USA Geography PowerPoint is FINISHED!

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I have been working on the USA Geography PowerPoint for a long time now.  I am very pleased to say, it is finished!  When I began, I didn’t realize how much work it would entail to get the whole show completed, but months later-I am finally done.  Thanks to a retreat I went away on, and having to sit outside of Ladybug’s room while she napped-I found the time to finish it!

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The show is located in the Members Only PowerPoint section of my website.  If you are already a member-you can now access all of the states, if you are not a member yet, you can join here!

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You can read my first post introducing the USA Geography PowerPoint here, you can see all of my geography posts here.

If you want to see the USA show in action, you can watch this brief video here showing it in action with my boys.  Please forgive the shaky camera action, it is really hard to tape myself while working with them ;-), I need another person to follow me around!

I hope this resource will be a simple way for us to help our children master basic US Geography-capitals, abbreviations, and location of all states!  I am relearning a lot too!



Pac Man Loves…USA Geography

Yup, he actually does! I knew very little geography going into homeschooling {either I wasn’t taught well or I forgot most of it}. I now know lots and am enjoying learning {or relearning} right alongside of Pac!

I do a lot of our own stuff even though Pac is enrolled in a cyber charter school. One area I have always sorta done my own thing is geography. We do what the school has for us but we do a lot more too!

We just completed our first round of identifying 1 state per day and coloring it in. We do this each morning during our calendar time. Krash participates also and has learned to locate Minnesota, Texas and Maine ;-). Although my favorite was when he located Megazona. My main focus in doing this each morning is to give Pac Man a better grasp on quickly locating and naming all of the states.

We use these printable maps. We staple the blank outlined on on top for the boys to color 1 state per day, and we put the labeled map underneath to check. I also used a set of USA flashcards. The boys took turns each day-one would draw a card and name the state and then other would find and color the state. Obviously we greatly modified for Krash ;-).

This time around I am going in ABC order and using the new PowerPoint show I am working on {it is located in the Members Only section}. I am not done with the entire show {all of the states}, but am linking up in the MO section as I get chunks of it complete! So far I have released “A States” and C & D States.” We started this week and it was a big hit!!!

I am setting up the laptop right in front of our calendar board for our morning group time, with the show ready to go. Here is the detailed order that we are going in {since I know some of you thrive on details}…

  • I begin the PowerPoint at the beginning, which takes us through identifying the capital city, the postal abbreviation, and then the location. This is what that slide looks like at the end {each sentence and then the graphic answer comes up in order so the child can think first before checking the answer}.USA.Alabama (2)
  • When this slide pops up {shown below}, I ask the boys {or one of them} to come up and show me where he thinks the state is. He can then self-correct by pushing the arrow to make the slide animate the state emphasizes with a circle-draw and then the name and abbreviation pops up. They LOVE this and actually hit back to have it animate over and over!IMG_3141
  • Each day we are adding a new state, going in ABC order. I still start the show at the beginning each day though, so we have a building review of the concepts. I obviously don’t expect Krash to pick up on USA geography at 4, but I can imagine he will naturally soak a TON of information in!!!IMG_3114
  • After the slideshow, one boy {they take turns} colors in the state for the day, which is an additional review.IMG_3118
  • On top of our US geography, we have added in Africa this round!!! I am using our country cards and Africa board from Where in the World. Krash chooses a country card, IMG_3232I whisper the name in his ear, he tells Pac Man the name of the country. Pac Man then does his best to remember where it is by looking at the Where in the World board {we have studied Africa in depth in the past so this is a great review for him}. Then Krash tells him the correct {the countries are numbered on the board}. IMG_3234
  • After using the board, the boys then find it on our HUGE foam world map {THIS is our exact map but the price on Amazon is outrageous. We paid $19.99 for it years ago at Lowes-yes the hardware store!}, which now sits in the middle of our schoolroom. I absolutely did not stage this shot, and love it! They were pointing out Gambia in this photo!!!IMG_3123

The total time for all of this is about 10 minutes. It seems like a lot, but it really goes by fast and the boys both enjoy it. As we get into the states, it will obviously take longer as we review each day. We may not continue to review all of the states each day, we’ll see!

Last week the boys had a blast putting our big puzzle together, and then using it as a wrestling mat. Boys will be boys, and I LOVE them.IMG_2827

Wrestling…Geography…it’s all connected, right?



10 Days in the USA…


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Way back when we had our 1000 Subscribers Celebration, I was sent 2 awesome games from Out of the Box . The first one, Backseat Drawing-I reviewed here {we still love it}. The next one, 10 Days in the USA-I saved until now as Pac Man is a bit older and it is more of an advanced game.

You can read the rules of this unique game here, and some modifications for younger kids here. This is a game that I will need to play with Pac Man for quite awhile, and we have yet to get Dad involved but I am sure he will whoop us all.

This game takes tons of focus and strategic thinking, even my brain was tired {in a good way}. It is recommended for ages 10 and up, Pac Man is almost 8. We just played it in a modified way and worked togetherer and it was awesome. I could really see his brain working as he explored the different ways to create a travel plan that would work for him.

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It is an awesome game, the board alone is wonderful as a teaching tool itself even without the game! You could easily just use the board and cards to find the states! In our version of play this day, Pac man won the game!

Here’s the view of how Pac Man won {and yes, the cat helped a ton}…

Start in Texas, walk to LA {since it borders TX}, fly to GA {since they’re both blue}, drive to MO{since they share a bordering state}, walk to IA, drive to ND, walk to MT.

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They also have different versions of this game, {Europe, Asia, Africa}, and so many other great learning games on their site, we love Apples to Apples also!

 

 

 



Where in the World?

We have had the game, Where in the World for awhile now, we were blessed enough to find it at a used curriculum sale last spring. It has been sitting on our geography shelf since then and finally came down today!! I now have geography built into our schedule 2 days per week and plan to play games (like USA Sequence last week) and do puzzles most of the time at this stage. This game was perfect and will grow with us SO well! I would pay full price for it if I hadn’t found it at the sale–now that I have played it!

We began with just a simple find the country game, starting with North America. It was hard for both of us since it included many small islands!!!
After North America, we moved onto Africa which was a great review for both of us since we completed our Africa (Rwanda specifically) lapbook last year, and worked a lot on African countries then.What fun things do you do with your younger (K-2) kids for geography? In my opinion our geography shelf will never be full of enough games and learning tools. I have a horrible knowledge of geography myself and don’t want the same for my kids. I hope that I can re-learn right along with them on our homeschooling journey!



Sequence ~ States & Capitals

Pac-Man got this awesome game…SEQUENCE States & Capitals, for Christmas from yours truly. I wasn’t sure he would *get it* but he knew the general concept of Sequence, so I figured even if he didn’t get it right away, he could grow into it. Well, there was no growing needed. We played today and he GOT IT! We have never really talked much about capitals, but have done a USA lapbook, so he is familiar with the states. He was able to read most of the capitals on his own and then read the states. We had a great time playing a game he loves and learning states and capitals together (I had forgotten many of them!). I look forward to this being an extremely valuable tool when it comes time for him to really know his states and capitals and highly recommend this game!

Oh and yes, he beat me. We also have Sequence for Kids(which he learned on), and regular Sequence(which we adults love to play). I had no idea they even made the USA version, so when I saw it I was super excited!