We are always on the lookout for quality programs that enhance and supplement J’s kindergarten homeschool (and just learning in general for our whole family!) We’ve actually tried quite a few of them now – some definitely better than others.
Today I have the opportunity to share Junior Explorers with you. Geared towards children aged 5-12, Junior Explorers focusses on a study of the world around us – animals, nature and places. While there is a robust online portion of each monthly “mission”, I appreciate the fact that it also comes with an offline portion to help get kids off-screen and learning with tangible items. It’s a great way to get kids to supplement their real-life outdoor education with indoor “studying”.
The Arctic Mission this month proved to be the perfect “carrot” to keep J focussed on finishing his core school work knowing he could work on his mission when he was done. He learned about the Arctic in general, along with a variety of arctic animals. Throughout the mission he was gathering the gear he needed, learning some facts and playing some simple computer games (which are especially inciting to him because it’s not something he has ever done before.)
While the online experience was great, I had to stand behind him and read every single word that came up – I was wishing for the option of audio read-to-me so that he could do some on his own. I am definitely for supervised online time, but I also see the Junior Explorers as a little “break” for both of us and he was wishing for some independent time too. Not a huge deal as his reading gets more proficient, but something to note. That said – I’m very supportive of kids having to read too (and NOT being able to just listen). Note: Junior Explorers is working on changing this so children could do it on their own via audio.
Before kids log-on to the Mission, they have a whole checklist of items to go through. I love that the Mission included all of the following (as did both boys):
- Pin and wristband for them to wear
- Small arctic animal figures
- Arctic postcards (we will be using these for handwriting practice and sending them out….)
- Tattoos (which is the best thing ever, apparently)
- Flashcards and a fact sheet for the animals (chock full of great info)
- Activity Sheet
The whole mission can be completed in a couple days (depending on the child), but all the little trinkets are great for further education and coming back to what they learned.
Junior Explorers gets better with a program to support front line conservation projects around the world. As kids learn about our planet with Junior Explorers, they now also learn about real-world projects happening around the world today! For every sign up through this program, Junior Explorers donates a percentage of its revenues to these projects. What a way to learn real-life giving.
A new mission to a new ecosystem with new animals is delivered each month. Junior Explorers offers four monthly subscriptions options:
- 1 monthly mission, $19
- 3 monthly missions, $49
- 6 monthly missions, $95
- 12 monthly missions, $185
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