a 5

  23. Henrietta Sandoval says:

    I use the counseling products which are great resources! I am excited to use the card games with students when the return from the shut down

  24. Gerard F Vallone says:

    really good

  25. Maria Frosch says:

    I have really loved “Mindful Classrooms” by James Butler. It has been extremely helpful with all of the different activities from mindful breathing to mindful eating. Mindful listening has been an excellent tool to use while transitioning to the next activity or while waiting for the next class in the hallway. The different activities center the students and gives them skills that they can draw on when they get overwhelming feelings. I love this book and recommend it to ANY classroom teacher.

  26. Tanya says:

    5 stars for the WEIRD book series. My second graders love learning about bullying prevention (or as I teach it: empathy/assertiveness/compassion) as the listen to the 3 different viewpoints of aggressor, target and bystander. They learn how to handle bullying situations of their own.

  27. Tanya says:

    I use the Weird book series to teach about empathy/compassion/assertiveness (or bullying prevention) with my 2nd graders. They LOVE hearing the 3 different viewpoints of the situation and how THEY can respond as each – target, aggressor, bystander – in their own situations.

  28. NANCY BEARD says:

    I use The survival Guide for Gifted Kids and the posters for my classroom. I think the selection of material is unique.

  29. 5 Minutes Please says:

    Oh so many . . . M y Hands are . . . My Feet . . . My Mouth . . . Other books for young ones dealing with emotions and my favorite “How to Take the Grrrr Out of Anger.”
    They ALL receive 5 Sta\rs

  30. Veronica Lee says:

    Jayden’s Impossible Garden is an adorable book and allows students to connect with the beautiful metaphors in the story !

  31. I love to use Free Spirit Publishing books in my early childhood program. They are friendly accessible for my teachers to interact and engage with the children. The children builds great relationships with them such at the title “Teeth are not for Biting”.

  32. Jonathan Roux says:

    In our children’s literature course I make use of many of Elizabeth Verdick’s books. They work so well with our early childhood and elementary instrucational courses too. I read ‘See You Later, Procrastinator!’ (5 stars) to the college students at the beginning of the semester as a good reminder too!

  33. Dena Landry says:

    I absolutely love Stick Up for Yourself! I use it all the time when working with students. 5 stars!

  34. Kristine Jacobs says:

    The Survival Guide for Kids with ADHD is one of a kind. As a Child and Family Therapist, I use it frequently. It’s hard to find resources that speak the language of both kids and parents, but this one does it great. 5 stars *****

  35. Elizabeth Janvrin says:

    love the series of teeth are not for biting, hands are not for hitting… by Verdick

  36. Margaret Liuzza Witt says:

    My favorite story is My Feet are not for Kicking…..it is a perfect one to read to my Kindergarteners in the beginning of the school year!!

  37. Annette Messier says:

    “Finding Your Way Through Conflict: Strategies for Early Childhood Educators”
    This book has been very helpful in my work as an early childhood special educator. It is organized, well written, and provides great examples and insights. I found the chapter on Building and Rebuilding Trust to be especially helpful in my work. I highly recommend this book to anyone who works collaboratively.

  38. Teri Hogg says:

    We Listen to Our Bodies by Lydia Bowers is a wonderfully illustrated and crafted story about consent in a child-friendly atmosphere. Unique and interesting words supplies teachers and parents a way to support oral vocabulary. development. Best of all, the book includes a guide for parents and teachers to teach about consent in an age-appropriate manner.

    I rate this book 5 stars

  39. michelb366 says:

    Richard Cash’s Self Regulation in the Classroom is a must-have for every classroom teacher. He gives amazing tools to use with all grade levels. Definitely 5 stars from me!!

  40. Orfelina Cisneros says:

    I have a few resources, such as the community service book, posters, a series of books, and other things, and my favorite resources are the jars. I own the mindfulness, feelings, questions/quotes, and the bullying one. I consider the jars a lifesaver, especially when unexpected things happen in my office/day; I can use these to supplement my meetings or on-the-spot services. If I win the $200 treat, I will get more jars. I love these!

  41. jane bartosz says:

    I really appreciate some of the articles from the FreeSpirit blog. The recent article Creative Ways to Help Teens Manage Difficult Emotions came at the perfect time, as we are talking about adolescence, relationships, and bullying in Health this month. Thank you for all of the materials you provide.

  42. Martha Guerrero says:

    I rate it with a stars. I really like these books because they are easy for kids to understand. My favorite one is FEET ARE NOT FOR KICKING.

  43. Becca Haines says:

    Jamie is Jaime is a 5* story that really helped my class get through a time when we were struggling with “boy toys” and “girl toys” and the genders would often exclude each other. This book helped me explain that everyone can play in their own way and that exclusion is not the way to make friends.

  44. Danielle Indri says:

    I have used many of the Free Spirit “In a Jar” products (feelings, temper tamers, choices, etc.) and they are all great! I definitely give them five stars. They are portable and help with many different social skills. I have used them for games like feelings charades and would you rather. The kids also like picking cards from the jar. I highly recommend them!

  45. Angie Scaffe says:

    I would love to win a gift certificate to Free Spirit Publishing to enhance our gifted program in our county! I love The Survival Guide for Gifted Kids by Judy Galbraith, M.A. We just ordered some this year and I plan on using them with my students to explain what being gifted means. The book is a great resource for parents, students, and teachers!

  46. Lynn Keber says:

    Create a Culture of Kindness in Middle School is an awesome resource for hands-on materials to use directly with students. I cannot wait to do more!

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