Kindergarten. In our large-family homeschool, it’s usually strictly business–meaning math and phonics. Science and history are often neglected in favor of building early letter and number skills.
I’m always happy when I find a way to include these neglected subjects for my younger children. Weston recently sampled a wonderful science subscription kit that proved to be a perfect solution for our busy schedule.
I received this product for free and was compensated for my time spent writing this review. All thoughts and opinions are my own; I was not required to post a positive review.
Junior Explorers: Science Subscription for Kids
Junior Explorers is a science subscription program designed to help elementary-aged kids enjoy learning about wildlife and nature. Each month kids get to visit a new ecosystem where they solve a mystery while building their science knowledge.
Quick look at how it works:
- A new mission kit is delivered to your home every month; the kit includes fact sheets, collectibles, and learning activities.
- Kids go online to experience the new ecosystem and complete the mission.
- Throughout the mission, kids earn points that can later be donated as cash to a non-profit conservation group.
Weston absolutely LOVED the Junior Explorers Mission Arctic kit! He completed almost everything in one sitting (about an hour or so), and the next day he wanted to do it all over again.
Why Use a Science Subscription for Kids?
1. Combines digital and tactile learning
If your kids are anything like mine, they probably like anything digital. And if it resembles an engrossing video game? Why, that’s all the better!
Weston definitely loved the game-like feel of the online part of the program. He also enjoyed the story line and getting to “meet” Kia and Kyle (the main characters of the mission).
What I loved about the online portion was that every single activity had learning value and was designed to reinforce the overall learning experience.
For example, after learning about lemmings and snowy owls, an interactive game had Weston trying to help a snowy owl “catch” a lemming without crashing into the ground or other obstacles. The game was super fun, but at the same time it was reminding him over and over of the facts that he had just learned.
The hands-on portion of the kit gives kids another way to learn. For example, Weston’s kit included flash cards about the animals he learned about during the mission. He was genuinely engrossed as I read aloud some of the facts from the flash cards. Painless learning–a real win!
2. Requires absolutely no planning time
I can’t tell you how much I love the fact that the Junior Explorers mission kit required zero planning time! All I had to do was sit down with Weston and read the information to him as he completed the mission. That’s it.
No difficult manual to read. No worksheets to print. No supplies to round up. Love it!
3. Ultra convenient
I find it incredibly frustrating to have to run to the store to get homeschool supplies. Pencils, erasers, glue sticks, art supplies–I order everything I possibly can online to save time and stress.
Have a complete kit of awesome themed science materials delivered right to the mailbox? Yes, please!
Get 50% off your first mission kit when you use code HS50 at checkout!
Follow Junior Explorers
If you have children ages 12 and under, you’ll want to stay in touch with Junior Explorers. You can find them here: