Friday, March 21, 2014

Using Little Passports' USA Edition to Compare the Fifty States Review

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We received a free monthly subscription to Little Passports USA Edition in exchange for our honest opinion about it.
I talk about Little Passports a lot around here. But with good reason... Little Passports USA Edition  has been an incredible addition to our homeschool resources! Brandon has really enjoyed learning in such a fun, unique way about the Fifty States. The Little Passports USA Edition has many different approaches to helping kids of various ages (It is recommended for ages 7-12) learn about our fabulous country and all that it has to offer.

 Brandon has enjoyed learning about our country so much that I even dedicated a Pinterest board to our Fifty States Studies. It currently has about 40 pins. He has learned about 8 specific states, just thanks to Little Passports since the beginning of this current school year. That's about one a month so far!
This review will be completely dedicated to the states of Utah and Tennessee. Each shipment contains an issue, similar to a magazine or workbook. The issue is for two different states set up as a flip book - meaning you read halfway through the book about one state, then flip it over and read the other half of the book about the other state.
This is the half about Utah.

This is the half about Tennessee.
Each shipment also comes with a craft project for each state.

Tennessee's is a music stage. There is an electric guitar, a banjo, and a violin. Just makes you want to visit Memphis, doesn't it? Sam and Sofia are singing on stage together.

The craft for Utah is the Bryce Canyon Landscape (Note from Brandon: If you look closely, there is a hawk on it.)
The first thing Brandon does with every shipment is the craft projects. He loves these!
Each shipment also comes with a sticker from each state for your passport.

Here's Utah's sticker!

And Tennessee's!
The issue also contains some highlights about each state. Kind of like some quick facts.

State Animal, State Flower, State Seal, State Flag, and State Bird are all included, plus a landmark.
Each monthly subscription shipment also contains a postcard for each state. Brandon likes collecting these. He looks them over closely and likes to compare the scenes on them.

Here's some examples of what you can find in this issue-

Here's instructions for an art project for how to Make a Guitar.

Here's another art project or making an Elvis Presley cape!

Who here is an Elvis fan?

Some great, fun activity pages are included, too!

There's a recipe for each state, too!
Tennessee's is for a Moon Pie.
Utah's is for Utah Fry Sauce. Talk about unique to the area! It's pretty basic and easy to make and fun to try!
Little Passports even incorporates cross curricular learning - this page teaches some Earth Science and Math while introducing your child to a landmark in Utah called Zion National Park.
Note from Brandon: I especially liked the Utah Highlights page. It gets things through to you while you are having fun and thinking, "I never thought of using that there before!".


Overall, we have been very pleased with our subscription to Little Passports USA Edition. I highly recommend this company to other homeschooling families or even to families who don't homeschool, but like to give their children additional enrichment activities.

USA Edition
With your USA Edition subscription, Sam and Sofia travel to and experience the wonders of all 50 states. Kick-off your USA adventure with the first month’s Discovery Kit which includes a letter from Sam and Sofia, a USA Field Guide, a USA scratch book, a map, and a camera. Sam and Sofia then travel to two new states every month and send an activity-packed travel journal with stickers, postcards, pop-out models and access to online activities.
Recommended age 7 to 12 years old.

Interested in traveling the world instead?

World Edition
Every month, follow our characters Sam and Sofia as they embark on a new country adventure. Your first month’s Explorer Kit arrives in a suitcase and contains everything your child needs to get started: a letter from Sam and Sofia, a map, a passport, stickers, access to online games and more. Country specific packages filled with fun souvenirs, letters, stickers, photos, activity sheets and more arrive every month thereafter.
Recommended age 5 to 10 years old.
Both subscriptions cost the same.
Monthly Plan
$11.95 / month
(Billed monthly. Cancel anytime. $2/month shipping)        
  • 12-Month Plan
    $10.95 / month
    (One time payment of $131.40 plus $20 shipping)
  • 6-Month Plan
    $13.95 / month
    (One time payment of $83.70 plus $15 shipping)