Kiddo loves facts and memorizing. Lately he's been using his books about the United States to learn the names of all 50 states. This is self-directed learning on his part. It's not part of my plan to make my 5 year old memorize the states! Nevertheless, it's fun to see him work independently.
One afternoon Kiddo announced that he needed paper, scissors and tape so that he could make name tags for all the states. While he was working I asked him his motivation for this activity. He declared he wanted to remember all the states.
He ended up writing the names of all 50 states , cutting them all out and taping them to construction paper. He attached the finished product to his wall for easy reference.
I must say, it was all very cute.
Books to enjoy (affiliate links):
Go, Go America
The Scrambled States of America
The Train of States
Greetings From The 50 States
Time For Kids: Our 50 United States and Other U.S. Lands
Got any states books to recommend?
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Raising a Happy Child says
Whoa - so impressive (writing too!). We read a couple of books on the States, but Anna was not terribly interested in them yet. I will try more next year.
Benjamin ate a tube of root beer-flavored lip balm today while I was in the shower. Is that considered self-directed busy work? ATE it. Literally...dug it out with his pinky finger.
Perhaps he's regressing. 🙁
Anyway...love Kiddo's states--super impressive!
We like the card game Five State Rummy.