If there’s one thing I love about being a homeschooling mom, it’s finding fun ways to teach my kids. You don’t realize just how many learning opportunities exist until you really start looking. Personally, I like using a structured curriculum. I need some kind of a guide to tell me what to teach each day. Then I have mom friends who are completely unstructured in their schooling and pull ideas from Pinterest, the library, nature centers, you name it. The beauty of homeschooling is that there is no one right answer. I don’t even use my curriculum as designed. I leave things out, add things in, and play most days by ear.
I really enjoy being able to focus upon the subjects that my kids are interested in at that moment. Two subjects that my kids love are art and science. I’m a bit of a geek, so I really enjoy the science stuff myself. I don’t remember doing a lot of science experiments growing up, so I enjoying trying all of these things along with my kids. Plus, it’s a great way just to learn about the world around us. Everything is a learning opportunity. During the solar eclipse, we went on NASA’s website to learn about the sun and moon. When we’re gardening, we learn about plants and soil. And every learning opportunity usually ends in some kind of craft so the kids can show what they’ve learned and have something to remember the experience.
Green Kid Crafts puts together these subscription boxes that combine crafts with STEM learning. Each month, a themed box is sent to your home with materials to complete up to 8 projects. They come with instructions, materials, and a magazine to help further their learning experience. Plus, since they are a green company, most of the materials are recyclable or compostable. I like them because they’re able to touch on subjects that aren’t necessarily a part of our daily lives like the arctic or the rainforest.
These kits make great gifts, and for a limited time they are offering $20 off of 12-month subscriptions. Sign up today and your kids could receive their first package before Christmas. If your kids are anything like mine, they LOVE getting their own mail. You could easily use the box to create a “science day” centered around when your box arrives each month.
Don’t want to commit to a full 12-month subscription? Green Kid Crafts also offers single boxes (they just aren’t a part of this sale).