Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Hewitt Homeschool-State Chronicles

I was really excited to have the opportunity to review the State Chronicles by Hewitt Homeschooling because we are diving back into U.S. History for a much deeper look this year.  About 4 or 5 years ago we studied the US but didn't go into very much depth and mainly learned about the states and of course how the U.S. was founded.  This year it's all new because we need to add Oklahoma History into the mix.  With the State Chronicles it has been so much fun learning about Oklahoma History.  We've started exploring the state more and of course camping, running, swimming, hiking and many field trips are all learning experiences and with the State Chronicles notebook it's almost like a facts and info scrapbook for all of our exploring!

Each cover can be personalized for your child and state.

This notebook arrived already put together for me in a 3 ring binder.  I didn't have to do a thing except pull it out of the box and start exploring.  My kids have really enjoyed looking up all of the Oklahoma facts and info on the internet and every night at dinner we discuss the info and tell dad about it.  They've learned many interesting facts like the state flower, tree, flag and info about the population, geography and industries in different areas of Oklahoma.  One of the things that they are looking forward to next week is interviewing a new resident and an someone that has lived here for a long time.  I recommend that each student has their own notebook so they can have something to show for all of their hard work and creativity.
State Chronicles can be purchased at Hewitt Homeschooling for $19.95 and is recommended for 3rd-8th grades.  It has 100 pages that are filled with fill in the blanks, draw your state seal, license plate, flag, etc. It walks you and your student through all of the pertinent info that every state has and then you get to be creative and showcase in your own unique way. 
Makenzie had fun at Turkey Creek's one room schoolhouse field trip.
 I'm saving the "My Favorite Place in My State" page for the end of the year after we've finished a bunch of field trips.  I can't wait to see what each of my kids choose as their favorite place in Oklahoma.  This will be a treasure to save for the future and I know we are going to have a wonderful adventure this year and I look forward to making many memories and learning a lot myself!

Thanks for reading, 

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