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  • Writer's pictureElyse Marie

Subscription Boxes, Classes, Curriculum & More!


Sometimes as a homeschooler, it can be hard to figure out what’s ‘best’ for you and your family in the realm of learning. Let’s face it, there are SO MANY resources out there. From free online worksheets and lesson plans, to hands-on skill based classes, to subscription boxes, to curriculums, where do I start and where do I stop?

The truth is, that answer will be different for each of you. Which is totally ok! However, some of you have been asking what we’re doing. That’s a great question.

Our learning routine has shifted over the last couple of years. I feel we have a handle on what works for us, but each of our children is totally different. This is our ‘round-about-meet-in-the-middle” routine.


Our hardcore curriculum each year: Abeka. Abeka has such a thorough curriculum, there is no shortage of material. AND the payment plan is simple, monthly, and with no extra fee’s. The support team is always available both for those in the Abeka Academy and those who are using Abeka independently. We have tried the academy, as well as independent. Both programs are fantastic, it just depends on what works best for you and your family.


Now, there are SO MANY more curriculums we sometimes bounce off of for supplementing our current subject of study. I will provide some resources below, but keep in mind, there are MANY MANY options out there. You don’t need to use our recommendations!


For art this year, I chose a step by step drawing book designed to better hand-eye coordination. Our current project, is having each child fill a sketch book with one sketch daily. In addition to their one quick sketch (usually done in the morning to music to get our minds going) I have them write at LEAST 1 sentence about each picture they draw. At the end of the year, we will take the best, and make a small book for them to keep on the bookshelf of all their drawings from the year. I spent just $8.99 on our book and let the kids pick their own small sketch book.




In the past, we’ve outsourced. Last year we spend 2.5 hours per week in an awesome pottery studio. Why pottery? Well, first of all it’s quite calming. But furthermore, the fine motor skill development along with increased ability to focus and problem solve were astronomically helpful for my children. If you’re in or visiting the Beaufort, South Carolina area, I really recommend you check out some pottery classes with Mr. Danny!


Activities:

If you have a local zoo or aquarium in your area, I really encourage an annual pass. Not only can you find countless projects to carry out on a day at the zoo or aquarium, you’ll also be able to find some really neat homeschool classes for both members and non members. This is a great way for your kids to socialize and for you to have a well deserved break. Also, don’t forget to check out your local library for fun and typically FREE events each month.

Now, museums, historical tours, nature centers and botanical gardens are also amazing places to learn with MANY free programs!


Inside Activities

Another activity we follow at home (not being a subscription) is wooden puzzles and legos. Why? Well despite the cost, the lesson in patience and in following directions is just too valuable to pass up. At first, my kids HATED legos. They cried, they got mad, and over time they began to love the kits and now we cannot stop them. So, since lego collection is growing, we started wooden puzzles. Our last kit for our 8 year old came from amazon. Fairly simple, but takes some time. The cost? $9.79. That’s it!



Now for the subscription boxes:


Our family has ALWAYS loved a well planned, throughly organized subscription box to add to our overall monthly curriculum. While I CAN plan experiments, cooking adventures, sewing kits, woodworking or arts and crafts boxes, I’d prefer not to. Someone out there is doing all the thinking and planning for me, I just need to order, read directions, and have fun... much much preferred.

Here are our TOP boxes THIS YEAR (subject to change at any time)




Kiwi Tinker Crate and Eureka Crate: https://www.kiwico.com/Refer?i=ElyseL18





If you have any questions or subscription box suggestions, don’t hesitate to ask us!


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