My daughters love audio books and I love seeing their imaginations expand as they listen. One thing they love to do is paint, or draw, whilst listening to their latest adventure. We discovered recently MajikKids. MajikKids says its audiostories help inspire kids imagination, creativity and joy sparkle. Each month MajikKids releases a new story with an adventure to enjoy. You can listen on Spotify, iTunes and YouTube.
There are many things that I have enjoyed about MajikKids stories:
My girls love them (even though at age of 11 they are a little ‘old’)
They are narrated by multiple voices which makes it so engaging to listen too
They are fun to listen to as adults. My absolutely favourite is ‘Beyond the Wall: The untold story of Humpty Dumpty’. Honestly, you must listen and understand what ‘actually’ happened, this clever story had me smiling all day! Another one that has brought delight for us all was ‘The Other Side: the Untold Story of why the Chicken REALLY Crossed the Road’ – perhaps a question you may have wondered yourself?
They are a fair-trade publishing company which means all their staff get paid well
Bradley, the founder, writes the stories with his unschooled five year old son!
The stories use real words (not ‘little people’ words) which is refreshing, and they have good values embedded into them which are inspiring and rich.
I haven’t signed up for a subscription, as I feel my girls are a little too old, but for a $11 Canadian dollars a month (£6.90 at the time of writing this review) you can join the Majik Club and receive downloadable activity books and colouring books, to name a few of the benefits.
It is always a winner in the home ed world when you find a new FREE resource and this one with worth checking out.
Want to know what a day in the life of unschooling looks like? Then check out Stacey Piercey’s, The Alice. The Alice is like peering into the mind of an unschooler on any given day that their interest is piqued. It’s written like an unschooling journey. What I mean by that, is that it’s not laid out with standard steps to follow, or things to purchase in order to be a “better” homeschooler. It’s a wonderful rabbit-hole of curiosity. In unschooling, a person can wake up and watch a video or see a word or have a conversation that leads to a spark of interest. From there a deep dive begins. We can find ourselves down the “rabbit hole” of learning that can go in many different directions but is all connected from that beginning thread.
“Something to watch”. “Something to strew”. “Something to try”.
It’s not prescriptive. It’s a spark of interest.
I am really enjoying “The Alice” as something to keep checking my email for.
Cost: $4 USD/month – a fantastic resource for home educating parents.
Creator and Host of the podcast, Honey! I’m Homeschooling The Kids
This is one of the most engaging and well written books on self-directed education that I have read – and I’ve read quite a number!
I really enjoyed the emphasis on research and experience which this book gave, compared to other books on unschooling I’ve read which have often been more reactionary or from the gut.
I appreciated Kerry’s overview of what unschooling is, the history of this movement and what it could mean in practice for the reader. It’s engagingly written, not too heavy or preachy but full of history, research and evidence.
Some content was more suitable for an American audience, but I think that’s to be expected from an American author.
Overall a really interesting read, even for those who wouldn’t necessarily consider themselves unschoolers but want to understand the reasons behind this choice of education.