LIFEPAC ~ History/Geography Review

I have been going to homeschool conventions for many years now, and have been homeschooling since my 16 year old was in PreK. This past spring I spent some time at a booth I had mostly ignored all of these years and really dove into looking at Alpha Omega’s LIFEPAC curriculum. This was sparked by a need to switch a few things up, especially for one of my kids. I spent hours at the booth browsing and asking questions. In the end I have decided to give LIFEPAC a try for a few subjects!

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In addition to being personally interested, I was contacted by Alpha Omega to ask if I would be interested in reviewing a subject from LIFEPAC – one branch of their homeschool curriculum options. This worked out very well, as you can imagine, and I said yes! They sent me History/Geography for my 4th grader and 7th grader!

My daughter is going into 4th and my son is going into 7th. I wanted to be sure we liked the format of LIFEPAC before I bought the other subjects I am interested in, so we completed the first unit to give us a feel for it.

What is LIFEPAC?

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LIFEPAC is a Christian homeschool curriculum for grades K-12. Designed by a team of accomplished educators with years of classroom experience, LIFEPAC is based on the principle of mastery learning. Students master content in each unit worktext before progressing to the next. Ten LIFEPAC worktexts provide one full year of learning content per grade level; individual worktexts can also be used as supplemental material. In addition, you can mix and match subjects or grade level worktexts to personalize your student’s curriculum content. Individual worktexts take approximately 3 to 4 weeks to complete.

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What SHE Thought…

I must be honest, when I first showed it to my daughter {rising 4th grader}, she took one look and frowned. Not a fan. I encouraged her to give it a chance and no joke – by the end of the first lesson, she loved it. I did it with her, although eventually it may become a subject she can do on her own.

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After our first lesson I asked her why she decided she did actually like it. She told me that when she first saw all of the words and blanks she thought it would be boring but once we started reading she actually enjoyed learning what we read about. I think she liked that we did it together too, which is fine with me. I want to make it fun for her instead of just another workbook. The workbook gives me a clear guide to spring from!

Want a peek inside of the workbook she is using? You can download great samples here on the AOP website. Just scroll down and you’ll see the links to samples.

What HE Thought…

It was my rising 7th grader that inspired my initial investigation into LIFEPAC. There are a few reasons for this, all centered around his gymnastics. He trains 6 days a week, many hours per day. Homeschooling has allowed him to pursue his dream but I know that the hours we actually spend doing school are only going to increase as he gets older. I wanted a curriculum that would be easy for him to take to the gym with him – the magazine format of LIFEPAC intrigued me. I didn’t want him having to carry several big textbooks just to get one simple assignment done during his break.

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He doesn’t really care what publisher I choose, he just wants to get his schoolwork done and get to gymnastics. As we worked through the first unit of LIFEPAC History/Geography he didn’t love or hate it. He did like the smaller book and said that will be much easier when he needs to take it to the gym {or anywhere}.

Want a peek inside of the workbook he is using? You can download great samples here on the AOP website. Just scroll down and you’ll see the links to samples.

What MOM Thinks…

I love…

  • small books
  • simple planning
  • text and worksheets all in one
  • two subjects combined in one {history and geography}
  • Christian worldview

I love that the year is divided into 10 smaller books, this just works with my brain. I adore this concept. I made a planning sheet and was able to duplicate it for each kid since the layout is the same! I am all for simple planning. I love that we don’t have a separate textbook and workbook – the idea of them being all in one is genius. The only downside of this is not being able to reuse it, but at this point I see the value in keeping it all together like this and just making the investment.

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In the beginning of our homeschool journey I thought I would reuse curriculum with each younger child but now I see how different my kids are. The Apologia science is a great example. We loved it for my oldest but know it is not a good fit for the next kid. So it isn’t getting reused anyway! At this point in our homeschooling, simple is KEY. The worktext format is perfect for us!

The fact that this particular subject covers history and geography from a Christian worldview is a great fit for us. I love that these two subjects are woven together and look forward to diving in deeper with my kids.

If you have any questions about our experience with LIFEPAC, please leave a comment and I will do my best to answer! If you’d like to purchase LIFEPAC for your homeschool you can do that here!

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U.S.A. State By State

USA State by State

We have a brand new product thanks to my son! I wanted something to help him review the United States but without coloring, and all of the fluffy stuff like birds, flowers, etc. Honestly I am not really concerned if he knows a state’s bird or flower. I want him to know the location, capital, abbreviation and how to spell the state’s name. I also wanted him to practice reading and writing cursive in a simple format so I added that in also!

And…USA State by State was created!

Each state has 1 page and he will write the state’s name, color in the state’s location and look up the capital and record it. He uses one of our United States Geography to look up the capital and abbreviation if he can’t remember it.

USA State by State Printables

In addition to the pages for each state, there’s also a sheet at the front to record each state in alphabetical order. The map gets filled in as he works through the states one by one.

USA State by State Printables

Another fun page I included is a sheet to record states you’ve been to! This one is really popular with my kids already and has brought up much conversation!

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I used our binding machine to bind the pages together to create a book that’s easy to work through. Not sure how I made it so long as a homeschooler without my binding machine!

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After every 10 states, I added in our States and Capitals review pages also. You can download those for free here!

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Take a peek inside here where I shared a Facebook Live video! You can also see what I am using for my daughter this year!

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Grab your copy of USA State by State here in my Teacher’s Notebook Shop!

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More USA Fun!

USA Map FB Hands on USA States and Capitals FunUSA States and Capitals Worksheets USA PowerPoint



USA Geography Plan for 3rd Grade

I wasn’t completely sure what I was going to do for geography with Ladybug for her upcoming 3rd grade homeschool year. Recently I decided to focus on United States Geography! She was exposed to this at younger ages and still remembers much of it but I never expected mastery from her. This year we will aim for more mastery of the states, locations, capitals and abbreviations.

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I am thrilled to have an all new resource: Ultimate U.S. Geography Learning Games and Resources to add to our USA Geography collection this year!

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I have chosen to use several of the resources in this set, but not all since we have some of our own. I absolutely love the State Capital Clip cards and the UNO game!

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I am also planning to use some of the other worksheets included in the set.

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I  plan to integrate out other USA Geography resources into our homeschool plan too. We will use our Peel, Play & Learn map, our USA Geography PowerPoint, games, States & Capitals Worksheets and other fun resources.

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Evan-Moor Geography Books Review

Evan-Moor Geography Review

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As you may have seen in our 2nd and 5th grade curriculum choices posts, we are giving Evan-Moor Geography books a try! We had great results using Evan-Moor Science books last year and I decided to simplify geography this year.

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When I bought the Beginning Geography book I wasn’t completely certain about my choice, but as I began planning I was excited about my choice. Now that we are 3 weeks in, I am confident this was a good choice for her this year! It is low-prep {mostly no-prep}, simple, engaging and educational.  We did a much more high-prep geography last year with our study of the United States and other countries so I wanted to change things up this year. This workbook is a perfect fit!

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Once I realized I loved her book I began looking at what Evan-Moor had for 5th grade and stumbled upon the book we are using. Educents sent me the 5th grade book for review and it too has proven to be a great fit! My video below explains more about why I love this book for my 5th grader. It also is low-prep, simple and educational.  I won’t say he is quite as enthusiastic about his book but most 5th grade books aren’t nearly as exciting as 2nd grade workbooks!

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Sometimes it is easier for me to show you, so I made a video sharing our yearly planning guide and a peek inside of each book.

 

As I mention in the video, I created year-at-a-glance plans for each of these books.  I like to see what the year will look like and keep a master record of where we are at. I build my weekly lesson plans {I only plan one week at a time} off of these master plans.  You are welcome to download my plans if you are using these same books! Just click on each graphic to download the PDF files.

Evan-Moor Beginning Geography Plan     Evan-Moor Daily Geography 5 Plan

 

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You can buy Evan-Moor 5th Grade Geography here on Educents.

You can buy Evan-Moor Beginning Geography here on Educents.

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Hands on USA Geography

Hands on USA States and Capitals Fun

Learning U.S.A. Geography doesn’t have to be boring. We have a few favorite resources for hands on U.S.A. states and capitals fun that I want to share with you today. If you are looking to add a few resources to your homeschool supply stash, these would be the three I recommend.

Our very favorite is Sequence States and Capitals. They ask to play this outside of school time, which is wonderful.  I love when they really enjoy a game that provides excellent natural review. I highly recommend this game!

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We also really like Scrambled States. This isn’t one they choose outside of school time, but when we play, they enjoy it. There’s an easy and a harder way to play.

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We also have a new favorite, you can see the full review here, with a video! Educents sent us this awesome USA Map Wall Play Set and we look forward to using this for fun review all year long! There’s also a mini set here if you don’t have space for the big set!

Already this has been a fabulous resource, and I am so thankful to have it!  It will provide loads of hands-on review!

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Learning states and capitals can be so much fun!  Here’s some links for you sharing all of our posts featuring United States Geography in case you want more ideas!

USA States and Capitals Worksheets USA PowerPoint Graphic United States Geography Homeschool Plan for Elementary USA Homeschool Geography with Elementary Students

 

See our USA Pinterest board here!