So, as I had suspected, we did just a little with this unit due to wanting to be outside more during the nice weather. We did, however, go back and finish a few of the 4th of July activities I had planned, and we did get to give some exposure to the topic of geography. Below is a little recap with some pictures:
America the Beautiful – love the pictures
(Book – 2003 )
How to Make A Cherry Pie and See the U.S.A – fun book!
(Paperback – 2008 )
HarlemA Poem – We already had this one, and Fairley really likes it.
ABC NYC – Good book about the city!
A Book About Seeing New York City
(Book – 2005 )
GEOGRAPHY STACKING BLOCKS – This was a success! Fairley really enjoyed stacking these blocks, and it seemed to introduce the concept well.
BOOK EXCHANGE: So far, we have received one book, and it was from Texas! 🙂
We are participating in a book exchange in which we sent out one book to another child in Texas, and then we’ll also send out six letters to other children inviting them to participate. We should receive several books in the mail throughout our unit I hope. We’ll find all the places where people live (those we send letters to and those we receive books from) on a US map.
LEARNING CONTINENTS: The song worked well (although, after searching on Youtube, I found other ones I liked better.) But Fairley does enjoy singing the song while I point out the continents.
I’m mostly focusing more on American geography, but I figured it wouldn’t hurt to introduce continents as well. The website (linked above) has a fun song for teaching them.
NY LANDMARKS: We actually didn’t get to these but will try to do it next time around.
NY State Map (to reference)
Snack: Same as above – next time!
-I need to give this one more thought, but some how, I feel like our family samples New York City food really well. 🙂
-Maybe I’ll do a snack tray with pizza, apples, a black and white cookie, and…well, I’ll keep thinking. 🙂
Other resources we are using:
Melissa & Doug Deluxe Wooden USA Map Puzzle – THIS ONE IS GREAT! Fairley did really well with this one, even though there are a ton of pieces! She knows a few of the names/locations of states (mostly ones that we have a connection with via family members), but it’s a great start to American geography!
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I’m mostly just introducing geography this time around (and the idea of country, state, city, neighborhood, etc.). There are a lot of things that I would want to do with NY geography specifically, so maybe this time next year, we’ll focus on that. Some things I would love to include are:
-NYC magnet or flannel board (with landmarks from the city)
-NYC or NY State discovery bin