We have started a US geography/50 States unit, and I wanted to share a couple of ideas/resources with you. First of all, as an introduction this past week I found this video.
NDEW absolutely loves it! He walks around singing the parts of it that he’s learned, and watches it frequently. Before too long, he’ll know all the state capitals if he keeps watching it! We discovered that this song is part of an album called Brain Beats that has some great other songs on it too. It’s available on iTunes and we’ve downloaded several songs from it. Such fun music and, for a kid like NDEW who’s most definitely an auditory learner, a great way for him to learn some new information across several subjects!
As a part of this unit we have also asked people to send NDEW postcards from where they live. We have friends who live all over the country and we put the appeal out on Facebook asking people to send the postcards. We already have several state represented. The fun thing is that NDEW doesn’t know this is happening, so it’s going to be a total surprise when all these postcards start showing up in the mail! We’re going to have him chart where the cards come from on a US map and then include them in a couple of other project he’s working on. If anyone reading this wants to participate, just let me know!
This week includes Valentine’s Day, so we decided to put our normal plan aside for the day and do something a little different. We’ll still be hitting our normal subjects for the day (math, science, history, geography, writing), but all the activities will have a Valentine’s Theme.
- Charting activity with several boxes of conversation heart candies.
- Answering math review questions as a way to “earn” a few little Valentines surprises.
- Reading the history of Valentine’s Day and the symbols we associate with it.
- Color on a world map the countries that celebrate Valentine’s Day
- Writing a Valentine’s Day poem
- Do a “dancing hearts” science experiment: Instructions found here: http://inspirationlaboratories.com/valentine-candy-science-dancing-hearts/
- Science Valentines: Inspired by a couple of examples I found online, I decided to make up some Famous Scientists Valentines for NDEW. Hubby and I had way too much fun thinking these up! NDEW’s assignment will be to figure out why the wording on each valentine fits with the scientist, hopefully learning a little about their work in the process! If you want to see the valentines, you can download them here: Science valentines Before any of my science friends make a comment about the difference between monkeys and chimps on the Jane Goodall card, I know, I know…I couldn’t make chimp work on the card and I’ll make sure NDEW knows there is a difference! 🙂
ONE QUICK STORY
As I’ve mentioned before, hubby is the primary educator for NDEW. NDEW started a homeschoolers PE class at Appalachian State University this week and he’s really enjoying it. On Thursday evening, I asked hubby about class. After sharing about what NDEW’s group was doing during class, he said “So it was just me and the moms watching.” He said he’s the only guy there among the parents. He said that the first question the moms asked him was “So, do you and your wife switch off teaching your son?” When hubby said that he did all the teaching, they had lots and lots of questions for him about that worked. LOL He said “I’m not sure they quite knew what to do with me. They kept saying, ‘So you really do all the teaching?’” Glad my hubby is very secure in who he is!