Tour the United States and travel the countries of the world each week with the River Houses.
Many homeschoolers like to review the U.S. states and the nations of the world each year, and the River Houses reference library includes a world almanac, a world atlas, and a history encyclopedia that make these reviews fun and easy. We are going through the states in the traditional order of admission to the Union (almanac page 453), so this week’s state is:
- Georgia (2 January 1788) — The Peach State. Georgia appears on pages 569 in your almanac, and on plate 42 in your atlas. “Named by colonial administrator James Oglethorpe for King George II of England in 1732” (almanac page 455).
❡ What can you do with the state of the week? A thousand things, with your reference library as a starting point. Find the state bird with your almanac and look it up in your bird guide. Trace the state’s outline with your atlas. Read the almanac’s one-paragraph history aloud each week. Using each state’s official website (above), find and copy the preamble to that state’s constitution into a commonplace book over the course of the year. Practice math skills by graphing each state’s population and area. Look up famous state residents online or at the library — the possibilities are endless and they can be easily adjusted according to a student’s age and interests.
This week’s countries, with links to their official websites, are:
- Bahrain (Arabic and English), in the Middle East.
- Bangladesh (Bangla and English), in South Asia.
- Barbados (English), in the West Indies.
- Belarus (English, Russian, and Belarusian), in Eastern Europe.
These all appear in your almanac, atlas, and history encyclopedia as well. For example, you’ll find the main entries for Bangladesh on almanac page 752, atlas plate 85, and history encyclopedia pages 584–585, with illustrations, flags, and other mentions available through the indexes in each volume.
What geographical discoveries have you made in your homeschool this week? 😊
❡ Read and think critically: Note that the country links above go to official websites, which are not always in English and which may well be propagandistic in one form or another, thus offering older students a good opportunity to practice their critical reading and thinking skills.