Friday, August 22, 2014

Back to School with BIC - Giveaway!

With the new school year finally upon us I thought I would take a little time away from the chaos and share one of my absolute FAVORITE brand of products . . . BiC!

Now, you know I only share with you products that I think are fantastic and that I use in my own classroom and home.  So, when BiC contacted me to review some of their products for free a 2nd time I jumped at the offer.

BiC's main goal this year is to encourage students to write more often, because writing is by far one of the most important learning tools for a child's academic success.  With that in mind, BiC has launched the "Fight for Your Write" campaign to reinforce how fun and empowering writing can be.  This campaign comes at a perfect time.  For example, our writing block has been removed this school year and there is a strong emphasis on keyboarding skills rather than cursive.  Could handwriting disappear from our curriculum?  BiC's campaign offers information about writing and tips from literacy expert Pam Allyn to help parents, caregivers, and students make a commitment to write more often.  They are advocating for handwriting to remain not only in our classrooms but a big part of a child's home life as well.

Now that you are ready to write you need the right tools!  BiC's new back-to-school products are sure to make writing fun, inspiring students to confidently express their thoughts through written word.

This year, BiC has launched an amazing line of children's writing instruments designed specifically to help children learn to write:
  • I love BiC Kids Mechanical Pencils.  Mechanical pencils are often deemed useless once the lead runs out.  However, these not only come with a big eraser but a lead refill with six leads.
  • BiC Kids Pen includes stickers to personalize the pen and comes in purple or green.  Now when we find a random pen on the floor students will be able to quickly identify it's correct owner based on the student created design.
  • Looking for a child friendly stylus?  BiC Kids Stylus is the perfect tool for small hands and will be perfect for navigating our class Kindles.  

I love BiC's Kids line of writing utensils and I have truly never seen anything like them.  BIC also has fabulous products for teachers too.  Here are a few of my favorites:
  • BiC 4-Color is an amazing pen that provides the convenient ability to choose from 4 ink colors at the click of a button .  I love creating lesson plans that are cute and colorful (for my own simple pleasure).  With BIC 4-Color I can have the variety in color I'd like with only 1 pen.  This pen comes in basic colors, metallic colors, and in a mini size.

  • Looking for mechanical pencils?  BiC has a new Xtra Shine pencil that contains a fun holographic design.  
  • I was skeptical at first about BiC's Magic Marker Brand Dry Erase Markers because I've always been a Expo Girl.  However, I was pleasantly surprised by the rich quality of their colors and the ease of writing they provide.  A+
  • Last but not least, BiC Wite-Out brand Zap!  This is a definite must have when you are a teacher.  Make a mistake?  Zap it out with the convenience of correction tape in trendy neon designs.  

Want to add some new BiC items to your classroom supplies?  Want to try out BiC's new line?  Well your in luck!  BiC has offered to giveaway 1 of their back-to-school product sets to one lucky reader.    Enter the Rafflecopter below for your chance to win.  (U.S. only, 18+ please).

a Rafflecopter giveaway

The count down to my first day of school has begun.  Check back in a few weeks to see how I am using all these great BiC products in my classroom.


Stephanie said...

From writing my lesson plans to letting the kiddies explore the various writing tools/colors during independent writing the possibilities are endless!

MaMa Goose’s Kindergarten

The Math Spot said...

I am a math intervention teacher at a K-5 building. I can definitely see using the multi-colored pens to unpack word problems. One color to circle the important information, another color to underline the question and a third color to note missing information in a multi-step problem!

The Math Spot

Teaching Eternity said...

Thanks for the reviews! do your students use pens? and you are super brave for writing your plans in pen! - I do mine in pencil because writing in pen just seems to be asking for disaster to strike! But you do have gorgeous handwriting (jealous)

Teaching Eternity said...

Oh I also wanted to mention that while I'm passive on teaching cursive (I see the benefits and pitfalls) I really think keyboarding is important! I learned in elementary school and it pains me to watch my students struggle with this now - especially since testing is going the way of computerized tests our students need to know how to type efficiently. (But they also need to know how to write things out by hand)

The Teacher's Desk 6 said...

We still teach cursive and handwriting skills. There will always be a need for writing no matter how prevalent keyboarding may become. Having fun, cool writing utensils is one way to make writing COOL and modern! I LOVE Bic products; they are always innovative and fun and especially reliable.

Susan K. said...

I think these pens would be amazing during Writer's Workshop to do editing. Plus, the kids would love to use them to do cursive, as mentioned by the above bloggers. I didn't know about the BIC dry erase markers - I'll have to check those out.

Unknown said...

Personally, I love writing in different colors so I would use them a lot. For the kids: writing workshop (peer editing), ELA, dry erase markers for writers' workshop & math. My students will be enthused to have new writing utensils.

Karen H said...

I would use them for planning, grading, and student writing.

Ursula said...

I'd love to let the kids have a few "Write in Pen" days for writing workshop time. :)

Unknown said...

I'm going to let my students write their pieces in pen. I'm also going to use these pens as birthday gifts to them.

Unknown said...

I would use them for writing in journals, writing papers, and editing in the different colors.
Thank you for this giveaway!

Mrs. Decker said...

I remember having a multi colored pen when I was a kid, but I didn't know they still made them. I would definitely have my kiddos use them for spelling to do rainbow words. I LOVE the white out tape (I frequently need to cover up my mistakes), and I am totally excited that they have a new neon design. I would also use the personalization pens to motivate my students to write with the pen that they customized, and like you said it would make my life so much easier to know who the owner of any pens that are just lying around.

Thanks for this amazing giveaway. (I super excited!)

Unknown said...

I have a few kiddos who are having a lot of trouble holding writing tools (pencils, crayons, pens, markers) and having these with the special grips would help so much!!

The Teacher's Desk 6 said...

Woot! Woot! So excited to receive these products! Thanks so much!!!!!!

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