Friday, August 13, 2010

Geography, Traveling and Learnin'...

When we do geography lessons here, the boys are always pretty into it.  They seem to be genuinely interested in learning about other places, whether it's other states or other countries.  Generally, when they want to find out things like state capitals, the correct abbreviation, state flags and the like, they "Google" what they want to know. (The Googling thing is handy...I don't have to admit that I have no idea what the abbreviation is for Indiana, even though I should, lol.) 

Sometimes they want to know about homeschooling in other states.  Not often, but it does happen.  Usually when I'm filling out my attendance record.  They pop off with questions like "if we lived at the beach in Florida, would you still have to do that?"  While I am a big advocate of Googling for information, I really dislike having to cypher through a gazillion returned search results to find what I'm looking for.  Fortunately for me, our curriculum has a state homeschool information page, which makes it easy for me.  All I have to do is click on a state and I'll usually have several specific pages I can go to, so I can answer questions like that when they have them.

Why this interests them, I'll never know.  We have no plans to move, lol.  But there is always that "what if" in everyone's minds I suppose.  

As far as traveling goes, we don't do it often.  We go to Florida once a year, but we don't really get to see much of other states.  However, we are planning a trip in September to CT with friends and we are very excited about that. Well...almost everyone is excited.  The hubs has to work, so he's not going. :( It's going to be Tracy and myself taking the 4 boys.  The Bell's are from CT, so we are looking forward to meeting all of the family up north! 

Since the drive there will entail driving through several states that we have never been in before, you know we are going make it as educational as possible.  We are planning on having a big road atlas for the boys to look through, and I'd like to find some other things they can do in the car as we go through each state.  In the mean time, I am going to have them play some US state games.  This way they can become a little more familiar with the states, before we hit the road.

If anyone has any suggestions for traveling games, please feel free to share!! :)


Anonymous said...

Fun fact: Nearly every state between Florida and New York takes just about 3 hours to drive through. The mile marker signs count down to zero before leaving each state going south.

FairyLover said...

Great blog post. I found it using the dreaded Social Mention Alerts. :)

Kat said...

Thanks, Anonymous! :)

And Thanks, FairyLover! I can't believe the SM Alerts through this out there, lol. Thanks again for taking the time to read it and comment! :)