When I first decided to homeschool; knowing what to teach, how to teach, what needs to be taught, etc. was all a scary thought. After doing my research, I found many resources to help me and guide me. When I was asked to try Elementary Box – a subscription box service for teachers and homeschoolers – and provide my honest review, I was excited for the opportunity to add to our homeschool curriculum.
Elementary Box is a monthly subscription box service for the elementary teacher & classroom; although homeschooling was mentioned and I feel that my box was suitable for homeschool.
Each box includes teaching resources (I received two packs of learning cards), fun incentives for the kiddos (mini bear erasers for the kids), and a special gift just for the teacher (homemade peppermint foot scrub).
The mission of the Elementary Box is to lighten the load of teachers and give them a well-deserved treat, while boosting student success and a sense of community in the classroom (or homeschool). Additionally, because teachers plan in advance; Elementary Box ships different than most other subscription boxes. Elementary Box ships on the 22nd of the month, allow the box to arrive before the month actually begins.
I received the December box which featured literacy resources from trusted educational brand Edupress; mini bear erasers that the kids loved; bulletin board snowman where you can use the kids’ picture as the snowman head; and a handcrafted peppermint foot cream from Etsy artisan Tami Wooliver at Hanna Herbal Farms.
As a homeschooling mom, I didn’t need the bulletin board snowman, but they are cute! I will probably donate them to a teacher who can use them in a classroom.
The kids loved the erasers and I of course loved my foot cream. Now on to the educational part…
The December box included Physical Science writing styles photo prompts that is recommended for 4th grade and up.
K is a 4th grader and B is a 2nd grader, but with homeschooling, we have been teaching and learning the same things together. Both of my kids love science and so these cards were great. In fact, one of the cards was about wind power which my kids were immediately drawn to. When we travel to California, we drive by a large wind farm.
Other cards included magnetism, rainbows, and other science related matter. Even though it was recommended for grades 4+, it was right in line for both of my elementary aged kids.
Our box also included Exploring Non Fiction Cards for Grade 5. The full size, laminated pages include an article to read on one side, reading comprehension, writing activities, and vocabulary activities on the other side.
I felt that some of the pages were above my kids’ level, but with some creativity, they were still usable. The box clearly reads it is for grade 5, but as homeschoolers, we all know that we go with the pace of the kids. Some of the ‘history’ type articles were great for not only the kids, but for me as well. And there were current things such as Katrina.
The pages included animals, geography, and historic events. We didn’t necessarily use them for writing and vocabulary exercises, but there made for great class discussions with the kids (my favorite activity with the kids!)
When you sign up for your own subscription box, you can choose the grade level that you are looking for. I don’t recall picking the grade level when I signed up to review (although I very well could have) but the 5th grade box worked out really well. Since my kids are in 2nd and 4th grade, it was a box that I could use and alter it enough to make it work for both of the kids.
Being an “Elementary” box; the grade choices pre-kindergarten through 5th grade.
The prices vary from monthly, pre-pay 3 months and pre-pay for a year (saving money with each pre-paid plan you select) and there are no commitments so you can cancel at any time.
Whether you are a teacher, a teacher’s aide, or a homeschooler; Elementary Box is a great addition to add to the classroom!