Celebrate World Teachers Day with Teacher-Founded Book & Craft Kits

Suddenly we’re at the end of September, which means two things: fall is in full swing, and World Teachers Day is here!

To celebrate that much-deserved day of recognition on October 5 – and because teachers deserve recognition all year long – the Cratejoy team sat down with two 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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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's monthly subscription 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.