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Subject: Magizines you wouldn't be without?
Date Posted: 1/16/2009 5:38 PM ET
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What are the magazines that you can't imagine homeschooling without?
I feel strongly about Reader's Digest, Family Fun and Highlights for Children,
but my children just loved SIKids, and zillions. (we discovered that last one because i won't even attempt to do December without zillions, and we found one december that they loved it.)
Also, *I* love 'Games', and my kids loved my copy of Games, too.
Subject: Magazines
Date Posted: 1/16/2009 7:21 PM ET
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I love my Southern Living subscription.  I used to get Family Fun but am not renewing.  It's seems to have more ads than content these days.

Children currently get Jack & Jill and Children's Playmate.  Am considering ordering Kid's Discover when the other subscriptions expire.

We also loved Wild Animal Baby when we had toddlers in the house.

Date Posted: 1/16/2009 7:58 PM ET
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I love Living though history!!!  It  comes every other month. It is like a unit study. With different history catagories each month. They are for older kids.

Date Posted: 1/16/2009 8:12 PM ET
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Michele,  I just tried to do an on-line search and found Learning through History.  Is that what you mean?  Thanks, Carrie

Date Posted: 1/17/2009 10:50 AM ET
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Home Education Magazine recharges me and makes me feel good about homeschooling.

The following "for adults" magazines are also browsed, partially read and discussed by and with my kids (now aged 8 and 11-boys)

National Geographic, Scientific American, & Craft (a magazine by publishers of Make)

Every page of Make magazine is read by my 11 year old son who loves electronics and tech stuff.

We also browse through and talk about some of what is in our print subscription to The Wall Street Journal newspaper. I feel that is better than what we've gotten out of some kid magazines. There is a student rate we get $99 per year which is a huge discount.

Kids read Shonen Jump (manga) for fun and Boys' Life (for Cub and Boy Scouts) which is sometimes educational you could say.

I have subscribed to a bunch of "kids educational" magazines in the past and kids wanted no part of them. I also find them dumbed down and some such as National Geogrphic Kids were advertising things that my kids were too young for or we didn't consume (certain TV shows, movies etc.) I think the kids mags are a matter of the kids personal interests, they wanted no part of Ranger Rick, My Big Backyard, Ask, and Click.

In past they did like Highlights but I finally stopped subscribing as I was getting too many telemarketing phone calls begging me to buy other books and products (Puzzlemania, Mathemania, kits for learning geography etc) and lots of direct mail offers for that stuff.

We have received some Cobblestone, Calliope, Faces and Odyssey which I feel are high quality but so far kids are not reading them, don't want to read them and I've not figured out a way to add them in to our HS studies which is disappointing to ME. LOL. (I also have found some back issues of those very inexpensively at library book sales and some from HS used curriculum sale and had high hopes to use and consume them.)

Date Posted: 1/18/2009 11:58 AM ET
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I love Learning Through History.   As Michele said, it's one topic per issue, almost like a unit study. But you can order back issues and 'sets' from their website. 


Date Posted: 1/18/2009 4:03 PM ET
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We love:

  • Kids Discover - these are great to build a home library of various topics.  We're nearing 100 copies
  • National Geographic (not kids - adult version - the educator's rate is $12/year)
  • Popular Science
  • Clubhouse (from Focus on the Family)
  • Boy's Life (scouting)
  • Odyssey (checked out from the library - it's too pricey for a subscription)
  • The Old Schoolhouse Magazine (for me - it's the #1 HS'ing mag IMO)


Date Posted: 1/19/2009 9:12 AM ET
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I am sorry yes that is what I mean Learning though history. We have been getting it for a little over a year. They do all sorts of different things and they are well worth the money. We have completed that Dutch Revolution and let me tell you we had a blast with it. It took us a little over a month to do and I would suggest reading the TulipOmaina book that they recomend. My 12 year old son got really into it. I even read it. So much intresting history in that book, we thought it was just about the tulip trade but were suprised to find a lot of neat  facts about history.

Date Posted: 1/19/2009 10:51 AM ET
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Michele -
Do you mind if I ask you - what are your feelings on evolution? (cause that is kind of a hot topic for H.S. families, sometimes)
Because if you teach evolution, have I got a book to suggest for YOU! (It's the tulip thang, btw.)
Date Posted: 1/22/2009 3:21 PM ET
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I love love love my Family Fun magazine!  We do alot of activities from it!

Date Posted: 1/22/2009 11:27 PM ET
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National Geographic Kids has been the only magazine I've been able to get my son interested in. (Other than those gaming ones...)

Yes, it does have ads for tv shows & video games, but it is very colorful and puts lots of "fun facts" in interesting places. I even enjoy thumbing through it, myself!

I wouldn't say it's great for homeschool lessons, but if you have a free reading time, it's a great educational magazine that's really enjoyable for the 8-14 or so age group.

Subject: which magazine???
Date Posted: 1/25/2009 2:55 PM ET
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ANY magazine that my children choose for themselves!!  THEY choose!  

My kids have to keep magazines under $20-ish total per year. BUT, if they can give a persuasive arguement about why the 'school' should pay for the subscription then it doesn't get counted towards their budget.  My kids also get a reading budget for the bookstore.  Same rules. Persuade me why the book should come out of the 'school budget'.    

Doctor's, dentists, and libraries are great places to 'check out' magazines.  But also check out Scholastic - they have an awesome selection!

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Date Posted: 1/25/2009 4:24 PM ET
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Sue, I LOVE things that teach children to make persausive arguements! Good job!
Date Posted: 1/26/2009 6:39 PM ET
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We really liked Nature's Friend magazine. And it has a sketching section where the kids can send in their pictures and win a prize.

We also liked Ranger Rick, great stories to help become aware of our environment.

Date Posted: 1/27/2009 2:56 PM ET
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I am so sorry Latricia that I didn't notice your post to me till today. Thanks for thinking of us but we do not teach evolution.  But what is in the book you were talking about?? Just curious. I do like to show my son that people think differently than we do and then show him why we believe what we  believe. So I would  be interested in your book suggestion. Thanks again for thinking of us. Michele

Date Posted: 1/27/2009 3:43 PM ET
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The book is 'The Botany of Desire' by Michael Pollan. It shows how humans have influnced the evolution - or, that is, the permanant genetic makeup, of certain plants, through our own desires. As examples, it uses apples, marajauna, tulips and potatoes to show this. So, in the tulip chapter, it talks about the Dutch tulip market of the 1600's and the depression brought about by it's crash. (in the marajauna chapter, it talks about THC, and how that is something human growers selected for because of what they wanted to use marajuana for, as opposed to using hemp for ropes, ect.) It talks about the potato famine, too, of course, and how like the lottery the apple markets of early America were, because of the way apples are bred. It is just really interesting non-fiction writing. It is not about God or lack of God one way or another, imo, but I understand how others might feel differantly.
Date Posted: 1/27/2009 5:05 PM ET
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sounds interesting I will have to check it out sometime.

Subject: magazines
Date Posted: 2/16/2009 2:55 PM ET
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I LOVE this thread, thanks for thinking of it.


We, too, love our Kid's Discover magazine, it's been a staple at our house for a number of years now.  Highlights is another one.  I've wanted to subscribe to Cricket magazine for awhile now, but haven't gotten around to doing so.  They have a whole family of magazines that pertain to literature and science and they look really good.


We also subscribed to Zoobooks for awhile, and I just held on to all those issues, so we have a library of them that the kids go back to over and over.


Two other ones that I subscribed to for myself, and then it turned out that the kids love them as much as I do are "Reminisce" and "Good Old Days."  These are written by readers who submit stories from their memories:  it's written mainly by senior citizens who remember things like the Great Depression, World War II and a multitude of interesting things from different eras of the 20th century.  The pictures are all submitted by readers so you see all these great photographs from days gone by.  It's like having a little museum come to your house once a month.  Reminisce is in full color, glossy pages.  Good Old Days is actually printed on newsprint with black and white photos, but the articles are just as interesting, funny, sad, poignant and so on.   The writing is surprisingly good...I've often wondered how they manage to find so many people who can write so well.  I am pretty sure that you can find both magazines on the web.


My husband reads Runner's World and Handyman magazines...the kids do take an interest in the Handyman magazine.