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Tour the United States and travel the countries of the world each week with the River Houses. Our Sunday States & Countries posts will point the way.
Many homeschoolers like to review the U.S. states and the nations of the world each year, and our recommended homeschool reference library (riverhouses.org/books) includes a current world almanac, a world atlas, and a history encyclopedia that make these reviews fun and easy. We’ve spent the entire past school year completing our States & Countries review, and this week we conclude with the whole Earth itself and the wonderful Universe beyond:
- 🌎 THE EARTH — The Blue Planet, Third Rock from the Sun. Capitals: 196 of them, listed here over the entire past year. The Earth as a whole can be found on plates 3–25 in your recommended homeschool atlas (riverhouses.org/books) — don’t miss the opportunity to go through that wonderful set of thematic maps with your students, covering everything from topography to population to vegetation to climate to transportation to Internet connectivity. Your almanac, too, has facts and figures about the physical Earth on pages 355–357 and in many other locations throughout the volume.
A new River Houses tour of the world will begin next week with the new school year! Print out your own States & Countries Calendar on our main calendar page (riverhouses.org/calendars) and follow along with us. 😊
❡ Little lessons: You can teach a hundred little lessons with the states-of-the-week that we post each Sunday all through the year, using your reference library (riverhouses.org/books) as a starting point. Find the location of the state capital in your atlas each week. Look up the state bird in your bird guide. 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 the famous state residents listed in your almanac either online or at your local library. The possibilities are endless and they can be easily adapted to each student’s age and interests. Pick a simple pattern to follow for just a few minutes each week, and your little lesson is done. By the end of the year, without even realizing it, your students will have absorbed a world of new geographical and historical information, as well as a host of valuable reading and research skills. 😊
❡ Explore more: If you’re planning a comprehensive unit-study of one or more of the U.S. states, be sure to investigate the primary source materials for teachers available from the Library of Congress.
And now that you’ve spent a year touring everything on the entire Earth 😲, the whole rest of the Universe awaits you!
- 🌌 THE UNIVERSE is beautifully illustrated in your recommended homeschool atlas (riverhouses.org/books) on plates 120–127. You’ll find star-maps for the northern and southern hemispheres, detailed maps of the moon and Mars, a beautiful chart of the solar system and all the planets, and two amazing illustrations of the Milky Way and the scope of everything that is known. Those few plates are enough to teach an entire year of homeschool astronomy — don’t miss the opportunity to share them with your young scholars today. 🔭
We hope you’ve enjoyed our geographical explorations over the 2018–2019 academic year. What grand geographical discoveries will you be making in the wonderful homeschool year ahead? 😊
❡ The great globe itself: This is one of our regular Sunday States & Countries posts. Print your own River Houses States & Countries Calendar (riverhouses.org/calendars) and follow along with us as we take an educational tour of the United States and the whole world over the course of the coming 2019–2020 homeschool year. 🇺🇸 🌎 🌌