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any activities/ideas to teach history, or geography to kindergarten homeschool girl?
She is very smart, and I'm really new at this. I thought I would add in two hours a week of geography and history into the mix just for something different. Any ideas? Nothing serious because she is very young, but something fun, like an activity that would get her thinking about our history, or how to use maps, silly things for a little one would be good. Also, any homeschool sites that you use would be nice. We are fundemental christians, and use bible in our studies, but any activities will be nice. thank you!

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  1. I recommend taking a look at K12's History K. It teaches the basics of geography, and the first semester is a trip around all the continents. The second semester is a chronological study of the US from Native Americans to the Civil Rights movement. Along the way are tons of great activities: building a sand dike (Netherlands), salt dough maps, making a Taj Mahal out of spices, making a sugar cube pyramid, and making a "passport" with stamps you receive after learning, and cyber-visiting, the countries. There are music activities also. It's just an incredible course. Here's a link to the scope & sequence: http://www.k12.com/filefolder/kindergarten_history.pdf Here are all the books used, in addition to the online lessons and activities: Floating Home - Getz, David Where Do I Live? - Chesanow, Neil As The Crow Flies: A First Book of Maps - Hartman, Gail Me on the Map - Sweeney, Joan Possum Magic - Fox, Mem Koala Lu- Fox, Mem One Wooly Wombat - Trinca, Ron Wombat Goes Walkabout -Morpurgo, Michael Snap! - Vaughan, Marcia The Story of Ferdinand - Leaf, Munro The Beautiful Butterfly: A Folktale from Spain -Sierra, Judy Jack and the Beanstalk and Other Favorite Folktales - Walz, Richard Tom Thumb - Watson, Richard Jesse Madeline - Bemelmans, Ludwig Jack and the Leprechaun - Robertson, Ivan Jamie O'Rourke and the Big Potato - DePaola, Tomie Leprechaun Gold - Bateman, Teresa Tim O'Toole and the Wee Folk: An Irish Tale - McDermott, Gerald Rapunzel - Zelinsky, Paul O. Rumpelstiltskin - Zelinsky, Paul O. Hans Brinker: Great Illustrated Classics - Dodge, Mary Mapes Rechenka's Eggs - Polacco, Patricia Big Anthony and the Magic Ring - DePaola, Tomie Big Anthony: His Story - DePaola, Tomie Strega Nona Meets Her Match - DePaola, Tomie Strega Nona's Magic Lessons - DePaola, Tomie Strega Nona - DePaola, Tomie The Story About Ping - Flack, Marjorie The Donkey and the Rock - Demi The Empty Pot - Demi Celebrating Chinese New Year - Hoyt-Goldsmith, Diane The Dancing Dragon - Vaughan, Marcia How My Parents Learned to Eat - Friedman, Ina R. Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves - Early, Margaret The Tale of Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves - Kimmel, Eric A. Bringing the Rain to Kapiti Plain - Aardema, Verna Rabbit Makes a Monkey of Lion: A Swahili Tale - Aardema, Verna The Lonely Lioness and the Ostrich Chicks: A Masai Tale - Aardema, Verna Who's In Rabbit's House: A Masai Tale - Aardema, Verna The Great Kapok Tree - Cherry, Lynne The Magic Bean Tree: A Legend From Argentina - Van Laan, Nancy Antarctic Antics - Sierra, Judy Seven Weeks on an Iceberg - Potter, Keith R. The Emperor's Egg - Jenkins, Martin Colors of Mexico - Olawsky, Lynn Ainsworth Borreguita and the Coyote - Aardema, Verna Purple Mountain Majesties - Younger, Barbara When Clay Sings - Baylor, Byrd The Gift of the Sacred Dog - Goble, Paul Follow The Dream: The Story of Christopher Columbus - Sis, Peter The Pilgrim's First Thanksgiving - McGovern, Ann The Story of the Pilgrims - Ross, Katharine The Fourth of July Story - Dalgliesh, Alice Johnny Appleseed - Lindbergh, Reeve Sacagawea: The Journey to the West - Kroeber, Nora Paul Bunyan - Kellogg, Steven Paul Bunyan - narrated by Winters, Jonathan Pecos Bill - Kellogg, Steven Sally Ann Thunder and Whirlwind Crockett: A Tall Tale - Kellogg, Steven Follow The Drinking Gourd - Winter, Jeanette Abe Lincoln's Hat - Brenner, Martha Bloomers - Blumberg, Rhoda Laura Ingalls Wilder - Wadsworth, Ginger Little House in the Big Woods - Wilder, Laura Ingalls John Henry and His Mighty Hammer - Jensen, Patsy John Henry: An American Legend - Keats, Jack Ezra John Henry - Lester, Julius The Story of the Statue of Liberty - Maestro, Betsy The Long Way to a New Land - Sandin, Joan A Weed is a Flower: The Life of George Washington Carver - Aliki A Picture Book of Eleanor Roosevelt - Adler, David A. Amelia and Eleanor Go For a Ride - Ryan, Pam Munoz A Picture Book of Jackie Robinson - Adler, David A. Cesar Chavez: a Photo-Illustrated Biography - Davis, Lucile A Picture Book of Rosa Parks - Adler, David A. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. - Adler, David A. Happy Birthday, Martin Luther King - Marzollo, Jean I am Rosa Parks -Parks, Rosa & Haskins, James When we did the course, we also either dined at an ethnic restuarant we studied, or we'd make their traditional foods at home. K12's art also correlates with history, so we'd do those projects also. Also, there are neat resources at: http://www.geomatters.com/
  2. I would suggest you start a family tree and see how far back you can go. Then you could locate on a map where each person from your family is originally from. As you learn about members of the family, discuss what life was like for them as a child, when did they get married, how many kids, what were their hobbies, how did they worship, and how is her life similar or different from theirs. It will inspire her to realize that history is not just about people far away from another land, but also about her own family. Hope this helps.
  3. We love Sonlight. For First grade they have a geography program that teaches the countries of the world with music. It's called Geography songs. Thanks to that my oldest can tell you just about where any country is in the world! Just learning the songs will be a huge step in learning geography! For world history I recommend Story of the World. It is written like a story through time and is really engaging for young kids.
  4. Depends on the child. But my kids love field trips. And the hands on knowledge.