Scholastic isn’t a secret.
But it seems like so many homeschool parents don’t realize that they can take advantage of Scholastic offers even though our children don’t attend a formal school. You can!
If you went to public school, you’re probably familiar with Scholastic classroom magazines. If not, you’re almost surely familiar with Scholastic, because so many schools send out Scholastic flyers so students can buy books at a discounted price.
I used to teach public school, and I enjoyed a lot of Scholastic books in my classroom. News flash: public school teachers spend a lot of their own money on buying books for a classroom library. When I started homeschooling, I had some classroom library books left over from those days, but I still went back to Scholastic for certain items (like Big Books!). Scholastic can be expensive, but there are also some very good discounts on books. They have the 50 Books for 50 Dollars deal going on right now. The books are a random assortment, so it’s not for the picky, but when I’ve ordered those bundles before, it worked out well. I think the informational books were usually the best assortments in my opinion. Books in the home are strongly linked to academic achievement, so get those books in your home.
Scholastic classroom magazines are one of the things I’d love to get for our homeschool. But…you have to order a minimum number of magazines on the website – and it’s TEN. I only want one!
What to do?
How can I get only one copy of a Scholastic classroom magazine?
First, you can preview one copy online. It’s just like flipping through the weekly Target ad online, so all of us are familiar with this concept, right? Preview the magazines available, and choose what you’d like for your homeschool. Personally, I’m really interested in the foreign language magazines – I wrote a book called The Homeschool Path to Foreign Language and my kids study Chinese and French. Scholastic foreign language magazines are designed for multiple levels, from beginners to more advanced students.
It’s a secret (not on the website), but you can order just one copy for home use! You have to actually call someone and talk to them on the phone, or email and wait for a response, which is not super convenient, but it’s better than being stuck with a minimum order of ten.
I contacted Scholastic customer service and got the following instructions:
“Our Customer Service will be happy to help you place a single subscription and/or help set up an account with you. Please contact Customer Service direct by calling 1-800-SCHOLASTIC (1-800-724-6527) then press #2 THEN press 0 to speak with a Live Customer Service Representative. You can also email Customer service at firstname.lastname@example.org with your inquiry.”