A Quick Look at These United States
Can your student name the states? How about the state capitols? And for that matter...does anyone care? Well, unfortunately we HAVE to care because learning about this "stuff" is required. But why is it that learning about topics like this seem boring?
Well, for one thing, it's because they haven't studied this with Miss Jennifer!
But, seriously...it's really all connected and when students make those connections, it's so interesting to them! When you start thinking about things like, "Where do we get all our potatoes for those yummy french fries?" and "Was Mark Twain really writing about his own childhood when he authored Tom Sawyer? ", and "Wow! The Statue of Liberty which stands in New York Harbor came in pieces and boxed in 250 crates from France!", and "Louisiana was named for King Louie the XIV of France - that connection to the Louisiana Purchase!"
We will learn -
How the states formed their borders, about important landmarks from "sea to shining sea", when territories become states and what was going on at the time, who the president was during important events (like the gold rush). Students will decorate their map page with rivers, mountains, label state capitals, bordering states then add pictures of resources in each state, state bird and flower....It will be amazing! We will learn about the Weather & Climate in different regions, the Tophography (a fancy word for the lay of the land), recreational sites and spots, National Parks, who's on Mt. Rushmore? Who was Custer and where he made his "last stand", Why New York is famous for bagels and Texas for barbecue!
Students will not only learn the geography of the United States, but they will also learn interesting and important details - both past and present - that help make America the great land we know and love!
What Do You Have to Show for Your Hard Work?
Students will work from a U.S. Geography notebook (a 3 ring binder filled with a wonderful portfolio of learning about the 50 states!)
Your $15 supply fee will cover the cost of the binder, and 100+ pages (which is their learning packet) that will pop into their binder. This will be a lasting educational treasure!
The student notebook includes all 50 states. There is a map sheet of each state with a Fact Sheet on the opposite facing page. Students will cover roughly one state per class (that's why it's called A Quick Look at These United States)
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Day: Tue / Thur
Frequency: Twice per Week
Class Duration: Year Long
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Private Funds Accepted? Yes
Charter Funds Accepted? Yes
Inspire Charter School: Yes
South Sutter: Yes
I Love to Learn - I Love to Teach!
My passion is to help my students develop a true love for learning. See, my own education was one of filling in the blanks and going through the motions...just to make the grade. If there's one important thing I've learned (over the 31 years homeschooling my 8 children) since we parents are investing the time to "do school" - let's make sure what we are doing is engaging and interesting so our students really get it...so it sticks. Let's teach them HOW to think instead of WHAT to think, THEN they will truly have received an education!
This "philosophy of education" I've adopted has developed over the years observing my own children as well as others. There's nothing more gratifying, as a teacher, than to see the lights come on for our students and to see them excited about learning. Understanding how the world works - both past and present - is truly interesting and important.
Having had the opportunity to homeschool my children gave me a second chance to get a real education! I have had the privilege to use my experience to instruct, encourage and support parents (through offering workshops, speaking at conferences, and writing many books and guides to help parents understand how to lead their children into delightful learning). I am considered somewhat of an expert on the Unit Study method which lends itself well to all sorts of learning styles!
I have taught history to grades K-12 for eight years taking students on The Great Homeschool History Tour as one of The HISTerical Sisters, using humor to teach history to students of all ages!
I have offered The Passport to Learning class at Inspire Learning Academy for the past three years teaching grades K-2nd, taking students around the world exploring topics from A-Z!
During my time at ILA, I have also greatly enjoyed teaching American History classes to grades 3-5. I have to admit, that History is my favorite subject so please join me as we embark on a fun filled year exploring all kinds of HISTORY (and geograph)!