MAR
12
2014

World Geography Unit Study: Venezuela

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Buen Dia’! Welcome to our Expedition Earth week on Venezuela! Did you know that kids in Venezuela have hot chocolate for breakfast? It’s a very thick soupy pudding mixture that children dip bread in! We didn’t have any soupy hot chocolate, but did try our own U.S. version, and frankly they were just happy to have hot chocolate for breakfast! ;o)   So of course we started off our week by finding Venezuela on the map. Here are some more of the things we covered this week: Located Venezuela & the Caribbean Sea on the map and completed our worksheet How to say “Hello” in Spanish – Hola (Hello) Buen Dia’ (Good Day)! Prayed for the Venezuelan people Read Children Just Like Me Book Completed our mini lap book activity Learned about and classified 6 animals of Venezuela Geography from A-Z Vocab: Waterfall, Cataract, Cascade Read: Living World Encyclopedia (Continued our Rainforest Animals reading) Did Paint Your Own Pottery Read: Usborne … [Read more...]

AUG
14
2013

United States Geography Study

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Hi homeschoolers! Want to learn all about the United States in a fun hands-on way? Look no further! As promised, I’m reposting our Expedition Earth World Geography studies on Thursdays. It was such a fun curriculum and I’m excited to go through it again when the Teeny Tot is a little bit older, but for now I wanted to put the posts up again for all of my new readers. Plus it is just fun to look back and see how little these guys were just a couple years ago! Since we live in the U.S.A. I thought we’d start with that, so keep reading to see what all we did in our United States geography study!   Here are some more of the fun things we learned about on our expedition this week: Recited the Pledge of Allegiance (we do this daily anyway) Sang the USA National Anthem Located the USA and Washington D.C. on the world map Learned about the US Flag American Flag Graham Cracker Snacks: (recipe below) Learn about the Statue of Liberty Sang an American Classic … [Read more...]

MAY
20
2013

United States & World Geography Curriculum Sale!

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Hi everyone! As I mentioned yesterday, for one week only everything in the Confessions store is on sale! Yep, you heard me for one week only, everything at Confessions of a Homeschooler is 30% off!   Today I’m featuring both the Road Trip USA and Expedition Earth Geography Curriculum. Come along with us on an exciting journey learning about the U.S.A! From the signing of the Declaration of Independence, to the wild west, you’ll uncover all the secrets this Nation has to offer! Within this curriculum you’ll discover the sights and sounds of all 50 states, including state symbols, U.S. Presidents, famous people, landmarks, historical events, and much more! –>Click here to download a sample<– For you history buffs, this is a great introduction for young learners! You will start out learning about the Constitution, Declaration of Independence and Revolutionary War. Then you’ll move south to learn more about the Civil War and Underground Railroad. From … [Read more...]

APR
15
2013

Homeschool Geography Curriculum Forum

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Hi everyone! I hope you are enjoying the curriculum discussions we’ve been doing lately. I’m hoping they will help you in choosing curriculum for your own family! Today I want to focus on the subject of Geography. Of course our family had a great time with the Expedition Earth World Geography, then moved to Road Trip USA Geography after that. Both are full year curriculum for elementary aged students. And they’re both really fun, hands-on, visual, and did an excellent job of getting my kiddos to remember what they learned! Expedition Earth World Geography curriculum is is a hands on world geography curriculum that covers 31 countries across the world. It is designed primarily for K-5 students. Students will learn the continents, oceans, people, cultures, animals, climates, try new foods, crafts and more, all through hands-on activities! Get ready for an exciting voyage across the world! Come along as we walk on the Great Wall of China, wander through the Amazon Rainforest, … [Read more...]

FEB
20
2013

Road Trip USA: Washington

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Welcome to our United States Geography tour! We are nearing the end of our unit study and today we are learning all about the beautiful state of Washington as we go through our Road Trip USA Curriculum!   Washington was made the 42nd state on November 11, 1889. It was nicknamed “The Evergreen State” because of the large fir and pine trees in the state that make it green year round. It is also home to Mount St. Helens, located in the Cascade Range southeast of Seattle, WA. The volcano last erupted in 1980 after 123 years of inactivity. The eruption blasted over 1,000 feet off the top of the mountain. This eruption changed the mountains elevation from 9,677 feet to 8, 363 feet.   Here are some of the things we learned about this week: Located Washington on our wall map Read our National Geographic Atlas and located Olympia, WA using the map coordinates. Worked on memorizing our US Presidents Song Learned about the state and it’s flag State Bird: The … [Read more...]

AUG
26
2012

Road Trip USA Geography Curriculum Giveaway

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Hi everyone, as promised I’m giving away all my curriculum this month! Up next is my Road Trip USA Geography & History Curriculum! Come along with us on an exciting journey learning about the U.S.A! From the signing of the Declaration of Independence, to the wild west, you’ll uncover all the secrets this Nation has to offer! Within this curriculum you’ll discover the sights and sounds of all 50 states, including state symbols, U.S. Presidents, famous people, landmarks, historical events, and much more! –>Click here to download a sample<– For you history buffs, this is a great introduction for young learners! You will start out learning about the Constitution, Declaration of Independence and Revolutionary War. Then you’ll move south to learn more about the Civil War and Underground Railroad. From there you’ll journey with Lewis & Clark through the mid-west, live with the Hopi in the southwest, then venture out into the wild west on a covered wagon ride! So grab your … [Read more...]

JUN
27
2012

Road Trip USA: Ohio Geography Lessons

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Welcome to this week’s United States Road Trip lesson on Ohio! Ohio became the 17th state on March 1, 1803. It has been nicknamed “The Buckeye State” due to the dense forests of buckeye trees that were once found in the state. Cleveland, OH is the home of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. It is dedicated to archiving the history of some of the best-known and most influential artists, producers, engineers and others who have influenced the music industry through the rock genre. Canton is home of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Here are some of the things we learned about this week: Located Ohio on our wall map Read our National Geographic Atlas and located Columbus, OH using the map coordinates. Worked on our 50 States and Capitals song Learned about the state and it’s flag State Bird: Northern Cardinal State Flower: Red Carnation State Reptile: The Black Racer Snake Famous People: Neil Armstrong Completed a phases of the moon activity U.S. Presidents: Seven … [Read more...]

JUN
20
2012

Road Trip USA North Dakota Geography Lesson

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North Dakota became the 39th state on November 2, 1889. It is known as “The Peace Garden State” to commemorate the International Peace Garden on North Dakota’s border with Manitoba, Canada. The geographic center of the North American continent lies just south of Rugby, ND. From this point is approximately 1,500 miles to the Pacific, Atlantic, and Arctic Oceans, and the Gulf of Mexico. North Dakota is known for its waterfowl, grouse, pheasant, and deer hunting and bass, trout, and pike fishing. Here are some of the things we learned about this week: Located North Dakota on our wall map Read our National Geographic Atlas and located Bismark, ND using the map coordinates. Worked on our 50 States and Capitals song Learned about the state and it’s flag State Bird: Western Meadowlark State Flower: Wild Prairie Rose State Fish: Northern Pike State Equine: The Nakota Horse Famous People: Theodore Roosevelt (the 26th President of the United States) Classified the … [Read more...]

JUN
13
2012

Road Trip USA ~ Nebraska

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Welcome to our Road Trip USA week on Nebraska! Nebraska was named the 37th state on March 1, 1867. It is nicknamed “The Cornhusker State” in recognition of the University of Nebraska football team, the Cornhuskers. Nebraska has more miles of river than any other state. It also has more underground water reserves and the largest aquifer in the U.S.   Here are some of the things we learned about this week: Located Nebraska on our wall map Read our National Geographic Atlas and located Lincoln, NE using the map coordinates. Worked on our 50 States and Capitals song State Fish: The Channel Catfish State Bird: The Western Meadowlark State Flower: The Golden Rod State Mammal: The White-Tailed Deer State Gem: The Blue Agate Famous People: Malcom X Famous People: Grover Cleveland Alexander United States President: Gerald Ford (38th President) Food: Omaha Steaks, Kool-Aid (State drink) Classified the animals of Nebraska and added them to the Animal … [Read more...]

JUN
06
2012

Road Trip USA ~ Missouri

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Welcome to our Road Trip USA week on Missouri! I can’t believe that we’re over half way done with the Mid-West region! Missouri became the 24th state on August 10, 1821. It was nicknamed “The Show Me State”, possibly due to a speech made by U.S. Congressman Willard Duncan Vandiver. In one of his speeches he said “I come from a state that raises corn and cotton and cockleburs and Democrats, and frothy eloquence neither convinces nor satisfies me. I am from Missouri. You have got to show me.” It is also known as the “Gateway to the West” because it was the starting point for several historic trails including the Oregon and Santa Fe Trails. In the 1800’s pioneers stopped in St. Louis to purchase supplies for their journey westward.   Here are some of the things we learned about this week: Located Missouri on our wall map Read our National Geographic Atlas and located Jefferson City, MO using the map coordinates. Worked on our 50 States and Capitals song State … [Read more...]