Geography

        We LOVE geography.  We're learning world geography and United State geography all the time.  U. S. Geography is covered state by state as they tell me they want to learn about them.  We also cover a bit as we travel around visiting relatives and going on vacation.  They've played license plate games and we watch lots of movies.  We've participated in an on-line 50 state post card swap sending and receiving  5 postcards each month until we had all 50 states.  We've learned a lot about each area that way.  World geography is taught almost constantly.  They're always asking where various animals are found and see world maps at all our local zoos.  They hear about or see places on TV (like when we watched the Olympics) and they ask where that is located.  We've learned the names and location of many places from the Magic Tree House books and the settings of those.  We have two large maps on the walls; one of the United States and one of the world.  We refer to these often.  We have several United States and World State puzzles that the boys enjoy putting together too.

Books we use:
  • The United States of America; A State- By- State Guide
  • Celebrate the USA
  • Arts and Crafts Across the USA
  • United State History Atlas
  • The United States Cookbook 
Some of the movies we've seen:
  • Hawaii with Kids
  • Hidden Hawaii
  • Alaska
  • Wild Alaska
  • Florida
  • Australia
  • The Travel with Kids series
  • Magic School Bus
  • Families of the World series
  • The Little Travelers series
  • Dolphin Tale and Dolphin Tale 2 (we talk about where many films are filmed)
  • First Kid (takes place in Washington DC)
  • Joey (about a baby kangaroo & filmed in Australia)
  • Agent Cody Banks 2: Destination London
Nashville Tennessee Trip
Some books we've read:
  • A Walk in London
  • Too Many Tamales
  • I, Crocodile
  • Everglades
  • L is for Last Frontier
  • S is for Sunshine
  • N is for Nutmeg
  • Yankee Doodle Numbers
  • The Jewel Fish of Karnak
  • A is for Aloha
  • Over in Australia
  • Over in the Artic
  • Stories from the Billabong
  • Russia ABC's
  • The Magic Nesting Doll
  • Look what came from Russia
  • The Road to Mumbai
  • Around the world in 80 Days (we mapped Phileas Fogg's trip around the world)
  • This is London
  • Wonderful Animals of Australia
  • Kangaroo Island
  • Deep in the Sahara
  • Flat Stanley series
  • The Wolf Girls
  • Japan in colors
  • A Carp for Kimiko
  • How my Parents learned to eat
  • Scrambled States of America
  • S is for Sunshine
  • Celebrating Florida
  • Sugaring
  • This is Washington DC
  • Journey Around Washington DC from A-Z
  • The Last Gold Diggers
Games we Play
canoe and kayak ride down one of Florida's natural springs

Activities we've done
  • Put together a culture exchange box with another family from England
  • TRAVEL!  We go on vacation and count it as homeschooling. 
  • We have counted our days in EPCOT as world geography
  • Participated in a 50 state postcard exchange
  • Participate in a yearly geography fair with our homeschool group

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