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As my oldest twin daughters move up in grades, I see a great need to keep them informed on what is going on in the world, for a variety of reasons.
A big reason is that I want to raise global citizens, aware of other peoples, cultures, traditions, histories, religions, governments, and so on. We live in an international society! Ideas, inventions, and happenings in other countries should matter to them!
Another reason is because I don’t want them ignorant of the larger world around them.
As homeschoolers, it sure is easy to keep them in their own little bubble, isolated from other people and the world at large. But, I don’t want them unaware of things happening across the globe.
Our kids are the future, so they better know what the future may actually hold for them!
Being aware of big issues and peoples will help them understand what people are talking about, and begin to form their own opinions and ideas on such matters.
Thus, the need for them to be aware of current events!
But, I will admit, I don’t personally love reading the news. 🤷♀️ There is so much news that is gossip, biased, and just plain incorrect! I like focusing in on things that I can control and manage, like things within my own spheres of influence – home, kids, marriage, work, life, town, church, etc.
But, I myself am trying to be a better global citizen and more aware of key social and political issues. I owe it to myself and my family to be informed so I can be a more informed voter.
That’s why I’m grateful to have heard about The Juice! It is a great way to do homeschool current events for kids (and adults like me).
What is The Juice?
The Juice is a learning tool powered by current events, but just the facts, no editorializing. Stories stay short, around 200 words, and are written at four reading levels–covering 5-12th grade.
Made by credentialed journalists and educators, The Juice strengthens critical thinking, builds visual and numeric literacy, and broadens students’ view of the world.
They do this by providing the following daily Monday through Friday:
- Five new short current event news stories with a one-question standards-aligned quiz question at the end of each article. Parents can see how their students perform on quizzes.
- Fresh words of the day to build vocabulary and literacy skills.
- New STEAM video made by The Juice.
- New custom interactive infographics which build visual and numeric literacy for critical thinking.
- Extra Juice articles where they can dive deeper into complex topics and issues like the Holocaust, SCOTUS, the countries of Jordan and Northern Ireland, and Transgender Rights in Sports, just to name a few.
- Additional Juice videos covering topics like life hacks, career prospects, book reviews, history highlights, biographies, and other interesting facts.
As your homeschool child reads the news articles, they will also find blue underlined vocabulary words (seen above) throughout the articles with pop-up definitions and pronunciation boxes as seen below:
These definitions, as well as the articles themselves, have an audio listening option too.
Sometimes the articles have an orange underlined word with a pop-up window. These are “extra juice” articles, which can also be listened to, and give history and context to complex issues. These are much longer juices than the five news articles the student should read each day.
How to Use The Juice in Homeschool Social Studies
The homeschool version of The Juice offers parents and guardians an engaging and enjoyable educational experience.
The Juice is available to homeschoolers in four different reading levels and each child can receive a different level. This edition of The Juice comes with five child accounts and is priced affordably for families.
Students read information, improve vocabulary, take quizzes, watch videos, and gain exposure to inspiring stories. The homeschool teacher, parent or guardian has access to the same information but can also monitor how their students are performing.
Juicers in 5-12th grades get their own secure portal, too. They can access past issues, read extra juices and watch videos, and track their quiz performance over time.
The Juice Review: Why I Like The Juice
There is a lot I like about The Juice as a homeschool mom. I appreciate that The Juice is a short daily activity, taking us maybe 20 minutes to read all the articles and watch the additional videos.
I also like that students and their parents use The Juice together.
This is really important to me as the news stories are actual news stories, and talk about the unpleasant realities of our world – violence, war, nuclear threats, discrimination, racism, politics, and so on.
It’s hard for me personally to want to read stories about such things (hence, in part why I avoid reading the news), and I don’t always want to expose my young 11-year-olds to the harsh, evil, and sad realities of our world. So, reading these stories together means we can talk about these complex issues together, and ones that they wish to dive deeper into.
Thankfully, the articles are short, and really do just give the facts and no videos are attached to these articles, so no violent footage is shown.
Conversely, many of the daily juice articles are uplifting, or educational, or otherwise interesting, which I appreciate, as my children, and myself, are drawn to the happier, more fascinating aspects of the news and the happenings in our global world too.
My daughters have also said they like it, because they don’t usually know what’s going on in the world outside of what me and their father discuss in front of them (which brings its own set of biases and, probably, incorrect or incomplete information).
The Juice Costs and The Juice Coupon Code
Because I have partnered up with The Juice for this post, they have given me a special discount promo code just for my audience!
You can use promo code JuiceWUFS for 25% off The Juice for either subscription length!
There are three options for signing up for The Juice:
- Free 1-Week Limited Trial
- Monthly Subscription
- Yearly Subscription
Option 1: Free 1 Week Limited Trial means there is no audio playback nor are there progress and activity trackers available. But, you can otherwise get a sense of the platform. No credit card information required! Get started here.
Option 2: The monthly subscription to The Juice is $6.99/month or only $5.24/month with my promo code JuiceWUFS. It includes all features. Get started here.
Option 3: The yearly subscription to The Juice is $50.99/year or 39% off the monthly subscription costs for an entire year, or like paying only $4.25/month.
However, if you use JuiceWUFS, you can take an additional 25% off making the yearly membership only $38.24 for the ENTIRE year! That’s just $3.19/month! Get started here.
All subscriptions are recurring and include up to 5 children accounts (which I appreciate as a mom of many). If you need more than 5 children account, email them and they will work with you.
I would love to hear how you do homeschool current events and news in your homeschool social studies for middle school and high school students you have! Have you ever tried The Juice? Or what do you use?
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