Tuesday, August 27, 2013

The Mailbox - Idea Magazine for Teachers (Review with Giveaway, US or Canada Only, Ends 09/07/13)


Disclosure: I received one free issue in exchange for my honest opinion about it.

The Mailbox sent me the August/September 2013 Kindergarten issue to review for them. Having taught toddlers, preschoolers and pre-k for many years, The Mailbox has been a staple of mine for teaching for a long time. However, before receiving this issue, the last time I read a new issue was probably about 3 years ago. So I have been out of the loop with this magazine for awhile. But I contacted them about participating in my Back to School reviews with giveaways for homeschoolers in the hopes that I could recommend them as a great resource!

If you look at the front cover of the magazine, it shows that The Mailbox is now Common Core aligned. I contacted The Mailbox to ask them when this happened and I was told that "due to production lead times and the scope of the CCSS learning curve, we launched Common Core alignment with our April/May 2013 issues". While it isn't necessarily a problem that they are Common Core aligned, I do personally have misgivings regarding Common Core standards. Here is a great list of curriculum that is and is not aligned with Common Core so that you can make educated decisions regarding this for your family. However, I have to say that I would not stop using The Mailbox just because they are aligned. Because I used this magazine for many years before their alignment, I can say that the only main differences that I noticed was a page in the front showing you how to use the magazine with the standards and throughout the magazine with each activity, it identified which standard it met. However, I do not feel that the activities changed, other then being fresh and new ideas. 

Fun crafts

Letter recognition games

Up close view of how the activities are labeled for Common Core.

Reproducible worksheets which also state at the top that you can get them in color on their website!

Songs and activities for counting

Reading tips and tools

I found this magazine to be pretty helpful overall. There were a lot of Back to School and getting to know each other type of activities inside which are not as relevant as homeschoolers. But the learning activities will most definitely be implemented with Daniella as she is ready for each of them!

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Offer: 15% Off The Mailbox Books (Discount excludes new books, non-Mailbox books and products, and current Yearbooks.)
Please note that Grades K, 1, 2-3, and 4-5 magazines are all Common Core aligned. The magazine is offered at 6 issues per year for $29.95.  The grade level choices are Preschool, Kindergarten, Grade 1, Grades 2-3, and Grades 4-5.  In addition to publishing Mailbox Magazine, The Mailbox publishes Teacher's Helper Magazine and numerous book products each year.

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