This year my 7th grader and 3rd grader are learning the states and capitals for geography. I had our curriculum plans set, but you know me I can’t pass up the opportunity to review something new. I had never heard of the company Brookdale House until we were given the chance to review their Drawing Around the World: USA program.
Brookdale House publishes educational curriculum that allows children to interact and make connections with the material they are learning. The company started in 2006, when the primary author was looking for an elementary writing curriculum to use with her own children. Bescause she could not find one that fit the parameters she was looking for, copywork, narration, and dictation, she decided to create her own. Brookdale House’s main goal is to publish educational resources for the homeschool and private school communities that teach on a multi-level platform. The curriculum published is based off the teaching methods of Ms. Charlotte Mason.
We were lucky enough to receive a copy of Drawing Around the World: USA to use for the last few weeks. This curriculum is designed to help kids memorize all 50 states and capitals, along with a few important facts about each state. By following the simple schedule listed below, your child will not only learn the states and capitals, but also learn how to draw them freehand!
Day 1 ~ Study a new state and complete the important facts table. Also on this day, your child will locate and label each new state on the dashed, black and white copy map.
Day 2 & 3 ~ Locate and label each new state on the dashed, black and white copy map, along with drawing all the states you have studied so far.
Day 4 ~ From memory, draw all of the states you have covered so far on the blank map.
We received this curriculum in PDF eBook format which works great for our family because I can make as many copies as I need for my children. It is recommended for children is grades 4th-12th and the eBook retails for $22.95. Montana is in 3rd grade and she was able to use the program with little adjustment, so it just depends on your child. We have been able to plug along with this curriculum into week 5 and tie it into our history study quite easily, which makes this Mama happy! Both of the girls enjoy completing their maps and have a fun time trying to quiz each other on states and capitals. My youngest daughter, McKenzie who is in Kindergarten, is listening in and picking up the information too, even though she is not officially completing the curriculum.
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Company ~ Brookdale House
Product ~ Drawing Around the World: USA
Price ~ $22.95
Ages ~ 4th – 12th grade
Format ~ PDF eBook
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