One state that we haven't had the opportunity to work in, but have always wanted to visit, is Alaska. It finally came through the Little Passports USA Edition rotation the other day, and the kids had a blast exploring the state on their virtual visit!
Maybe you've heard of Little Passports, but only knew about the World Explorers edition...but did you know that they have three more options? There's the USA Edition, the Science Expeditions, and the Early Explorer set. Each is geared toward a different age, and they have supplemental sets (such as the World Coin collector set) that are available, but not required, to accompany these.
We had a "Fun Friday Field Trip" for our trip to Alaska, and we were able to do it all with one video and our unit from the USA Edition! Each state unit comes with a color activity book, featuring a map and penpal letter in the front.
Within the book, there is a timeline, hands-on STEM and geography/history projects, and - for the parent - a handy answer key to all of those puzzles!The Discovery kit (first month) includes :
The kids enjoyed completing code breaking puzzles. writing activities, drawing activities, and more! For one activity, they got to stand on the table and compare the size of a human foot to a moose, bear, and other Alaskan animals.The favorite activity, however, was getting to build an actual Alaskan float plane and flying around the living room! Every state comes with its own state-related building project.
- USA field guide
- USA scratch book
- Wall-sized USA map
- A welcome letter from new pen pals Sam & Sofia
- Photo scavenger hunt project
- 32-page activity-packed State Journal
- Pop-out models
- Access to more information and activities online
Little Passports markets their subscriptions for ages 5 to 12 years old, which at first sounds like a very wide age range, but when you look at the subscriptions they have to offer it makes sense. Little Passports offers two different types of subscriptions: The World Edition and The USA Edition.
While both subscriptions explore a country and/or state each month, the materials for the World Edition are more suited for the younger age group and the USA Edition provides more in-depth activities better suited to older children.The Nitty Gritty
- Three choices : World Geography, US geography, and Early Explorers (preschool).
- Check out our review of the Little Passports World Edition here.
- See how we use Little Passports as part of our homeschool curriculum here.
- The Cost:
- Month-to-Month Plan: $13.95 / mo + $3/mo shipping (US & World)
- 12 month Plan : $173.40 (incl. shipping) (US & World)
- For upper middle and secondary school kids, may we recommend Adventurous Mailbox? It's in the same vein as Little Passports, but geared for older children. And it's excellent! Check out a full review here.
One reader will receive a three month subscription to the Little Passports USA Edition, courtesy of Little Passports!