Celebrate National Teachers Day with 5 Teacher-Founded Book & Craft Kits

Suddenly we’re in May, which means two things: the school year is almost over, and National Teachers Day is here!

To celebrate that much-deserved day of recognition on May 5 – and because teachers deserve recognition all year long – the Cratejoy team sat down with five educators-turned-entrepreneurs in our seller community to discuss how their small businesses helped them educate in a new way. To learn more, discover new educational resources for your family, and support small businesses, take a look below!

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Project Home DIY

Christine and Matthew grew Project Home DIY out of their established home decor business, Mason Creations. In the 7 years since founding the business, the husband-and-wife team has designed and created over 10,000 custom home decor products for clients, and now, subscribers can learn to do the same through Project Home DIY’s monthly craft kits. “I've always wanted to teach people how to create projects of their own without the hassle of figuring out the project or gathering all of the supplies on their own,” Christine says. “This is how Project Home DIY started and each month, along with the box, the subscriber receives video and written instructions from me giving them awesome tips and tricks they can apply to any home project they choose to do in the future!”

The educational aspect of Project Home DIY’s business comes naturally to Christine, who worked as a teacher for over 9 years before going into the home decor industry. As a result, she is thorough and thoughtful about what to include in the box. Each and every craft kit comes with all the products and tools you need to complete a stylish and brand-new creative project – “even the hot glue gun and glue sticks in their first box!” Christine says – as well as step-by-step instructions and a video tutorial.

Start your creative journey with Project Home DIY here.

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smART Box for Kids

The idea behind smART Box for Kids grew out of founder Elizabeth’s experience as an art teacher. “I used to teach art classes to children with special needs,” Elizabeth tells us. “After having my daughter in January, I wanted to have something educational and artistic for her to do at home.” So the new mom came up with the idea for a monthly book club that includes a related art project in every box. “smART box came to life,” she says, “because I wanted the best for my daughter and I wanted to share that with children everywhere.”

Each of smART’s art projects is curated to match that month’s featured book and “promote self-directed learning,” as well as help children find the right type of art for them. And Christine’s experience informs each and every box that goes out. “I oversee everything, often with a baby in one arm,” she explains. “This is my passion and I’m involved every step of the way.”

Encourage your child’s creativity and literacy with smART Box for Kids here.

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Just Right Reader

Sara, the founder of Just Right Reader, had served as a principal for over 15 years – and a literacy instructor at a teacher’s college, training how to teach reading and writing – before starting her subscription business. That wasn’t what initially inspired Sara to start Just Right Reader, however, but seeing the hard time her daughter had in learning to read. Every box is based around Sara’s “reading expertise of sending kids Just Right books and making reading easy and fun with motivational charts and parent tips.”

Just Right Reader aims to make literacy easier for young readers with personalized reading kits. “We hope to make learning to read easy and fun for parents and kids!” Sara says. “We teach families how to teach their child to read and accelerate reading for kids already reading on grade level… We send kids books at their Just Right reading level, a reading kit, and a guide for families.”

Support your child’s literacy development with Just Right Reader here.