I think I am most excited about our plan to study each of the 50 states. Pinky and Chaos have both always loved looking at maps and love to learn facts about the states we travel through on our road trips.
I searched Pinterest and blogs for the "perfect" lesson plans or state books to use for our study, but didn't find one that was exactly what I wanted, so I made my own! They are a simplified version of the ones provided at The AnnaMatrix blog. I didn't want to have too much writing detail because Chaos will be joining us for this study, so I created a one page document for the kids to fill in while we read about and explore each state.
The page covers the basics:
- state name
- state flower
- state bird
- state tree
- state rock
- state insect
- the year the state was founded
- the order in which it was added(first, second, third, etc.)
The first state we are studying (and we are going in no particular order other than by when the books are available at the library) is Minnesota. One particular book series that I'm hoping to use throughout the summer is Discover America State by State. I've found the series to be interesting to my 7 year old right down to my 3 year old. There is a lot of information given without being overwhelming.
We are also using our National Geographic laminated US map to identify the states we've studied.