Saturday, September 18, 2010

Are your kids learning the US states this year??

Well another year has come and gone, with that passing I realized that I hadn't done an in-depth US state study, yet! I am centering the state studies mostly for my 3rd grader but my 8th grader is coming along just for fun;) We are learning the state capitols, state bird and state motto just to name a few. I found a great online site that helps my game crazy boys learn more about each state. It has a great nature calls game, state vocabulary game and many more state related learning games. I found myself playing the memory match game, shhh don't tell them.

But I also adding in a study of the animals, birds, reptiles and insects from each state as well. I have two animal lovers in my house and I felt like it was a great way to add in learning about our animal friends from each state. This way when I actually have the time and money to go to these states I am sure that the boys will be able to name some of the animals, etc that we see! (at least I hope so!) Speaking of learning more about animals I have a site that has some awesome animal sites listed on there home page right now. So check them out and let me know what you thought about them!

My Favorite State Support Group

Ok, so are you new to homeschooling, or not clicking with your local groups? Well I have the solution, think online support. Since I began homeschooling in 2007, I have become members of many different support groups. But I have to tell you that I get alot of my information from my two favorite online support groups. The first one is NC state support group, (the state I live in;) and the other is a secular online support group with members from all over the world! What I love about the NC state support group is finding out about local events in my area and connecting with other Tarheels in my area. The secular support group offers over a 1,000 members (so far) who are willing to share any information that you could think of! Between those two groups I am pretty much set , they offer a great online support on the days that I am stuck at home (especially over the cold winter months!) Its funny what you can learn from a total stranger, with only one thing in common! Homeschooling my two boys has been the most rewarding experience I have ever done and now with the support and friendships that I have gotten from mainly these two groups I can see myself going all the way through high school with my boys;)