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Let’s Go Geography – A Homeschool Crew Review

When looking at my state requirements, one of the subjects I need to teach is Geography. I know the basics, but how do I make it fun for my younger kids who need hands on and not a lot of reading? Finding that perfect homeschool geography curriculum doesn’t have to be hard, especially when you find Let’s Go Geography!

Let’s Go Geography is geared towards grades K – 4 and is a simple open and travel curriculum! I decided that I wanted to focus on Ray Ray with this review. While I knew that I could easily include Little Miss, I loved watching Ray Ray dig deeper on his own with this.

Each week is the beginning of a new travel. I get an email every week with a link to where we are going to go to next. There is a mixture of states within the United States, or other countries around the world. We love jumping around a lot, so this was perfect for us!

Each lesson comes as a PDF download. We found that with this, we did not have to print everything and used the computer or iPads to help us save on paper and ink! Also, by using the version on the computer, we were able to click on the provided links and view videos and links that are great additions to our learning!

Each lesson starts with a simple rundown of the basic facts of the state or country we are visiting. We move forward to some mapwork. This includes coloring the state or country. We are also given some simple questions about the country or state that we are able to answer with the maps we have just finished.

Not only are we just coloring maps, but we are keeping a travel journal of where we have gone. We like to add a few bits of information into it as we go besides the maps. Not only that, but we have a passport to record our travels.

This passport is one that you can print and go with, but we wanted room for all the flags we would be collecting on our journey. To make this happen, we opted to change the way we made our passports. We printed the pages, but not back to back. We grabbed some smaller composition books and applied our maps to the pages, with blank pages between them. This not only allowed us to apply each flag to the pages, but also to add a few bits of information about each country as well.

After this, we were free to explore the country or state. We would listen to the national anthem if it was a country and there were plenty of videos to show about the lay of the land. Ray Ray loved watching these. But we also used our library to find books on each state or country to learn more. While the actual lessons can be short and sweet, this is where we are able to make them more. Ray Ray loved reading and looking at pictures of the different countries and states.

Each lesson also includes a coloring page, craft and notebooking page to help fill in any needs you may have. We loved the coloring page, and of course the notebooking page would get filled out as we watched the videos and read the book and then added to our travel journal. Ray Ray loved flipping through this as it got fuller and sharing the travels he experienced with others in the house, or grandma. This helped him to remember what he learned by sharing it with others.

Another thing we added to our learning, was to look at the foods of the countries or states we were learning about. I mean, a preteen boy and food, how else could you win his heart? We loved trying new food from the Boston Baked Beans and Clam Chowder from the Northeast to Poutine from Canada or fried plantains from Haiti and even Gallo Pinto from Nicaragua. While not all were hits, the Poutine from Canada was our favorite by far! We have tried it two ways, one from a restaurant on a hamburger, the other from home, with a recipe from a Canadian friend. This is one that has been requested by the boys to be on the menu weekly!

Every 9 weeks, you get a break week! A week where you don’t have to do anything at all! This is great not only for a moment of rest, but also if you fall behind. If you have something come up one week, you can use your break week to catch up, no worries, no stress!

Not only do you get a break week, but there are review weeks as well! These weeks take what your child has learned and puts in together in one. I look forward to seeing if Ray Ray can remember the different countries when he is looking at an unlabeled map! I also look forward to learning some basic map skills, like the compass and my favorite, latitude and longitude!

Let’s Go Geography has been a great resource for us to add into our schedule. It doesn’t take a lot of time, but adds a lot of learning! We have loved the adventures we have gone on, and look forward to many more!

Right now, we are working through year one of three with this curriculum. We look forward to learning so much more about the world we live in. While I only have Ray Ray working on this right now, I plan to get Little Miss started very soon to work her way through this curriculum. This is a great way to add geography into the minds of children from a young age!

Want to see how other families have used this curriculum in their homeschool? Check it out right here:

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Hands On U.S. History with Home School in the Woods – A Homeschool Crew Review

Ray Ray has been learning about the states and their history in his history and geography lessons. While this is fun and interesting, there are some days when all he wants to do is something hands on and fun like his little sisters. This is where the Make-a-State Activity from Home School in the Woods has saved us!

Home School in the Woods is a wonderful, hands on history company that takes the boring history lessons and makes them fun with hands on activities. The Make-a-State Activity is one of their Activity-Paks, and there are others like Artists, Composers, both The New and Old Testaments. Home School in the Woods also offers Time Travelers American History, Lap-Paks and the Timeline Trio. All of this will give your child the hands-on fun they are looking for in their history lessons!

Ray Ray has been having so much fun when it comes to learning about the states, and Make-a-State makes it easy for us to learn them however we want. We had the digitial copy of this program, so I was able to print what I wanted, when I wanted it. I say it like that, because there are 20 different projects that you could do for each state!

All of the projects main parts are generic and can be used over and over again for each state, all you need to do is print one for each state you wanted to do that project for. But you are not left alone with generic lap book pieces and told to have fun. Also included are picture to go with the pieces, information is provided on the State Page and there is a fun game to help cement what you are learning into the open minds of the kids!

We decided to start out with Maine in the North East and make our way across the U.S. I did not do all the projects for each state, rather I picked the ones that I though Ray Ray would have the most fun with. I could see how to print each activity with a nice instruction book and as we progressed with our activities, there was a nice list of assembly ideas. I made sure to print both so that I would have them easily accessible to me.

Our plan was to do one state a week, working on some activities each day. This was a great pace for us! He was able to do his regular lesson and we would follow that up with some of the activities. I loved starting with the State Page, and we use this for a lot of our information. We would also use some of the websites that were listed in the Suggested Resources list, not to mention books that we could find at out library.

Ray Ray had a blast coloring and putting together the activities. He kept asking about when we could work on his Make-a-State. Mondays were fun with the new state information and Fridays meant the completed lap-book for him to show off!

I loved how much fun he was having! This is a very print heavy activity, but it was worth it to me. There was not a lot of color printing needed, most was just black and white. You have to option to use colored paper, or do like what we did and color the pieces to add the pops of color to the lap book. With the printing, there is also a lot of cutting. I had Ray Ray help me with this, working on his fine motor skills!

We are both excited to continue our way through the U.S. and can’t wait to have a lap book for each one, made by us!

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Learning With Across the USA ~ A Fun Geography Curriculum!

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Thank you for joining Annette from A Net in Time and I as we blog through the alphabet! This week we are working on the letter L. I decided to look at the word Learning. This week we started learning with a new program called Across the USA.

Finding curriculum can be hard when you have too many choices at the tip of your fingers. All you need to do is jump on Pinterest and you will be able to search for days on end. How do you find what you need when you have so many choices to pick from? Well, I prayed about it, and found just what I needed right as it became available!

I have had the chance to take a look at the Across the USA geography curriculum from Annette Breedlove. I just have to say, wow! This is what I was missing!

Annette takes learning the geography of the USA to a whole different level. Instead of learning the states alphabetically, we learn them by region. Which one comes first? That is up to you! Pick the region you want and start there, simple.

There are 648 pages of self-paced curriculum geared towards children within the ages of K-6th grade. Each state is separated into the region that it is located. Included within this curriculum, you will also find pages full of state facts, maps for labeling what you learn, pages with the state flags, state birds and state trees. These are able to be colored and traced, depending on your handwriting style.

On top of all of this, there are notebooking pages…NOTEBOOKING PAGES!! I have fallen in love with this style of learning, and finding a simple, yet fun curriculum that includes these is a bonus in my book!

Are you looking for a supplement for your current geography curriculum? This is for you! Are you looking for a full geography curriculum? This is for you! Yes, no matter what you are looking for, this curriculum will fit your needs. There is enough here for a full curriculum, but you can also pick and choose what you need for supplementing what you are already using. This makes me happy. I am able to build on what is given to me if I want, or just give the basic information and be happy knowing that I am building a strong foundation this year to build on next year.

We are enjoying our time in the Northeast at the moment. The kids are busy working on their coloring sheets and I am currently hanging them up on the wall, but I look forward to when we move on and I can start a notebook for each one of them with the information they are learning!

Right now is the time to grab this if you want it! Why? Because right now is the special launch price! You are able to get this curriculum for 50% off!! You don't want to miss this great deal! Not only that, but you will also get a copy of Coloring Across the USA workbook with 150 pages of fun states coloring pages as a FREE BONUS if you grab this deal before it ends on April 9th.

 

 

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Smokey Mountains ~ Here We Come! A Schoolhouse Crew Review

"Studies have found that 19 out of 20 Christian parents don't TALK to their children about God and spiritual matters." Jeff Meyers, Summit Ministries. I have decided early on that I don't want to be one of these 19 parents. I have made it a goal to talk with my children about God and how he plays a role in our lives. To help me with that, I have found By The Way Book Series and the book Smoky Mountains ~ Here We Come!

We went on a journey with Lexi, Alex and their Uncle Ted into the Smokey Mountains in Book Two of the By the Way Series. Other books in the series include:

As we began our journey, we saw 10 photos that we were to be on the lookout for as we read the book. Some of these were simple and easy to find, others took even mom awhile to find them! This was such a fun way to keep the kids interested in the book!

As we sat down to read, we were delighted to find that this book was easy to read, very informational and very fun! The pictures on the pages consisted of a mixture of cartoons and real life pictures. Each of these pictures and the words we were reading were full of wonderful, understandable detail that made us feel like we were right there with them! The best part, I was able to pull out a map, and we were able to track our journey as we traveled the Smokey Mountains with Lexi, Alex and Uncle Ted.

Mixed in among the reading, we found some super fun "Did You Know?" fun facts. Each of these gave us just enough information to make us understand what we are learning about. These were not boring information traps, but rather interesting facts that led to conversations about the topic at hand, whether it was about skunks, the trails we were traveling or the storms within the Smokey Mountains. It was just enough to pique our interest and allowed us to build on these facts as we saw fit.

Each page of our journey not only consisted of facts about the Smokey Mountains, but also included Scripture and facts about God and his great creation. I found it very fun and encouraging to see the Bible as much a part of this journey as the animals and environment around us. Whether it was verse or just Uncle Ted comparing the park rules to scripture and relating how scripture and God's handiwork was all around us.

This adventure into the Smokey Mountains taught us a lot. Not only did we learn about the mountains, their history and the creatures currently living there, but we saw God and his miracles all around us as we went. The kids loved finding the pictures while we were reading, but I loved hearing them talk about the Smokey Mountains and God as the day went on. Watching them notice the goodness of the Lord around us in our everyday journey was enough for me. Seeing that they could find the Smokey Mountains on the map and relate the facts they learned to others who had not read the book was a bonus to me. This is a book collection that all Christian families and Christian based schools should have on their shelves, in my personal opinion.

You can check out By The Way Books on Facebook right here!

Want to know more about the other books in this series? Check out the other reviews from members of the Homeschool Review Crew right here:


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Blogging Through the Alphabet ~ G is for Geography

We are at it again, blogging through the alphabet! We are all the up to G now! If you have not joined us yet, you still can. All you need to do is have a post about the letter G, do you have one? Join in!! Annette from A Net in Time and I are hosting this link up every week as we work our way through the alphabet. Here are the posts I have done so far.

The letter G, I had many ideas for this one, but settled on Geography. This is a fun subject that is sometimes overlooked in the homeschool. I know I did for a while, but not anymore! And now I have three kids of different levels learning about it, so it is that much more fun!

Geography can be taught with a full curriculum or with your everyday life and living stories. You can add it in when you are learning about other things as well. These are three of the best and easiest ways to teach and add Geography into your homeschool.

Maps

Oh how I love maps. Maps are a great way to include geography into the everyday life. How? Well when you are busy reading a book and it tells you a city, state or country, you can go to the maps and see where this place is in comparison to you. This is a great way to work on geography ideas for little kids, but as they get older, you can build on this. Simply having a map on the wall opens up their minds to something bigger around them. We love our country and world maps on the walls and looking up the state map as we need it online.

Lessons

As your kids get older, you can add some books or other lessons into the equation. There are a lot of different options available when it comes to this. We enjoy the simple Daily Practice that can be found in the Daily Geography from Evan-Moor. But we really love the Everyday Explorers from SchoolhouseTeachers.com. We are currently working on USA and plan to work on Canada next. These lessons are perfect to do during our morning time as they can work for all ages from Pre-K through 12th grade. Feeling like you are actually traveling state to state and learning as you go…together, makes this our favorite way of learning geography!

Full Curriculum

When you get into the higher grades, you need to look at a full curriculum. You don't have to, but it makes it easier if that is what you want. I fell in love with North Star Geography. This is a high school level curriculum that has everything you need to make it happen. I had started it with Moe Man a few years back when it was brand new, but found that he was not ready for it yet. After looking at the suggested schedules, I have since decided that we are going to spend his Junior and Senior year working on this for a full curriculum credit. I like the idea of spreading this out over 2 years, because that is what works for us, but there is also a suggested schedule for One School year or even One Semester if you feel your child could handle this.

While we would love to travel the world and see all the geography in person, we have settled for learning about it in the homeschool room for now. What do you use for your geography studies?

Are you ready to link up your Letter G posts? I can't wait to read them!!

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History in Our Homeschool ~ Week 4 of the 2017 Virtual Curriculum Fair

History, this is the subject that can be extremely fun, or extremely boring. The main factor in this would be how it is presented to your child and how they receive it. We have seen both ends of this and have listened to the kids as to how they learn. I am super happy to be a part of the 2017 Virtual Curriculum Fair hosted by Susan from Homeschooling Hearts & Minds and Week Four is all about Exploring Our World.

The boys in this house love history. Moe Man could read interesting history novels all day long. Daddy is always talking about things he has been reading, or we are watching something interesting on TV. This makes for a great base for history, but this doesn't always work for everyone.

We have looked at almost every history program. We love a lot of them, yet there are some that just didn't jive for us. Or they worked wonders with Moe man and would do nothing for Ray Ray, or vice versa. I am just starting with Little Miss and cannot imagine what will or won't work for her!

Moe Man is my reader. He wants to read or watch movies about history. He does not like doing too many activities. We tried a few unit studies and he was bored, or acted with a lot of disinterest. But if I can give him a book to read, be it a novel or a history book, he will read it. He will tell me main facts, but he won't do more than that.

This has bugged me for a while now. I really want to be able to have him do extra, but I don't want to ruin the excitement that he has for what he does do. I love that he loves history, and I love watching him do things on his own when it comes to history. This for me, is enough! Currently he is working through the World History Curriculum that we love from Christian Homeschool Hub. He loves it and I love that he loves it.

Ray Ray. This child is someone completely different than his big brother. While he loves to listen to what daddy has to say, he is not interested in the same way as Moe Man. I had Ray Ray working on using the history program from Easy Peasy, and while they add some fun and hands on activities, this was not working with him. For Ray Ray I had to come up with something that would allow him to have fun, and not feel like he was doing school. I found a few things, but there was only one thing that hit home and felt like a home run! No, this is not a simple order it up, this is a work in progress, ah, the joys of homeschooling!

For Ray Ray and Little Miss, I have been reading Rush Limbaugh's Rush Revere Series. I read all four books and fell in love. The action, the adventure, the time traveling! This was the key to grabbing his attention. While there is no lesson plan to go with these books, I have started using Unit Studies from Amanda Bennett to go with the topic at hand in each book. For this year, we will travel along with Rush Revere from the Brave Pilgrims all the way up to the Star-Spangled Banner. I cannot wait to introduce the kids to the exceptional Americans we will meet along the way and the fun of the Unit Studies that Ray Ray and Little Miss are loving right now.

What are you using for history in your homeschool? Do you focus on living history books, or unit studies, or even a combo of whatever you want to use to make it fun for your child?

Please visit my fellow homeschool bloggers who are talking about Exploring Our World this week:

Note: all links will be LIVE by Monday 1/23 at noon EST.

Notebooking Our Way through History by Susan @ Homeschooling Hearts & Minds

Studying the Where and How by Michele@Family, Faith and Fridays

The History of Our Mysterious Struggle With History by Laura @ Four Little Penguins

Social Science, Science and Exploring our World – Our Path by Joelle @ Homeschooling for His Glory

Learning History Through Fiction by Kristen @ Sunrise to Sunset

History in Our Homeschool by Amanda H @ Hopkins Homeschool

Exploring Our World Through History And Science by Laura @ Day by Day in Our World

Bringing History to Life! by Yvie @ Gypsy Road

History, Living Books and the Imagination by Sarah @ Delivering Grace

Exploring our world comes in many different forms. by Kim @ Good Sweet Love

Bible, History and Geography by Lizzy @ Peaches At Home

Beyond the Books – Social Studies and Science by Shecki @ Greatly Blessed

Exploring the World with Living Books by Brittney @ Mom's Heart

High School History & Science without Textbooks by Christy @ Unexpected Homeschool

Exploring the World Starting with Canada by Annette @ A Net in Time

Visit The World Through Video by Lori H @ At Home: where life happens

Nature Study is Our Favorite Way to Do Science by HillaryM @ Walking Fruitfully

What A Wonderful World by Kym @ Homeschool Coffee Break

The Time we got Lost in the Woods by Dana Hanley @ Roscommon Acres


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Homeschool Legacy Pirates or Privateers: You Decide ~ A Homeschool Crew Review

Are you a Pirate, or are you a Privateer? Now is the time to decide! And you can have some fun learning while you are at it! Homeschool Legacy has a super fun Once-a-Week Micro Study called Pirates or Privateers: You Decide that we had the chance to check out!

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The Homeschool Legacy Once-a-Week Micro Studies are a great way to add some extra fun into the learning each week for four weeks, or to take a break from the normal and do a quick 4-day weekly study. Everything you need is right here even the extras, or where to find them.

Pirates

The first thing I found when I downloaded our Unit Study was a great introduction from Founder Sharon Gibson. In this short, one page introduction/welcome, I found all that I would need to be prepared for the upcoming four weeks. Sharon first told me about the family read aloud that she suggested for this study, Treasure Island. This is a great book to read during a study like this, and I loved having the idea there for me so I didn't have to plan for it.

Next, Sharon gives us the section to look at in your local library to find extra books to read during this study. This is great. I love having extra books on hand. The kids usually grab a book or two during our "quiet time" each day, and knowing that they have the options to read something that we are learning about is great! I may have stalked the library website and requested more than we needed for books, but that is an ok thing in this unit study.

Pirates

Sharon also gave us some ideas for family movie night that went along with this study. Yes, a fun, popcorn filled movie night with movies that are on the same topic as what we are learning about. No, not the boring movies you slept through at school when you were younger, but actual fun action packed movies that were well loved in our house!

Once I got into the actual study, I was happy with how easy it was to understand. I could simply save it in my Dropbox and open it on the iPad for my teacher portion. As much as I love a physical, hands on copy, I loved being able to click the links as we needed them and see the fun that Sharon had for us.

Each week we studied different time of the pirates or privateers. And each week we covered different subjects. Subjects like History, Language Arts, Music and Geography. Sharon had it all set up that I could just pull this open, easily see what was needed for the lesson grab those simple items. This is wonderful for a busy mom of multiple kids!

We loved learning the fun of the Pirates and Privateers. We took our time and did this every Friday for four weeks. This was a great way to have school on the busiest day of the week for us. We were able to still spend about 30 minutes, more if you and your kids get really interested in the topic of the day. This did happen, and I found my kids reading the library books often during the week. This allowed us to have a base. We loved the movie night idea and took the ideas to make that happen. We were able to see what we were learning about on the TV and the kids loved that.

We had a lot of fun with this unit study. This was one of the first that we tried a full unit study like this. We enjoyed it. We found a fun new way to add some variety into our week and keep our homeschool fun!

 



Once-a-Week Studies {Homeschool Legacy}

 

Homeschool Legacy has many other unit studies available and the other families of the crew had a chance to look at different ones. I know that two of those studies are perfect for this time of the year. One of those is the Thanksgiving with the Pilgrims Micro Study, and yes, you can still finish this by Thanksgiving! The second is Christmas Comes to America. This is a regular Unit Study and would be great to start at any point to be ready for Christmas! Head on over with me and see what everyone thought of their studies!



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Daily Geography ~ A Review

What can you learn in 15 minutes a day? Well, if you are using Evan Moore's Daily Geography, Grade 2 from Timberdoodle's 2nd Grade Curriculum Kit you can learn a lot in just 15 minutes a day!

Daily Geography

What It It

This is a simple workbook that includes 36 weekly lessons. Each of these lessons include a teacher resource page that will guide you in teaching the lesson to your children. There is an answer key that you can use to check the work after each day. The lessons also include geography vocabulary, a reproducible map, two questions to work on each day and a challenge question at the end of the week.

Daily Geography

Within the 6 units, we get to learn about The World in Spatial Terms, Places and Regions, Physical Systems, Human Systems, Environment and Society and The Uses of Geography. With these 6 units you are able to cover the National Geography Standards (whether or not you pay attention to these, you are able to cover them).

How We Used It

We used this with Ray Ray for his Geography lessons. I did not add anything extra at this point as I just wanted to introduce him to the topic. Every Monday we would get a new map to look at and new Vocabulary to learn about. After talking about the vocabulary and the map, we would start our first questions of the week. These questions were simple enough, yet they were effective at teaching the new topics.

Daily Geography Review

After introducing the map and the vocabulary to Ray Ray, I was able to let him have control of his week. He knew what needed to be done each day by looking at the simple layout of the questions. The questions were able to pull the child into looking at the maps without discouraging them by super tough questions. Even the challenge question at the end of the week was simple and fun.

What We Thought Of It

We loved this book. I am not one to worry about the standards, so I didn't pay attention to these minor details. I do know that I want Ray Ray to be able to read map, and this book helped with that. I loved how easy it was for me to teach this to Ray Ray and how simple this book was laid out. I did not like how the answers were right there on the page that was opposite of the map that Ray Ray had to use daily. While he knows not to cheat, the temptation was there, all the time. I had to fold the page in half to remove that temptation, or photocopy the map so that he didn't have to flip back and forth. I woluld have loved to see the answers on a different page, or at the back of the book.

Daily Geography

While using this book, we were able to learn a lot about geography and maps. This is something that we needed, and it worked for us! Ray Ray loved that it wasn't drawn out and overdone, and I loved that he didn't fight me the whole way. This is a book that we will continue to use for the rest of his 2nd grade year and I look forward to using the 3rd grade one next year!

Don't have a 2nd grader but still want to use this? That is fine! This Series is available for grades 1-6!

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NotebookingPages.com ~ A Schoolhouse Crew Review

Are you frustrated with your current curriculum? Are you looking for something fun that will help your kids learn at the same time? Instead of being frustrated and tied down, why not use some fun journaling, and why not make it pretty, or handsome, with the notebboking pages that are designed for them. The Notebooking Pages LIFETIME Membership at NotebookingPages.com has everything you need for just this!

Notebooking Pages LIFETIME Membership

What Is It

NotebookingPages.com is a website that has a notebooking page for almost everything, with new ones being added. The different topics are A-Z, Bible/Character, Famous People, Fine Arts, Geography, History, Holidays, Language Arts and Science/Nature. Oh, and there is even a section call Any Study. This is where you can pick and choose what you need for your homeschool if it isn't already listed in any of the other sections!

Debra, the owner of NotebookingPages.com, is a homeschool mom herself who wanted something better for her kids. When she wasn't able to find, she made it. And I am thankful that she did! This is our go to page for all things notebooking!

 

How We Used It

There is no right or wrong way to use this site, just so you know right now. You will decide how you want to use it, and that is what you will do. We have used this site for YEARS, and each time I find something new to use in a new and different way. Each one of my kids use the resources here in different ways and each one loves what they do.

Little Miss

Little Miss is busy learning her letters. I am able to hop on in and find the letter we are learning about in the A-Z section and we can use the pages to go with that letter. We love coloring the big letters and making the fun little books. We are able to draw a picture(s) of things that start with letter and practice writing words that start with that letter. She loves just having her own books to read to Baby Girl.

Ray Ray

Ray Ray is busy learning about birds and clouds this summer. We are finding out that the Charlotte Mason style homeschooing is best for him, and these notebooking pages help us to learn in a different way. I simply printed up some pages on the different birds in our area and let him find the information he wanted to learn about them. He is busy making his own bird book, and loves watching the birds with his book. We have also had fun simply staring at the clouds. The nature study section has a great collection of pages on clouds and we are able to write about what we see and find the difference in the clouds to the weather and how they both seem to change at the same time.

Moe Man

Moe Man is even busy with these pages. He has found a style he liked in the Any Study section and used this as a way to take notes for his government course. He takes one page per lesson and fills it full of what he is learning. There are some really neat little squares on some pages, and he is able to use those to draw what he has read about. This is a fun way of notetaking that you would not get from simple lined paper. I love seeing what he comes up with each day!

What We Thought

I love these pages. I love having that one site that has what I need to make a boring subject fun. That one site where I can replace the worksheets with fun sheets. I love that there are two different styles of lines with each unit and that I can pick and choose which one will work for us each day. The Lifetime Membership has been worth it to our family and we will continue to use these pages long into the future of our homeschooling days. If you have to pick one thing for your homeschool, pick this. This is essential in our homeschool and I think you will feel the same way about it in yours.

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Brookdale House ~ A Schoolhouse Crew Review

Brookdale House Review

How do you teach your kids the United States? You know, the names of the states and where you can find them? How do you make it fun and not boring? Well, we draw them…yep, Using Drawing Around the World: USA from Brookdale House.

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What It Is

This is a simple program that will help your children learn about the United States. This program, while simple is very effective in the repletion it uses. Each week you will work on one or two states all while refreshing what you have already learned in the previous weeks.

The first day of your four days of using this each week starts off with the children learning the state(s), what shape they are, and the facts about them. They will also find them on the map and start memorizing that as well.

Each of the rest of the days has your child drawing the states on the map first tracing the outline of those states next you have the chance to challenge your child and have them draw the state free hand.

Finally, on the fourth and last day of the weekly study, your child will list the states and abbreviations that they know, all the way from the beginning. This is the test each week!

Brookdale House Review

How We Used It

We had both boys using this program together. Monday would be the day they sat down and looked up the information together on the internet and the map we have hanging up. Ray Ray even pulled out our geography book to look at. They would find the information and each write it down.

The drawing was where I saw the difference in the boys. Moe Man loves to draw and really enjoyed the drawing part of it all. This is where he found himself memorizing the states. Ray Ray is my facts boy, he remembers the states by their facts!

Each week, I would quiz the boys during the week to see how much they remembered. I would see if they could remember the names and capitals of the states, as well as the abbreviations of the states. After we got that bit down, we would find them on blank maps. The maps that show you the states, but not the names. While this is not listed in the program, this is something I really like to do with them, it is a me thing!

What We Thought of It

I love Brookdale House, and all that they have to offer. When I heard they had this…I was happy! I wanted the boys, and the girls when they are older, to know our states. I know that it is hard for Moe Man to memorize, but I know that with Brookdale House, that he can. This company knows how to make memorizing facts fun.

The boys loved sitting down together and working on this. Moe Man loved to be able to find the information on his own and loved to be able to remember what he was learning. Ray Ray loved doing big kid work. And I loved watching both of them memorizing on their own terms.

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