Travel and Literature, quite simply these are two of my favourite things!
If I could be off traveling the world with my children right now I would be, wouldn't we all?!
Today we just opened one very exciting package that may just be the next best thing.
A special delivery from our new friend Crameye! He is going to be sharing his adventurous worldwide travels with us through his writing.
*I received he complete set of Series One from The Adventurous Mailbox, all opinion expressed from here on are purely my own and those my children.*
I have to say that I am most impressed with the attention to detail that The Adventurous Mailbox brings.
Even the shipping box, is sturdy, fully printed both inside and out and was addressed to include each of my three children personally.
Inside were three letters, one each for the kids and again personally addressed. Truly we haven't even looked at anything yet and I'm impressed already.
A little Crameye sticker is used to hold the letter closed. Inside, again addressed to the child, the letter goes on to explain just a little about the package they have received.
It also includes a card with their secret code to access Crameye's World, an online kids area where they can play games, win prizes and learn even more about the world around them.
The books come in yet another hard cover slip binder. This is such a huge plus for me, it means we can always keep the set together and can find them on our shelves quickly and easily.
Series One contains a set of 8 books, covering the countries of Finland, Taiwan, Brazil, Thailand, Greece, Tanzania, Peru and Peru Too. Currently there are plans in place to expand this range to 40 books.
Whilst we've looked through the package and so far genuinely like what we see we have decided to hold off making a start on reading about Crameye's adventures until next week.
I am going to use these as a read aloud so that all three of my children can experience this adventure at the same time.
But, sshhh, don't tell the kids! I couldn't help myself, I had to take a glimpse inside book one to see for myself what it was like.
Let's just say that I'm pretty confident that the kids are going to enjoy these immensely, they are absolutely written to the primary ages, but I also feel that lower high school kids will probably enjoy them also.
The writing style is really quite funny, frank, down to earth and clearly written by your average 12 year old boy (or there abouts because I don't actually know his age). Even though I only got a few pages in, I had already had a good giggle or two.
On top of the Adventurer Package of books and access to Crameye's World, you can also choose to add as an optional extra, access to The Teachers Lounge, where you can access lesson plans, printable resources and worksheets to use alongside the books.
I am really looking forward to getting started with these and the additional lessons from the teachers lounge.
I'll be back soon to share my kids reactions to the stories and lessons, so be sure to keep an eye out for those.
So, what are the costs involved I hear you ask?
Set One of Eight Books currently sells for $79 (USD)
Teachers Lounge Access is $20 (USD)
However The Adventurous Mailbox has offered a pretty neat deal for you to grab your own copy for your family.
The Adventurous Mailbox Homeschool Promotional DealUsing the coupon code HSadventure at checkout, you will get the Teacher's Lounge for free (originally $20/must be in shopping cart for coupon to work) as well as $10 off the Adventurer Package Series One Books.
So, basically your family would receive the Adventurer Package (like the one I have just shown you) plus full access to the 100s of lessons in the Teacher's Lounge for just $69.00 (USD). The coupon code is valid until June 30th 2015.
I'll be back soon to share the details of our adventures with The Adventurous Mailbox.