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Welcome to the Eight For Each State US Geography tour. I am so glad you are joining us.

Welcome back! If you have been following this US Geography study for awhile, you know we are just coming back from our summer break. We are excited to pick up right where we left off with Missouri.

I had actually planned to do Missouri at the end of last year. My goal was to finish 25 states for each of two years. Well, life overtook my plans. But I am so glad this state study fell where it did. We had a blast with what I have begun to call, “Ruth’s DDL (delight directed learning) project.”

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Read on to find out all the fun we had as we toured Missouri!

1. US Geography Resources

Because some of you might just be joining us, I wanted to point you to our Introduction to Eight for Each State. In it I list resources and strategies for our state study. Below are just a few of the things you will find in the introduction.

2. Missouri Books

3. Laura Ingalls Wilder

While Laura Ingalls Wilder lived many places in her life, she eventually settled in Mansfield, Missouri. For this reason, I chose Missouri as the state to feature this famous American.

PinIf you have not read the series, now is a great time to start it! The Little House books are by far our family’s favorite stories to listen to over and over again.
To explore further, check out Inside Laura’s Little House: The Little House on the Prairie Treasury by Carolyn Strom Collins. This is the book we used for our Laura projects.

We chose to make the headbands on page 67.

We also chose to make the Mary and Laura’s Nightcaps on page 22.

For other ideas on how to explore the prairie life of Laura and her family try:






4. Mark Twain

It was fun to watch Ruth puzzle a bit about the first few sentences of the book I began to read to them as we started to learn about Mark Twain.

“I thought we were reading about Mark Twain!” she sputtered. “Who is this Sam person?” Thus began not only our discussion on Mark Twain but on pen names and why an author might choose to use one.

We read several of the books below and then Ruth drew a fine Mark Twain piloting a steam boat.

Here are some fun Mark Twain resources for you!Pin


5. Prairie Meal

Ruth wanted to make an entire meal by herself. I have to admit, I wasn’t sure about this idea. However, I was heading to the beach and Grandma was in town. I thought it would be a great way for Grandma and Ruth to have some bonding time in the kitchen. Turns out Ruth learned that cooking prairie food is a lot harder than it looks! But she had a good time anyway.

PinHere are the books and the names of the recipes she used for her prairie meal:




6. St. Louis Arch

Sarah Joan’s notebooking pages featured the St. Louis Arch as the landmark for Missouri. The Arch is actually part of a park called the Jefferson National Expansion Monument which also includes the courthouse where the Dred Scott decision was made.

Learn more here:

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7. The Pony Express

The Pony Express was an 19-month whirlwind business endeavor to bring mail fast across the country. The route stretched from St. Joseph, Missouri to Sacramento, California. It ran from April 1860 to October 1861. It is a fun topic to look at as you study Missouri on your US Geography tour.Pin


8. Ruth’s DDL or The Homeschool World’s Fair Expo 2015

PinWhen I handed Ruth the book, Meet Me in St. Louis: A Trip to the 1904 World’s Fair by Robert Jackson to read, I had no idea what was coming next! This book is informative, yes, but in a fascinating way! The photographs take you back to a time when amazing things were built just because they could be built.

Ruth bubbled with this excitement when she came to me to ask expectantly, “Mom, can we please go to St. Louis at the time of year when the World’s Fair is going on?” I felt like the pin that pops the balloon of a wide eyed one year old. “Oh’ sweet heart, I am so sorry, but they don’t do that anymore.”

It didn’t take long for Ruth’s disappointment to turn into innovation of her own. “We will have a World’s Fair right here! Can we Mom?” How could I say no? A few day’s later, our back porch was turned into an expo to remember!

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Ruth began by creating a travel brochure for the original World’s Fair in St. Louis. This was a several day project, but very worthwhile for her. I saved the original and made several copies for the guests of our expo to take home with them.

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To prepare the exhibits, or Palaces, Ruth consulted her book extensively. She began by making the Tyrolean Alps exhibit with nearly every wooden block in the house!

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The Palace of Art displayed some of our family’s most recent chalk pastel artwork.

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The Palaces of Transportation and Architecture included original lego creations and the girls dressed up in costumes to represent the world cultures who attended the fair. Ruth even enlisted Anna and Benaiah to play zoo creatures!

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After all the Palaces were viewed, guests were invited to a piano and dance concert.

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Our fair ended with a splendid array of foods inspired by those found at the original fair. Puffed rice, ice cream cones, hot dogs and Dr. Pepper were among the foods to gain popularity because of the World’s Fair. We also had an Almond Covered Peanut Butter Elephant. This was also in the book, and quite a challenge to replicate, but I think we managed to get the general idea.

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What a time we had! Sometimes I feel like by straying so far off the path of our original study, I am losing time. I have to remind myself, that these are the moments we are going to remember on our US Geography tour. Besides, Ruth and Sarah Joan both learned a great deal about planing an event, presenting ideas, and how to be good hostesses.

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What delight directed detours has your state study taken? I would love to hear about them!

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