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 {I am not sure if the book still comes with the disk, I don’t see it listed on the info page}.  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.

 

Books

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

NG Kids United States Atlas   Student Atlas

 

Goals

  • 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!

Want access to our USA Geography PowerPoint? 

It’s a one time joining fee of $15 right now, but the price is increasing to $20 very soon when the makeover is launched.  I have been BUSY behind the scenes updating the Members Only PowerPoint site, so now is the time to join why the price is still $15!  Already a member? Stay tuned the makeover will be launching soon!

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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!

Homeschool Buyers CoOp



Try-It Sheet and Basic Writing Checklist for Young Writers

Try It Spelling Printable and Basic Writing Checklist for Young Writers

I have been busy creating many writing tools for my daughter, and sharing them with you!  I have been using a Try-It sheet with all three of my kids since they began writing, and used them back when I taught Kindergarten.  I have never shared a printable on my blog until now! 

How we use the Try-It Sheet

A young writer is often discouraged when words or sounds come up that s/he doesn’t know how to spell.  Instead of spelling words for my daughter I encourage her to try the word first, writing any sounds she hears in the word.  She then brings the paper to me and I show her the correct spelling.  If time permits we discuss the sounds she got right, and learn from her mistakes.  Sometimes it’s a quick pass back of the paper so writing can flow freely. 

Below you can see a peek at her recent Try-It Sheet…

Try-It Spelling Printable

 

Below you can see my daughter in action as she uses her Try-It Sheet.  She is using our writing paper and also something new we will be sharing very soon!  Here’s a peek from our Instagram!

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There’s also a basic early writing checklist in 2 formats.  One with a space for checking off when editing a paper, and one without check boxes to display on a wall or in a writing notebook.

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Download your free Try-It Sheet and Basic Checklist here!

Young Writer Printables

 

Be sure to grab our free Choose Your Own Writing Paper Printable Pack and Choose Your Own Alphabet Chart too!

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Choose Your Own Alphabet Chart Printable

Choose Your Own Alphabet Chart Printables

Having a simple alphabet chart available for young writers can greatly assist with proper letter formation.  Hang a chart on the wall, keep a laminated copy on the table, or slip one in the front of the writing notebook if you use one.

Homeschoolers and classroom teachers use a variety of handwriting methods so I am offering a few different options!

There’s a regular manuscript font, a cursive font and a D’Nealian font. One blank, one with lines, and one with stroke help {numbers}.

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There’s also a box handwriting chart and an additional print font we like.

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Each page shown above is also included with a dotted font for tracing.

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Stay tuned, I have more fun and free printables that are all connected to our writing paper printables and alphabet chart printables!

Download your Choose Your Own Alphabet Charts here!

Choose Your Own Alphabet Chart

Be sure to grab our free Choose Your Own Writing Paper Printable Pack too!

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Choose Your Own Writing Paper Printable Pack

Choose Your Own Writing Paper Printable Pack

Want a variety of choices for writing paper for your young kids?  All in ONE place?

I have put together a set of many different options that hopefully will help many of you.

You can browse through the pack and see the options and then choose the one that suits your child best to use!  When your child’s needs change, come back and choose a different paper.  Print only what you need so there’s no waste!

Here’s a peek at the options included.  The top set is all thicker lines with the center dotted line, which is typical for younger writers.

Writing Paper Printable

 

Below you can see some I made with a handwriting guide at the bottom of the page {print, cursive and D’Nealian options included}.  This really helps my daughter so I thought maybe it might help some of you also!

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Below are the options with a drawing box…

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The set below has thinner lines with no dotted lines, which we move to after a child doesn’t need the dotted midline as a guide for handwriting.

Writing Paper Printable

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Finally, there’s a horizontal version of both the thicker dotted and thinner lines…

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There are quite a few options, but if there’s something specific that you need that isn’t in here feel free to leave a comment with a request.  I can’t guarantee but it is highly possible that I could add some to this pack!

Stay tuned, tomorrow I will be sharing another printable pack that will go along with this writing pack!

Download your Choose Your Own Writing Paper Pack here!

Choose your Own Writing Paper