This year we decided to cover the US States and Presidents. Today was our first day. We did an abbreviated study today as I had also inadvertently scheduled a "Not-Back-To-School" picnic for any area homeschoolers and needed to be there at noon.
We were able to cover one state and one president - rather quickly, however. I am teaching the presidents and my sister is teaching the states.
For our study of George Washington we began with a video on YouTube (one of my favorite educational sites). We watched Part 1 which was about nine minutes. I didn't think the kids would sit through all 30 minutes, although, if we had time, we probably would have attempted it. Here is the link to Part 1.
I then handed out coloring sheets. Granted, this isn't one of their favorite things to do - especially my teenager - but we find it's good to have their hands occupied while they are being read to. While they colored I read two chapters from George Washington's World by Genevieve Foster (what a treasure this book is!!!). I also read a book called George Did It by Suzanne Tripp Jurmain. It was a fun look at all Washington accomplished in his life.
We ended the presidential time by creating notebook pages. I handed out a one-page informational sheet on George Washington. (I received a free download of all the pages, but I did find them on-line as well from the same site I downloaded from. You can see them HERE.) I then have a half sheet of paper printed with primary lines (I can't find where I got these from originally). It includes a short amount of data such as name, born/died, date served in office, etc. There are eight things included - just enough info for the boys to not balk too much at including. I also found a set of presidential portraits (clipart) and print out enough so that each boy can paste one on each page.
After a very short break, we then began learning about Delaware.
- Read about Delaware from the book Don't Know Much About the 50 States by Kenneth C. Davis
- Shared a large map of Delaware and allowed the boys to just check it out
- Read about Delaware in Scholastic Atlas of the 50 States by David Rubel
- Handed out an informational sheet about the state and completed two notebooking pages
- Handed out a packet of information on mapping skills using Delaware - questions answered
- Filled in a blank-line map of Delaware - just the important spots
- Tasted "Delaware Applesauce Cookies" (YUMMY!)
Day #14/175 Days