Guest Author - Alissa Moy
When the monthly issue of National Geographic Kids comes my son cannot wait to start reading! Stories on animals, science and topics just for kids are plentiful in this magazine geared for children. Homeschool students enjoy getting a monthly treat in the mail, and having the actual magazine versus reading the information online is quite different. National Geographic for Kids magazine offers posters, puzzles and learning activities in each issue. Plus, a nice collection of science based articles is a great resource for reports and science projects.
Ranger Rick is another wonderful magazine designed for children ages seven and up. Ranger Rick offers articles on animals, nature and the environment. If you have a homeschooler that is into nature, outdoor activities, hiking and camping, this is a magazine they will really like.
For American Girl fans there is an amazing magazine subscription perfect for you! With crafts, stories, friendship advice, recipes and much more, American Girl magazine is quite amazing. The content is wholesome and family orientated, while still being interesting to young ladies today. Your homeschool daughter will surely appreciate a subscription to go along with her American Girl books and unit studies!
Highlights for children is a classic magazine for children that even kids today will enjoy reading. The magazine provides stories, poems, games, puzzles, cartoons, and more. I was happy to see that "Goofus and Gallant", two favorite characters from my childhood reading of Highlights were still around. "Goofus" is shown in cartoon pictures as being rude and unaware of good manners, while "Gallant" is depicted as always remembering his manners and good behavior. This is still a great way to teach manners without being preachy or boring. This cartoon, as well as much of the content in Highlights offers a platform for discussion and contemplation.
Muse is an excellent magazine for older elementary and middle schoolers. This magazine published by Carus publishing is sponsored by Smithsonian and contains articles on topics such as space, rain forests, computers, physics, math, visual arts, earth sciences, and lots more.
National Geographic also offers a little kid version of their monthly magazine for children ages three through six. This magazine is meant to be read with your child, and it is a fantastic choice for those of you homeschooling the younger crew.