Satori has been obsessed with learning her U.S. States. She wants to play the US State iPad and board games we have, but she needs to know a bit more than just their names and locations. My plan is to rapidly go over two states a day and only learning the capitals and abbreviations (she already knows locations) to get her up to speed quickly, but this is causing her pure agony. She wants to learn them faster! She wants to learn more about them – state flowers, state nicknames, state trees, state history! I am not prepared for all that, so we’re sticking to learning the two states a day and once that’s done, we’ll then go over them again, but more thoroughly, probably learning a bit of American History along the way.

In the meantime, she’s been re-reading her state books and writing about the 50 states in one of her notebooks. She’s so excited about it, she gets up early in the morning to start writing and works on it late at night. I do not expect or require this.

She’s pretty thorough, incorporating things she knows about each state even from books we’ve read months ago. She woke me up early today to show me her writings on California.

 

While this is cute, bound notebook pages like this can fall out over time, and it’s not as “cool” as if we did this in a more planned way utilizing a different method…

I have a feeling that she’d like to incorporate actual Notebooking into her homeschool studies, so I started researching some notebooking resources. Had I known she was going to set out to do all this on her own so quickly, I would’ve printed out the State Notebooking pages NOW that I had planned out for our more thorough state study later this spring.

NotebookingPages.com 50 States Complete Set w/bonuses

If you want to start a State Notebook, NotebookingPages.com offers the most complete set in their Bundled 50 States Complete Set State Study. It’s just $29.95 for the entire bundle, or free if you’re a Treasury Member (which I found out I am this year, as I bought a lot last year). I am completely overwhelmed with the amount of features in this package! Just view a few sample pages and you’ll see what I mean. I think it is totally overkill for a six year old, but Satori is different in that way that she’ll love all these pages to write on.  If you don’t need the whole bundle, you can buy each state separately for $3.95.

Each individual set of state notebooking pages includes:

  • Notebook Cover (1 pg)
  • Map, Nickname, & Motto Page (1 pg)
  • State Facts Reporting Page (1 pg)
  • State Timeline Recording Page (1 pg)
  • State Symbol Pages – bird/flower, tree, flag, seal, song (6 pgs)
  • Map Pages (2 pgs)
  • Template Pages for History, Government, Famous People, Inventions, Tourism (2 pgs each)
  • Template Pages (Blank) – for your own topics (4 pgs)
  • State Symbol Pages (Blank) – draw your own symbols (11 pgs)
  • Cutouts for Notebooks or Lapbooks (3 pgs)
  • Travel Journaling Pages (4 pgs)
  • 2 pgs of Info, ideas, directions, and state facts.

In addition to the individual state sets, you’ll also get:

  • 13 Colonies Themed Pages
  • National Memorials, Monuments & Parks
  • State Birds, Flowers, Flags & Seals
  • USA Pages
  • Washington, D.C. (same as state individual sets)

Wow! If you’re a notebooking family, that’s the place to be.

The Fifty States Copywork & Fun! by homeschool bits

If you find that huge set overwhelming, I found a simpler, yet still appealing Notebooking/copywork set, which happens to be one of CurrClick’s most popular offerings (it’s a Best Gold Seller). The only setback is that they are releasing them by volume, and have only released the first 7 out of 10 volumes. Volume 7 was  just released this February 2011, so hopefully the last three volumes won’t be far behind. You can get the first The Fifty States Volumes 1-7 [BUNDLE] for just $3.50. It goes alphabetically, so this covers Alabama through Ohio. You can also buy each volume of 5 states separately for $0.50 each. It gives a color summary of the state, then a fill-in-the-blank summary, a flower to color, word search, full color flash-cards, copywork, page of facts, blank copywork pages, and more pictures/info about the state.

Here’s an actual page on Arizona that she loved filling out.

Free State Notebooking Templates

I found this 50 States Notebook Squidoo page by Jimmie about her 50 States Notebook. It’s full of state notebook resources. Some links are outdated, but we found a lot of good resources.

I printed off her free Notebooking Page Template. We plan to fill out just the first page. We’ve actually started using this now. I’ve asked her to hold off on filling out some of the spaces, I am not sure if I want to have her draw the items on her own or if we can paste a picture.

There are so many resources for a great state study. I’ve started a US State Study page (work-in-progress) that is a list of our favorite state resources that includes books, games, websites, etc…