We have been working steadily on our USA landmarks and symbols unit study. This is a unit that doesn’t lend itself as well to pictures since I have pulled it together using history resources I have on hand. The kids each have a notebook and we’ve been adding to it steadily. Funny enough, LD has said he LOVES history and has been really into this unit. That amazes me a bit because it has been less project-oriented than many of our units have tended to be (and involves a lot more writing on his part).
We’ve read and done sheets about the USA, the American flag, George Washington, the Thirteen Colonies, and the Liberty Bell. We also read about some landmarks out west such as the Grand Canyon, Mesa Verde and Arches.
I read a review on Wright on Time at Almost Homeschoolers and decided this might fit in well with our unit study.
The kids like the fact that the kids in this book were homeschoolers. This first book mostly focused on the two kids as they explored a cave out in Arizona. We were lucky to be traveling when we read this and had the opportunity to visit our own cave!
They had colored lights, but the scene was still pretty, if not entirely natural
Okay–so back to our unit–we did more reading and worksheets, sang lots of US songs (Yankee Doodle, My Country Tis of Thee and the like).
We’ve done quite a bit with US geography.
We’ve been playing lots of rounds of Mad Dash. This is a geography game I’ve had for years. We play it as a one-team game competing against our previous scores. We get 25 cards and then start the timer. The object is to place the state cards in a row (states have to touch their neighbors) trying to make it across the country as far as possible. The cards have a certain number of points and after the time runs out you add up your points. The more neighbors a state has, the fewer points it’s worth.
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