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Where are the homeschool-centric kids' magazines?

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My daughter is at the age where she'd enjoy a magazine all about her demographic...that is, 8-12 year old girls who are homeschooled.

I don't see anything out there yet, and am wondering whether it's because I'm not using a large enough telescope, or because it's just not out there yet. If not, it ought to be.

Let's see...we have the American Girl franchise, which partly charms me, but icks me out with the overt objectification (maybe it was only 1 book, but the focus on the main character's looks and how all the boys would be flocking around, made me gag);

Then there is New Moon, which is purportedly feminist, but I am not down with my daughter being introduced to horrors and atrocities practiced upon girls in developing nations, at her tender years. As a teen, sure. Now, no. Activism can come when she's old enough not to get nightmares from stuff she's read. Also, I think talks about sex, pregnancy, marriage, puberty, and the delicacies of navigating the fact that in America today, the physical manifestations of mating urge are far separated from the socially sanctioned age at which to begin, belong between her and me, not outsourced to some editors and a bunch of girls with relationship turmoil.

Highlights is school-centric and burdened with Dolsch reading dreariness, as well as sanitized for political correctness, though I would consider a huge trashbag full of old (70's and 80's) Highlights on Craigslist or Ebay, in a heartbeat.

So my question is, where are the homeschool kid mags?! Or, lacking that, is there a kid-mag out there that isn't school-centric, that also doesn't objectify girls, aim propaganda at them, or dumb things down to an intolerable level?
And if there isn't such a mag, what on earth is stopping it? I'd start one myself if I (a) knew how; and (b) wasn't at the point of life in which toddler-chasing and potty training are primary considerations.

If any of you have discovered such a magazine, please send me a heads-up. I need it!
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  1. Operetta's Avatar
    Have you looked at Hopscotch? My daughter reads every issue at the library. I haven't looked at it too deeply but she likes it because it is for girls (all the other magazines she likes - Owl, Chickadee, Kids Discover, all the Carus publications -- are for all kids). I scanned it a while back and it has no ads and is "family values friendly". Which probably means they're sheltering her more than I would but it does mean she's not going to come across anything I think is inappropriate. (It is $$$ which is why she reads it at the library.)

    As far as actually being for homeschooled kids, I don't know of anything that's in print. We do get Homeschooling Kids mag via email but it's more like a blog so she might not be interested.
    Updated 09-28-2012 at 12:49 PM by Operetta (Whoops, it's CARUS not Icarus. Too much greek mythology this month.)
  2. BakedAk's Avatar
    Great idea! I'm no longer charmed by AG stuff (though my DD likes the AG mystery novels) because of all the marketing. National Geographic Kids is full of ads - I had to ask the grandparents not to renew that one. I'll have to check out the ones Operetta named. My kids are currently obsessed with writing newspapers for their stuffed animals...maybe I'll get their ideas on what a homeschool kids magazine would be like. (I'm just rambling - this is a really interesting idea - think I'll be pondering for awhile....)
  3. Operetta's Avatar
    Owl and Chickadee do have ads, but being Canadian a lot of the ads are totally irrelevant and DD ignores them. Our favorite magazines are from Carus - they aren't cheap but they're great and ad-free. (They make good gifts from the grandparents!) One thing I love abuot them is that your subscription can be switched to any of their other mags at any time. Right now she's getting Appleseeds and she's seriously interested in Dig.
  4. AddlepatedMonkeyMama's Avatar
    Love the Carus magazines--very good quality and no ads! My kids get Spider magazine now and they got Ladybug for a few years. I'm with BakedAK--Nat'l Geographic is all fluff and ads (for video games and junk food, no less!) and the content is pretty thin. Ranger Rick is better.
  5. h5rus's Avatar
    It would be neat to have a homeschool kids mag! I had never heard of Carus -going to check that out!
  6. crunchynerd's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Operetta
    Have you looked at Hopscotch? My daughter reads every issue at the library. I haven't looked at it too deeply but she likes it because it is for girls (all the other magazines she likes - Owl, Chickadee, Kids Discover, all the Carus publications -- are for all kids). I scanned it a while back and it has no ads and is "family values friendly". Which probably means they're sheltering her more than I would but it does mean she's not going to come across anything I think is inappropriate. (It is $$$ which is why she reads it at the library.)

    As far as actually being for homeschooled kids, I don't know of anything that's in print. We do get Homeschooling Kids mag via email but it's more like a blog so she might not be interested.
    I checked it out and like what I see about their mission statement (not filled with stuff about boyfriends and dating, and other stuff my 8-year-old doesn't need to be saturated in). Thank you, because now I even know they exist! This is a good idea for a present from the Grandmother or Doting Aunt. I'm also interested in Carus publications. I love the ad-free nature of it.
  7. crunchynerd's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Operetta
    Owl and Chickadee do have ads, but being Canadian a lot of the ads are totally irrelevant and DD ignores them. Our favorite magazines are from Carus - they aren't cheap but they're great and ad-free. (They make good gifts from the grandparents!) One thing I love abuot them is that your subscription can be switched to any of their other mags at any time. Right now she's getting Appleseeds and she's seriously interested in Dig.
    Will also check out Chickadee, Appleseeds, and Dig.
  8. crunchynerd's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by BakedAk
    Great idea! I'm no longer charmed by AG stuff (though my DD likes the AG mystery novels) because of all the marketing. National Geographic Kids is full of ads - I had to ask the grandparents not to renew that one. I'll have to check out the ones Operetta named. My kids are currently obsessed with writing newspapers for their stuffed animals...maybe I'll get their ideas on what a homeschool kids magazine would be like. (I'm just rambling - this is a really interesting idea - think I'll be pondering for awhile....)
    Thanks, Baked, for the heads-up about National Geographic. I am sorry to say I'm not surprised; their videos on Roku and streaming Netflix are so sensationalistic and violent, we quit watching anything by them. How the mighty have fallen since the days when my sister and I spent hours lounging on our grandmother's "divan" in her "den" reading through her massive collection of National Geographics dating back to the 1930's. Boy, how I wish we had that collection still today!
  9. crunchynerd's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by AddlepatedMonkeyMama
    Love the Carus magazines--very good quality and no ads! My kids get Spider magazine now and they got Ladybug for a few years. I'm with BakedAK--Nat'l Geographic is all fluff and ads (for video games and junk food, no less!) and the content is pretty thin. Ranger Rick is better.
    Thanks, Addle! I never heard of Carus before, either, so here goes!
    I think it's only a matter of time, though, before we see a magazine for homeschooled kids, and eventually, even ones specifically for boys or girls. But for now, it's good to know there are good kid mags out there to check out.
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