Make-A-State: A Hands-On History Review
|Since we only had time for one state, of course we picked our home state of Oklahoma!|
Below is a list of all the sections of information that you include in a complete state Lap Book.
- Key State Facts
- Origin of State Name
- State Motto
- State Symbols
- State Song
- State Industry/Agriculture/Climate
- State Wildlife
- State Geography
- State Government
- State Seal & Flag
- State History
- Famous People From...
- Native Tribes
- State Landmarks
- Sports Teams
- State Quarter
- State Vocabulary
- State Timeline
These 20 activities incorporate things like coloring, creative writing, vocabulary, handwriting, and mapping in addition to the strong history study component.
As a Bonus, Make-A-State includes the "Name That State" File Folder Game that is designed to help you learn the states and their capitals, as well as match information to each state. Especially with this unifying game, the life of this curriculum could be very long. Studying one state a week using only this program provides at least a year solid of material. Depending on what other outside information you draw from and other curriculum you include, this could turn into a long-range study across a couple of years or more.
From our time spent with this product, I felt it was high quality and a great hands-on component to history study. With younger students, like my 6 year old, there is more prep work for me as the teacher (printing, cutting out, directing, etc.), but the older the student the more independent they can work. So, the age of your student(s) will likely dictate how much of your time is spent in lesson planning and that can be a deal breaker some years. Still, I see it as an affordable and lasting curriculum that likely won't grow outdated over the life of your homeschooling years.
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