Today, I am sharing some of our favorite tried-and-true homeschool subscriptions. These subscriptions are perfect for homeschoolers, public school families, or for gift giving.
Below, you’ll find a list of our top ten homeschool subscriptions from over the years, including our top pick. (The rest of the list is in random order!)
10 Amazing Subscription Options for Your Homeschool
The following homeschool subscriptions have enriched our family learning and I hope they will do the same for your homeschool!
If you want to add homeschool subscriptions to your routine but you don’t have the extra cash…
Let’s face it- homeschool subscriptions are a wonderful addition to a homeschool routine, but some can be pricy!
I’m sharing our family’s top 10 favorites from over the years. Some are super affordable while others are investments, but all are fantastic. If you’re looking to add a homeschool subscription to your family routine but you don’t like the price tag, bookmark this page and share it with family members who are looking for gifts on birthdays and holidays. Homeschool subscriptions are gifts that keep on giving for the entire year.
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Before I tell you all about our family’s favorite homeschool subscriptions and memberships, I wanted to let you know that we have several course offerings for homeschool parents.
The Lazy Homeschooler’s Guide to Unit Studies
If there was a simple, step-by-step method for encouraging curiosity while checking off all of those academic must-do boxes without the constant second-guessing, crippling overwhelm, and “How the heck do I even get started” syndrome…
…would you finally feel confident enough to ditch that public school mindset and make delight-driven learning and joyful curiosity a top priority in your homeschool?
Want to know the key to building a culture of joyful curiosity and lifelong learning?
(Hint: It’s not that pricey curriculum you regret purchasing or anything that Instagram influencer is telling you! The best ideas are often the simplest ones!)
Unit studies allow children to pursue delight and curiosity while also crossing off all of those academic bases that weigh on your mind. With simple unit studies, children of all ages can learn and explore together. And unlike that pricey curriculum, simple unit studies are budget-friendly.
Better yet? Homeschool parents can serve as curiosity mentors, showing children where to find information, how to think about it, how to digest it, and how to apply it.
By learning alongside your children, you will build a family culture of joyful curiosity and lifelong learning- and this is a life skill that will serve your children well!
Learn more about The Lazy Homeschooler’s Guide to Unit Studies here:
How to Rock THE MOST IMPORTANT PART of Your Homeschool Day
Reading aloud is the most important part of your entire homeschool day. It’s true.
We have been homeschooling for 7 years and every single day starts the same. I pour a cup of coffee and then I read aloud to my kids while they eat breakfast. We call this routine “Coffee and Books”
“Coffee and Books” sounds too simple, right? It sounds like a cheat, but here’s the thing- the very best ideas are the simplest ones!
Our morning read-aloud fuels learning all day long. I can cover any academic subject, any area of interest, any area of weakness- and every child/tween benefits.
Homeschooling shouldn’t feel super hard or complicated. The best ideas are often the simplest ones!
You can cultivate a family culture of curiosity and joyful, lifelong learning through a simple, sustainable, realistic read-aloud routine.
You can craft a read-aloud routine that works for your unique family. It might not be first thing in the morning, and you may prefer tea over coffee, but you can rock THE MOST IMPORTANT PART of your homeschool day.
Learn more here:
Gameschooling 101: How to Add More Play to Your Homeschool Day
We all know play is an essential part of child development, but how do you fit it in when you have a huge homeschool to-do list?
What if I told you that homeschooling can be *almost* all fun and games? What if I told you that you could add more play to your homeschool day and cross off many of those homeschool must-do boxes?
Gameschooling is the intersection of play and homeschooling and it can change your entire homeschool atmosphere for the better! Play can boost connection, fuel learning, and revolutionize your homeschool routine.
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Now, let’s chat about our favorite homeschool subscriptions…
I hope you find a subscription or membership that works for your unique family. Here’s what has worked for us. Without further ado, I present to you our tried-and-true favorite homeschool subscriptions and membership sites.
1. TOP HOMESCHOOL SUBSCRIPTION PICK: CuriosityStream
CuriosityStream is my top-recommended homeschool resource after the public library. Why? The value is incredible and you can use this subscription for just about any homeschool subject.
Here’s the backstory…
Several years ago, I was introduced to a fantastic educational video streaming service called CuriosityStream.
And it was love at first sight.
Our family still uses CuriosityStream all the time. I have used CuriosityStream for every academic subject! I have also been known to watch CuriosityStream when the kids are in bed!
CuriosityStream is the best $2.99 I spend each month.
For less than the cost of one of those fancy Starbucks beverages, our family has access to high-quality on-demand educational documentaries without commercial interruption.
But you don’t have to take my word for it. CuriosityStream offers a FREE 7-day trial.
Do you want to see what we have LOVED on CuriosityStream?
Check out our living list of CuriosityStream recommended documentaries here:
Now that I’ve shared our top recommendation for homeschool subscription services, I will list the remaining nine in random order.
2. No Sweat Nature Study | Homeschool Subscription
We are a family of nature lovers. We’d much rather be outdoors than indoors. We hike almost daily and love when we make nature discoveries. We’ve seen moose, foxes, owls, porcupines, and so much more!
That said, I am terrible at planning nature study in our homeschool.
That’s why I love No Sweat Nature Study! Cindy West is an incredible and energetic teacher and she does all of the work for you.
Want to know what’s even better?
No Sweat Nature Study includes so much more than a simple nature study. Your children will work on art, writing, scientific observation, math, geography, and much more!
We love the live classes so much. They have become one of our favorite homeschool activities and we’ve all learned a ton!
No Sweat Nature Study membership includes the following:
- Two live classes per week (with recordings available if you can’t attend live)
- Printable packets for each class
- Access to the complete video library (it’s an absolute treasure trove!)
- Free access to the entire series of No Sweat Nature Study curriculum
- 25% off the Our Journey Westward shop
- … and a value-packed newsletter!
3. SQUILT| Homeschool Subscription
When it comes to music appreciation, our family <em “=”” data-redactor-tag=”em”>loves SQUILT. If you head to My Little Poppies and search the site, you’ll see that we’ve been using SQUILT from the very beginning. My kids were BABIES in those early photos!
SQUILT stands for Super Quiet Uninterrupted Listening Time
I’ve said it before, and I’ll probably say it again, but Mary Prather had me at “super quiet” because the truth is we don’t get a lot of that in our home!
But in all seriousness, we love SQUILT. We love the daily listening calendar and use it every morning and have learned so much together.
We also enjoy the “Draw What You Hear” practice. Students listen to a piece all the way through without talking. They picture the music in their mind and focus on how they feel as they listen. Then, students listen to the piece again and they draw what they hear.
And don’t even get me started on the SQUILT holiday resources!
Bottom line: I adore music but I do not have a music background. I’ve never played an instrument (unless you count my brief stint with the recorder in fourth grade).
SQUILT is super flexible. You can make SQUILT work for your unique family.
This means you can:
- Learn by musical era
SQUILT offers lessons on Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and Modern musical eras.
- Learn by composer
SQUILT offers shorter volumes that are focused on one composer at a time.
- Learn by season
SQUILT offers lessons on The Nutcracker and also a Christmas Carol unit study… and more holiday content is coming soon!
- Learn with flashcards and games
SQUILT’s Meet the Instruments program is fantastic.
4. Art History Kids | Homeschool Subscription
Our family has been using Art History Kids for a couple of years now and it’s one of our favorite resources.
My kids love to get lost in art. It’s such a calming sensory activity!
I love that hanging their artwork on my kitchen wall! I also love that they are learning about so much more than art history with Art History Kids. The monthly lessons contain art, history, geography, mathematics, and so much more! Stealth learning at its best, you guys!
Art History Kids was created as a way to introduce children to art, invite them to draw conclusions, and encourage them to tap into their creativity as they make art.
The Studio at Art History Kids is a monthly membership that introduces your children to a new art history topic each month. The Studio invites children to explore their creativity through open-ended, hands-on, educational activities.
You don’t need an art background to use this resource! All of the work is done for you.
Each week you get an easy-to-follow guide with all of the info you’ll need. You can easily introduce your kiddos to incredible art each month, even if you don’t have a ton of time or a fully-stocked art cabinet. Your family will have an amazing time exploring the world of art history together!
Each month you get to explore a different famous artist with your children, introduce them to important art history ideas, and invite them to create some amazing open-ended art on their own.
5. Universal Yums | Homeschool Subscription
Universal Yums is a monthly subscription box that delivers snacks from around the globe. Each month, we receive a Universal Yums box from a new country. Every box is filled with a large variety of snacks from that country. Every Universal Yums boxes contain a 12+ page educational booklet filled with facts, games, culture, trivia, and more!
Universal Yums is my children’s favorite subscription service. When it arrives on our doorstep, they jump for joy, I kid you not. (If you’d like to read our full review along with tips and tricks for how to take the learning to the next level, click here!)
Universal Yums encourages families to vote on their favorite snacks each month. We love to do this, and also to vote for the weirdest and the yuckiest. You can check out past boxes and voting results here.
Subscriptions are monthly or you can sign up for a 3-, 6-, or 12-month gift subscription. You can cancel at any time… but you aren’t going to want to! You can choose to pay monthly or annually.
Universal Yums offers different sized box subscriptions. Universal Yums offers 6+, 12+, and 20+ snack boxes. The boxes are specific to each country but they have all included both sweet and savory treats. These snacks are near to impossible to find in the United States… and we have checked!
All ingredients are listed on the pamphlet contained in that month’s box. Unfortunately, substitutions to accommodate allergies are unavailable at this time. Universal Yums does not encourage those with food allergies to purchase a subscription.
My kids love Universal Yums all year long, but the Holiday Yum Box is something to behold! It is one of their favorite holiday traditions.
6. Around the World Stories | Homeschool Subscription
My kids have enjoyed Around the World Stories for years!
Around the World Stories is a monthly subscription service that delivers original, high-quality stories to your inbox. Each week, you receive one 25-35 minute story dedicated to the fun adventures of a child from a specific country, with a new country featured every 4 weeks.
These weekly stories draw young listeners into the fun adventures of children from other cultures and countries, bringing to life how the world’s children live, play, eat, think, and learn. Each story comes with a parent guide including discussion points, country background, and an activity to make the story a truly memorable and educational experience!
You also have the option of buying story packs. And Around the World Stories also offers and artists around the world series!
7. You ARE An Artist Chalk Pastels | Homeschool Subscription
I am constantly on the hunt for fun educational resources. And we love anything art-related. Art is such a calming sensory activity. I find that we are all in better spirits after a little creative time.
We’ve tried a ton of resources over the years. One of the very first online art tutorials we ever tried was You ARE An Artist Chalk Pastels with Nana. When you look back at old art posts on my site, you can see that my kids were BABIES when we started art with Nana. When we first started way-back-when, we used several ebooks. We explored Shark Week, space, the Olympics, and so much more.
The wonderful fun thing about chalk pastels is that you do not need any artistic ability. They are easy to use and non-intimidating. This makes chalk pastels work for beginner and advanced artists- and multiple age groups!
Now, at age 12, 10, and 8, my kids still adore Nana and her Chalk Pastel tutorials. Nana is like a member of our family. I always joke that she’s my go-to substitute teacher!
When you visit You ARE an Artist, you can find links to ebooks, tutorials, and also the Artist Clubhouse. There is something for everyone over there!
The Clubhouse annual membership includes:
- Instant access to oodles of video art tutorials
- A new art course added monthly
- A new art lesson each week
- … and Chalk Pastels at the Movies
You can read more or sign-up here.
8. Groovy Lab in a Box | Homeschool Subscription
Groovy Lab in a Box is a monthly subscription service that teaches STEMists (your children!) all about science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Each month, they send out a themed box filled with investigations that are fun and hands-on. The investigations culminate into an Engineering Design Challenge, where your STEMists must apply what they’ve learned from the investigations (and use their critical thinking skills) to complete the challenge.
The boxes contain everything you need to complete all of the activities, including a groovy retro-themed lab notebook. When I say everything, I’m not joking! One of the activities for the weather station box called for a dime and several strands of human hair. I kid you not, they were included.
9. FieldTripZoom | Homeschool Subscription
FieldTripZoom offers over 300 annual live streaming interactive field trips with experts from across the country. An annual family membership is just $49.95, providing year-long access to amazing programs.
The only thing you need to enjoy these field trips is internet access. You can participate via desktop, laptop, tablet… and even your smartphone!
Most field trips are 30-45 minutes long and each includes a chat option/Q and A session, so your child can speak with an expert!
Field trips are offered for all grade levels (K-2, 3-5, 6-9, and high school) and are marked in the description. You get to choose and everyone can watch, so little kids can learn alongside big kids!
The topics include:
- American History
- Marine Science
- Performing Arts
- Puppetry Art
- Social and Emotional
- Social Studies
10. Read-Aloud Revival | Homeschool Subscription
This is the priciest subscription on this list by far but I will tell you that I 100% think it’s worth it for a book-loving family. I always wonder who loves our Read-Aloud Revival membership more- me or the kids. Ha!
My first word was “bookie” and I read more than anyone I know. I had a personal library of children’s books before I was married. If you’re like me, if you live and breathe books, if you love children’s authors and illustrators and want to “meet” them live, this one is for you.
Read-Aloud Revival offers oodles of amazing content for free on The Read-Aloud Revival Podcast, but the membership features live author and illustrator events, writing workshops, Circle with Sarah, a fantastic forum, and so much more. Membership opens a couple of times each year. If you’re interested, head over to Read-Aloud Revival and sign up for email notifications. You won’t regret it!
Now that I’ve shared my favorite tried-and-true homeschool subscriptions and memberships, I have another resource for you!
Do you want to play more in your homeschool? Would you like to infuse more joy into your routine? If so, I invite you to join the Never Board Learning community.
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