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13
2011

Road Trip USA: Connecticut

Hello everyone and welcome to Connecticut, the first stop on our Road Trip USA journey across the U.S.! We were so excited to start this trip after the fun time we had last year with our Expedition Earth World Geography!

Of course I had to take some of the fun stuff from our Expedition Earth studies that went over so well. So we started off with a brand new Travel Log ready for lots of state stickers to be added! uhem…50 to be exact.

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Next we found our state and capital on our U.S. Wall Map. Last week in our Intro to US Geography week, we learned where the different regions are that we’ll be going through, so each state we talk about I review the region it is located in.

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Here are some of the things we learned about this week:

  • Located Connecticut and Hartford on our Wall Map
  • Connecticut was named the 5th State
  • Connecticut Nickname: The Constitution State
  • Read the National Geographic US Atlas for Kids and mapped Hartford, CT
  • Connecticut is home to Dinosaur State Park
  • State Fish: The American Shad
  • State Bird: The American Robin
  • State Flower: The Mountain Laurel
  • Read  If You Were There When They Signed the Constitution by Elizabeth Levy
  • Started working on our 50 States and Capitals song from Mrs. Jones Room
  • Learned about some of CT’s famous people: Harriet Beecher Stowe, Benedict Arnold, and Jackie Robinson
  • Learned about the State Insect: The Praying Mantis and did a paper craft.
  • Had hamburgers in respect for CT which is known for the first hamburger!
  • Learned about some of CT’s famous history: Old State House, Hartford Convention and the Amistad trial
  • Added our state animals to our US Animal Wall

Since we had song’s all last year, the kids were asking for some this year! We’re going to start off learning the 50 states and Capital’s song this year, so we’re practicing with music and lyrics from Mrs. Jones Room. (Later  in the year we’ll work on the US Presidents Song!)

Next the kids colored their state worksheets as I read the facts for that day. The cat likes to be involved, so he makes himself right at home on our new Ikea clad school setup.

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Here’s an up close on this week’s worksheet:

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On the first day, my kids immediately started asking where our animal wall was…if you didn’t follow our Expedition Earth trip last year, you can check out our World Animal Wall here. Anyway, I sat down and made up an animal set for our Road Trip USA study! You can download it free from my Road Trip USA Animals post.

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We also added our state cutout to the mini-wall map:

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Once we were done with all of our work related stuff, we sat down to learn a little bit about the history of our USA! Strawberry Shortcake read the first section of If You Were There When They Signed the Constitution to the other kiddos.

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That was it for the first state of Delaware, since we’re doing 2 states per week this year, we’ll be going through fairly fast! I’ll do my best to take pics and post our journey!

If you’d like to come along with us on our Road Trip USA journey, click the image below to learn more!

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Comments

  1. Erica, you never cease to amaze me! You are so wonderfully gifted with creativity :) Thank you for sharing so openly with all of us who are a bit creatively challenged LOL.

  2. As a native Nutmegger, this made me grin. I hope you had a chance to learn about the Charter Oak. And as an interesting personal note, we had a family friend that I babysat for as a teen who owned Benedict Arnold’s grandmother’s house. We would find cool old artifacts (newspapers, toys, spoons, etc.) in the walls of the attic while exploring.

  3. Erica, when I tried to contact you via email was unable. I ordered some of your curriculum and it has been 3-4wks and not yet received it. Not sure if that is normal or if there is a better way to check up on it? Thanks

  4. This looks so fun!! We are currently doing Expedition Earth and loving it! The plan is to start your Road Trip USA next year and make it a two year study. :-)

  5. We have been reading If You Were There When They signed the Constitution along with your curriculum. Just wanted to let you know about another resource. We have Netflix and found a great series called Liberty’s Kids it’s all about Americas History. They have a website too http://www.libertyskids.com/. My kids love it!

  6. I can’t wait til my kiddos are older so we can start your goegraphy programs! (We are 4, almost 3, and 20 months, and just enjoying some preschool right now) Your curricula are so thorough, yet uncomplicated, and flexible enough to expand/condense, etc! And I love how your kids are set up at the big table this year, too! Nice to have them all in one work space. Looks like a great set-up!

  7. I’m always so impressed with the amount of detail you put into the curriculums you create. I’m so glad to be able to follow along as you do RoadTrip USA with your kiddos while I go through it with mine.

    On a completely seperate note- how cute is that cat?!? It looks like a stuffed animal. :)

  8. Yay for Road Trip! We started this week and so far just did the first two reading assignments. I was wondering where to get the travel log, did I miss that in my packet? I double checked. I think that would be awesome to have for this. Thank you so much and can’t wait to see more! Carlen

    • Hi Carlen,
      It is in the back of the Teacher’s Manual in the appendix…see the table of contents (pg6) towards the end. I think around pg 198.

      Thanks!

    • Erica,
      My two youngest children and I will be working through your Road Trip this year, too. Can you please tell me….how are you planning to go through the whole program? Will you be doing this every day, twice a week, or what?? I’m trying to figure out how to get it all in and still cover each state thoroughly, too.
      Thanks,
      Misti

      • Hi Misti,
        I am doing a lesson Tues-Thurs. because our kids are participating in a co-op on Monday. It’s going a little fast, but I want to get through it in one year.

  9. Born and bred in Danbury, CT – the Hat City. CT is also known as the Nutmeg State

  10. What a great idea to do a road trip. I’ve never heard of Expedition Earth, so I’ll need to check that out. You have an awesome school room!

  11. I bought your Roadtrip USA curriculum and we absolutely LOVE it! We are on New Jersey and New York. My favorite part is how well it is all put together. My kids (ages 6 and 8) favorite part is the food! LOL! They still talk about eating crab cakes! :)

  12. Gretchen Morrison says:

    Hi Erica,
    I have been with you for the last 3 years, but recently I have not been getting daily updates from your blog.
    I was just wondering if I can get back on the list please. We like to follow your family as we’re working on the Roadtrip curriculum.
    Thanks so much.

    Gretchen

  13. Erica,

    We are also studying the USA this year. I love your map where you velcro the states on. I was thinking to create one like yours? Did you buy two maps and then cut out the states and add the velcro? This would be much more hands on. Also where did you find your pointer? I keep looking for one, but find mostly plastic ones.
    I have been enjoying your blog for a long time. Thank you for sharing so many great insights and helpful aides!

    Kristen

  14. I was trying to order the USA Roadtrip. For some reason I couldn’t get past the screen where I put in my credit card info??? Can you help? I would love this resource ASAP!

    Thanks,
    Annette

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