Last week we started learning the states but am a little discouraged. 4 sheets to color a week and the info on the back is not 2-3 grade friendly. There is not enough time to really enjoy each state....2 days a state would work better...1 day for coloring the map, flag and locating it on large map: then day 2 to read and look at books about state along with making a meal/snack or fun craft for the state. At this pace all dd is getting is were the state is located. (great for K or 1st but 2nd or 3rd needs more)
I feel like the whole dynamics of the program changed. The first half was wonderful and dd was learning so much. The pace was great, a week spent on a historical figure or event, there was time to read and do crafts/notebooking pages (other then the MFW ones). Now it is state, state, state, quick mention of the Statue of Liberty and back to state, state, state. Even dd asked if we could do something more besides color.
MY FIX:(might help others who feel the same way)
After discussing this with my husband and asking God how to better use this curriculum we are able to work around the above problem. Since we start our school year in January and work through the summer if we followed MFW schedule we would have finished Adventures in Aug. or Sept leaving several months to fill. By scrapping the schedule for the state study and doing just 2 states a week like I suggested above we will have more time to learn and enjoy each state. I will still follow the science, Bible, and historical schedule. This will also allow us to spend more time studying the historical figure/ events as they come along.
I am also adding the following books to our curriculum to pull ideas from to help with the state portion of our study:
Cantering the country
Trail Guide to US Geography
Eat your way through the USA
If I get the chance to do Adventures again I would start the state study a few weeks into the curriculum instead of in week 12(?) doing 2 states a week and this would avoid any problems with the pile on of color sheets.
Laurel, HS since 1992, graduated 2 sons both in the military
Ds 15: MOH , Latin Alive, BJU Algebra, Lightning Lit, Apologia Phys. Science, Piano, Fencing
Dd 7: Adventures, Math Journal, Elemental Science, spelling Journal, FLL 2, SS Latin, Piano