Introducing Eight For Each State: A US Geography Study

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I have always loved a good road trip. Before I had children I was honestly more excited about the trip than the destination. Our honeymoon was a road trip through the Pocono Mountains. There is no way I would have chosen a plane ride to anywhere over that.

I love the feeling of being in the car going somewhere and being able to see close up the landscape change. Even with the extra work and noise of children, I enjoy the sights, sounds and smells of somewhere different.

US Geography Eight For Each State

Our U.S. Geography Homeschool Tour

This year our geography memory work was too fun to pass up! U.S. states and capitals! What is more fun than traveling though the States without leaving home? (Ok, I admit, actually traveling the states would be very very cool. We had friends who did a “West” trip this summer.)

First and second grade seemed like the perfect time to take a fun survey of U.S. geography while putting a more in depth study of history aside for the next time we cycle through this time period.

I say this, because our year is going to be full of special projects and extra reading as well as some extra special food. (You really can’t do this without food. Ok, you might be able to do this without food but do you really want to? Of course not.) Consider backing off of another subject so you can enjoy your U.S. geography tour a bit more.

Fun Food US Geography

Our survey will include historical fiction, history of certain landmarks, and even some history of different people groups but will not focus on one specific period of history.

Each week we will travel to a different state (yes, this will go into next school year), learn about the geography, history, landmarks and people who live there. Because some of our history sentences focus on colonial and revolutionary times, our study of those states will most likely bend in that direction. We will be covering the states in the order they entered the union.

U.S. Geography Homeschool Resources

To get you started here are a few U.S. geography notebooking page sets, as well as some resources that can be used for all 50 states. Some need to be purchased and some are free.

At the top of the list are the two I have chosen for us. Because every child is at a different place in their language development, choose the set of note book pages that will best help you remember your trip!

Remember, this is your trip! We are here to share ours with you and hope as we go along you will share yours with us!

Notebooking Pages US Geography

Enchanted Homeschooler US State Study of the Week

I really liked these notebooking pages for Sarah Joan. She is just learning to write and spell so I needed pages that included some writing but also offered learning with pictures. These pages include plenty of options for both.

The landmark pages have become our favorite as we explore many places we want to someday visit.

There is a new free state every week going in alphabetical order. If your are taking your trip in a different order, like us, you will want to purchase a lifetime membership. Then you can access any state right away along with many other great printables for all subjects!

A Quick Look At These United States by Steward Ship

This set I am using with my older daughter Ruth. She is ready for more writing and I liked the information asked for. Along with the capital and nickname there was a place for the number admitted and the president who was in office when admitted. I think this will help her place the growing of our country in the greater context of history.

USA Passport Activity Booklet from Mud Puddle Soup

A great free booklet for the preschooler who tags along with you on your trip! Just enough coloring to entertain a preschooler or toddler.

Sleeping Bear Press

The publisher for the Sate By State Alphabet books has lovely teacher’s guides for each of the books. Some of the pages and activities are clearly for use in schools, but some are a very nice addition to our study as well. I will  let you know during our tour if one strikes our fancy!

US Geography Books, Puzzles and Games

 Books US Geography

State by State Alphabet books

These books are fantastic! We have several and I plan on adding to our collection each year. The main page has rhyming couplets with a beautiful picture. In each of the margins there is a brief paragraph with more information on the subject. I was just amazed at the quality of work in each of these books written and illustrated by different people! Such a gathering of talent in these books!

Geo Puzzle U.S.A and Canada

Sadly the puzzle we use is no longer made. But, if I had to buy one, it would be this one. We have the Europe version and LOVE it!

Melissa & Doug Deluxe Wooden USA Map Puzzle

Pam has this one and her kids really like it too!

Scrambled States

Pam and her kids really like this game. We plan on getting them to teach us to play! (Note from Pam: To say we like this is an understatement. Olivia loves this game, and I love that everyone can play with very little help from Mom.)

The United States Cookbook: Fabulous Foods and Fascinating Facts From All 50 States

In planning our U.S. geography tour this cookbook has been amazing! We are not going to use it for every state, but you certainly could.

Be sure to check out our U.S. Geography Eight for Each State Pinterest Board as well. We will be adding to it all year as we come across more great resources.

Follow Pam @ Everyday Snapshots’s board 8 For Each State: An Everyday Snapshots State Study on Pinterest.

Happy trails!

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  • Jen says:

    This is a fantastic idea!! You have some great resources here I look forward to following along your journey 🙂

  • Jessica Lawton says:

    Jen,
    Thanks so much! Glad to have you along!

  • The Scrambled States of America was one of my favorite books to use in the classroom, as well as the videos (I would stream them from Discovery Ed). I had no clue there was a game – I bet it’s a ton of fun and maybe someday yours will make its way as a hand-me-down one state south… 🙂

    • Pam Barnhill says:

      It might! But it may take a while. They love that game! We love the books too. So much fun.

  • Carisa says:

    This is a great resource – as my girls are 7 & 9 plus our 4 yo, I am adding this to our curriculum this year. I’ve been wondering when to introduce geography and this will be perfect…why not start with our own country?! I also LOVE the idea of going in the order of when they were added to the union!!! Thanks for all these great links and resources. I need a bigger book budget. 😀

    • Jessica says:

      So glad you are joining us!

  • Carol Hampton says:

    thank you

  • Stephanie says:

    This is an AMAZING resource. We will definitely be using this next year! Thank you!

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  • Adrienne says:

    If you have an apple device the app stack the states is free lite and only a few dollars. Kids learn facts and to ID the state on it’s shape.

  • Natalie says:

    I love your ideas here! I’m hoping to incorporate them into our co-op class. Just curious if you will be finishing up the western states? I’m hoping to get through all 50 states next school year! Thank you so much!

    • Jessica says:

      Yes, Washington, Idaho, Wyoming and Utah will be coming in the next couple of months. The last five will be out late summer/early fall of this year. We have come this far, we are committed to finishing! Glad you like them!

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  • MG says:

    None of the links are valid anymore. Bummer.

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