Giveaway & Review: The Reading Lesson – The Verbal Math Lesson

A few weeks ago an incredible learning and teaching resource arrived on our doorstep, and I am so happy that I get to share it with you today!
The lovely people behind The Reading Lesson and The Verbal Math Lesson are giving you a chance to win an absolutely amazing bundle of prizes!


The Reading Lesson
This book is the best reading program I have ever come across. We have looked at so many different ways to teach reading to little ones and I have never come across such an intuitive and fun approach before.
The program is split into twenty easy lessons that gradually build your child’s ability to read.
It begins by explaining different sounds that letters can make,


and then moves straight onto reading a first few simple words.


After learning to sound out letters and words the reading progresses to short sentences


and eventually short stories.


Along the way children learn vocabulary words from different word families, and at the end of the book there is even a certificate for the brand new reader to frame and proudly display, declaring the child a Reader for Life.
If you like you can see a few sample pages as well as free downloads and printables on The Reading Lesson’s Goodies page.

The Reading Lesson also includes a fun animated CD-ROM with the 20 lessons in animated form for use with the The Reading Lesson book.

To compliment the reading program there is a fantastic Mac/PC CD-ROM titled The Storybook which includes 40 animated short stories that the child can try to read by herself. Unfamiliar words can be clicked and help improve the child’s understanding of reading and words.


The Writing Lesson
The Writing Lesson is a brilliant resource of printable writing practice sheets all the way from preschool age to fourth grade. It includes different writing styles and helps your child write primary, script and cursive.
There are lots of different sheets to choose from, either just letters, words or whole stories!


We printed some of the sheets and put them into clear plastic sleeves to use with a dry-erase marker and we have seen a huge improvement in handwriting!

Sounds of Letters DVD
The Sounds of Letters DVD is a DVD that teaches children the different sounds of letters through showing the letter and then introducing different things that start with that letter. It is a gentle way to ease into reading and would be great to use in combination with the The Reading Lesson book.


Now I can’t wait to tell you about everyone’s favourite new thing; The Verbal Math Lesson!
If you are like me then the thought of maths questions makes me cringe, it was my least favourite subject in school and to this day I think of myself as not being very good with numbers. I’m really grateful for this fantastic book because our children will not share their Mama’s fear of numbers!
The Verbal Math Lesson is a really fun way to learn maths – without the use of pens and paper! That’s right, it is all done in your head! This book comes in two levels, level 1 being for ages 4-7 and level 2 for ages 7-8. I recommend you start at level 1 no matter how old your children are, though, because this fantastic series teaches great shortcuts, helps children visualise maths problems, grasp numbers and fully understand abstract concepts.


The book starts out easy but gradually gets more difficult, however the whole book feels more like a fun, puzzle-solving conversation than a boring lesson. Using these books will also improve your child’s written work and help them not to be intimidated by difficult questions.
Emily, who absolutely adores maths, has actually picked these books for bedtime reading, asking to solve a few more questions before bed! You can find out more about The Verbal Math Lesson on their website!


The last book in our bundle is Big Words for Little Kids and this book is fun!
It starts out by explaining what different prefixes mean, for example adding “un” in front of a word.
Through teaching the little ones the different parts of words – prefixes, suffixes and roots – children are already able to understand a big variety of new-to-them words.
It teaches children hundreds of new words and helps them to understand thousands more.


The book also includes a big variety of tidbits of information for children to learn and tests for children to try out their new knowledge.
We have been having so much fun using this book, and Emily just loves to impress people with her big words!


Now YOU have the chance to win this absolutely incredible bundle of resources!


All you have to do for your chance to win is leave a comment telling me what your favourite subject was when you were in school!
You can gain extra entries for sharing it on Facebook, twitter and Pinterest, just leave a new comment for each of the things you did!
This Giveaway is open worldwide, but please know that it will be sent to you from the United States so import duty might apply.
The winner will be picked at random on the 17th of February!
You can also LIKE Here We Are Together on Facebook for an extra entry!
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150 Responses to Giveaway & Review: The Reading Lesson – The Verbal Math Lesson

  1. Vikki says:

    My favourite subject at school was science :-)

  2. June says:

    My favourite was always English. Followed very closely by science.

  3. June says:

    Sharing on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest :)

  4. Rita says:

    It had to be maths for me. Not sure if it was the subject or the teacher…

  5. Rita says:

    Also sharing of Facebook, twitter and pinterest!

  6. Kristin Kimble says:

    Shared on Facebook :-)

  7. Kristin Kimble says:

    My favourite subject was English :-)

  8. Deb Griffiths says:

    History :) And have shared this via facebook :) and liked the page :)

  9. What if you were, yourself, home-educated? 😉

    Anyway, it was history and I still would really like to spend my days dressed as a Viking (which might well be a mobbable offence in this South Yorkshire ex-mining town 😉 )

  10. And I’ve shared on Facebook – of course 😀

  11. LOVED to read as a kid! :)

  12. Naina Haria says:

    I loved English Literature at school.

  13. Naina Haria says:

    shared on facebook

  14. Naina Haria says:

    Tweeted @compingmad

  15. Naina Haria says:

    shared on google + not sure how to pin to pinterest, as you don’t have a share button.

  16. Laurie says:

    My favorite subject throughout school was always science

  17. Anya Anderson says:


  18. Anya Anderson says:

    Shared on facebook

  19. Anya Anderson says:


  20. Anya Anderson says:

    Liked on facebook

  21. gemma lake says:

    My favourite subject at school was art .o
    I studied right up to A level and still love all mediums of art now.

  22. Robyn says:

    What a great giveaway!

    My favorite subject was Language Arts.

  23. Robyn says:

    I just liked you page on Facebook.
    Thanks for the chance to win!

  24. Vanessa says:


  25. My favorite subject was Biology :)

  26. Sarah says:

    My favourite subject at primary school was maths. When I was home educated, I developed a love for biology.

  27. Sarah says:

    Shared on Pinterest.

  28. Sarah says:

    I already liked Here We Are Together on Facebook. :)

  29. Grace Williams says:

    I loved reading at school – often with a book hid slightly under the desk during another lesson I now have no recollection of! Loved looking at the examples here – they look very inspiring and intuitive. I could tell it was written by a real person when I read ‘how many towels would mother wash if she found 3 of Jane’s dirty towels and 3 of Susan’s dirty towels’ in the maths section! For total authenticity I could have added ‘screwed up in a heap on their bedroom floor!’ …

  30. Grace Williams says:

    I have shared the link on facebook with our homeschooling group.

  31. Angela Brown says:

    What an awesome giveaway!! My favorite subject was Math.

  32. Jess Faucett says:

    This bundle sounds FABULOUS!! I always enjoyed reading an writing as a kid. In fact, all through elementary school I wanted to be an author when I grew up. :)

  33. Vicky says:

    My favorite subject in school was history. Loved it so much I actually majored in history education.

  34. Crystal says:

    happy home edders here in the south of the UK too. My fav subject was social studies where we were able to present our work in a lapbook format which my eldest now loves to do as part of his home learning.
    Great blog btw
    Happy home edding

  35. Vicky says:

    Shared on Facebook.

  36. Vicky says:

    Shared on Pinterest.

  37. Kimber Standrich says:

    Mine was history loved the stories

  38. Kimber Standrich says:

    Shared on pintrest

  39. Emma Long says:

    Hi I would love to won’t this for my boys who really struggle at school. Great giveaway. Xx

  40. Mary says:

    Amazing giveaway! My favorite subject in school was English (Reading and Writing). I remember the excitement of realizing I could create my OWN stories with illustrations and all. Oh, the possibilities! My son is four now and I can already see he has the same spark. I’m very excited to begin this learning journey with him. Thanks for the opportunity :)

  41. I LOVED English but hated P.E and Maths. I really want to be able to help my children with their schoolwork

  42. Jacqueline price says:

    Drama was my favourite

  43. Mary says:

    Oops, forgot to mention I shared on Pinterest and Like HWAT on FB. :)

  44. sarina says:

    shared on fb. we would love this set after you talkig about it before, we did the free maths download and loved it :-)

  45. Vanessa Preiss says:

    Would love to have this set for my 4 yr old. She loves school:)

    • Vanessa Preiss says:

      Having a hard time posting my favorite subjects under my comments. History was my favorite:)

  46. Naomi says:

    My favourite subject was biology. Good luck everyone x

  47. Alicia M. says:

    I would have to say Literature/Language Arts.

  48. Alicia M. says:

    Shared on Facebook

  49. Alicia M. says:

    Shared on Google+

  50. Lorraine says:

    My favorite subject was definitely English.

  51. Lorraine says:

    My favorite subject was definitely English!

  52. My favorite subject was science! I loved it then, and still do now.

  53. Jan says:

    My favourite subject was history and I loved all things nature related .

  54. MF says:

    I loved math!!!!

  55. MF says:

    I liked on Facebook and shared on Facebook

  56. I shared on my facebook page!

  57. I “liked” your page on facebook!

  58. Jennifer says:

    My favorite subject is school would have been writing…creative writing! :)

  59. Jennifer says:

    I “liked” your page on fb. :)

  60. Jessica Van Vleet says:

    My favorite subject was math. I actually was not great at it, but I had the best teacher in the world who taught different ways of doing the same problem and it just clicked! Now I enjoy history the most.

  61. Jessica Van Vleet says:

    I shared on FB & Twitter. I also liked your page. :)

  62. Sonja says:

    I loved English and German. I’d have gladly taken languages only if that had been an option. 😉

  63. jeanine says:

    my favorite class in school was religion.

  64. Sonja says:

    Shared on pinterest!

  65. my favorite class was religion.

  66. Janis Collier says:

    My favourite subject at school was creative writing. I so loved to write stories, or explain things in story form ~ I’d lose myself for hours in this, then and now ! :-)

  67. Janis Collier says:

    shared on my Facebook and Pinterest

  68. Natanya Squire says:

    Hi! :) My favorite subject was always art…and home-time! Natanya xx

  69. Natanya Squire says:

    Hi! :) My favorite subject was always art…and home-time! love, Natanya x

  70. Natanya Squire says:

    also shared on Facebook xxx

  71. kirsty says:

    I loved art at school I was quite good at it :)

  72. kirsty says:

    I shared on Facebook as well 😉

  73. kirsty says:

    I shared on Facebook as well 😉 xxx

  74. Shared on Twitter as well 😉 xxx

  75. I enjoyed art at school :)

  76. I have shared on Facebook as well :)

  77. Alison Herrera says:

    My favourite subject was English…and now I’m an English teacher! Shared on Facebook.

  78. Liked on facebook 😉

  79. Anna lister says:

    This sounds like an amazing resource for teaching English as a foreign language, to young children, which is what I’m hoping to do after university!

  80. Lori M-C says:

    My first favorite subject was math then reading.

  81. Charli S. says:

    I was definitely a history nerd.

  82. Charli S. says:

    also, I liked on facebook.

  83. Mandy F. says:

    My favorite subject was English/Literature. These programs look great!

  84. Terri McNamare says:

    My favourite subject at school when I was in year 9 was ‘Mother Craft’. They don’t teach this subject any more, a real shame as young girls received a small look into having and caring for a family.

  85. Justine says:

    My favorite subject was science. Thanks for the giveaway!

  86. Aimee says:

    Definitely preferred Reading/Literature class!

  87. Morgan Lorenzen says:

    My favorite subject in school was math!

  88. donna limbert says:

    my favourite subject at school was art x

  89. donna limbert says:

    sharing on facebook x

  90. Rebecca morgan says:

    This is fantastic! Everything crossed to win!

  91. Nikki says:

    Maths because it was so black and white. You could work through the problems to get the definite answer. Oh if only life was so easy!!!

  92. Kristin says:

    My favorite subject in school was English. Loved writing! Thank you for the wonderful giveaway!

  93. Licia Bajus says:

    Hmmm… as a kid, it was Math. As a teen, English.

  94. John says:

    Shared on FB

  95. Natalia Howard says:

    English and literature were my favourite subjects. Would love to have this set for my 4 year old daughter!

  96. julie says:

    favourite subject at school was art

  97. Darcee says:

    My favorite subject was Math most of my years in school.

  98. Nikki says:

    Forgot to say I have Liked you on Facebook.

  99. Alissa says:

    I liked English class…math was probably my least favorite!

  100. Carla Sutton says:

    I loved geography! Still do. Had an amazing teacher – my dad x

  101. Rose C says:

    My favorite subject was math.

  102. Rachael D says:

    My favourite was actually french!

  103. Mia says:

    My favorite subject in throughout school was english. :)

  104. Mia says:

    I shared this on facebook!

  105. Mia says:

    I also like Here we are together on FB.

  106. esther walter says:

    my fav subject at school was humanities, as i had the best teacher in the world and he made the subject very enjoyable :)

  107. Charlene Edwards says:

    My fave subject in high school was catering

  108. Teri K says:

    I didn’t have any favorite subjects. I just went to school to see my friends!

  109. Ajar says:

    My favourite subject in school was science , Biology and Chemistry but never Physics.

  110. Ajar says:

    Have just Liked on Facebook

  111. Ajar says:

    Have just shared on Facebook. Thank you

  112. deborah barrett says:

    My school. Lessson I enjoyed was cookery

  113. Lisa Conway says:

    My favorite subject was Math. I really like this curriculum and I could definitely use this for my soon to be kindergartener.

  114. Caroline Parry says:

    I always loved maths, English and French at school – it would be hard to pick a favourite from the three

  115. Caroline Parry says:

    and I’ve shared on FB

  116. Rachel T says:

    my favorite subject was reading!

  117. Bridget Coleman says:

    I love science!!! :)

  118. We are a homeschooling family and my children and I have started using Verbal Math as an alternative to our everyday written math lessons. Incorporating more verbal math has made my boys more excited about lessons and I’m impressed with all the math they can do “in their heads”. Mental math has empowered my children to feel confident about their math skills in ANY situation. I see them using it at the grocery, quizzing each other in the car, and playing board games. Wonderful product all parents/teachers should use with their students.

  119. Kimberly says:

    My favorite was always English, really writing. I also enjoyed reading!

  120. Kimberly says:

    Sharing on Facebook.

  121. julie sohna says:


  122. Jules Sohna says:

    Here we are together-another fab post :)

  123. My favorite subject was reading lots of good books!

  124. I “Liked” Here We Are Together page on Facebook!

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  127. I pinned this review/giveaway on my “Homeschool Inspirations” Pinterest board. Here’s the link to my Pinterest Home page:

  128. Cathy Candelas says:

    I liked science when I was in school. I did very well in English.

  129. Cathy Candelas says:

    “liked” on Facebook

  130. Leanne Watson says:

    What a fantastic give away! My favorite subject in school was woman’s history. I had a fantasic wild haired teacher who made it all so exciting and fascinating! speaking positively about birth, and witches and inspiring woman. No wonder I wanted to become a midwife!

  131. Chariya says:

    Hello I would say my favorite subject was science. I received top scores in class and that made me realize that I did like this class!

  132. Katie Price says:

    I loved Maths at school… and still am a bit of a Maths geek now! Thanks for the competition!

  133. Katie Price says:

    I’ve also tweeted, liked and shared on Facebook via my blog Katie Cupcake Cymru :)

  134. Lucy carter says:

    My favourite subject at school was english :-)

  135. adele knight says:

    I loved P.E, but we didn’t do it much!

  136. sue walsh says:

    my favourite subjects were English & History.
    wonderful competition

  137. LOUISE MABBETT says:

    My favourite subject in school was maths. I have a 5yr old who has speech problems and is not keen on reading because she struggles pronouncing the words, so something like this would hopefully help her and make her happier :-) thanks xx

  138. Jennifer Toal says:

    My favourite lesson was English

  139. My favourite subject was art, my worst maths; yet I went on to be a numeracy consultant!! I used to really enjoy teaching the children who hated maths as I appreciated exactly how they felt. A great prize as I am always on the look out for new ways to teach the basics to my own children.

  140. cass says:

    You know, my favourite subject at he start of high school was science, but I had such a morbid fear of art that I soon floundered in science because SO much of it was dependent on drawing what you see. So I switched my focus to English instead. Children are such malleable creatures! Absolutely love the look of these books, especially the verbal maths, what a *fantastic* idea.

  141. Michelle says:

    My favourite subject at school was English, I loved reading stories and still do! xo

  142. Sandra M. says:

    My favorite subject was biology.

  143. Sandra M. says:

    I like you on FB!

  144. Melissa Bell says:

    My favorite subject in school was Math!