Draw Write Now–Complete Set – Giveaway

I received an email from Barker Creek – asking if I’d consider reviewing their site – and sharing their resources with you.  Their logo looked familiar.  I clicked over to the site to take a peek.  It reminded me of the afternoons spent in the Teacher’s Resource Stores. I loved looking through all of the fun items to make our home a learning resource center. Fun ideas for walls, folders, thematic units, planning books – An Elementary School Teacher’s Dream.

They are a Northwest Company – so I told them I’d mention them on the blog – but that my boys had moved a bit past the cute elementary supplies.  I wasn’t sure what item I’d review?

P1100251She offered to send me the Draw Write Now Set of books – and give me a set to give away – on my blog – Wait.

HOLD The Phone. Stop the E-mails.  In my haste to click on the blog –

I had MISSED IT!!!  Barker Creek. Draw Write Now. YES!  I was familiar with their product!!!


We have been intentionally learning at home for over 9 years. There are few books that have stayed on the Current Learning Shelf for that duration.  Book Number 1 – Farms – has been on our art shelf, within arms reach – the entire time.

When the boys were very young –

They didn’t really write, or want to write, or have things to write about.  We used quite a few methods of helping them write – cutting play dough snakes with scissors, picking up cheerios, drawing lines and circles – and then – we found Draw Write Now. We’d have the boys pick a photo they were interested in from the index, find the page, then start on the steps.

P1100248This takes a bit of skill, learning how to use an index, page numbers, and following the example steps with close and careful observation.

I’d encourage them to color in their drawings with colored pencils and choose at least one sentence sample to copywork onto their page.

For my boys – this time was more productively spent than 20-30 minutes with a handwriting course.  They were practicing their fine motor skills in their fingers, developing pencil holding muscles, and practicing the eye hand coordination that must happen. It may be hard for you to sketch a nature object – think of the same frustration for a 4-6 year old to form letters – that are useless to them.

As they grew older –

P1100249We used the Draw Write Now sets in the library – to help us illustrate our narrations.  Giving us ideas on how to create boats, polar bears, trains, and horses with our pencils.  The landscapes had more detail, the feathering and drawing more fine tuned.  More items seemed to be added to the backgrounds.  Birds were sketched in more physical positions.  Jon is constantly asking – What should I draw?  I usually pull out the book and we work on creating a better swan, or cat, or horse. Oh – I almost forgot, each book is a themed unit study!

Would I need them for High School?

I felt a little bad, that now, in the 6th and 9th grades, we would finally have a complete set for our use, when the boys are so much older.  I really shouldn’t have worried. Jon immediately opened the set and turned the kitchen table into a craft center.  He dug through the images of each book, creating bears, people, shrimp, shells, and birds. Nate is still not a big sketcher, he may never be – and honestly – he has not used them, but – visiting friends, with older kids – have enjoyed using these books as well.

P1100243P1100244 The pages have art suggestions of how to use the direction of strokes from the colored pencils to help give texture to the picture. how to blend the colors. How to show perspective.  It may not be a High School Credit for Art – but does all art need to be hard and arduous to be learning and practicing creativity?  It is still on my using shelf this year.

So – For you Dear Reader – 5 Ways to Enter:

No matter your age – You’ll want these in your classroom. You can buy one at a time like we did, or the entire set.  I don’t say this often, but it is an good investment into your resource library.  If you’d like to try to get one for free – here is how you may enter.


  1. Comment on the Blog – “Have you used these or seen these before?”


  2. What is your favorite supply from the website?


  3. Like their Facebook Page


  4. Tweet about the Giveaway


  5. Like my Facebook

    Page

(Leave a comment for each entry)


From the Barker Creek – Website:

Posters  -(I have quite a few of these.)

Lesson Plan Ideas:

  • Historical Barns
  • Transcontinental Railroad
  • Reindeer
  • Nautical Adventures
  • Handwriting Counts
Common Core State Standards – (Cause we all wonder how we measure up.)

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Disclaimer: I received a request to review the Barker Creek. I was given a free sample from their store in exchange for hosting a giveaway on my blog, if I desired, and for sharing my experience with their products with you.  I have enjoyed Barker Creek for many years and highly recommend that you  use them for your learning needs!

We have a Winner! Congrats Sadie from http://www.snapshotsoflife5d.blogspot.com/

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179 Responses to Draw Write Now–Complete Set – Giveaway

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  2. pebblekeeper says:

    Congratulations to Sadie! She is our WINNER!!!! Check out her blog at http://www.snapshotsoflife5d.blogspot.com/

  3. Jennifer says:

    I already like your Facebook page.

  4. Jennifer says:

    I now like their Facebook page.

  5. Jennifer says:

    I’d enjoy the Draw Right Now with my son or the decorative file folders for my girls.

  6. Jennifer says:

    I have seen this but not used it.

  7. Diane says:

    Please enter me in the giveaway. These are wonderful books. I only have one in our library that I picked up at a used book sale a couple of years ago. I teach a co-op art class for 3rd – 6th graders and this would be great to use for some classes.
    Blessings
    Diane

  8. Diane says:

    I took one out from my local library. It was fun for my kids to use. Awesome giveaway! :O)

  9. Leslie says:

    Awesome! I love these books. We used to check them out from the library to use 🙂

  10. Megan H says:

    I like your FB page. 🙂

  11. Megan H says:

    I liked their FB page.

  12. Megan H says:

    My favorite thing so far on the website is the Bunches of Bugs activity book.

  13. Megan H says:

    I’ve only heard of these before on other HS blogs, but have not seen/used them.

  14. I already liked your fb page:)

  15. chandlercarly says:

    I have seen/heard of these before, but have not used them yet. I would love to try them! 🙂 Carlychandler2@yahoo.com

  16. Trish Thaden says:

    Liked you both on Facebook

  17. Trish Thaden says:

    Draw Write Now is my favorite on the website.

  18. Trish Thaden says:

    We have used these a few times and love them!

  19. Besides the Draw Write Now set, the kidswords magnets caught my eye. I would love to get something like that for my Nathan

  20. tweeted the giveaway for you.

  21. I saw them at your house , does that count.. I have seen them before but never really looked at them seriously until you and I talked about them.

  22. Rebekah Kuriakose says:

    I liked you on FB.

  23. Sara Marti says:

    I liked your FB page.

  24. Sara Marti says:

    I like Barker Creek Publishing. on FB

  25. Rebekah Kuriakose says:

    I meant that I liked Barker Creek on FB. 😉

  26. Sara Marti says:

    I have seen one of the books before.

  27. Rebekah Kuriakose says:

    I liked Draw Write Now on FB.

  28. Rebekah Kuriakose says:

    There are so many interesting things on their website. I keep liking the kid boards, though.

  29. Rebekah Kuriakose says:

    I’ve been looking to use the Draw, Write Now books this year! It would be terrific to win them!

  30. Jessica Mccready says:

    Draw Write Now is definitely my fav on their site! thanks.

  31. Jessica Mccready says:

    Liked their FB page (I already had previously!)

  32. Jessica Mccready says:

    Liked your FB page

  33. Jessica Mccready says:

    My very reluctant 9 year old would love to write in these! Thanks for the opportunity!

  34. Lara P. says:

    Honestly, I have to say the Draw Write Now series is my favorite.

  35. Lara P. says:

    I liked Barker Creek’s Facebook page.

  36. Lara P. says:

    I liked your Facebook page (and follow your blog too!).

  37. Lara P. says:

    Draw Write Now is on my wish list for our learning experience this year. My son loves to draw, but writes reluctantly. I’m hoping it will spur him on to writing more.

  38. Autumn says:

    I’ve liked their facebook page.

  39. Autumn says:

    The Zoobilee activity book looks fun!

  40. Autumn says:

    I’ve seen these online, but never in person.

  41. Dorothy H. says:

    I “Like” your FB page.

  42. Dorothy H. says:

    I’d love to try the Math Manipulatives Activity Kit.

  43. Dorothy H. says:

    I “Like” their FB page.

  44. Dorothy H. says:

    We saw these at our library when our twins were younger. We took a few out and loved them.

  45. manda says:

    Oh we have 1 book here and I often have to copy pages so the three kids can work on the same subject matter. I have a 4,6 and 8 year old who all LOVE Draw, Write Now. My 4 year old is far more likely to copy text to talk about his picture than write because i told him to! We use it to teach my older two cursive. But what I love most is the fact that the drink skills they learn are transferable to other artworks. Many how to draw books just don’t teach them anything they can remember to use again later. All their drawings now have beautiful backgrounds, shading, detail and quite often some writing as well. This 1 book has don’t wonders for them and I would LOVE to get my hands on the whole set!

  46. laura says:

    i liked your facebook page

  47. Nancy says:

    I like the look of their Kidshapes Pentominoes Activity Book — we like to play w/math manipulatives!

  48. laura says:

    i liked their facebook page!

  49. Debra T says:

    I have to say that I can’t just pick one thing that I like on their website—but I can narrow it down to two things–I love the Draw Write Now series and the magnetic manipulatives (for all the different things that can be learned–the math, the US States etc).

  50. Debra T says:

    I liked their FB Page!

  51. Nancy says:

    both of my kids have used these. great for a bit of focused time. we really like them!

  52. Debra T says:

    I liked the Petra Homeschooling FB Page!

  53. laura says:

    we are going to use the polar regions book and they look great!

  54. Anonymous says:

    I am going to like your facebook page.

  55. Jennifer Lodge says:

    I tweeted.

  56. Jennifer Lodge says:

    I like your facebook page.

  57. Jennifer Lodge says:

    I liked their facebook page.

  58. Jennifer Lodge says:

    My favorite product from the website is Draw Write Now

  59. Jennifer Lodge says:

    We have used the first book and loved it!

  60. I tweeted about the giveaway! 🙂

  61. There are so many great things at the website, but they thing I want most right now is the pack you are giving away. It is the product I have already put on my wishlist. 🙂

  62. I have just recently heard about this product and am soooo wanting to get it for my little Artist! I know she would love it! I am excited to read such a great review!

  63. Kristina says:

    I tweeted about your giveaway. My twitter name is teeniebeenie6. Thanks : )

  64. Kristina says:

    I liked your facebook page. : )

  65. Kristina says:

    I liked Barker Creek Publishings Facebook Page.

  66. Kristina says:

    My favorite supply on their website besides the Draw Write Now series would be the Learning Magnets!

  67. Kristina says:

    We own a few but have not used them yet. One of them is scheduled in our curriculum for this year.

  68. M.L. Williams says:

    These are GREAT books!

  69. Kim Latshaw says:

    This looks very interesting to me. I would love to try these books! I really think the boys would enjoy them.

  70. Tammy says:

    My favorite things on their website are the Draw Write Now books.

  71. Tammy says:

    I liked your FB page! 🙂

  72. Tammy says:

    I liked their FB page!

  73. Janell says:

    Liked your Facebook page 🙂

  74. Janell says:

    I’ve heard of these before but never used them. I would love to get a set to try out with my kids, especially my middle one. We both love to draw!

  75. No, I have not heard of these before but would love to win them and try them out.

  76. Amber says:

    I like you on fb

  77. Tammy says:

    I have used these books in the past with my oldest son. We enjoyed them greatly. I would love to use them with my younger 3 as well.

  78. Amber says:

    I liked them on fb

  79. Jen says:

    My favorite supply from their site is the draw write now

  80. Jen says:

    I have seen these before on other blogs. they are on my wish list

  81. My fav on the website is the KidsUSA books.

  82. We have a couple of these titles, but I’d love to win the set for my 8 year old who is constantly drawing.

  83. Other than the Draw Write Now books….I love the Handwriting Tablets for Kinder.

  84. I have seen these and LOVED this idea…..I am a newbie at homeschooling, I am now a kindergarten teacher at home. 🙂 Would love a set to help out.

  85. Kristi says:

    I like Petra School on FB (Clothesline Musings).

  86. Kristi says:

    I liked Barker Creek on FB (Clothesline Musings).

  87. Kristi says:

    To be honest, I looked for a long time on their website and other than the product you are giving away I can’t find anything we would use in our homeschool. If I were teaching in a classroom I would be all over the buletin board supplies but nothing else is applicable to our homeschool.

  88. Kiesha Nowlin says:

    Out of everything in the store, The Draw Write Now books look most interesting.

  89. Kiesha Nowlin says:

    I’m a fan of Barker Creek Publishing fb page.

  90. Kiesha Nowlin says:

    I’m a fan of your page!

  91. Tish N. says:

    I “LIKE” Petra School on FB! : )

  92. Tish N. says:

    I “LIKE” Barker Creek on FB!

  93. Kiesha Nowlin says:

    I love these books. Don’t have any but would love to have them!

  94. Tish N. says:

    My favorite supply would have to be the Draw Write Now set…LOVE!!!!!!!!!!!

  95. Tish N. says:

    We have never used these but I recently learned about them and would love a set for my son who I am homeschooling this year for the first time!

  96. Christy Coy says:

    Liked your FB page — thanks again for the opportunities

  97. Christy Coy says:

    I love the Magnetic Kidshapes™ Tangram Activity Kit — other magnetic sets as well

  98. Christy Coy says:

    I like Barker Creek on FB

  99. Christy Coy says:

    This looks awesome!! Thanks for the opportunity.
    Christy Coy — christy at coypond dot net

  100. Kristi says:

    I’ve heard people drooling over these books but I’ve never investigated and thus have never seen INSIDE the book until now. WOW!!! These look awesome!!! I would love to win, thanks for letting them twist your arm to give you a copy to give away!

  101. CINDY says:

    I liked their facebook page

  102. I ‘like’ your FB page!

  103. I “like” Barker creek FB page!

  104. CINDY says:

    I liked your facebook page

  105. CINDY says:

    Favorite is the Draw Write sets but I also like PCS® Learning Magnets® 45 Social Phrases & Questions

  106. I would love to add this set to our homeschool collection! I have 3 budding artists!

  107. Mandy says:

    Practicing handwriting is always a struggle with my daughter. This would be a great reasource.

  108. CINDY says:

    I would love to have this set, it would be great for my special needs dd. I have heard of this series before but never purchased it. My daughter loves to doodle so this would be great way to introduce more art lessons and she needs practice in writing so it would work great for her

  109. melissa fox says:

    I liked your fb page

  110. melissa fox says:

    I have liked the Baker’s Creek fb page

  111. melissa fox says:

    I have never used anything from their site but I really want to use the Draw, Write, Now

  112. melissa fox says:

    I have seen them but never used them. I really want to though!

  113. Anonymous says:

    I would love, love LOVE to have this set of books! Lily is very artistic and always drawing and asking ME (not a good idea) to show her how to draw something. And Jon is just showing some interest in art. Thanks for showing us them being used! =)

  114. Cori Cox says:

    I visited their website for the first time & found all sorts of goodies I might need! It might take me a while to pick a favorite.

  115. Cori Cox says:

    I already like you on FB 🙂

  116. Cori Cox says:

    I liked Barker Creek on FB 🙂

  117. Cori Cox says:

    I have heard of them but have never used them. I think it would help my son to write more, he already loves drawing!!

  118. Already like Petra school. (The other one was for the company.)

  119. I liked on Facebook. 🙂

  120. I like the Draw Write Now books! 🙂

  121. Yes, I have used these! 🙂

  122. Melody says:

    Went to their site. Loved the learning magnets, the state capitals and state activity set, and of course the ape hanging upside down poster that says Everyday is a good day

  123. Melody says:

    Liked their facebook page

  124. Melody says:

    Liked your facebook page

  125. Melody says:

    We are going to try to use one of the books this year for the first time.

  126. I haven’t heard of them before but it looks fantastic!

  127. Melissa says:

    liked on their page on fb

  128. i. weyland says:

    I’ve spent some time on their site and I think I’d still say Draw Write Now looks most interesting.

  129. Melissa says:

    I’ve only seen them but never used them.

  130. i. weyland says:

    I already like your FB page 🙂

  131. i. weyland says:

    I liked their page.

  132. i. weyland says:

    I liked their FB page.

  133. i. weyland says:

    I have not used these, but they have been on my wish list (and in my Amazon cart) for nearly 8 years now… just haven’t taken the plunge. Now that I have my second pair of kids nearing writing age I’ve been looking at them again. I’ve never heard anything bad about these books. I’m going to have to bite the bullet and start collecting them already. After this giveaway, that is 🙂

  134. I liked Petra School on FB

  135. I liked Barker Creek on Facebook

  136. I love the Draw Write Now books. I would love to have a complete set. My boys have used some of these!

  137. briana says:

    And I already like Petra school!

  138. briana says:

    I liked barker creek.

  139. briana says:

    My favorite would be the draw right now books.

  140. Jenni says:

    I’ve definitely seen these and would love a chance to try them!

  141. briana says:

    I have seen them but never used them even though I would love to!

  142. Dawn says:

    I also “liked” your page on facebook.

  143. Dawn says:

    I tweeted about it!

  144. Dawn says:

    I “liked” on facebook

  145. Dawn says:

    I love love love, Draw Write Now! They are fabulous!

  146. Chanty says:

    I went to their web page and love the kid magnets!

  147. Chanty says:

    I liked their Facebook page

  148. Chanty says:

    I love these books!

  149. Emily says:

    I would love to give these a try in my classroom.

  150. Whitney says:

    I went to the website and love that they have so many library pockets in such fun patterns!

  151. Whitney says:

    Thanks for offering this. I would love to get my hands on one of these for my kids. They would love it. I saw these at a homeschool convention in June and thought they were great.

  152. Whitney says:

    I liked Barker’s Creek FB page.

  153. Jen Em says:

    I have one of these books on my shelf that I forgot about. I have boys as well and from your suggestion, I’m going to use this as our writing! Thanks!

  154. Whitney says:

    I liked your Facebook page.

  155. Jen Em says:

    I liked you on fb as well!

  156. Jen Em says:

    I liked Barker Creek on fb.

  157. I like Barker Creek’s FB.

  158. The boxed set would be my favorite.

  159. Yes, we have book 2 & 5, but we would love to have some more.

  160. susanadale says:

    I already like your FB page. ;0)

  161. susanadale says:

    I’ve liked Barker Creek’s FB page as Susan Anadale.

  162. susanadale says:

    No, I haven’t tried them, but I’m sure my boys will be thrilled if we win this set. ;0)

  163. Lisa Keva says:

    My favorite supply ? Well, the boxed set of course 🙂

  164. Lisa Keva says:

    I ‘like’ your FB page 🙂

  165. Lisa Keva says:

    I ‘like’ Barker Creek’s FB page 🙂

  166. Lisa Keva says:

    Yes, I’ve seen these before!

  167. Alicia Charmbury says:

    I am very interested in these books and think they would be very useful with my family. I have heard good things about this series.

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