The following post will be a blog archive copy of the Build Your Library’s December 2019 Monthly Newsletter. If you missed the email, you can subscribe to our mailing list here. [Scheduled to be sent 12/02/19 9:00 AM EST]
Hey everybody, it’s Emily from Build Your Library! If you are just going to skim the beginning, here are the main topics in this month’s newsletter:
Now that I have your attention, here are the details on those items and more.
First off, Merry Christmas! Happy Hanukkah! Happy Kwanzaa! If I missed your holiday greeting, Happy Holidays!
OH MY GOODNESS, Is it already that time of the year?? Well, here it is – take 25% all of our products during our back-to-back Black Friday Week Sale. Technically the Black Friday portion is over (Nov 25-Dec 1), but our Cyber Monday week sale from Dec 2-Dec 8 is in full force. This include all full-year programs, unit studies and any remaining Family Reading Crates! In the past we have used food-based codes such as “cranberry”, “sugarplum”, “figgypudding”. So in keep with tradition, this year we are using the code GINGERBREAD in your shopping cart.
The month of December is designated as Read a New Book Month! December 24 is “Jolabokaflod”, also known as the Yule or Christmas Book Flood (Iceland).
As far as literary birthdays go, we have Jan Brett Birthday (December 1, 1949) (perfect day to start the Jan Brett Christmas Unit Study) and Jane Austen Birthday (December 16, 1775). We also have a couple of Harry Potter character birthdays with Rubeus Hagrid (Dec 6), Charlie Weasley (Dec 12) and although we probably should not speak of it, Tom Riddle (Dec 31).
Are you looking for a fun reading challenge for the whole family? Well look no further! We had so much fun this past year with the 2019 BYL Reading Challenge, we created a new list of 40 reading prompts to help you and your children stretch your reading muscles in 2020. Head over to our blog and download your checklist today!
We’d like to announcement our new “Read Aloud Book Club” subscription pack, coming in January 2020! If you loved our Family Reading Crates, I think you will love the Read Aloud Book Club too! We have updated our RABC FAQ and will continue to share information as this new project rolls out.
Are you still scrambling to find the perfect gift for your child? Do you want to inspire a love of learning? Then you have come to the right place. I have compiled some of our favorite educational and fun gift ideas in one place! From art supplies to magnetic poetry, to board games and more – I’ve got something for everyone!
We are going to wrap up this year on Friday, December 6th at 1 pm EST, where we will talk about our reading goals and favorite books of 2019! It’s the end of the year and that means making plans and goals for the new year and reflecting on 2019. I always make lists of favorite books and reading challenges and goals for myself and my children. Let’s talk all about it!
At the beginning of the livestream, I will give a brief overview of the topic and then open the floor to any questions you may have. If you have any questions you want to make sure we cover, you can submit them via our Contact Us page prior to the event, so we don’t miss it in the scroll. This is a Facebook Live event, so you will just need to click through on Facebook to watch it live.
Every other month, I host a 30-60 minute Build Your Library homeschooling chat. You can ask questions about homeschooling, using Build Your Library curriculum, book recommendations, etc. We will announce the date ahead of time, and you will be able to submit questions you would like to cover. Additionally, you can also ask questions during the interactive live stream. Grab a mug of tea (or coffee) and cozy up with our virtual hangout!
Are you looking for help or advice on your homeschooling journey? We have compiled all of our helpful resources into one blog post for you. From the many BYL related Facebook groups to my book A Literary Education, there is a treasure trove of information and helpful parents out there to help guide you along your homeschooling adventure. If you have any questions, just ask!
We always have our Social Media “chicklets” at the bottom of our newsletters and webpage, but we wanted to make sure you are following us on our other platforms. The Build Your Library Facebook is our go-to social media site, and we post there frequently with cool Amazon products and book recommendations we think you would like, as well as all of our Family Reading Crate announcements, blog posts, full year and unit study product releases and updates, and more.
Our Build Your Library Instagram page regularly posts pictures and insider info about what I’m currently working on or what I’m doing with my kids.
Although not 100% exclusively Build Your Library related, our Arrrgh Schooling YouTube channel has videos about books and homeschooling – but let’s be honest – it’s mostly books. If you want to see what I’m reading, join my Arrrgh Booked Book Club, or just want ideas for books to read (either for you for your children) you are sure to find something useful! We also have a BYL Twitter feed where I share links and information about BYL and homeschooling. Or you can stay subscribed to our email list and browse our monthly newsletters.
I hope your school year is merrily rolling along! If you are looking for inspiration during the holiday season, here are some articles you might find helpful:
We have well over 100 blog posts on various homeschooling and book-related topics if you want to browse for more.
I think that is about all for this month. Again, please follow us on whatever social media you frequent, there will be periodic updates posted there as well, but we will try to keep everyone in the know where ever you are surfing!
Thanks and Happy Reading! Emily