Passports Products ReviewBy Susan Smigielski Acker
By Susan Smigielski Acker
With the Virginia Standards of Learning (SOL’s) kids are losing out because teachers are forced to make sure they cover everything that is going to be on the test. It lessens teachable moments such as learning about other cultures in the United States and in the world.
This is where parents can step in with the help of Little Passports. This is a subscription based program that allows children (and parents) learn about their country and the world. With a creative approach children can learn about a geography, history, culture, and language in a fun way. In fact a way they might not even realize they are learning. Each month children receive an activity booklet with 32 hand-on activities and recipes based on the states visited. And even with the digital age, children love receiving something in the mail.
We received a copy of the Little Passports USA Edition that follows two children Sam and Sofia. I gave it to my daughters, nine-year-old Julia and 11-year-old Charlotte who were at first happy to receive a gift for no reason. I did not really follow up with how they liked it until I saw the pieces spilled about in Julia’s room. They were looking at without my prodding them, so to me that meant the colorful pictures and graphics were appealing to them.
Another clue was Julia talking about the two states featured in the package – Alaska and South Carolina.
Julia wanted to know if her father and I had ever been to either state. Neither of us has been to Alaska, but we both have been to South Carolina, in fact my husband was a member of a friend’s wedding party there soon after we were married. So we talked about our post-wedding site seeing.
Julia, an animal lover, has talked quite a bit about visiting Alaska since receiving it. She has cited several facts including the state animal the moose and bird. It led her to researching the moose.
Charlotte, who fancies herself as a good cook, liked the recipes and has offered to try to make some soon.
It came with a huge map of the United States among other parts.
One aspect they both enjoyed doing together was the field guide provided. It is interactive.
The program has several different subscription plans depending on what works best for you. You can sign up for a month-to-month plan or sign-up for a set number of months upfront.
For more information, contact www.littlepassports.com