Studying the States

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Here are some ideas for studying the United States in your homeschool:

DSCN1282We created this state quarter book using these printable worksheets from apples4theteacher.com

It took my son approximately three months to complete his state quarter book. The states are listed in the order they joined the U.S. beginning with Delaware and ending with Hawaii.

Each worksheet pictures a state quarter and prompts the child to list some specific facts about each state.

This state unit is especially fun if your child has a state quarter collection.

Last year, Marcus created a smore flyer. I wish I had it here to display for you. A smore flyer is an interactive, online flyer. Marcus created one all about the state of Maine, listing facts and adding pictures of lighthouses, etc. It was very cool when it was finished. This is a unique way to do a state report.

A search on You Tube will produce several different videos of songs to help children learn the 50 states. There are also videos for some of the individual state songs. I’ll let you do your own search if you don’t mind!

Give your child a blank map of the U.S. so they can write in each state.

Read Flat Stanley, by Jeff Brown, together and then give your child a paper Flat Stanley to color and cut out. Mail Flat Stanley to someone you know in another state. Have that person take a picture with Flat Stanley and mail the picture with Flat Stanley back to your child. My daughter did this in her Kindergarten class. She mailed her Flat Stanley to her uncle, in Wisconsin, and he and his wife, who is a school teacher, created this adorable book for my daughter:

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Have your child locate the state Flat Stanley visited on a map.

You can find the official Flat Stanley project HERE. You can find templates for Flat Stanley, and make sure to check out the photo gallery.

And, this link will take you to a Flat Stanley website that looks fun. You have to create an account which is free.

I’d love to hear other ideas for helping children learn about the states.