Here is the run down of how we study each state:
Discover America State by State Series
Kevin teaches a lesson on our state using Our United States of America: Catholic Social Studies. I like this book because each state has its own section, as opposed to lumping states into general regions. We do not use the accompanying workbook however because it does lump the states into general regions and we are studying the states in the order in which they joined the union.
|Some of our Massachusetts books|
Bean is making a simple scrapbook of the 50 states using Homeschool in the Woods United States Maps notebooking pages. I liked these one-paged notebook pages better than the free printables I found online, but if you want to go the free route, check out Enchanted Learning or USA-Printables for notebook/scrapbook/lapbook pages. Notebook pages also come with Confessions of a Homeschooler's curriculum and I can't leave out the amazing scrapbook pages that Shower of Roses are making! The format for the notebooking pages we use comes from there as well.
|Mini Boston Cream Pies from Massachusetts week|
Craft or Activity
|New Jersey is known as the Garden State, so our activity that week was a rosary stone for our Marian garden.|
Some weeks I've been pulling up the state song on youtube or letting the kids play some online state games at Learning Games for Kids. My mom also found these workbooks and flashcards in the Dollar Spot at Target for some additional resources.
Once the FOCUS missionaries head to their campuses I will be writing very complimentary emails to them to beg for a postcard from their state in hopes of collecting all 50 states for my kids. Signing up for an exchange is another way to collect postcards from all 50 states.
Lastly, we love the Scrambled States of America products, Highlights has a Which Way USA Club that looks cool, but we haven't invested in that one, and when I'm feeling really generous the kids get to play Stack the States. It's super fun.
I'm looking forward to posting our highlights from each week, so be on the look out!
Be saints, it's worth it! Lisa
P.S. This is by no means a complete list of ALL the fun ways to teach the states. If you know of a great resource, please add it to the comments!