Thursday, November 3, 2016

The New SECRET STORIES® Book— Version 2.0!

Sharing phonics secrets just got a whole lot easier! Teachers' favorite secret weapon for teaching all (and I mean ALL!) those tricky letter and phonics sounds just got a face-lift! 
www.TheSecretStories.com

Introducing the new SECRET STORIES® book, just released this fall! If you've been waiting for the right time to update your existing SECRET STORIES® set, or if you've always wanted to let your students in on the "secrets" of the letters that explain the crazy sounds they make when they get together, now is the time!

And for those who might be wondering how to still make use of your existing book and/or poster set, here's the best tip ever... and one that may even convince your principal to purchase it for you! Ideally, every classroom using the SECRET STORIES® should have a 'loaner' book available to that parents to check-out to remediate or accelerate at home. Your old book makes the perfect parent resource to share in conference, and is an easy way to satisfy most School Improvement Plan Requirements to foster a strong home-school connection. A similar (but much more fun!) use for your extra set of posters is to make a class 'big book' of SECRET STORIES®! Simply staple or hole-punch/bind posters together. (You can cut them so as to fit on large pieces of construction paper or just leave them as-is, but just be sure to laminate them!) Students will beg to take it home on a rotating basis, and it's the perfect way to let your parents in on the SECRETS® and how they're used to read and spell words in the classroom.
The SECRET STORIES® Phonics "Secrets!"
The new book layout and design makes it even easier to share the SECRETS™! With instructional icons, in-line text box teaching tools and new, jam-packed sections for digging deeper into the affective learning domain for accelerated reading and writing (phonics) skill acquisition!

To celebrate the fall release, I'm doing a special giveaway of the new book, along with choice of poster-styles (Fun & Funky, Space-Saver/Dual-Use Placards or Original) and the CD. For entry details, see the Rafflecopter information, below!

I'm so excited about the new book that I wanted to share a "sneak-peek" inside here on my blog...




                 


But you don't have to win to get started sharing SECRETS™, as you can download your free mini-anchor pack here, or by clicking on the link, below!
Download the FREE mini-anchor posters!
And I have one more freebie-surprise! The SECRET STORIES® Guided Reader "In the Fall" is currently in the Free Download Window, so be sure to grab it now before the window closes!
Finally, I want to share this adorable video just posted on the SECRET STORIES YouTube Channel of some first grade kiddos a couple of weeks into the school year, sharing amazing discoveries that they've made about their own names! (For background on Mrs. Mac's class, read herehere and here!) 

"Spotting SECRETS™ in my name!"  

To enter the Raffelcopter Drawing (which begins at midnight on Thursday, Nov. 3rd) post a comment below...and for extra entries, you can follow on Face book and Twitter (or if you're already following, just let me know :) 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

And if you don't want to wait, you can order yours now at www.TheSecretStories.com

Happy Fall!!!
I hope to have the chance to meet many of you during my conference travels this year!

Warmly,
Katie Garner
PS I have lots more to share, but didn't want to overwhelm this post, so look for more super cool teaching tools to come your way (and more Rafflecopters, too!) throughout this month!

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46 comments :

  1. Every year I'm blown away with the success my kinders have with the secrets! I can't believe how quickly they went from knowing few, if any letters names or sounds, to reading! They love to find secrets and they are using them in their writing...and it's only the beginning of November!

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  2. My class gets so excited to learn the secrets! It is helping them become better readers and writers too

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  3. I love the Secrets and so do my students. I struggle with being consistent in teaching them and how to approach teaching them.

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  4. Secret Stories have been such a blessing in my Kinder class. The students LOVE learning new stories. I have definitely seen an improvement in reading and decoding skills ever since I started them.

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  5. My kiddos and I love the Secrets. I love to hear there excitement when they discover the Secrets when they are reading! Thanks!!!

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  6. I have read about this many times and have thought about using the stories. I think that it's the piece I need to help my students improve their reading and writing abilities.

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  7. I love using the Secret Stories in my Kindergarten class. It is amazing how much they help my little ones!

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  8. I'd love to have a copy of this new version. How do I purchase it if I don't win?

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  9. I have been wanting to purchase the class kit for some time. Winning would be wonderful!

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  10. The hardest part is getting things to stick and be remembered when needed.

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  11. I really want to win this! My hardest thing is to get all the standards in a half day kindergarten. Fitting in phonic, fluency, comprehension, pa and vocab is hard.

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  12. I am totally amazed at my kindergarteners reading and writing this year!!! They are loving the secret stories!!! I wished I had found this earlier in my teaching career!

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  13. I love the secret stories. They have totally changed the way I teach phonics to my students and my students are GETTING it and remembering it! Thank you for creating the secret stories!

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  14. These are such a great teaching tool, the kids love them.

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  15. I love this!! I would love to win!! A friend at school introduced me to the secret stories and I love them! I would love to add to my first grade phonics.

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  16. As a coach, I have my whole first grade team implementing The Secret Stories. Still working on K!

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  17. I introduced the secrets to a bunch of staff members a few years back. We love it and my kids seem to be cracking the code in both reading and writing! Can't wait to see the new book!

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  18. I can't wait to see the new 2.0 Secrets!

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  19. This looks like an incredible tool to help kids learn the tricks of our language in a FUN way!

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  20. I love using the Secrets and love hearing my students retelling them as they help each other learn to read. Can't wait for 2.0.

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  21. The secret stories are absolutely amazing and my students get such a kick out of them. So easy for them to remember. Can't wait for the 2.0 version.

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  22. Love the secret stories as do my students! Excited for 2.0 version!

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  23. Biggest hurdle would be teaching sounds of e and i

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  24. Such a fun way to learn to read.

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  25. I LOVE using Secret Stories with my Kindergarten class! The stories behind the letter combinations really help my students remember their sound while reading and writing.

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  26. I love the whole idea behind Secret Stories. Can't wait to get Katie to our school for some PD. Thanks!!!

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  27. I love Secret Stories and would love to win the revised book!!! I finally got my posters hung and kids immediately came into the room and started asking me to tell the stories. I'm so glad I found these.

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  28. My kids loved looking at the wall to help them figure out the strategy. Love my secret stories!

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  29. I love the secret stories. So excited to see the new ones!

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  30. I am excited to hear of an updated version! We enjoy the secret stories very much!

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  31. My Students love the secret stories.....they sit on the edge of their seats in anticipation for a new story each time.!!! thank you!!

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  32. I have been using your original version for years. The kids absolutely love them. I'd love to win the me version.

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  33. I forgot to mention that I already follow you on Facebook.

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  34. I LOVE the secret stories. I bought the first book on my own and finally got my principal to buy the posters for me last year. The kids use them and tell their teachers the stories. Excited for the new version.

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  35. Secret Stories would be a great tool to use with my tutoring students. It is so much fun to share the "secrets".

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  36. I absolutely LOVE secret stories and so do my students! I tell every colleague I can that they need to get it!! (Megan Schmidt)

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  37. I have seen this used as s parent and would love to use it in my first grade classroom. I think the hardest part of phonics is teaching kids blending and the fact that they get mixed up a lot with the sounds.

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  38. I have been using Secret Stories with the students I tutor. I would love to win a copy of the new book!

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  39. I'm excited to see the new edition. O used the first edition last year and loved it.

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  40. I'm so excited about this set, but likewise totally bummed. I JUST purchased the first set (after years of dreaming and then another year of saving). It's in full-on use in my classroom, but wow, I wish I had just waited 2 more months to buckle down and buy it.

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  41. I would love to try to implement this - I have heard wonderful things about it!

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  42. This looks fantastic! I am so happy to have stumbled upon this. Sounds can be such a struggle.

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  43. Love sharing the Secret Stories when kids struggle with decoding. I would love to have your 2nd edition.

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  44. LOVE using secret stories with my firsties!

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  45. Just wanted to say GOOD LUCK to all who entered!!!
    And if you don't win, no worries....you'll have more chances to win before the year is out :)

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