USA Geography Plans

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

A few months ago I shared several changes we had made to Abby's second-grade curriculum.  My main goal was to simplify our schedule so we could get into a better routine and manage our time a lot better.  As we reached those goals, I began looking for fun add-ons that would not only enhance her learning, but also be engaging and something she would look forward to while still staying true to my main goal of simplifying.  One of those additions being geography and I'm excited to share our plans and resources!


Our core reference is Erica's Road Trip: USA.  I actually purchased this curriculum when Abby was in preschool and have been looking forward to using it for quite some time.  I also wanted to do a few things of my own like adding coloring/activity sheets, recipes, songs, literature, crafts and anything interesting I think she might like while also including activities that Summer could join in on.  I found so many exciting ideas via Pinterest that I wanted to combine many programs into one.  You can see more on my Pinterest board, Road Trip USA.

Resources (affiliate links below)

Road Trip USA
National Geographic Kids United States Atlas
National Geographic Kids Ultimate U.S. Road Trip Atlas
Wall Pops Kids USA Dry Erase Map
Wall Pops Kids World Dry Erase Map
States & Capitals Pocket Flash Cards
Audio Memory States & Capital Songs
Continents and Oceans Song

The resources listed above are ones I currently have and enjoy using with our program.  This list is constantly evolving as I find more products that work well.  My plan at this point is to cover one state per week as we finish Abby's second-grade year, continue into the summer months and also into her third grade year.  I'll be sharing our first week soon as we explore the United States of America!

Letter G | Giraffe, Grapes & Gummy Bear + Giveaway

Friday, March 11, 2016

Summer is 43.5 months.

Our letter G week has been extended over several weeks while we adjusted to new schedules, planned and celebrated a birthday and played catch-up around the house.  It happens and I love the flexibility that allows us to do several activities a week or a few over an extended period when life happens.

Our set-up...


Closer look at our trays...

Top Left: Maze | Top Middle: Grape Pasting | Top Right: Letter G Sort
Bottom Left: Roll and Spoon | Bottom Middle: Pre-write | Bottom Right: Rhyming Puzzle

At the beginning of the year, I printed and prepped all our themed printables and organized by letter in folders.  It was alot of work up front, but I'm so thankful I made the effort, as it saves me so much time now.  As I find new printables or activities, I can print or make notes in my specific letter folder for future use and planning.  Most weeks, I try to change out certain activities on her trays (mostly printables that we used only once) so she has something new each day.  However, there are some weeks that I'm short on time and when that happens I can just pull random printables from my folder for her to work on or ask her opinion on which she would like to do, which is what we did this week.

We love these Spot It printables from Bitty Beginnings, always a favorite!




She worked on two-part puzzles.


Pre-writing with these Write 'n Wipe Cards, free printable here.


Summer is always playing dress-up and loves accessorizing with her letter crowns.


We normally do a letter hunt, but this week I wanted to switch things up and have her sequence the letters.  She loved this!


We made grape Kool-Aid playdough...


I made a simple grape pasting activity.  We talked about circles, the color purple and counted how many grapes she added.


I will definitely be adding more mazes into our weeks, she loved this!


We also worked a bit on rhyming.  I noticed recently she enjoys playing an app featuring Dora the Explorer and it focuses on rhyming.  I gave her a few of our rhyming puzzle pieces so she wasn't overwhelmed and we worked a bit on them.  I think she enjoys the app more at this point, but we will certainly revisit the puzzles in a few weeks. 


Summer has become increasingly eager to sit in with Abby as we do her school.  I try to make extra copies of history coloring sheets, geography, etc so she can be included.  This week she sat in on Bible with us and it's so cute to watch her keep up and learn.


Now for the Giveaway!

Jen from Bitty Beginnings is offering one of my readers a chance to win her Letter G | Alphabet Letter Learning Pack filled with 12+ activities!  The pack includes the option to print certain activities in either pink/purple or green/blue depending on your child and she details how to prep each activity along with fun ways to play.  Keep checking back for more opportunities to win each week as I share each letter!