Get off to a great start, but keep it simple. Pace yourself. If your oldest child is second grade or younger, don’t do much book work at all.
- Draw Write Now, book 2
- Read a book or two about Columbus from the library
- Geography, History, and Timeline Connection – this activity goes with week 1, but is better if combined with the knowledge of the next few weeks.
- Animated Hero Classics: Christopher Columbus
These are just suggestions to get you started. Don’t feel like you need to cover every state in detail. You can begin the notebook with just one page per state and build it over lots of time, years even.
Begin your USA states notebook.
- Trace the states on tracing paper.
- Insert your sheets from your states coloring book.
- Add a drawing related to books on the states or history events on the states or whatever theme you choose.
- Have your child write the name, capital, and abbreviation on one of the pages in the notebook (coloring sheet or drawing or traced page).
- Copy a USA map and have students color just the states you are working on for the week.
Activities Related to the States
- Read books related to the states or geographical area.
- Cook recipes related to those states.
- Practice states songs, capitals, abbreviations. Maybe even learn the nicknames.
- States puzzles.
- If you know someone in these states or you have been there previously or you are traveling there, add extra to your notebook. For example, save brochures from a place you visited or call your uncle who live in that state and let him tell you something extra about the state. (For us, that would be pictures of alligators from the Everglades in FL or drawing a picture of a train after talking to an uncle who has worked at the railroad in NE for 40 years.
- Blueberries for Sal, by Robert McCloskey
- Cocoa Ice, by Diana Applewood
- Snowflake Bentley, by Jacqueline Briggs Martin
- Learn about snow – cold weather for these states
- Abbie Against the Storm, by Marcia Vaughan
- Draw a lighthouse
- The Boxcar Children, by Gertrude Chandler Warner (set in CT)
- Finding Providence – The Story of Roger Williams by Avi
- Start watching Liberty Kids – it goes along with the first few history sentences and includes some of these states.
- Draw Write Now, book 5 – begin learning the original colonies