As it’s now mid-September, school for the littles is in full swing. Or maybe “full-swing” isn’t the best term to use for this unusual school year. Maybe we should just say “it’s happening”? I don’t actually have a school-aged child yet, but from what I’ve heard this school year with remote-learning or the combo of remote/in-person learning in many school districts is definitely coming with it’s challenges.
From learning a new routine, to missing their friends and working hard to keep engaged and interested while staring at a screen, it’s not surprising if school days don’t go as smoothly as expected and kids get burnt out or bored. It’s also probably not surprising that I’d suggest subscription boxes to alleviate some of that burn out and to help keep things fun and interesting throughout the school year.
Now, subscription boxes might not take the place of actual curriculum, but there are several out there that invoke learning, inspire curiosity and provide knowledge for children that can complement their teacher’s lesson plans and give them something extra to look forward to each month. Here are 5 reasons why subscription boxes are great for learning along with a handful of our favorites to help kids get creative and continue their learning!
1. Books subscription boxes give children new reading material and help them practice words they’ve learned in class. Reading and language are fundamental to children’s development and these types of boxes keep the material fresh so your bookshelf never gets boring.
2. Kids need play and creativity throughout their day to foster imagination and burn off some energy. While no subscription box can deliver a jungle gym in the mail, there are several that send creative projects and tools for a kind of recess when you can’t get outside.
3. Schooling from home provides opportunities to add in education that might not be available in a normal classroom setting. For example, cooking, baking, and STEM – all are useful and mind-expanding activities. There are many subscriptions that can kind of provide an extra “class” in a box related to these subjects.
4. Parents might not have all the knowledge or be the experts in every subject kids are learning about. There are several boxes that provide kids with further understanding of things we parents can’t teach to the full potential. For example, there are a handful of boxes catered to Science, Tech, or History.
5. Educational subscription boxes provide an opportunity for parents and children to connect over a shared interest or learn something new together. It can be a great tool for bonding and creating a sense of fun around learning. Boxes like Kidspire Crate and Little Passports send new learning materials and activities each month that would be fun to share together.
Be sure to check out the boxes below for all kinds of learning fun and enjoy the unusual school year ahead as much as possible!
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