Monday, June 24, 2013

Off On Adventures Around The Southeast - Poppins Book Nook June

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We are having lots of fun with the Poppins Book Nook blog series. This month's theme was TRAVEL/TRANSPORTATION. We used a few books for this one, as well as 2 atlases! Below you will find the books we have been using, videos we have been watching, resources we have used and crafts we have made.

O is for off on adventures around the Southeast! 
In case you haven't noticed we are road-schoolers. Yup we probably spend more time out and about than we do at home. 

We have been reading a few books this month. We read Flat Stanleys Capital Commotion and a few books on the different States (TN, AL, GA, FL, SC) we have been visiting over the last month and a half. I also purchased two wonderful National Geographic atlases for the kids, Kids United States Atlas and US Road Trip Atlas. Both of these are a great price and loaded with great information. We had lots of fun reading about each State as we visited them. I used a highlighter and marked our routes so the kids could follow along and help navigate.

Learning On The Road:
On last months Poppins Book Nook post I talked about learning on the road. Well we continued to learn on the road this month as we traveled out of state once again for a homeschool convention in Alabama. After the convention we headed down to Florida for a mini family vacation and to celebrate my 32nd birthday, 13th wedding anniversary and Fathers day, yup they were all on the same day this year!

Learning opportunities are just have to keep your eyes and mind open. We learned and explored so much on our many recent adventures. Even in the car we were learning. 

When we entered a new state we were always sure to stop at the visitors center to pick up brochures and maps. Both of these can be lots of fun to learn from. If you plan ahead you can even download apps, brochures and maps from many States, here are some great ones for Alabama.

As we were traveling here are some of the terms we have discussed. You can find definitions for these terms as well as many other Geography terms on Enchanted Learning
-Capitol - the kids learned about and saw 3 Capitols (well 4 if you count Atlanta) over the last couple of months
-State, City, County, Country, 
-scale (map scale)
-equator (we discussed about how as you get closer to the equator it gets hotter ie: Florida)
-time zones

Here are some FREE printables we have been using!
-Flat Stanley map and Flat Stanley sticker sheet
-State notebooking pages
-Maps, maps and more maps you can find any kind of map you want at
-State lapbook
-Printable map outlines
-Amazing American States
-Learning Across The USA President's Day
-America Copywork Volume 1-5 ($4.00) (Volume 1 can be downloaded for FREE)
-Simple Schooling National Parks (currently FREE) - visiting at least 1 State or National Park in each state during road trips is a must.
-Summer Learning Across The USA
-State and Capital Cards (Southern, Western, Northeast, Midwest)

Keeping kids busy in the car is a must unless you want to hear them say, "are we there yet" 30 times every hour. Here is a great list of car games that are fun and educational. 

If you run out of non electronic games there are always these fun geography games online that you can load on a phone or tablet;
-National Geographic Games

And don't forget about the educational geography apps:
-Geo Challenge
-GeoBee Challenge
-50 States
-US States

My Georiga Related Posts:
-Georgia FREE Unit Study Resources
-Your Georgia Field Tripping Guide
-10 FREE GA Field Trips

Hands On Projects:
Earlier this year we made a fun craft which can easily be adapted to any State skyline. You can find the simple instructions on my GA Unit Study post.

YouTube Videos:
There are lots of great geography videos on YouTube. Here is a channel I created for Travel/Geography videos.

Here is a list of the wonderful bloggers participating in the Poppins Book Nook be sure to visit them for more fun travel/transportation themed ideas:

Linking up with: Look What We Did Ben and Me


Marcy @ Ben and Me said...

you are such a cool mom. I want to be in your roadschool!

Mary said...

Hi Kathy -- do you ever read the Carole Marsh mysteries to your kids? With your geography theme you would really like them, and she is a Georgia author!

Thanks for linking with Collage Friday -- you wear me out!

Kathy Balman said...

Yes we do. That craft actually is out of one of her activity books. I have blogged about them before and actually owe them a review :)

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