Learning about Texas and the USA!

Last year, our family chose to homeschool for preschool, instead of enrolling our son into a preschool program.  I didnt’ purchase a curriculum- instead I let my son (and his younger sister) guide our learning and we had a very relaxed go of it.  Ultimately, there wasn’t a lot of structure.  As the school year began to roll to a close, I found myself reviewing TEKS (Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills) lists to determine what the next year would look like.  It was a little bit daunting, to be honest.  Instead of coming up with a plan for next year, I decided that we were going to school through the summer.  The kids don’t know any different, and the summers in Houston are HOT, so there didn’t seem to be a downside.  So far, we have studied plants, for two weeks, and I hope to gather my information and share with you how that led to discussions on slavery.  In this post, however, I’m going to share what I plan on doing through the next few weeks, leading up to the Fourth of July.  Enjoy!

THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

First, I have to give a HUGE Shout-Out to The Enchanted Homeschooling Mom!  I came across her site, almost accidentally, and found that it is the FIRST homeschool printables site that I was actually willing to pay to use.  Her printable packs are AMAZING!  I downloaded quite a few free packs and realized that the hours that she must have spent putting them together are hours I’m SO happy NOT to have to spend.  I am a VERY happy member of the Member’s Only site… and for only $15!!!

That said, the first resource I’m going to reccomend is The American Treasures Reader by The Enchanted Homeschooling Mom.  From there, we went on to learn about some more specific parts of American History.

Videos about George Washington:  Disney The American Presidents: George Washington       BrainPopJr $$ (subscription site- includes sequencing game)

Videos about the Washington Monument:  Tour of the Washington Monument by GeoBeats,   BrainPop Jr. US Symbols Video (Free)

Videos about Abraham Lincoln: Disney The American Presidents,  BrainPopJr. $$

Videos about The Lincoln Monument:  Visiting The Lincoln Memorial by GeoBeatsBrainPop Jr. US Symbols Video (Free)

Videos about Barack Obama:  BrainPop $$

Videos about The White House:  10 Amazing Facts About The White House by GeoBeats,  The White House Tour by GeoBeats  BrainPop Jr. US Symbols Video (Free)

Videos about the Capitol Building:  Visiting the US Capitol Building by GeoBeats

Videos about Betsy Ross:  The History of the American Flag by Cool School

Videos about The Liberty Bell:  The Liberty Bell by GeoBeatsBrainPop Jr. US Symbols Video (Free)

Videos about The Bald Eagle:   BrainPop Jr. US Symbols Video (Free)Bald Eagles by All Things Animals TV

Videos about Mount Rushmore:  Visit Mount Rushmore by GeoBeats,

Videos about the Statue of Liberty: The Statue of Liberty by GeoBeats,  BrainPop JR $$

More Videos about The United States of America:  The 13 Colonies by BrainPop JR $$Tour the States – Official Music VideoWakko’s 50 State Capitols with Lyrics/Subtitles,

 

THE STATE OF TEXAS

Again, I have to give a HUGE Shout-Out to The Enchanted Homeschooling Mom!  She offers a FREE Texas State of the Week Pack!  This pack is seriously cool!

Video & Coloring Page about Texas:  Texas History FactsGreetings From Texas Printable

Videos about The Flag of Texas:  The History of the Flag of Texas

Videos about Bluebonnets:  Texas Bluebonnets by Price Studios

Videos about the Northern Mockingbird:  Northern Mockingbird SingingNorthern Mockingbird by Peterson Field Guides

Videos about the Alamo:  Visit the Alamo by GeoBeats

 

JUNETEENTH

June 19th is the date, in 1865, when slavery was abolished in Texas!  Although schools are generally not still running during this time, our little Homeschool is, so we are going to take some time to discuss it.  In many areas, “Juneteenth” seems to just represent a fun day to have cookouts and celebrate Mid-June, but it means so much more for American History.

The History of Juneteenth on Wikipedia,  Juneteenth for Mazie Book Preview,   Slavery – Brainpop $$,

Juneteenth for Mazie BookAll Different Now: Juneteenth, the First Day of Freedom Book

 

2 Comments
  1. Let me tell you… you MADE MY DAY!!!

    I am so thrilled and grateful to not only hear that you are a happy member of my members only site but also that you are so enthusiastically spreading the word about my site.

    I hope that you find many more of my printables useful. Please always feel free to contact me if you or your little ones are looking for a particular printable I haven’t created yet. I always take member requests.

    Happy homeschooling and thank you again!

    Jill

    • I’m SO glad that I could make your day! I really enjoy the printables that you offer! And THANK YOU! :) – Melanie

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