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I’ve been working on next year’s homeschool plan for Baby Honeybee and have been searching through mountains of curriculum to find the perfect resources to develop a love a learning.
I’ve been looking at all subjects, and for Social Studies, I am falling hard for Little Passports. I have been on the fence for a little while, unsure of committing to a monthly subscription, but I have decided to take a chance. After reading all about what is included in the service and each month’s adventure kit, I know Baby Honeybee will fall head over heels in love with it, too. At least in deep like. She’s too old to fall in love. She’s five.
If you think it’s strange that a grown woman is gaga over curriculum, let me explain myself.
I plan on using Little Passports as the center of which to build monthly unit studies. Let’s say, for kicks, the first monthly kit focus on China. We will check out library books about China, read stories involving Chinese characters (The Story About Ping comes to mind), build The Great Wall with Kinetic sand or play dough, cook Chinese food (helloooo potstickers!), look at pictures of Chinese art, study Chinese customs, etc. With this approach using Little Passports as the center of a unit study, we can have a full, rich homeschool atmosphere.
The kits are broken into 3 age groups:
The Early Explorers Kit is targeted for ages 3-5. In the first kit, a cute little suitcase is included with a little luggage tag, as well as a world map, activity book and stickers and wall decals. Each month after, a new theme is explored with an activity book, landmark souvenirs, a flash light activity book and more stickers and decals that relate to that adventure.
The World Edition Kit is for children ages 5-10. The first kit also includes a little suitcase, but the goodies are expanded to include access to online games. Each month, a new kit arrives with activity sheets, photos and stickers as well as access to more online games. Traveling the world with characters Sam and Sofia is an excellent way to get a child interested in this great big, wonderful world of ours. This is the kit we will use with Baby Honeybee.
The USA Edition, geared toward ages 7-12, gets started with a welcome letter from Sam and Sofia, a map, field guide, journal and disposable camera with a photo scavenger hunt project. Two new states are introduced each month in a State Journal activity book. Stickers and postcards and pop-out models enhance the experience. Online access to extra activities and information keep your child engaged in learning.