Recently BK Publishing sent me Supernova magazines to read and share what I think of them. Supernova is an educational magazine for kids 9 to 14 years and I was happy to be given the chance to see what this locally produced publication was all about.
Supernova is a new educational bi-monthly magazine by BK Publishing whose aims is to make children aware of issues which affect them, their community and the environment, by giving them tools and inspiration to become active and responsible world citizens. The content of the magazine is fun, informative and entertaining and focuses on subjects such as ecology, history, sports, science, world cultures, arts and social issues. The magazine is hand-illustrated and carefully designed to keep children engaged with the information. This magazine also loosely follows and enhances the school curriculum and is used by educators as a class resource.
This is exactly the kind of magazine I loved as a kid and the information is varied, current and relevant. As a teacher, what I like most is that topics incorporate learning across multiple subjects. In their discussion about piracy they discuss the history of piracy, how it still takes place today in the Indian Ocean and how with advancements in technology, there is now such a term as a techno pirate. Tying in with this topic – excuse the pun – they provide a tutorial on how to tie a figure eight knot and a slip knot. The illustrations are well drawn and the magazine is printed on thick glossy paper.
The 48 page magazine is packed with information and in the latest issue you learn about symbiosis, ice formations, the Voortrekkers, modern art, parasites, art conservancy, parkour, military tattoos (drum performances). Kids are also encouraged to keep busy and make bird feeders, fold an origami penguin, make candles, and salty crystals. There are opportunities to engage through the Pin Board and when discussing social challenges such as bullying and jealousy.
Supernova is great value for money and will be a valuable learning resource for your kids. It is sold in select stores but best to subscribe online. You can also order the first volume box set so your kid can have to complete set. A digital copy is also available, and is a great option to have but, I personally prefer a hard copy as I think kids are more likely to reread them. You can visit their website or check out their Facebook page for more information.