One of my goals for Amanda this summer was for her to get her multiplication facts down pat. She’s actually always been good in math, but she hates to memorize, so since they’ve been working on multiplication for the last two years, she has resisted the effort it takes to memorize them perfectly. She can figure them out of course, but as you know, she can’t move on to higher math without this skill.

She just started fifth grade, and we’re still working on it, but at least now she understands that she must put forth the effort on her own. She loves being on the computer, even if it’s an “educational game.” That’s why I’m so happy when I find sites like Scholastic StudyJams.


Are your kids ready for back-to-school? Take the StudyJams! Summer Challenge and find out by clicking here: http://studyjams.scholastic.com/sj/challenge.htm

Did you know that kids who don’t engage their brains during the summer lose academic ground coming into the new school year? Studies show that without ongoing learning activities over the summer, students lose up to two months of math and other subject knowledge during the summer break. It’s a little late for us, since I didn’t find StudyJams! until right before she started school, but I’m making up for lost time now (Everyone knows the first few weeks — or even months — of elementary school is all review anyway).

StudyJams! is an online learning experience for kids in grades 3-6 that explains the most challenging math and science topics through:

* Animated science and math videos that demonstrate concepts in real-world situations, using real-world language
* Step-by-step tutorials that demonstrate ways to solve equations
* Karaoke songs that make it easy to remember the differences between mean, median, and mode, or how to use the scientific method
* An age-appropriate encyclopedia lets kids research topics in real-time as they use the service
* A Jam Studio that let kids create and produce their own downloadable MP3s, providing incentives for students to keep coming back and view more instructional content to gain points

I can’t wait for Amanda to use it throughout this year to enhance her educational experience.

For more information about StudyJams! or to subscribe, visit www.scholastic.com/studyjams. For more information about Scholastic, visit www.scholastic.com.

Are you trying to regain skills that were lost this summer? Does your child have a weak area in one of the core curriculum areas? We want to help!

  • The grand prize winner will receive One-year Free Subscription to Scholastic StudyJams!, a $25 gift certificate to Scholastic Online Store, and a StudyJams! Karaoke CD.
  • 2 readers will receive a $25 gift certificate to Scholastic Online Store and a StudyJams! Karaoke CD.
  • 2 readers will receive a StudyJams! Karaoke CDs


If you’d like to win (U.S. addresses only), please leave a comment here. We’ll post the winners on Saturday, September 27.



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1 Chondra September 12, 2008 at 9:07 am

What a great site! My daughter loves school but Math is the thorn in her side! This site is helping her build her confidence!

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2 Carey September 12, 2008 at 9:28 am

I would love to win. This would be great to help with math.

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3 Jen B September 12, 2008 at 9:39 am

Thanks for the giveaway. I have a 1st grader.

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4 Maddy September 12, 2008 at 9:58 am

We could always do with a little catch up around here and grades 3 to 6 more or less has us covered. Anything ‘on-line’ has a greater chance of success / interest too.
Cheers

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5 chyk September 12, 2008 at 10:07 am

this would be fab for my kids!

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6 Briana September 12, 2008 at 10:25 am

Wow, what a great program. This prize wouldn’t actually be for me, but my beautiful, intelligent niece who could use a little help in the study department. :)

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7 Jessica Stier September 12, 2008 at 11:08 am

What a cool resource for parents and kids! We could put this to good use!!!

Jessica
http://www.momshots.com

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8 Cindy September 12, 2008 at 12:14 pm

This would be a wonderful resource to have in my arsenal! I can’t wait to try it out. It would be even more fun to try if it was free!

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9 Rebecca C September 12, 2008 at 12:40 pm

This would be great for math, I am pretty good at math but when I help with homework I think I am making it too easy. I am not sure if I am offering too much help, I feel like maybe I am not letting them figure out enough of it themselves.

legacyofbrutalitysa{AT}gmail.com

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10 Diane September 12, 2008 at 12:44 pm

What a great idea, just in time for my 3rd grader.

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11 Sandra September 12, 2008 at 1:39 pm

This would be a wonderful supplement to our learning.

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12 Lori - Queen of Dirty Laundry September 12, 2008 at 2:20 pm

Sounds great – I can’t wait to check this site. We’re always looking for additional resources to reinforce our girls’ learning.

Thanks!

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13 Belinda A. September 12, 2008 at 2:46 pm

Oh my goodness, this would be a fantastic learning tool!

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14 Brooke September 12, 2008 at 4:45 pm

Excellent giveaway! Thanks so much!!

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15 Nadia September 12, 2008 at 5:05 pm

I’d love to give this to my sis-in-law who has 3 elementary school-aged kids!

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16 Leah September 12, 2008 at 5:26 pm

What a great site. I homeschool my 3rd and 4th graders and this would be good extra practice.

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17 stacey moore September 12, 2008 at 5:31 pm

we love scholastic!! they always have the perfect resource for my classroom!
thanks!
moore.g@insideconnect.net

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18 Piseco September 12, 2008 at 6:51 pm

This looks like fun! I homeschool my son, and he’ll be starting 3rd grade math around the middle of this year… I’m sure all the other subjects would be helpful too!

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19 Martha C September 12, 2008 at 10:22 pm

Maybe my kids can brush up and get a little ahead. Thanks for the opportunity.

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20 Heather September 13, 2008 at 12:26 am

We homeschool year around and I would love this prize for my kids.

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21 lorene desjardins September 13, 2008 at 11:08 am

I am a teacher and a mom, I would love this

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22 Steph Elias September 13, 2008 at 11:52 am

This would be great for my two kids. Count me in!

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23 Jenn S. September 13, 2008 at 12:12 pm

Very neat site. My two kids could really use this. Thanks for a great giveaway!

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24 Abby September 13, 2008 at 12:17 pm

This looks like a great way to help my kids get back into school!

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25 thefarmerfiles September 13, 2008 at 1:19 pm

Looks like great resources!

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26 Denise September 13, 2008 at 1:44 pm

Would be great for my kids!

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27 Ann Fantom September 13, 2008 at 1:46 pm

I would love to win this! Please enter me

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28 SANDY September 13, 2008 at 1:48 pm

this would be so helpful and good clean learning fun

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29 karen September 13, 2008 at 5:07 pm

Just took the quiz and got 6 out of 7 right. But now I know the difference between a reptile and an amphibian.

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30 pjm September 13, 2008 at 6:02 pm

would help my kid succeed

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31 Kathy D September 13, 2008 at 6:34 pm

I love to read to children… I want to teach them to love books at an ealry age….

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32 Angel September 13, 2008 at 7:01 pm

awesome prize

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33 Heather September 13, 2008 at 7:11 pm

I love pouring over those book orders…

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34 Kathy Scott September 13, 2008 at 7:22 pm

We love Scholastic. If you ever get the chance to go to their warehouse sale, GO.

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35 susan varney September 13, 2008 at 7:36 pm

just send it don’t bend it

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36 James Harris September 13, 2008 at 7:53 pm

My wife would love to have just 5 minutes.

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37 Cheryl Larimer September 13, 2008 at 8:32 pm

Thanks for introducing us to this site. We have grandchildren eight and under and this would be a great gift to share with them.

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38 Michael Capp September 13, 2008 at 9:53 pm

I want to win!

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39 Rebecca Snodgrass September 13, 2008 at 10:03 pm

Please enter me. My kids need this.

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40 Andrea R September 13, 2008 at 10:04 pm

Great idea! My kida are in 2nd & 4th so this will work for my 4th grader & my 2nd grader can use it next year.

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41 Jen Forster September 13, 2008 at 10:15 pm

This looks like a great idea – our 3rd grade son would love it.

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42 Rosa Bartolucci September 13, 2008 at 11:02 pm

This program is great,my daughter is struggling with math and she loves the computer so hopefully this will help her

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43 Tonia Rowe September 13, 2008 at 11:08 pm

My daughter could really improve her studies with this! Would love to win!

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44 zmama September 13, 2008 at 11:09 pm

wow! we could totally use this!! :)

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45 Brooke Allen September 14, 2008 at 12:20 am

This would be great for my dd.

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46 judy brittle September 14, 2008 at 12:34 am

This would be wonderful for my grandson. Thank you so much for the wonderful contest!

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47 Corrie C September 14, 2008 at 1:24 am

My nephew could use this.

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48 Terra Heck September 14, 2008 at 1:45 am

This would be a great homework helper for my kids.

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49 Cammie kent September 14, 2008 at 5:17 am

what a wonderful idea for a prize.
thanks so much,my kids would love this.

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50 Carol Lawrence September 14, 2008 at 7:30 am

I would love to win.

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51 Sharon Jones September 14, 2008 at 8:10 am

Would LOVE to win this…thanks!

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52 Susan C September 14, 2008 at 9:44 am

I recently noticed that my seven year old grandson had fell behind on his reading skills over the summer. Too bad I didn’t know about this cool site!

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53 Marlena U. September 14, 2008 at 10:58 am

My little one isn’t old enough to take advantage of the website so count us out for the Grand Prize (I’d rather someone else win who could use it!)…but we’d love a chance for the others prizes of the gift certificate/CD.

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54 Mike Weisberg September 14, 2008 at 11:36 am

I want to win

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55 Jason September 14, 2008 at 12:26 pm

Nice giveaway, I want to win !! Thanks !!!

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56 veronica sandberg September 14, 2008 at 1:38 pm

want to win this

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57 Kathy Conley September 14, 2008 at 2:52 pm

I love Scholastic books!

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58 Pat Connors September 14, 2008 at 3:40 pm

Please count us in too.

risanjax@Metrocast.net

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59 brandiandboys September 14, 2008 at 4:23 pm

we’d love to win!

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60 Alicia September 14, 2008 at 5:11 pm

My momma told me-you better shop around

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61 April September 14, 2008 at 6:32 pm

This sounds like an awesome win for my sixth grader.

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62 Julie Donahue September 14, 2008 at 7:06 pm

This looks great!

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63 Eda September 14, 2008 at 7:31 pm

away enter me please

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64 Valerie Mitchell September 14, 2008 at 8:47 pm

What a wonderful prize!

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65 Tonya Froemel September 14, 2008 at 9:04 pm

like to win this

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66 Jo September 14, 2008 at 10:53 pm

This would definitely help my daughter get back in the school groove
jceko77@yahoo.com

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67 Jessica T September 14, 2008 at 11:25 pm

I love scholastic . . . count me in!

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68 Adrienne Gordon September 15, 2008 at 9:33 am

great idea

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69 Kimberly September 15, 2008 at 11:29 am

My daughter is in 3rd grade and they are introducing multiplication. I can see her resisting memorizing too. In fact, when we started working this summer, she informed me they “couldn’t” be memorized and I had to have my 16 year old show her she knew them. She also LOVES the computer….even if I don’t win, I’ve got to go check this out…

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70 Michelle D. - NH September 15, 2008 at 12:39 pm

The site has a trial that looks good.

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71 Monique Rizzo September 15, 2008 at 2:14 pm

Amazing prize! Thank you.

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72 Sylvia September 15, 2008 at 2:40 pm

This would be great for my grandchildren

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73 hetal g September 15, 2008 at 3:32 pm

it would be great for my two toddlers. I love scholastic!
herry123_us@live.com

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74 Kari Follett September 15, 2008 at 6:49 pm

I’d love this for my kids!!

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75 Sandra F. September 15, 2008 at 10:57 pm

this looks so cool! my two little one’s would really enjoy using this. thanks!!

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76 kathy September 16, 2008 at 10:12 am

what a wonderful site. I would love my 12 year old to be able to learn from it. Thanks.

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77 dor September 16, 2008 at 12:27 pm

this would be a great prize for our household.

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78 Lori Walker September 16, 2008 at 12:45 pm

Want to teach my nephew the basics :)

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79 valerie mabrey September 16, 2008 at 6:07 pm

thanks for the contest

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80 rachel burke September 16, 2008 at 9:34 pm

i want this

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81 tiffany pettey September 17, 2008 at 1:32 am

this would be great 2 have

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82 Jessica September 17, 2008 at 9:39 am

My first grader would LOVE this!
Thanks for the awesome contest!

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83 Terri September 17, 2008 at 4:30 pm

What a great giveaway!

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84 beth shepherd September 17, 2008 at 5:50 pm

Thank you for having this! I would love to win. Thank you!
tatertot374@sbcglobal.net

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85 Cherie J September 17, 2008 at 6:08 pm

Please enter me. Would love to win this for my son.

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86 Rosanne Morrison September 17, 2008 at 7:39 pm

I agree they lose so much over the summer…but I still love summer breaks. This would help with keeping their minds going

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87 Niki September 18, 2008 at 10:01 am

I would love to win. My 7 y.o. son is autistic and has been struggling with reading. Comprehension is very hard for him. Thanks for letting me enter!
http://www.pumpkincountry.blogspot.com
Niki :)

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88 Vicki Wurgler September 18, 2008 at 1:47 pm

thanks-we have a 1st, 3rd and 5th grader

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89 Sarah September 18, 2008 at 2:30 pm

enter me!

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90 Tammy September 18, 2008 at 3:22 pm

very cool, as homeschoolers this would come in very handy for us!

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91 Steve Scott September 18, 2008 at 6:20 pm

Please and thank you.

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92 Kat September 18, 2008 at 8:06 pm

Learning is always good!

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93 Stephanie Grant September 19, 2008 at 3:06 pm

I would love to win this for my son he needs all the help he can get in math. Thanks for the great giveaway :)

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94 James Jenkins September 20, 2008 at 9:54 am

wow

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95 Linda Moeller September 20, 2008 at 2:03 pm

Scholastic is awesome.

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96 tracey c September 20, 2008 at 2:26 pm

Great prize.. My children could always use the extra help.

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97 Debra F September 20, 2008 at 7:21 pm

Great giveaway. Would love to be able to use these with my kids.

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98 Skiffywife September 20, 2008 at 11:10 pm

Would be great for my students at school

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99 amandasue September 21, 2008 at 10:31 am

sounds cool, thanks for entering me.

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100 Karen Gonyea September 22, 2008 at 4:02 pm

Great Prize – enter me please :)

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101 Angela H. September 22, 2008 at 5:12 pm

The kids would love learning using these tools. Thanks for the contest.

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102 Amber S. September 22, 2008 at 10:24 pm

StudyJams sounds like a great learning tool!

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103 Molly Marchand September 22, 2008 at 10:28 pm

This would be great, I’m a teacher.

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104 Susan Ledet September 22, 2008 at 11:12 pm

This would make a great gift.
Thank you for the nice giveaway.

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105 Jay French September 23, 2008 at 11:46 am

Scholastic has gotten a lot of our book buying business over the years through their school program. This would be nice.

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106 Christine September 23, 2008 at 11:50 am

This would be great for my son. thanks for the chance, justicecw@hotmail.com

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107 Jennifer M September 23, 2008 at 12:16 pm

Great prize, please enter me.

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108 Alicia Maes September 23, 2008 at 4:47 pm

What a great thing to win with school getting back into swing!! Thanks!~

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109 tanya wilson September 23, 2008 at 9:37 pm

Great giveaway!

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110 Jennifer Short September 24, 2008 at 4:35 am

Please enter me.

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111 trudee carreiro September 24, 2008 at 7:18 am

this looks really cool

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112 Millicent C. September 24, 2008 at 8:03 am

Oh my sons would so love this! Thank you for the chance to win!

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113 Cori Westphal September 24, 2008 at 8:56 am

Sounds great. I have a son who just doesn’t like school. This might help. Thanks for the great contest!

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114 Cindy J. September 24, 2008 at 10:49 am

These are really great prizes. Thanks.

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115 Cindi September 24, 2008 at 12:27 pm

Hello, I have a niece who is in the third grade and could use study help and motivation. Please enter me in this wonderful “Study Jams” drawing. Many thanks, Cindi

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116 Vicki Wurgler September 24, 2008 at 8:52 pm

this would be great for our 3rd grader

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117 Tamara Bennington September 24, 2008 at 9:18 pm

Thank-you so such a great website link. Excellent concept that my children would just love.

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118 C Duran September 24, 2008 at 9:46 pm

Super prize. Hope I win!

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119 Kristin W September 24, 2008 at 9:52 pm

I would love to win this for my daughter. She just loves working on the computer. They don’t do enough science by any means and she loves it, so this would not only be helpful in math, but a joy for her in science. I would love to see if they have a school part to, as a teacher, I tutor students in math and this might be helpful.

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120 Erma Hurtt September 25, 2008 at 6:53 am

We would love to win this. It looks fun. Thanks

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121 Rudella Custer September 25, 2008 at 8:54 am

This would be great in helping my son catch up on his math! Thanks!

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122 Marion B September 25, 2008 at 11:01 am

This would be cool for my 4th grader who loves the computer and needs help in math!

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123 Meredith Peters September 25, 2008 at 11:20 am

Scholastic has always been good but now it is better than ever!

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124 Tammy Darling September 25, 2008 at 12:24 pm

This would be great for my 3rd grader. Thanks for the contest.

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125 william causey September 25, 2008 at 3:12 pm

please count grandpa in

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126 Casey Becher September 25, 2008 at 3:41 pm

I’d love to win this! We love getting books from Scholastic!!

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127 Valeen September 25, 2008 at 3:51 pm

This would be wonderful for us! My son has special needs and has a lot of difficulty learning. But he really loves being on the computer and really responds to music! This would help so much!

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128 SHANNON EDWARDS September 25, 2008 at 4:22 pm

Wow! This site is awesome! I’d love to win this for my son! He’s great at reading and spelling but needs a little extra help with math; this would be perfect!

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129 Holly September 25, 2008 at 6:16 pm

My 3rd grade daughter would love this!

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130 Ed Nemmers September 25, 2008 at 7:07 pm

Sweet niblets!

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131 Candie L September 25, 2008 at 10:24 pm

My 3rd grader loves math. I buy him workbooks above his grade level to challenge him. This would be another educational tool to help improve his scores even more

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132 Sheryl Puchalski September 25, 2008 at 10:29 pm

My son, Adam, has an enthusiasm towards Science that is contagious. It has led to many family outings to the Science Museum, and sparked an interest in scientific experiments and projects. That is why we feel so badly that Adam is not retaining the facts he learns at school. He has the will — we just need a way. We have tried the library for help, but the books are really hit and miss. Many are completely over his head, while others just don’t pertain to the concepts he is learning at school. That is why Scholastic StudyJams would be a great tool for him. It would allow him to proceed at his own pace, all while learning information that is relevant to the Third Grade. Most of all, it sounds like he’d have a lot of fun while doing it. (What more could you ask for?!)

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133 Amy Parsons September 25, 2008 at 10:49 pm

Scholastic has such great products. I would love to win this so we could check out the scholastic program.

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134 Sherri Siler September 25, 2008 at 11:09 pm

This is great. I would love to win.

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135 Rose Fisher September 25, 2008 at 11:31 pm

I love volunteering my time at my sons school. Even though my son is in 4th grade now, and reading to the class “isn’t cool”. I still like reading to children in lower grades. The teachers love it, because they can finish up last minute things while I read to the children and keep them occupied. Right now, I’m having a difficult time getting my son to do homework. He is smart but he doesn’t like doing homework. It’s such a battle. Thanks for offering this great giveaway! Good luck to all!

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136 Deb Wallin September 25, 2008 at 11:56 pm

My kids would love to win this.

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137 Crystal F September 26, 2008 at 7:17 am

Wow, this would be great for my third grader! She too needs to memorize her multiplication facts. Thanks for the great giveaway!

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138 Donna Kozar September 26, 2008 at 9:16 am

This would help my kids.

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139 Beth Golden September 26, 2008 at 9:30 am

As the world becomes more complex it is more important to give our children an excellent education. However, the schools are failing to succeed in their mission and the parents need to make sure their children are doing well in school. These study aides are a great help and I could use it for my girls.

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140 Nanette Olson September 26, 2008 at 9:35 am

This sounds like a great idea to help with learning math.

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141 kathy pease September 26, 2008 at 9:38 am

PLEASE COUNT ME IN ON THIS AWESOME GIVEAWAY :)

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142 Valerie September 26, 2008 at 9:51 am

My 11 year old loves these books. Scholastic company helps her to enjoy reading more.She always has to order one or two everytime, it makes me happy to see great change in her reading habits more..

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143 Rebecca Peters September 26, 2008 at 10:09 am

this would be a great help for my daughter

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144 Gianna September 26, 2008 at 10:31 am

Please enter me :)

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145 Talitha Lee September 26, 2008 at 2:01 pm

Great site! thanks for the contest!

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146 Janet September 26, 2008 at 3:11 pm

Thanks for a great giveaway!this would be great for my grandkids!

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147 Brenda S. September 26, 2008 at 4:31 pm

I would love to win. This would be great to help with math. Thanks!!!

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148 Jennifer Schroeder September 26, 2008 at 5:51 pm

This sounds great! I would love this for my kids. Thank you so much for the opportunity to win!

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149 Catherine KingChuparkoff September 26, 2008 at 7:26 pm

We support everything Scholastic and just had our first book fair for the year…thanks for going to the computer…my daughter will love this site.

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150 Jeanine P September 26, 2008 at 7:38 pm

Nice prize! I would love to win this for my family! Thanks so much for the giveaway!

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151 Timothy Sternberg September 26, 2008 at 7:47 pm

What a great site!

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152 amy delong September 26, 2008 at 7:47 pm

would be good for my pre schooler!!

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153 kerri September 26, 2008 at 8:45 pm

i really like this my daughters would really enjoy this

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154 Amy September 26, 2008 at 9:51 pm

My daughter was chose for a HAART class this year and is having some difficulty with math. This would ease her struggle and make the rest of the year exciting and fun.

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155 Shannon K September 27, 2008 at 9:55 am

With 6 children in grades K-4 thru 12th we love this site and use it especially during the summer to keep the kids from forgetting!! Would love to win this prize!!

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156 Heather C September 27, 2008 at 1:17 pm

This sounds like a great thing for kids! I’d love to gift this to my daughter. Thanks.

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157 Cathy S. October 24, 2008 at 3:58 pm

Here is a free service from Scholastic.com that will be great for finding books that interest your children and will be at their reading level. It is called Teacher Book Wizard. Just put in the kinds of interests that your child has and you will get a list of books by reading level that will hit the spot.

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