VENDOR: Laurelwood Books
PRODUCT: State the Facts: a Guide to Studying Your State
AGE: 3rd to 8th grade/ 8 years and up
When you start the book there is a how to page. This page explains how you can use the book. This is a little fun as it isn't one you have to start at page one and work your way through till the end. You can go through and do it how you wish and how you are able to find the information. It does suggest starting with getting your address and people information first. This was information about people they might talk to in order to help more help; librarian, crongressmen, president, senators, and so on. Not only did they give a space to wrote down the contact information but also a speech/conversation starter to teach the kids how to ask for their own information without the parent having to do it for them! Some of the other pages in the book include the following:
U.S. Flag & State Flag
Men and Women of This State
Jun for Fun Facts
Plan a Trip
State Fact Pages
Final Thoughts & Further Study
Suggestions for Field Trips
Here is Our United States
It was nice to just let loose and let the kiddos go on the book. We actually all worked on it together since we only have one good writer but learning facts intrested them all. Something that really intrested my daughter, 11yo, further than other state studies is the tax information. While we have been really working on budgeting and she is starting to do her own spending, she is learning about tax. We travel frequently and she has noticed that when we are in different places, even just towns, the price for the same thing will be slightly different. So it was interesting to learn about how local tax varies from different places and then the state tax will be the same.
We also enjoyed learning about the people from here. We always love a chance to plan a trip to Laura Ingles Wilder home. We did have to postpone it because of the massive rains we have been getting but are looking forward to getting back again. It was also interesting to learn about others from here like Mark Twain.
My children are also really big outdoors kids so the nature walks and journals were a hit. We also got to learn about some of the natural resources in Missouri and things about our land that is different than other areas. Like we live in the Ozark and have a few mountains and the terrain is not as flat as if we were in a place like Kansas.
Overall this was a super fun way to learn about the state instead of just doing a map and capital and calling it a lesson. It was much more fun learning about key things and people that make our state interesting. We look forward to learning more about other states using more of these workbooks in this coming year for out history lessons.
I think it would be a great addition to your history lessons as well. It is also very easy to make this work for older students by making them dig deeper into the work. It is also simple to make easier for younger students by simply making the lessons shorter and more focused on the stories of the past. I think everyone in the family would love to try it out.
Also another great way to learn about Laurelwood Books and many of their other great curricumum options check out what my fellow crew members got to review. Some reviewed the same as I did but many more got to review many other choices for a great variety to take a look at.