Super Easy Geography Lesson Items:
Here’s what we used for our geography lessons…
1. State Map
You need a giant state map. I picked this one up from Amazon because it was cheap! I wish I had spent the extra few bucks to get the groovy crumple map but C’est la vie.
2. State Coloring Sheets
Crayola has these awesome state coloring pages that are FREE! We love all things FREE!!
3. States Puzzle
You need a states puzzle. Any puzzle! I picked this one because I like beautiful things and I like everything to match. There is one huge issue with this puzzle, it doesn’t have a border for the pieces to fit inside. This means that they slide EVERYWHERE! This infuriates my 5-year-old. My recommendation is that if you choose this puzzle you also grab one of those grippy puzzle mats to build it on so that it stays put.
4. The 50 States Book
This 50 States book is HUGE and it is AMAZING! This will be one of those things that stays with us always. It goes into great detail about each individual state with a two-page spread for each one.
5. The 50 States Flashcards
Remember how I said I love beautiful things and I love things to match?! Well, these cards are made out of what feels like plastic which makes them preschooler proof. We have added these to our morning basket and use them to review each morning. My girls can identify all of the cards that are laid out in this picture just by the shape of the state and where it is located on the map.
6. The 50 States Activity Book
If you have older children you might want to grab this handy-dandy guidebook that goes with the book and flashcards. We do not have this yet so I can’t say exactly what age it would be good for but I would wait until mid-elementary school if it were me.
7. Geography Videos
Last, but not least, you need this link: Homeschool POP They have wonderful and short states videos for every state. I love this because I can turn on the video and go make a cup of coffee!! Let’s face it, any homeschool lesson that mom doesn’t have to be on top of the entire time is a win. Coffee is a bonus!
Now that you have all of your supplies let me tell you what this looks like in our home. We do geography once a week, maybe two days if they lost attention. We start by looking over the information on the state in our book. They love how colorful the pages are! Then they watch the Homeschool Pop video. When the video is over they work on the coloring page.
My 5-year-old is a perfectionist and likes to have her iPad with the flag picture pulled up. Some days she asks for the other items pictures as well. When the coloring page is done we locate the state on our big map and do our state puzzle. That is it, geography for the week is in the bag! Once we have completed a new state the flashcard for that state goes into our morning basket. We do a quick review each morning.
For now, we are only working on naming and locating the states. Once we have mastered that we will take a break from the US and learn about the world. When we circle back around to the US we will work on capital cities and recognize the flag of each state. I plan to hit US geography twice before the end of elementary school. The second or third time around we will pick up the workbook that goes along with it all. This curriculum takes me less than 5 minutes a month to print the states for that month and the rest of it is a pull and go deal. So, so easy!
If you decide to try this out I would love for you to leave a comment and tell me how it works for you and what little tweaks you have made to make it your own! You can also join our online homeschool community.
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