2017 Gift Guide: Top Educational Gifts

Before you know it you’ll be looking up stuffing recipes and making Chanukah and Christmas lists. To help you with the latter, we’ve created our annual Gift Guide.  We’ve included wonderful products you might want to share with your family and friends – or use yourself to begin the new year with a bang.

We’ve put these exceptional resources into categories and listed alphabetically – to make your browsing an easy and enjoyable experience.

2B Totally Literate
This Christmas give your family a super fun and an extremely efficacious gift that will last for years with benefits redounding throughout a lifetime. 2B teaches perspicacious children how to read (decode via phonics), to comprehend (glean implied meanings) while simultaneously building a prodigious vocabulary, cultivating printing & cursive skills, and imparting spelling know

Brave Writer
Help your child fall in love with writing! Through Brave Writer’s user-friendly materials and award-winning online classes, you’ll grow into a competent writing coach, calm your anxious writers, and nourish your aspiring authors. What a super way to start 2018!

Mark-My-Time/Reading Time Gifts
A smart and fun way to help kids track their reading minutes. Each bookmark and booklight includes a time of day clock, countdown session timer with alarm, and cumulative timer storing up to 100 hours. What a great Chanukah present or stocking stuffer!

Mentoring Minds
Vocabulary Card Sets from Mentoring Minds help students build the academic vocabulary necessary to succeed with grade-level curricula. Each set contains essential content vocabulary terms based on grade-level standards and graphics to engage visual learners. Perfect for holiday lessons or 2018!

Up-Words Reading®
Give the gift of reading! Up-Words® Reading is a comprehensive, research-based, 4-level reading program complete with everything necessary to teach every child to read – including literacy-rich activities to strengthen phonological awareness, phonics, fluency, sight words, and reading comprehension.

Help de-stress someone’s homeschooling for 2018. Give the gift of an All-in-One Writing Curriculum! Discover how easy homeschool writing instruction can be with certified teachers who handle the lesson planning, instruction, feedback, and assessment. Homeschoolers simply log in and build writing skills!

Meet your child’s educational needs with customizable gameplay! Boost student success by practicing vocabulary, spelling, phonics, and writing. Only ten minutes of daily independent practice has proven effective in increasing vocabulary retention and reading comprehension.

A Practical Guide to Culture: Helping the Next Generation Navigate Today’s World
Christians, especially parents, feel the pressure from the culture. Are we losing the battle for the hearts and minds of our kids? A Practical Guide to Culture offers brief but powerful readings on the most pressing issues our kids face today.

Banquet-Cross Publications
Gift this fantasy Christian trilogy: “The Parables of Ancient Earth”, wherein twins travel an other-world battling Eri, the evil pterodactyl who obstructs the high callings of a “mythical” giant white bird, the High Seraph. Perfect for kids ages twelve and up.

Barbour Publishing, Inc.
Perfect for fans of “I Survived,” this new adventure series, IMAGINE, brings the Bible to life for today’s kids as they ponder what it would be like to live through monumental Biblical events. Plus, check out Barbour’s Christmas themed books – kids’ books, cook books, fiction, and more!

Carson-Dellosa Publishing
Over forty years ago, two teachers wanted to bring fun and creativity into the classroom. Patti Carson and Janet Dellosa made it their mission to create methods and materials that weren’t only educational, but also engaging for students. Over the years, Carson-Dellosa Publishing has expanded their product offering to meet the needs of children in the classroom, at home, and in all the places in-between where learning happens. Check out their holiday offerings here.


Chosen Books
These timeless stories of Corrie ten Boom and Brother Andrew have awed millions. Now their powerful stories are specially written for ages 9–12, complete with riveting illustrations. Let the faith of these heroes inspire the young readers in your life.

Dibbers and Doodads
Hope comes to us in many shapes and sizes. Sometimes when we have a problem so big it seems we cannot overcome it, miracles happen. Dibbers and Doodads is an adventure in hope. For ages 5-15. Written by Karon McGaha, this short story can be found on Smashwords, under the categories of Fiction => Children’s books => and Religious/Christian/Values & Virtues. Also available in hard copy from Amazon.com or Barnes & Noble.


Gregory Howard Gebhart Inc.
Choose from a variety of books – children’s books, Chemistry game books, a High School Chemistry Helper book, Selected King James Bible Verses, and more. Great for curriculum or gift giving.

Homeschooling Only One
Homeschooling only one student? New to homeschooling, no matter family size?
Donna shares her own journey from start through “9th grade,” including her curricula choices and different styles of homeschooling. A perfect gift for a new homeschooler on your Christmas list?

Longberry’s Leap/Little Red Tree Publishing
Longberry’s Leap is the story of a young girl’s “leap” from her mountaintop kingdom into the world of imagination. Her adventure results in both delight and insight. The story is written in playful rhyming couplets. There are free, coordinated learning tools available from the publisher.

The Adventurous Mailbox
Imagine a mysterious, personalized package from abroad sitting under the tree, full of captivating adventure books and a “top-secret” code for hours of online learning and fun. Options include access to 100s of engaging lessons. Use coupon code HH2017 for 20% off any purchase!


4Knowledge-4Fun, LLC
Experience online holiday shopping from the comfort of your home. 4knowledge-4fun.com is an online educational materials and toy store that believes learning should be fun – and while having fun you can learn something too! Purchase books, toys by age group, award winners, toys made in the U.S.A., plus so much more.

Teach My
Give the gift of learning with Teach My! Screen-free, Teach My has award winning learning kits, sets and toys to give your mini scholar a head start this holiday season. Visit www.teachmy.com.

YGrowUp brings you educational children toys for ages 6 months to 6 years.
Parents have the opportunity to shop online for
STEM toys and to shop by skills, by age, and by brands. Also, check out their wood toys and their holiday toys.

Godstruck Ministries 4 Kids
“Let Christ’s word with all its wisdom and richness live in you. Use psalms, hymns and spiritual songs to teach and instruct yourselves about God’s kindness. Sing to God in your hearts” (from God’s Word Translation).  As the theme verse for Godstruck Ministries 4 Kids, Colossians 3:16 speaks to the heart and soul of why this ministry exists. Their mission is to help children share God’s Word and principles in their hearts through His wonderful gift of music.

Hoffman Academy
Give the gift of music with Hoffman Academy! HoffmanAcademy.com has effective, fun piano lessons available online. Free, engaging videos guide students through a complete music education. Subscribe and have access to printable materials, mp3s, games, and daily practice sessions.

HUE Animation Studio contains everything that a budding animator needs to create stop motion animation videos. For use at home, this is a creative and educational pastime that can be enjoyed by the whole family. Sounds like fun to us!

Songs for Teaching
Thousands of children’s songs, lyrics, musical plays, and teaching suggestions organized by educational topic including language arts, math, science, social studies, foreign languages and more! Also check out their radio apps available on Google Play and the App Store.

The Animation Course
Chad Stewart, former Disney animator and homeschool Dad, offers 12 week LIVE – online animation and drawing courses for 11-18 year olds. Classes are 1-hour long and include personal video reviews! Class Fee ~ $300. Give your kids a course they’ll truly love in the upcoming year!


Adventures of Rush Revere
The #1 New York Times Bestselling Adventures of Rush Revere book series by Rush and Kathryn Adams Limbaugh takes readers back in time to experience American history in an accurate, fun, and patriotic way.

Beebliome Books
History and reading – great for the holidays! Beebliome e-books offer well-told stories, often about a fictional teen involved with historically interesting people. The stories are accurately portrayed, giving readers a fun way to learn about history and cultures through the ages. Plus, check out their Children’s Collection of books.

Round World Products, Inc
Give the gift of geography this holiday season. Round World Products offers ScrunchMaps, Wall Maps, Puzzles, Globes, Wall Charts with Interactive Apps, and MORE!


Sarah and David, LLC – Read Hebrew Now

Using a step-by-step approach, lots of activities and free audio support, students learn to read and write Hebrew. Parents can learn alongside their children! Provides an excellent foundation for Biblical or Modern Hebrew. You can preview the books at www.readhebrewnow.com.


7 Generation Games
Imagine your kids saying “Please, just five more minutes!” when it came to learning math. 7 Generation Games combines math, history and adventure gaming to create educational video games kids ask to play.

Little Thinker Adventures
Little Thinker Adventures are a series of hour-long audio adventures on a variety of topics: Desert, Sea, Outer Space, Music, Manners and Morals and many more. Kids listen and draw what they imagine is happening.


Magical Microbes /MudWatt
Did you know you can generate electricity from soil in your backyard!? Did you know you can inflate gloves using the power of yeast!? Magical Microbes STEM kits offer one-of-a-kind experiences that feature the extraordinary abilities of micro-organisms! Use the promocode “HOMESCHOOL” for 25% Off! What great holiday fun!

This Christmas, give the gift that’s so much FUN, your kids won’t even realize their learning! Robots.Education offers a wide range of robotics, programming and educational toys for children (and adults) of all ages and skills – delivered in time to bring Christmas joy.

Science4Us is an early elementary science program that delivers digital and real-world science experiences while building literacy, math, and engineering skills. Interactive and inquiry-based, Science4Us appeals to young learners and provides a solid foundation upon which a deep understanding and interest in science can be built.

The 3Doodler
The 3Doodler Start is the world’s first 3D printing pen and an inspirational learning aid for students, with free lesson plans online. Bringing STEM subjects to life in 3D, the Start’s safety features and ease-of-use maximize learning, creativity, and fun. Makes an ideal Chanukah or Christmas present.


Explore Local Box
Explore Local Box lets you explore local products and food from around the USA. Each month a new city is explored and a wonderful box is delivered right to your door. Fun facts about the city and a small toy or book makes it a great learning experience for your kids. How fun! – an experience the whole family can enjoy!

Great Homeschool Conventions
Great Homeschool Conventions family tickets are the perfect gift for that friend or family you know who is curious about homeschooling, new to homeschooling, or has been homeschooling for many years! They will have access to hundreds of workshops presented by amazing speakers, a huge homeschool resource and curriculum exhibit hall, and special events (additional ticket required).

https://www.GreatHomeschoolConventions.com. Use coupon code hsconnect-gift-2017 for $5 off of family or individual tickets. Offer good through January 15th. New registrations only, cannot be combined with any other offers, no refund

Urban Cheesecraft
Enjoy a fun and educational activity with your kids making fresh homemade cheeses in less than an hour with Urban Cheesecraft. The kits include everything you need. Just add milk or pick your base for dairy-free cheeses. Make life delicious! And have FUN this holiday season!


Senseez lightweight, fun-shaped portable vibrating cushions offer a gentle sensation when they are squeezed or sat on, relaxing, calming and soothing the body. Senseez eases the senses! https://senseez.com/


eTAP, inc
eTAP will increase your homeschooling success with an affordable and comprehensive online learning program. A Free Trial is provided. Low pricing includes one fee for use by all your students. All grades and subjects, plus test prep for college entrance exams are included.

JumpStart Games Inc.
JumpStart Games offers learning-based games for kids. Since 1991, JumpStart Games has set the standard in kids’ educational games by making learning epically fun through producing creative, educational mobile and multiplayer online games. Perfect now – perfect for 2018!

Time4Learning is an award-winning, online curriculum for PreK through 12th grade covering math, language arts, science, and social studies. With no strict schedules and student-paced learning, you can start homeschooling your way this season!


College Prep Genius
Free college can happen to you! 85% of colleges admit and give scholarships solely based on test scores. College Prep Genius teaches students how to ace tests like the SAT/ACT/PSAT/CLT. These are logic tests with recurring patterns and they are beatable. Their award-winning program is an elective and mom-friendly.


Junior Manners Company
JMC offers courses in manners and social skills critical to your child’s success. Their fun, interactive and affordable classes help youth from 3rd-12th grade develop a higher level of social skill and civility. Perfect for the upcoming holidays and 2018!

Tie Buddies by Widget Works, Inc.
Tying your shoes is a small but essential skill, one you use for the rest of your life. Help your little one learn faster with Tie Buddies®. These cute, kid-friendly devices act as easy pull-tabs for small hands, taking messy loops out of the equation. The happy characters make a game of it, resulting in a strong knot and even stronger recall. A fun Chanukah or Christmas present.


Enlightium Academy
Enlightium Academy is a top-rated, affordable, accredited, online K-12 Christian private school. Their caring teachers individually teach students from a Biblical worldview through personalized, world-class curriculum, including honors, AP, and Dual Enrollment classes. Enroll risk-free.

Excel High School
Excel High School offers accredited, online high school programs for high school age students and adult learners. 100% online and self-paced courses. You can enroll anytime – now, or in 2018.

Howard-Rumph Academy
Howard-Rumph Academy is a private virtual school with accredited and bible-based curriculum for grades 3 to 12.  They offer homeschool consulting, individual courses, diploma programs, academic transcripts, and attendance reporting, etc.  You can register today at 678-741-5329 or email questions to [email protected].


Oak Meadow
Happy holidays from Oak Meadow! Ready to embark on a new educational path in 2018? Discover heart-centered learning with their quality, adaptable homeschooling curriculum for K-12. Join their email list and get details about their Thanksgiving curriculum sale and December enrollment special.

Virtual Schools of Excellence
Accredited, NCAA approved, private virtual school which offers 300+ classes including: AP, Honors, Credit Recovery, Career & Technical, World Languages and more. Offering full time or single class enrollment in Virtual Schools of Excellence, Catholic Virtual or Christian Virtual. You can enroll anytime.