Learning geography can be painless and fun when you use the U.S.
Geography FUN Packet from Beall's Learning Games. Each packet includes:
- 1 glossy 11 x 17 U.S. Map (color graphics)
- 1 laminated U.S.
States & Capitals Map with key
- 24" x 40" Wall Map
- Reference Sheets: States & Capitals, Major
Geographical Sites, Admission to Union, Both Postal Abbreviations
- 50 States & Capitals Playing Cards
- 70 U.S. Geography Playing
- Reproducible Quiz with Answer Key
- Reproducible Master Sheets & Worksheets
- Directions for 9 Games
I've always had a globe or a children's atlas handy
as I have taught history to my elementary-aged students. I think it is extremely
important for them not only to know the "who and what" of history but the "where" as
well. Except for the map work included in our history curriculum, that
has been the extent of our geography. I have always been a little hesitant
in adding it as a separate subject in fear of overwhelming my children
with too many subjects. I haven't felt this way about the U.S.
Geography FUN Packet, though. It's
a go-at-your-own-pace, do-as-you-will kind of curriculum, which has suited
our needs at present.
The U.S. Geography packet does not include daily lesson plans, but
it includes a sheet that explains how to use the packet for teaching.
I know this may be intimidating for some, but for me, a mom who already
has a full load of subjects to teach, it is working out quite well.
By not having a strict set of lesson plans, I am allowed the freedom
to casually incorporate U.S. Geography into our homeschool schedule
about twice a week. It has been a great complement to our first year
of studying American history.
My kids don't seem to mind the added subject since they are having fun, learning
at their own pace, and have no tests to take! I truly am seeing in both of
them an eagerness to know more about the United States.
So far out of the nine games, we have only played one, Match-It, but as
we continue to fill out more worksheets and get to know our country better,
we will play more. My kids love games. For some reason "game" just sounds so much better than "school," so
I always get 100% cooperation when we play games! Two of the games require
the Build-A-Gameboard Packet, which can be purchased separately on the website.
It is not necessary, though, to have the game board in order to use the rest
of the Geography FUN Packet.
The Basic U.S. Geography FUN Packet alone costs $27.95, but plan on spending
extra for making copies of the master worksheets. It cost me around $12
to print the recommended number of copies for two children. To me the
price is worth it since I will be using it for the rest of this year and
into next year as well.
In case you decide to purchase this geography kit, there are a few misprints
I would like to bring to your attention. On the "In Which State Would You Find Answer Key," the answer to Mt. Whitney should be "California" according to my research. On the "In Which State Would You Find Worksheet," Fort Larimer should read "Fort
Overall, I do like the Basic U.S. Geography FUN Packet, and I think the
company is stellar as well. When I contacted them about some significant
errors I had found with one of the map keys, they responded graciously
and were extremely grateful that I had brought the problem to their attention.
They immediately corrected the problem and sent me a new map key. I appreciated
their great customer service, and I would definitely consider using Beall's products again!