Feb 1, 2011

Homeschool -State study



We are pressing in and learning about America! 

Want to join us...we are going alphabetically through each state.  We will be using computer print outs to help us learn (and memorize) our U.S.A. facts. 

Dinner time will be drill time for us, to see who can remember the facts tied to each state. Incentives (i.e. candy!) will be given to those who can answer the most questions correctly!
Some of the questions we have used are just simple, like~  
  • What is the capital of this state (pick the state you are studying or throw in one from the previous day or week). 
  • What is the motto for this state? 
  • The state's nickname?
  • Mountain range or major rivers?
  • What is the number associated with this state joining the U.S.A.?
  • What is this state known to produce? 
Links to help you...




And...wouldn't it be fun to take a white vinyl tablecloth and make a huge map to label
...hmmm, I will have to see what would be the best way to do this ;-)  Any ideas?

And don't forget to check out your local library too!

10 comments:

"Indescribable" said...

do you know the song Fifty Nifty United States?
google it,
or
This one has the lyrics:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ivpUBvOeD1s

Also School House Rock has fun songs to support your school

Bird's Words said...

this reminds me of my childhood! My parents took us to every one of the 48 continental states (i've still yet to see Alaska or Hawaii... perhaps one day). Along the way, we learned many many interesting facts. We camped in every state, and we collected these great state-shaped stickers that covered the back window of our Ford Pickup topper :)
Have a blast!

Melissa said...

HOw fun!!Thank you for the idea, I have been trying to find something fun to do with the U.S Also I am stealing the table cloth idea! My kids will love it!

Kathy C. said...

Jasmine's class used fifty nifty united states song in 3rd grade. also each student had to decorate a "parade float" for a state parade. there were about 150 3rd graders and they had decorated scooters, wagons, bikes etc for it.

Kristine said...

Kimmie,
I have a really big puzzle map of the US. You could borrow it and trace each state, or maybe just trace the outside and let the kids draw the states on the inside. Just an idea. Let me know if you're interested.

Rob said...

It all sounds good fun to me Kimmie.

Adina said...

I think Genesis found a website where you could design your own big play rug. That would make a neat map!

Adina said...

Genesis said:
http://www.spoonflower.com/ lets you do custom fabric and they were what I was looking at to make the rug.

Julia said...

What a great idea...we were just thinking about starting on the states!!I just love your blog and am so inspired by your family. Your children are just precious. Thanks for the great resources and information...I can't wait to check them out!

Blessings,

~Julia

Expat Mom said...

My mom used to just put a map on our table and then covered it with a clear vinyl tablecloth. We would sit at the dinner table and talk about where we wanted to visit. (interestingly enough, Guatemala was never on that list, lol)

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