It’s a new month so a new topic in our homeschooling adventures. In the local public schools, everyone studies Pennsylvania history in fourth grade. Mr. Curiosity got a chance to learn some Pennsylvania history when we were part of a homeschooling co-op. I thought Miss Adventure should have the pleasure as well. Of course, I’m not going to use the textbook they use in the public schools. I’m going to find a bunch of books in the library.
Mr. Curiosity decided he wanted to do a more general study of the original 13 colonies (which goes along with our American History Club topic we’re currently reading about). So, I pulled out a couple of books that provide some state history, starting with Our 50 States: A Family Adventure Across America by Lynne Cheney and illustrated by Robin Preiss Glasser. The premise behind the book is a year-long road trip to visit all 50 states. One each two-page spread for each state, you see a small map with key cities marked, important people from that state, and little informative bits about the state. Many of the little captions are written like a postcard sent home, to keep with the road trip feel. It’s definitely a book you would just flip to a page and peruse all the illustrations and information.
I also found Greetings From The 50 States: How They Got Their Names by Sheila Keenan. Again each state gets a two-page spread. This time, one page is an illustration of the state, and the facing page is some state history associated with the state’s name and nickname.
Finally, we dragged out National Geographic United States Atlas for Young Explorers, Third Edition. Mr. Curiosity inherited my fascination with maps, so he received this as a Christmas present several years ago. The book breaks the U.S. down into regions. For each region, the book provides some highlights, and then a fairly detailed map of each state, including important statistics about the state.
Each of these three books provides some superficial information about our states, but each focuses on a different aspect of the state.
I also thought I’d add a new component to our weekly wrap-up: the kids’ favorite books of the week. Mr. Curiosity has recently discovered Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events series (starting with The Bad Beginning: Or, Orphans!) They are a quick read, but there are so many the series will keep him occupied for a few weeks at least. Miss Adventure’s favorite book from the library this week was Operation Bunny: Book One. She liked the combination of fairies and bunnies in a story. Again, a quick read, but fun, and the start of a series that she can continue.
And those are some of the books and activities we used this week. Linking up with Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers.