Wednesday, 21 November 2012

The best British childen's magazines for home education.

Having reviewed a large number of magazines for home education, I've decided to share our results.

1st place:
This went quite easily to Aquila. As I have included my full review just below this post I will not go into much detail. This is an excellent choice for education for many reasons. It has a strong emphasis on science, but also incorporates many other subjects. The very part though - is you do not even notice it is educational as you read it. The subjects are presented in such a way that it is truly fun for children rather than feeling like another school assignment. To find out more go to:

Puffin Post: The main reason to subscribe to Puffin Post  is not the magazine at all - it is the books. A subscription to Puffin Post costs £45 and only includes 6 issues - one every other month. Each issue has articles on several books as well - but the best part is - you get to choose one book from each issue to be sent out to you as part of the subscription price. So the child reads the magazine, finds out about each book and then chooses the one they want to read the most.  I really liked these magazines, they are well written and cover a wide range of interests, but the part I like best is that they really encourage children to choose their own books.
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How It Works: An excellent science and technology magazine , listed as ages 8+. This magazine appears to combine articles for children with more adult articles.
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Discovery Box: An excellent magazine for those who are looking for a publication that covers a wide variety of educational interests. The majority of the magazine is non fiction, and there is a good mix of subjects covered. Each issue has a has articles on science, nature and geography.

National Geographic Kids:
We are letting our subscription to this magazine lapse. It simply had too much fluff and too many ads. But this is written at a lower reading age than most of these magazines, and with a limited amount of text makes easy light reading for younger children. Some issues are better than others, but you do learn something about science, nature and the world in each one.

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