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?
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