USA Geography Homeschool Plan ~ Elementary

United States Geography Homeschool Plan for Elementary

I didn’t focus on USA geography for the past couple of years, but we did intensely when PacMan was younger.  It’s time to bring it back as Ladybug goes into 1st grade and Krash into 4th.  It’s a great time to combine them together and I developed a plan that I think they both will enjoy!

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I combined a few different resources together to create my plan and I will share those with you in this post, there’s a video below too!  Here’s the short list of what we are using…

USA PowerPoint  StatePack


I liked the printable pages from USA State by State and we already owned StickerUSA which came with a disk of downloads {this no longer comes with the book so you’d have to order extra stickers or make copies}.  On the disk was a printable set of state birds and state flowers, so we are using those.  We are also using the flashcards from the StickerUSA book. Rounding out our plan will be my USA Geography PowerPoint Show, which has been redone recently.

Here’s a video I made sharing all of our resources with you and how we plan to use them.



These are the books we will be using to reference during our learning time together.

NG Kids United States Atlas   Student Atlas



  • Locate state on a map
  • Know the capital
  • Know the abbreviation
  • Be familiar with – bird, flower, resources, special facts

Weekly Plan

My goal is to learn 2 new states per week, but I say that loosely!  I know we probably won’t do more than that, but we may only get to 1 per week.  I will do this with Krash and Ladybug at the same time.  We will go through the PowerPoint together, read from the books I chose, and fill out the notebooking page together!

Games & More

We have a few other great USA resources and will fit them is as time allows!

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Home Art Studio ~ Impressionistic Painting

We have been using Home Art Studio for a long time now.  You can see all of the projects I have blogged about here! Home Art Studio sent us curriculum to review years ago and has been a blog sponsor ever since.  We love working with them and sharing Home Art Studio with you!

Did you know Home Art Studio is on Homeschool Buyers Co-op right now? 

Get a great deal on the DVDs here!

Home Art Studio on Homeschool Buyres Co-op

I truly love the program, I just have a very difficult time fitting art into our daily routine. This past year has been especially hard with all of our life changes.

Recently I got our DVDs back out and let Ladybug choose a project from the 1st grade DVD.  She chose Impressionistic Painting.

First, we watched the DVD lesson together, which she loved.

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She drew about 5 scenes in pencil before choosing the one she liked and wanted to paint.  I stayed out of it completely and let her interpret the lesson as she wanted.

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She LOVED the end result and honestly the entire process was a joy with her.  I stressed myself out in the past by doing a project with all three of my kids at once.  This was so much more fun.  It seems my personality is better doing art one kid at a time!

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Home Art Studio Information

Home Art Studio is an award winning DVD/ROM based art education program, taught by Lindsey Volin,  designed for homeschooling families. Every fun art project teaches students experience, but who want to ensure that their children receive a well-rounded arts education.

Here are some helpful direct links:

Be sure to check out Home Art Studio on Homeschool Buyers Co-op!

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3rd Grade Homeschool Curriculum Choices Year-End Review

3rd Grade Homeschool Curriculum Choices Year-End Review

The homeschool curriculum choices blog posts are great, but what I really want to know is what families thought AFTER they used the curriculum they chose!  I will be sharing a series of posts with you; evaluating our choices in each grade level and our group subjects.

Next, 3rd grade!  Here’s a reminder of the original 3rd Grade Curriculum Choices post.

3rd grade is the year when school gets a little more intense, and it was also the year K’s gymnastics training schedule got more intense.  Thankfully we were able to find a new groove after we moved and he did most of his individual schoolwork on 2 days each week!  He did some subjects every day {math was an everyday subject} but the intense individual schooling happened on Tuesday and Thursday when he was home most of the day from the gym.

Below I will give a small review of each subject, if you have more specific questions about anything, just leave me a comment and I will do my best to answer!

Spelling ~ All About Spelling

This curriculum works well for him.  We finished level 2 {left over from the previous year} and 3 this year. One big change we made this year was doing his lessons with the board on the table like this, instead of upright.  For some reason, this really helped him and he was much easier to work with after this change.  We will be continuing on with All About Spelling Level 4 next year.

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Grammar ~ Growing with Grammar 2 and First Language Lessons 1

Both were great fits for him, I am really pleased with the choices I made.  We will be continuing on with both programs for 4th grade.  I chose to use FLL level 1 with him because he has some auditory processing delays and I wanted a solid oral program.  I was really slack with grammar in the early grades with him, so I needed to back up a bit.

He completed Growing with Grammar level 2 which was a good level for him. This is more of a workbook format, which he greatly prefers.  I loved both.

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Vocabulary ~ Vocabulary Connections C

The animals made it bearable.  This wasn’t his favorite subject, but he didn’t dislike it as much as his brother did. He worked with Daddy on this one after we moved, and it was a good fit for him.  He needs some extra work with comprehension and thinking skills, which this provides along with vocabulary development.  I haven’t decided if I will order the next level for him yet, I am researching other options right now {looking at Wordly Wise 3000 Online, & Spectrum Vocabulary 4 so far}.

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Writing ~ Write Shop D

Again, I was a slacker with writing.  We did 4 lessons, and he enjoyed all but the actual writing part – ha ha!  I like the curriculum and we plan to complete it this coming school year.

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Science ~ Apologia Exploring Creation with Botany

My best friend taught him with her son for the first half of the year before we moved.  He loved it! I have no interest in teaching science at all and although I love Apologia, the elementary series looks overwhelming to me.  Thankfully my friend loved teaching it to our boys!

Once we moved, I wanted him to continue with basic science reading, so we got out Pac’s old 3rd grade science book and Daddy read to him a few times per week.  This worked well.

Math ~ Teaching Textbooks 4 & Life of Fred

Both of these were great fits for Krash.  Teaching Textbooks was a great fit BUT we realized mid-year that he really benefited from Daddy teaching him the lesson from the manual prior to going to the computer.  So, that’s what we do.  He needs the interaction prior to the computer teaching.

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Life of Fred was a nice solid oral review, which he needs.  He completed books A-D with us reading to him. We will continue if we decide to purchase more, it’s a cost issue.


At the beginning of the year I had him read aloud to me daily to practice fluency.  We used PacMan’s old Calvert readers from 3rd grade.  He also read chapter books on his own, and I let him choose them.

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We enjoyed reading Smiling Hill Farm together.

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Want to see more of 3rd grade in action? Browse through our wrap-up posts, they are listed in order here and there’s a section for each of my kids in each post.


Stay tuned, I will be sharing our year-end review for Kindergarten and our All Together subjects.  I will also be sharing our curriculum choices for 8th grade, 4th grade, 1st grade and All Together subjects.

We already shared our 7th Grade Year-End Review here.

7th Grade Homeschool Curriculum Choices Year-End Review

Playful Learning with Spielgaben June 2015

Playful Learning with Spielgaben is our monthly post sharing Spielgaben in action!  If you missed the introduction to this series, you can see it here and also see links to our past posts. We were given the Spielgaben set to review and are honored to have them as a blog sponsor.  I will be sharing once a month a detailed post featuring Spielgaben.  You can also see my Learning with Ladybug posts to see what my daughter has done with this learning set!

Math with Spielgaben

Lessons We Enjoyed

This month we reviewed number combinations.  Below you can see screenshots from the pdf file we used from the Math Guide, Play 8.

  Spielgaben Math Guide Play 8


This was such a great lesson for Ladybug.  She knows basic addition and has memorized many facts.  Breaking numbers apart in a hands on way is so important for deeper understanding.  The Spielgaben math guide give me so many ideas to use with her.

First, she sorted the sticks I had pre-selected for her from our set.  We compared them and put them in order.

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Then, she made a set of blocks with 1-6 on them {tape and a Sharpie}. We used those blocks to make number combinations up to 6.

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We then added more blocks, up to 10 and continued the process.

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It was just challenging enough for her, the sweet spot of developmentally appropriate.  She wasn’t frustrated, but it wasn’t too easy either.

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I took a small video for you to show us in action.

Free Play

Free play happens quite a bit, I just don’t always get photos!  Here’s a few I captured of her creating more block puzzles!  She got out her old puzzles and asked to make more!  These are so fun and simple to make, she loves them.

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Tot School Gathering Place ~ Week 129

Welcome to Tot School™ Gathering Place! Gather together here, gather ideas from other blogs, share your own ideas on your own blog. Browse around at the other posts linked up, leave a few comments if you have time, and be sure to check back to see if your blog was featured!

Each week we will feature photo{s} and ideas from blogs who link up. Remember, provide a link back to Tot School Gathering Place within your post that you link up, so you can be considered for the feature!


Summer is in full swing around here! Swimming, playing, hiking, FUN! How is summer with your Tot going? Don’t forget to post all the fun in the sun that you are having and share your ideas with us at the Gathering Place!

Is your Tot interested in science? Check out the activities that Grandmama Deb from Living Montessori Now put together for her GrandTot Zoey to explore the life-cycle of frogs. It just may interest your Tot!

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Do you need an outside activity to keep the kids busy during these hot summer days? Take a look at the idea Mama Stephanie from Casa Watkins put together to help her Tot enjoy the outside weather!Casa Watkins 2

Are you looking for some ideas to entertain your Tot while you accomplish other tasks either around the house or with your older children? Head on over to Make This the Day to see several ideas that Mama Andrea put together to keep her two-year old son engaged. Some may work for you and your Tot!

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Were you featured? You are welcome to a button but you certainly don’t have to use it! Totally optional! Tot School Feature

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Special note to bloggers who link up with us…

Have you noticed that the same people are being featured week after week?  If you are not being featured it is most likely because you don’t link back to Tot School Gathering Place in your post.  Only 3 blogs linked back to us last week.  I would love to feature more of you and kindly ask that you link back to us, it’s simple blogger kindness. Please don’t link up with us if you have no plans of linking back to us. I hate to be a linky-meanie but I’ve been running the Tot School linky for over 7 years, and it has never been this bad {regarding bloggers linking back as a courtesy to the host}. If you need any help with linking back, read here.

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