Educents Homeschool Holiday Gift Guide

{Affiliate links below}


As October is ending and Christmas is approaching, many parents like me are starting to think of gift giving. My husband and I have never been too big on getting the boys a lot for Christmas. Any toys we get them usually end up forgotten in the toy bin. I really like the idea of getting them educational items because they seem to capture my boy's attention better than toys. I'm not sure if it is because both my husband and I are teachers (it's in their blood) or we just hit the jackpot with these two... they really only stick to their building toys. 

If you are like me (or just have/know kids who are really into learning) this Holiday Gift Guide from Educents is worth a look.

Gifts for ages 3 to 8

Life of Fred Math Books

life-of-fred-elementary-math-doll
This first item is something I really want to get my oldest. He enjoys math so I'm hoping his love of math will get him interested in reading these math based books.  Story-based math learning has proven time and again to be one of the most enjoyable and effective ways to encourage this life skill. Math savant Dr. Stanley Schmidt created lovable characters Fred and Kingie whose adventures are so engrossing kids don’t even realize they’re learning m-a-t-h. Gift a child in your life the beginning series to set them up for success in life. 


Reusable Wall Stickers

mona-melisa-designs_2016solarsystemlifestyle_39ef 2 

This is another item on my wishlist for the boys. From the wonders of the solar system to the miracle of the human body, these interactive play sets spark curiosity, delight and learning in every child. Made from reusable, non-BPA decal materials, they can go on walls, car windows and any surface ready to be used for fun, discovery, and knowledge mastery. The durable mini-sets are especially portable, great for road trips or plane travel, and to pack for a play date.


Homeschool Complete

homeschool-complete_kc_full_yr__bundle_graphic_60df

How about one amazing bundle for all of kindergarten? Yep, again, this is an item on my wishlist. I would love to get this for my youngest! This is a complete kindergarten kit from Math to Language Arts and everything in between. It includes detailed plans so it is all laid out! So much thought is put into this curriculum set - from the 3 ring binders and the specially durable paper, to flash cards for easy practicing, and calendars to keep you on track.  Renowned and influential homeschool reviewer Cathy Duffy notes "Kindergarten Complete takes advantage of homeschoolers’ ability to interact closely with their children with lots of discussion plus hands-on activities."

Learn to Read Kit

hooked-on-phonics

This would be a great resource to have at home or in school! Hooked on Phonics is the #1 recommended Learn to Read program in the US, and for good reason: it’s helped multiple generations of learners master reading and phonics. The Learn to Read Kit comes with 28 original stories and 8 bonus books by renowned children’s authors - one of these will be that first triumphant book! The pacing is designed to encourage those who struggle with reading to first gain confidence, have fun, then master reading. It’s so easy to follow along that children can even teach themselves to read with this program. Literacy opens up the world of literature helping children build upon their imagination, become more empathetic, and improve emotional intelligence. 

Gifts for Ages 9 to 12

Times Tales - Learn Multiplications Fast

times-tales-dvd   

Although my oldest is not quite ready for multiplication, he has shown that he grasps mathematical principles quickly. He's played some games with multiplication questions for the 2s table and has been able to understand. I'd love to get this soon to get him started on more math facts. With Times Tales - kids learn their times tables in an hour! This 1 hour DVD uses stories and mnemonic devices to help kids learn their times tables in a snap - without rote memorization.  Give the gift of earned confidence to a little one in your life. It’s one gift that will last a lifetime.


Magic School Bus Science Club 12 - Month Subscription

MSB Variety bundle 1 

This is probably the number one item on my wishlist. My oldest has been saying over and over again that he is going to be a scientist when he grows up. This is the perfect gift to inspire and encourage the kids who ask “why?” The famous Magic School Bus series took hold in the 90’s and has been getting kids excited about STEM ever since. The Science Club Kit takes the story based learning to the next level with comprehensive, hands-on kits that come right to your doorstep each month for a full year. And each month, you have at least 7 experiments! This is a great choice for families with multiple children, kinesthetic, and visual learners - and just a fun, educational activity for a rainy day! The kits include experiments related to Volcanoes, Weather, Water, Fossils, Bacteria and Fungi, Star and Planets - the world around us. Best of all, each kit comes with a colorful, Magic School Bus themed manual and a paired guide for adults. You don’t need to be a science nerd to be able to have fun leading and learning as a parent. There’s also an online clubhouse with further information for young explorers. This is truly a gift that keeps on giving.


ShillerMath Fractions

shillermath_shiller2_b62d   

That feeling when...math finally clicks! The Shiller Math Fraction set is a complete package of lesson plans for multiple ages, manipulatives for hands-on and visual learning, and a truly step-by-step guide for parents. Thinking through and preparing every lesson detail is something you won’t have to do when teaching fractions, because Shiller Math already has. Based on a montessori teaching methods for a homeschool audience, this kit provides the play by play to teach fractions to children at different levels. And because it’s so drawn out, you not only get more for your investment for teaching multiple ages, but you save gobs of time in prep work, which is priceless. That, and when your child masters this important skill. Colorful, varied, and well thought out, this is one of the best gifts you can give your children and yourself. I've been using ShillerMath Fractions for our homeschool with our 4 year old, 6 year old and 8 year old. My kids have learned so much! I'm in awe of how quickly they've learned addition and subtractions with fractions and even division and multiplication. They love the fractions disks and I love how easy it is to teach with this material. No preparation required. Excellent product!” - Ana W

Gifts for Ages 13 to 15

Math Madness Book Set

science-naturally_math_madness_0a90 
If you’re looking for new ways to inspire a child who’s already math whiz, or encouraging one who’s overwhelmed by the subject, look no further than the Math Madness Book set. The set includes two different books, “65 Short Mysteries You Solve With Math!” and “101 Things Everyone Should Know About Math” that children ages 10 to 14 find fun and entertaining. Whether these replace bedtime stories at your house, or your little one reads them independently, these books teach your child how critical math is for their everyday lives. With each book, your child is challenged to solve math brainteasers and answer math questions related to sports, cooking, money, travel and more. “These books are a fantastic set for children 10 and up that are struggling with math anxiety. They present the problems in a very fun and approachable way that makes sense. It's math in the real world and helps kids understand how they will use math in their daily lives. I highly recommend starting with 65 Short Mysteries You Solve With Math. It's fun to read and extremely enjoyable in the way it's laid out. Check out these books, you won't be disappointed.” – Shelley B This is the perfect gift for kids, parents, educators, and anyone else interested in knowing the difference between an Olympic event score of 9.0 and Richter scale score of 9.0.

Life of Fred Pre-Algebra

life-of-fred-dr-stanley-f-schmidt_1_copy_1_ceec 

“Life of Fred” is quickly becoming a buzzword in the educational world. If any child has ever struggled with understanding math concepts, Fred is ready to jump in and help your child remember those tricky math concepts! How does he do it? Silly stories! The stories about Fred are so memorable, they will last a lifetime. As will the math lessons that are weaved into the stories. In the Pre-Algebra series, students use math and science to solve quirky, real world scenarios – all while having fun with Fred of course! In this 3-book series, Fred covers concepts like numerals, area of a rectangle, the speed of light, nine forms of energy, Hooke’s law, photosynthesis, metric system, and more. “My girls have never liked math because it does not come easily for them. I ordered Life of Fred Alg. 1 as review for them this summer. They like the fun and easy way it is presented and are understanding math more clearly. They agreed that they had fun with math for the first time ever!” -Judy Parents of “non-math” kids will thank you for giving a gift that will help kids fall in love with math.

Gifts for Ages 16 to 18

Life of Fred High School Math

lof-hs 

Life of Fred is preparing for college! In this series, students learn algebra, geometry, trigonometry, and a few other lessons from Fred. The Zillions of Practice books are keyed directly to the chapters and topics in the associated book. Each problem is worked out in complete detail to offer additional help for a student who may have gotten stuck along Fred’s mathematical journey. “My oldest has been going through LOF for a while and found these books really fun. Fred makes concepts really easy to follow and is interesting to read. High school math has never been easier and more fun to learn!” -Kelly H. Fred is also a great gift for adults who are interested in developing their own math skills. One of Fred’s mom students says, “After buying Fred Apples for my daughter, I bought myself Fred Trig. I tried taking Trig in college, but I had signed up for a 7 a.m. class (big mistake the first semester of college). I could barely stay awake; my professor wasn't as engaging as Fred. I later took Statistics and stopped with math there. But I've always wished I had taken more math, because math is really just a language - it can be learned. I'm currently on page 80 of Fred’s Trig book. With Fred, doing Trig is like completing a crossword or a sudoku puzzle. It's my new favorite leisure activity.”

Shockingly Awesome Books

435228_awesome-1470291093 

From a book to create lego-based Christmas ornaments, to the popular comic book style books about electricity, physics, and even regression analysis, Shockingly Awesome Learning does a fantastic job of curating innovative books that make learning fun. Definitely worth checking out for older kids in your world!  



I hope you enjoyed looking through some gift ideas. Educents has even more options for gifts on their site. You are bound to find something that your child or special kid in your life will enjoy.

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

It's My Birthday (Week)!

Teacher Appreciation Sale! *May 8-11*

Monster Themed Printables