Like many of you, I am not returning my children to school on August 24th. Although, as I write this, none of us may be if the board agrees to do the first nine weeks online. But that vote is still a week away. Ya know, take a stressful situation and add that much more unnecessary stress to it. Teachers and parents alike are stressed to the max and tempers and anxiety are at all-time highs. Whichever choice you are making or have made is what is best for your family. You owe no one a defense of your choice either.
For us, we are starting e-learning. And not because we loved it so much in March. If anything it was a disaster for all of us. Many tears, failed quizzes, and giving up were done by me. The kids just sat and watched as I tried to help and failed miserably. Trying to help my oldest do a fourth-grade math quiz and we got a 33%. So, totally looking forward to fifth-grade math. But she will have a teacher this time and not me. It will be fine. Totally fine. Yes, my eye always twitches like that.
Not an easy choice-but no choice is wrong!
My younger two kids have IEPs and receive services at school. I know e-learning will be incredibly hard for me and for them. I plan on supplementing their e-learning with some homeschooling of my own. But I am not a teacher and definitely not a special needs teacher so I am going into this knowing I am in over my head. Our ESE staff at our school is phenomenal and will help us as need be, but not seeing beloved teachers is hard for them, and me! I love our teachers.
We plan on ordering some subscription boxes supplement e-learning and to add a bit of fun to our time. These are a few I know of and am looking into for my kids.
The Choices for Subscription Boxes to Supplement E-Learning
It has standards-based boxes for young learners to get them off screens. Boxes come for kindergarten -first grade or second/third grade. Each box is $36.65 and has science, math, English/Language Arts, and engineering.
The subscriptions start at $15.95 per month but most seem to be around $25.95. Little Passports has either science subscriptions or USA subscription. It looks to have some hand-on experiments or crafts related to the theme of the box.
Raddish Kids is a kids’ cooking subscription box. Because life skills are an important part of learning too. Bonus-you get a night off of cooking dinner! Winning!! Going to the website gave me an instant $20 off coupon. Back in March, they were doing a trial for $4 and we got one and my daughter loved it. She is at the age where she wants to be a cook/baker and loves to help in the kitchen. I am at the age where I have no patience for that. (yo-cooking channel-I’m still waiting on my show where a stressed-out mom has three kids all wanting different dinners, all helping make said meals and then mom cries in the corner while kids eat pb&j sandwiches)
The box comes with a badge for the apron, a cute kitchen utensil, recipe cards, and an activity, so you still need to shop for the ingredients. Save $15 on a 6-month subscription with code SUMMER at checkout.
This one seems to be the most age-diverse as it goes from 0/24 up to age 16. Prices are $19.95 up to $29.95 and signing up for emails can save you 30% off the first month. It seems you can start with one crate and switch at any time. So if your kid changes their interest you can switch from crafting to STEM or vice versa.
Signing up for emails gets a free project! This one is coding based and kids pick through an app what they want to do. Subscriptions start at $16.95.
These subscription boxes would also be fun to do under normal circumstances but will be helpful to supplement our e-learning. I think someone needs to come up with a laundry subscription box for kids though because no matter what is going on in the world-laundry is always there.