We’re having the kids study virtually this year because of the Coronavirus and although I’m positive their school curriculum will be more than sufficient, I feel that now is a good time for extra enrichment, especially since they won’t be doing after-school activities. I recently came across Honest History, a magazine subscription that’s geared for kids and can provide them with fun info, essential general knowledge and engaging activities.
Honest History magazines are appropriate for kids ages 6-12 and include 45 pages of fascinating content, activities to enhance their learning and gorgeous illustrations. They are available either as PDF or hard copies. I received several hard copies for review and the first thing that I noticed was the quality of the paper. Unlike other children’s magazines, the cover and the paper of the magazine pages were thicker than what you would normally expect, which makes them durable – they can’t be torn easily and can withstand long-term use. They are especially perfect for vacations when you want to pack light and not have to carry around heavy books.
I gave the magazines to my boys to see what they think. My youngest is turning eight this month and my older one is 11. Both are interested in reading about history and learning random facts so I had a hunch they would really enjoy the magazines. I was right – both boys enjoyed the magazines’ content equally although most of the activities seemed to be geared more towards the younger set.
As for the content – each magazine focuses on a different theme and within that theme expands to give a very broad view of many different subjects, as well as narrowing in on details, providing facts, tidbits and full-length articles about a variety fo subjects related to the theme. For example, Issue Seven focuses on the ocean. It includes in-depth information about Jacques Couseau and James Cook, as well as facts about the Mariana Trench, vocabulary words and activities such as word searches and questions about the articles in the magazine, which I especially love, as they reinforce what the kids learn when they write stuff down.
Honest History’s Issue Nine focuses on the Renaissance, which is great because it’s not something kids typically learn about in elementary school and kids can learn about artists, authors, inventors and other historical figures and how they shaped the period of the Renaissance.
What I especially love about Honest History magazines is that they give kids information that they can later read more about on their own. For example, the Renaisance magazine had an article about painters and my kids and I were able to look through an art book and see more artwork by Renaissance painters.
A year’s subscription is $69.99. Each magazine is $17.95. Click here to learn more.
I was not compensated for this post. I received samples.
Senior Reviewer Maytal Wichman is a freelance writer and has written for several blogs, including The Huffington Post. She has been living in the New York City area for twenty years and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature as well as a Law Degree. Maytal is a stay-at-home mom to three kids, ages 13, 11 and 7.