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4 of the best kids subscriptions you need to sign up for RIGHT NOW!

By Anitra

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The latest, newest, and most popular thing nowadays are subscriptions.  There are subscriptions and subscription boxes for anything and everyone in your family.  Clothing, razors for shaving, shoes, toys, educational homeschool items…you name it, there is a subscription for it!  Obviously subscriptions make life for a busy family EXTREMELY easy; you can pick what you want or need online, and it gets delivered right to your door!  it doesn’t get any easier or convenient than that, that’s for sure!

 

 

With all the buzz and hype surrounding subscriptions, I decided to give you my list of top 4 subscriptions for kids.  Each subscription varies in price, products, ages, and frequency of the subscription.  A few of these I remember having a subscription to when I was younger, and I absolutely loved them!  I subscribed to a few of these for my daughters when they were in elementary and middle school as well, and they still talk about how much they loved getting “mail” and having their own products delivered to our house that belonged to them.

 

Subscriptions are great for everyone; and depending on what topics interest your child or children, you are surely to find one or more of these subscriptions that your child will fall in love with!

 

The 4 BEST kids subscriptions you need to sign up for RIGHT NOW!

 

Little Passports has four different monthly subscriptions ranging in ages from three to twelve years old. Little Passports is an award winning subscription that allows children to learn about the world through monthly subscriptions and activities.

The Little Passports Early Explorers

Ages 3 to  5

The characters take you on a worldwide adventure, perfect for the younger learner!

The subscription comes with:

  • high quality stickers
  • trading cards
  • flashlight game
  • photo postcard
  • letter from characters Max and Mia
  • fun souvenirs
  • activity booklet

Skills taught:

  • Geography
  • Following directions
  • Color recognition
  • Fine motor control

 

The Little Passports World Edition

Ages 6 to 10

The characters take you on a trip around the globe and teach your children about world cultures!

The subscription comes with:

  • high quality stickers
  • activity sheets
  • photo postcard
  • letter from characters Sam and Sophia
  • fun souvenirs
  • bonus recipes and crafts
  • online games and activities

Skills taught:

  • Geography
  • Country recognition
  • Imagination
  • Empathy and Memory

 

The Little Passports USA Edition

Ages 7-12

The characters take you on trip to explore and visit the 50 states, famous landmarks, and state history!

The subscription comes with:

  • 32 page state journal
  • educational stories
  • hands-on activities
  • tasty recipes
  • fun facts
  • 3D landmark models
  • online photo album and more

Skills taught:

  • State recognition
  • Creative thinking
  • Reasoning and logic
  • Focus and attention

 

The Little Passports Science Expeditions

Ages 9+

Help the characters solve scientific mysteries while they collaborate with international scientists!

The subscription comes with:

  • achievement badges
  • 8 page experiment guide
  • 16 page comic book with glossary and activities
  • lab notebook prompts
  • experiment kits
  • bonus online video

Skills taught:

  • Experimentation
  • Problem-solving
  • Observation
  • Note taking

 

Little Passports also has a huge selection of individual products as well as the subscriptions.

 

 

Curiosity Pack is a monthly subscription that inspires a love of learning through activities that teaches children to be caring and empathetic while learning letters, numbers, science, and art; just to name a few.  They have two subscription options; and a Personalized Learning Plan, perfect for home school, depending on what your needs are.

Countdown to Kindergarten

Ages 3 to 5

Teaches the academic and social skills children need for Kindergarten.

The subscription comes with:

  • Curiosity pack or a book pack
  • Curiosity packs include: the Letters pack, the Numbers pack, and the Feelings pack
  • Each pack includes parent education, ready to use activities and information about child development

Skills taught:

  • real world learning situations with numbers and letters
  • feel more comfortable about a new environment
  • develop empathy

 

Change Makers Club

The Change Makers Club is an 8 week subscription that teaches children to be empowered to change the world for the better!

Ages (0-5) Know Your Power

Ages (6-8) Connect & Amplify

Ages 9+ Be the Change

The subscription comes with:

  • Weekly email plans
  • Downloadable activities to print and complete
  • Scripts and questions
  • Profiles of other kid heroes that have mad a difference

Skills taught:

  • Explore and learn from your community
  • Help your child identify themselves as a helper
  • Articulate and communicate values

 

 

Highlights Magazines have been a childhood favorite for more than 70 years!  Their subscriptions magazines provide opportunities to learn through games, puzzles, rhymes and more!

High Five Magazine

Ages 2 to 6

The monthly High Five Magazine is geared toward the younger, inquisitive learner.

The subscription includes:

  • Easy recipes and crafts
  • Action rhymes that encourage exercising
  • Stories from other parts of the world and cultures
  • Hidden pictures

Skills taught:

  • Boosts thinking and problem solving
  • Includes basic concepts of science, nature and art
  • Teaches word recognition
  • Introduces math concepts
  • Promotes values and creativity

 

Highlights Magazine

Ages 6 to 12

The monthly Highlights Magazine is designed for school aged children to build upon and expand on the skills they learn while in school.

The subscription includes:

  • Hidden pictures
  • Stories from other parts of the world and cultures to expand empathy
  • BrainPlay and other features to let them know their opinion is valued
  • Crafts and science experiments

Skills taught:

  • Attention to detail and concentration
  • Fascinating science and nature topics
  • A chance to see their own creative work in print
  • Critical thinking and creativity

 

Highlight has many other products as well, such as clubs, apps, toys, and books.  Check out all they have to offer here.

 

 

Zoobooks Magazines teaches children about all things related to animals.  They have three different subscriptions, that are great for child up to twelve years old!

Zoobies

Ages 0-2

The subscription comes with:

  • Lift the flap and peek-a-boo features
  • Beautiful photography
  • Durable toddler tough pages

Skills taught:

  • Mind building concepts like colors, shapes and sizes
  • Ideas for nature fun for the whole family

 

Zootles

Ages 3 to 6

The subscription comes with:

  • Amazing photographs
  • Fun cartoon characters
  • Fascinating illustrations

Skills taught:

  • Games, puzzles and activities in the Fun Pages
  • Access to online learning
  • Loads of ideas for extended learning opportunities

 

Zoobooks

Ages 6 to 12

The subscription comes with:

  • Amazing wildlife photography
  • Games and puzzles
  • Online access to Secret Jungle Club

Skills taught:

  • Learn about animal habitats
  • Social life of animals
  • Conservation
  • Encourages kids to be life long learners

 

 

These subscriptions provide variety for all ages and all stages of development.  Any one of these would be a great addition to any classroom, home school curriculum, or as a beginning to your child’s life long learning adventure!

 

Happy subscribing, and I hope you find a subscription that fits your child’s educational needs!

 

Anitra

 

 

 

Geography

How to make Geography a fun learning experience!

By Anitra

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Geography…a study of the physical features and places of Earth.  This is a subject that is normally introduced and taught around the third grade.  Elementary students begin learning about Geography after they have been living in the world for about nine to ten years.  Why is it that introduction of Geography is not until they have entered elementary school?  Do school districts think that the study of Geography and the world around us is not important enough to be introduced until third grade?  Or is it that the school officials have decided that children are not capable of comprehending the subject of Geography until they are ten years old?  In my opinion, learning about the world around you is just as important as reading, math, and science.

In a Montessori primary classroom, the study of Geography is introduced and presented in a way that is appealing and fun to young children.  It is engaging, hands on, and is relatable to their own life and their families.  Our world is so diverse; as are most classrooms, so why not teach about the diversity of the children in a classroom?  Yes, they are young; but they also are smart beings that know a few things about their home, family, and their culture.  When we talk about certain continents and countries, I ask the children if they have ever been to a particular country, tasted a particular food, or heard of a particular animal.  Many times, there are at least two to three children who will raise their hands and say that they have experienced something from a country.  By doing so, it involves the children in the learning, and shows that their experiences are important as well as their family or culture.

The Montessori method provides numerous activities that make it easy to teach children Geography.  In the primary classroom, there is the land and water globe, continents globe, puzzle maps for each continent; as well as puzzle maps for the United States and the world.  There are other materials that can be found from various companies that sell Montessori materials as well.  You can get as detailed as you would like with the materials, depending on the age and developmental level of the children in your classroom.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Puzzle maps are a great way to incorporate Geography into a Montessori classroom.  I use the puzzle maps with the control charts.  There are two types of control charts; one with the countries labeled and one without. I use on of the control charts and hang it on the wall to use during circle time, and the other control chart is used alongside the puzzle map.

I introduce one continent each month starting in December.  I normally start with Antarctica, and discuss the animals of Antarctica.  January is the study of Asia, February is the study of Australia,  March is the study of Europe, April is the study of Africa, May is the study of South America, and June is the study of North America.  With the other continents, I discuss the animals, famous landmarks, food, and culture associated with each one. I also have the older children; 4 1/2 to 6 year olds; use the pin poker to poke out each of the continents.  They also make an “Animals of ______ Book” for each continent as well. 

 

 

“Animals of ______ Book”

 

 

 

 

Each of the older children also have a “Continent Folder” that they use to save each of the continents in.  In June, after we have studied North America, they then put their globes together using the continents that they pin poked, and they label them and the oceans.  They each get to cut out two blue circles for the oceans, and use the world map with labels to write on their own globes.  They love completing their globes, and are always excited to reach that point in the school year!  They look forward to it all year long!

 

 

Pin poking Europe

 

 

Geography Folders

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Completing the globes

 

There are many Montessori companies that sell Geography materials.  There are also numerous websites that offer free resources for Geography works as well.  The key is to do a little research, find out what you think will work best in your particular classroom or home school, and remember to take into consideration the ages and stages of the children you will present the works to.  Another key thing is to make it fun, inviting, and engaging; and the kids will have a ball learning about the different continents, countries, and cultures of the world!

Anitra

 

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