It is no secret that Erin loves learning and this year I am keen to continue to give her more fun learning opportunities. Learning takes place all the time and is not limited to what is taught in schools. We can enrich our children’s learning by bringing it to life at home. Therefore I was keen to explore a kids monthly box that would bring Geography to life for Erin and Geo Journey fits the bill perfectly.
Geo Journey is a kids monthly box that inspires children to learn about the world around them. It is aimed at children age 4-10 and therefore works well for Erin who is in year 4 at school. The Geo Journey starts with an explorers case that comes with the first delivery after that monthly packages arrive from Geo the owl and his best friend Atlas the puppy. They send personalised letters which feature facts, photos, and souvenirs from each location.
The Geo Journey kids monthly box supports the requirements of the National Curriculum for KS1 & 2 which then reinforces what your child is learning in the classroom. As a former teacher and current school governor, I often hear from other parents that they don’t know how best to support their children’s learning. Well, a kids subscription box is one way that you can do this. It provides the resources needed to open up a conversation with children and also make learning fun. I am always looking for opportunities to get Erin off the iPad and this is one way that appears to be working!
Erin enjoyed receiving her first two packages and was keen to discover more about the places Atlas had visited. This prompted her to ask more questions and we developed this further.
Other ways that you can support Geographical learning could include:
- Having a themed meal at home. Find out a typical food or dish and recreate it at home. This is also great for fussy eaters as they are encouraged to try new foods and you never know you might find a new family favourite.
- Learn to say ‘hello’ and a few other pleasantries. Greet your child using these new words, can they learn to introduce themselves in the new language?
- Buy a Scratch the World® Travel Map everytime you visit somewhere you could scratch off the location. This is a great way for children to document their travels. My son has always had a keen interest in maps and just from having a map on his wall he has learnt so much. Recently in a fun quiz in his Geography lesson, the teacher was showing the kids flags and they had to identify the country. He was the only one in the class to know the Kazakhstan flag! This was just from regularly looking at the map on his bedroom wall!
The Geo Journey has a few different packages that you can order, one is a six-month subscription, another a year subscription and you can also have a rolling one-month subscription that can be stopped at any time. I find a six-month plan makes an ideal gift, many of us now look for experiences and things instead of more toys. Well, this would offer a thoughtful gift that really makes a difference to a child’s learning.