We are fans of Geography in my home. We have two large maps hanging on our wall; one for the United States and one World map. They are great for a quick "go to" when we need to locate something.
With the homecoming of our adopted daughters from Africa, it only seemed fitting to do a State notebook project to help them become more familiar with the State names, locations, capitals and other tidbits of information.
This is a sponsored post. I was compensated for my time and given a free copy of the Desk Atlas of the United States from GeoMatters. All opinions are my own.
U.S. Desk Atlas
As my children work through the The Trail Guide to U.S. Geography, created for use with this atlas, they learn how to label maps, to find things on a map, and what the different symbols and lines mean on a map. It has been so fun watching my children work through this project.
Once I started my older three children on the project, two of my other children were interested enough to ask to join in. The Trail Guide to U.S. Geography comes in three different levels so I was able to accommodate them all!
Simple and Fun
I think the best part for me, as a homeschooling mom of seven, is that my children thoroughly enjoy and look forward to this project each week, and it is self-explanatory and independent. So I only need to give them their sheets, and they are off doing their own research. It's a win-win for us both.
Aside from being used for our State Notebooking project, it's an excellent go-to resource to find information. My twelve year old daughter likes to create her own stories and often does research to create her settings and that was the first thing she used the Desk Atlas for. She loves the detail it offers on each of the States; something she has been unable to find in any other atlas or resource we own.
On a personal note, I would like to point out that I love the detail the pages of this atlas offers. The water colored postcards of an important part of each state is really unique and adds a special touch. The State quarters in the corner of each page is fun, too. I remember when I was a senior in high school, was when they started coming out with these State quarters.
While each two-page spread is set up with the same format, every single one is quite unique.