More US Geography for First Grade

We’ve been on a geography kick for the past few days, and all of the interest has reminded me of a few things I forgot in my post on Monday.

We bought a state quarters map from the local hobby store and have been pilfering Dad’s change looking for state quarters. We have all of them except for a handful.

As we find each quarter we use an iPad app named Quarters to have a look at the details of the coins. Sorry I can’t link the app. The only name the app shows is Quarters, but every search I do is pulling up drinking games! The app is simple — it just shows a close-up detail of the coins and gives a brief blurb about the symbols on each one. It was also free.

Everyone is getting into this one, pulling out the map to see the ones we have and the ones we still need.

In addition to the quarter collecting we have also been viewing these two YouTube videos:

Fifty Nifty United States – Olivia can just about sing all of them. I think in a few days more she will have them all down. This is how I learned the states in the fourth grade and still sing them in my head today when I need to name them.

Wakko’s 50 States and Capitals – This one is just fun. We need to listen a while more on this one, but I bet we’ll get it in the end.

In addition she asked to start a state book the other day. We will see where that one goes. I am not sure what she has in mind. Regardless, she is learning an awful lot about states, capitals, and her country.

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  • Anonymous says:

    What a thrill! I learned the states this way too, and still sing it in *my* head. I don’t remember the preamble stuff though. Love the stuff you do for school. Did you get our Cgo postcard awhile back?

    amy

    • Pam Barnhill says:

      Amy – Was it the same song? And yes! We got your postcard and I have been SO HORRIBLE about getting the return ones sent out. Bad, bad Pam. I am sorry and will have to move that up on my list. I even bought stamps ages ago. Any time we Illinois comes up Olivia says, “Mom, that’s where you friend lives.” They know you as the friend I play on the iPod with.

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  • jmommymom says:

    We did this and my daughter loved it. Now she is 10 and very into stamp and coin collecting. She is learning more about geography, history,…. through these hobbies.

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