Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Exploring the 50 States Notebook Journal (Curriculum Review)

Exploring the 50 States Notebook Journal (Review)
I was provided a complimentary copy of this book from Knowledge Box Central in exchange for an honest review.
 
Exploring the 50 States Notebook Journal is a unit study on learning the initial facts about each of the 50 states.  There are 265 pages, and each state has 4 pages dedicated to it, including Facts, State Symbols, Investigate and On Your Own.  There are also word searches, crossword puzzles, and a map of the United States.  The unit is intended for grades Kindergarten through 8th grade so it is perfect for a homeschool setting, where you can enhance the lesson for different grade levels accordingly.  There are also instructions on how to use the journal and ideas on how to have your child learn more from this journal.
 
 
This journal is not meant to be a comprehensive study on the specific state, but just to include a brief overview of each state.  Knowledge Box Central does have many comprehensive unit studies on each of the states though if you wanted something more in depth.
 
This was a wonderful study for me and my boys (who are ages 4 and almost 6) this past Saturday afternoon.  It was rainy, and I decided to have us learn more about the state where we live.  Not being born here, there are many things I don't know so it was even a lesson for this Momma!
 
 
 
The first thing I should mention is if you do decide to do this with your child or student, is to read the instructions!  I ended up showing the boys how to research some of these things online and printing pictures from Bing Images!  This is not necessary since the first two pages of each state have color pictures and facts to fill in at the end of the book! 
 
I enjoyed that this work was done so it becomes a matter of filling in the blank, and cutting and pasting the picture into the appropriate square.  This is great practice though for motor skills, handwriting, spelling and vocabulary!  More research needs to be done for the last two pages, which are meant for older children. 
 
 
 
I originally had the Kindle out to research some fun facts, but ended up discovering the work had already been done and was in the back of the book!  I am amazed at how far technology has progressed in such a short time.  I remember being at the end of high school before being able to research on the Internet for a paper. 

I would highly recommend this notebooking journal if you notebook regularly in your homeschool studies, or if you are covering the 50 states in a classroom setting.  There was a large effort made in this journal to make it easy on the homeschool parent or teacher, but also to have the child learn.  We learned many fascinating things, including the state flower and how our honey from the store came from bees who pollinated that flower!
 

The boys brainstorming and having a snack to make a picture of what we had summed up about our state.  They drew a picture of a bird!
 
Well, one state down and 49 more to learn about!  Please click here to learn more about this amazing journal.   Thanks for stopping by to read this review today.  What state would you want to learn about first?
 
Blessings,
 
Kelly
 
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12 comments:

  1. This looks like a lot of fun! My kids are in college now, but my daughter loved to study states, places and more. She especially liked it if we got to add in some arts and crafts!

    Hope your homeschooling is going well~
    Blessings,
    Melanie

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    1. Hi, Melanie! How fast time seems to fly once you have kids. My oldest will be 6 in the next few weeks and I can't go over it, seems like a blink of an eye. That's so much fun she enjoyed learning about states, and incorporating arts and crafts sounds like a great idea! Thank you for the suggestion and for commenting. Blessings to you as well :)

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  2. I'm so bad in geography. I think if it's a fun way to study it, then it should be effective. :)

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    1. I am awful in Geography also, Lux! I saw this and I thought how fun would it be for the boys to know about all of the states and have us learn some fun facts. Thanks for commenting and have an awesome weekend :)

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  3. This looks like fun! We're doing a state study now, but I could use more structure like this one.

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    1. Hi, Melissa! It was a great study and it literally could take an entire semester or year to cover because it is on all 50 states! Thanks for commenting and have a wonderful weekend :)

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  4. Yes!We are doing this too right now!! I love the idea of having a notebook to journal it in!!! I think i might get that book to.Did you get any of the individual state lapbooks?Thanks for sharing because otherwise i might not of known!

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    1. Hi, Myhomeofmanyblessings! I am so happy to share this with you! I do know of the individual state lapbooks, and that they go into more detail than just the initial basic facts in the Exploring the 50 states lapbook. I have not tried the individual ones out yet though, so thank you for sharing that with me that you have enjoyed them. I will have to look into getting some of those as well. Thanks for your comment and have a wonderful week :)

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  5. Hey there! We studied the states last year. Looking back, this subject is one of the more diverse in terms of what you are able to create around it. In our school we made a wall of accomplishment where I free-hand drew each state on a piece of poster board and had my daughter color it, map the capital and any significant bodies of water and mountains, and she also drew the state symbols for each state. It was a long term project that she worked on all year. And we posted each one on the wall in our dining room. Great fun and learning with that one. My husband and I also made up a song and published it to youtube where we sang all 50 states and capitals by region. Needless to say we milked this lesson for all it was worth. :) Found you at Make Your Home Sing Monday.

    Stephanie

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    1. Hi, Stephanie and thanks for stopping by from Make Your Home Sing Monday! It sounds like you all had fun learning about the states with your daughter! I love that aspect of homeschooling where the whole family gets involved. It makes for some wonderful and cherished memories. Thanks for your comment and have a fantastic week :)

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  6. Looks like a fun way to study the 50 states!

    Visiting from the Mommy Moments link-up.

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    1. Hi, I am Koogle and thanks for stopping by from Mommy Moments link-up. It is a blast to study the states this way. I wish they had cool ways to study like this when I was in school! Thanks for commenting and have a wonderful week :)

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