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Caroline is a visual learner and she is not an avid chapter book reader (yet!). Like most visual learners, she enjoys color, engaging comics, photos, and strong graphics. Those of us who parent children like this often find it challenging to keep them supplied with reading material that is age appropriate, contains quality content, and also supports the values of our family. When I learned about Fun for Kidz magazines I thought they might be something to meet her needs as a child as well as my need as a parent!
Finding Age-appropriate Wholesome Reading Materials
My parents have given Caroline a subscription to Highlight’s High Five for years. We have piles of them and they have all been read over and over and over again. They were the perfect blend of stories, visuals and learning opportunities. Caroline enjoyed them very much, but needs materials geared toward upper elementary. The regular Highlights magazine doesn’t appeal to her because it isn’t visually fun enough. We’ve checked out American Girl Magazine from the library, but they aren’t really magazines with much meat to them.
Fun for Kidz really seems to be just the right fit!
Wholesome Reading Fun
Fun for Kidz advertises their magazines as being wholesome fun with family values and no advertising. We found this to be a very accurate description. Fun for Kidz Magazines publishes three magazines.
Hopscotch for Girls – This is a bi-monthly magazine for later elementary and early middle school girls. It is a fun, colorful magazine with stories, puzzles, non-fiction articles, crafts, science and more. Each issue is published around a theme. For example, the three issues we received were themed Long Ago, Cats, and Lincoln & Washington.
Boys’ Quest – This is the bi-monthly magazine geared toward later elementary and early middle school boys. The themes we received included Numbers, Beavers and Help Out! Boys’ Quest includes similar features such as stories, puzzles, non-fiction articles, science and more.
Fun for Kidz – This is the magazine that is published in the months opposite Hopscotch for Girls and Boys’ Quest. It is for both boys and girls and gives families the opportunity to have a magazine come every month (if they desire). We received two issues themed Exploration and Nifty Rodents. Each one was well-done with lots of learning activities, articles to read and quality photos/graphics.
Unit Study for Homeschoolers
Some of these topics would work very well for unit studies. For example, the Nifty Rodents issue of Fun for Kidz is very thorough. If you are a homeschooler, there is enough information in that issue to turn it into a ready-to-go unit study for elementary-aged kids. Add a few notebooking activities to go with it to record what you’ve done and boom! An entire science unit right there.
The Beavers issue of Boys’ Quest was also thorough so I’m assuming that many of their magazines would lend themselves well to topical unit studies for elementary-aged students. The magazines are printed on a high-quality paper so it will be easy to keep them around and use them over and over again if you have multiple children.
Back Issues Available
Fun for Kidz has a zillion back issues available of all three magazines. I started scrolling through all of the different topics and realized that this can provide Caroline with fun learning and reading materials for a long time to come. And even better if you want to explore the back issues…
Fun for Kidz Discount Code
If you would like to try out Fun for Kidz with your family, you can use the coupon code ihomeschool for 50% off your entire order when you order two subscriptions! This includes both subscriptions and back issues. This code is valid until December 15, 2015 and does not include postage outside the U.S. You can also learn more about Fun for Kidz on their Facebook page.