I realize it’s early to be planning for a new school year, but that’s the planner in me, I guess. Ds6 (1st grade) and I will be finishing an intro to US history year in March. I had planned to do world geography next, with a two-year study of the 50 states in 3rd and 4th. (I’m not required to follow the public school curriculum, but most 4th graders in our state study Mississippi then). But now I’m thinking that the 50 states would make more sense right after US history. I could just hit the highlights of Miss. in 2nd grade and do it more in depth in 4th. What do you think?
ETA: If I do the 50 states first, should I go in alphabetical order, by order of statehood, or by region?
We are going to study to 50 States in order of statehood along with our American History this year. I have a (very) sparse old edition of MFW’s Adventures that I will be using…a google search will give you more info than your family would every be able to do.
Crayola has State Sheets, and there’s a really neat Postcards Across America site.
Have you looked into Beautiful Feets ‘Geography through Literature’ series? It uses the Holling C Holling books. We’re doing Minn this year.
I’ve looked at BF and MFW; they’re not what I want. I have a 12 page booklist for the 50 states that I compiled from Internet searches, Simply Stated (kreativesimplicity.com), and an online catalog search of our local library. I also plan to do some notebooking, probably using what Jolanthe created at homeschoolcreations.com.
I also have a list of most of the world geography books I would use; unfortunately, I would have to ILL most of the spines.
So I’m prepared either way; I just can’t decide which one to do.
We are doing American History starting in January and will study them in order of statehood. Although, because of the time period, I don’t think we will get past Texas this year, we’ll see. I’ve also looked at BF’s Geography set, but I think I’m going to wait until my girls are older.
Doing the 50 states after American History makes sense to me.
There are so many things I want to do, but I don’t need them sitting on my shelf since my oldest is just turning 7. Most of BF is recommended for about 3rd grade, except the Early American History and Character through Literature.
ETA: Queen’s Homeschool has a state study for your individual state. You might want to check it out for your study on Mississippi.
For just one child – I think that the consummable 50 states under God is a good study – it’s a bit pricey if you have to buy it for four or five kids, but definitely worth it for one or two. It’s a great cut and paste book with coloring and basic information as well as fun facts about each state – you could supplement with some books from the library, I like the Sleeping Bear Press book and you can probably find most of them at a well stocked library – M is for Mitten (Michigan) C is for Cornhusker (Nebraska).
I like the Sleeping Bear Press books too, but our library is not well stocked. They have the Mississippi ones and that’s all. I’m familiar with the Fifty States Under God study, but I’m not sure I want to buy anything. If I have to supplement, I might as well do the whole thing myself. If I do buy something, it will probably be My First Book of Mississippi (I think that’s the title) or My Mississippi Coloring Book by Gallopade.
I just found this, looking for the ‘Weekly Wrap Up’ to link up to each week, thought you might find it useful:
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