Georgia books

I realized I totally forgot to write about the books we read to go with Georgia, and the ones we weren’t able to get around to.  So, that’s our post to link up to Mouse Grows, Mouse Learns this week.
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I realized I didn’t particularly write a lesson for this one, so here’s one of the lessons that didn’t have any pictures or fun stuff to go with it.

I held up the covers of “Tough Boris” and “Pirates” and talked about fiction and nonfiction books.  Since some of the kids are older the older kids were able to explain what they were fairly well.  Then they made predictions of which one is which.  I gave them more credit for knowing their children’s authors than they knew, or maybe it’s just the teacher in me that assumes everyone knows Gail Gibbons writes nonfiction and Mem Fox writes fiction.

Well, after our predictions I read the two, and they enjoyed both books.  If you ever get the chance I highly recommend both of them, but in particular Tough Boris.  It has a nice twist to it, and is very touching.  The pictures tell so much of the story that isn’t there in the words, intentionally to my mind.

I’d have to say the pirate books were the biggest hit for my all of the kids.  “Martin’s Big Words,” is a little over my kids head for the most part, but it was good to read.

Our library didn’t have any good books about Coca Cola, so if anyone knows a good one I’d love the suggestion.




Coke library pocket– on the outside is glued an ad from Coke in the inside (in theory, this particular boy’s has walked off) is the ad the kid designed.

Trail of Tears– The kids loved making this flower

State symbols-Another honey bee for state insect.  The other thing that interested me is the marine animal.  The Right Whale, so called because of whalers.

Peanut butter printable (scroll down the page, it’s one of the images about halfway down or so, I copied the image and pasted into Word)

Peanut activity– a great excuse to eat lots of peanuts.

I have a Dream– someday my kids will dream a dream they can achieve, or that I can achieve.  I really have no clue how I’m going to make a working Iron Man costume for Batman.

Jolly Roger– from homeschool share scroll down to the bottom (no blog post on this because well, it wasn’t really interesting and we didn’t do all the fun stuff due to lack of time during our meeting).  I also just saw a cute post over at Fantastic Five on pirates she used a preschool pack from Homeschool Creations……  So, lots of options for this one.

Honey bee– nothing really to say…….


Incidentally, Superman says this is his book I took a picture of.  I think it’s Batman’s.  But, now I’m off to go play Monopoly Jr……  Joy!  Be back in a few

Georgia: That great peanut growing state

I wanted to do something for peanuts with Georgia because I remembered that Georgia is one of the largest peanut producing states in our country.  I thought for a little bit, and then remembered this post from Almost Unschoolers.


By the way, it’s very helpful if you add the search this blog add on to your sidebar, that’s how I found that post I knew she’d written.

051So, I gave all the kids a peanut.  Superman was very excited because he LOVES peanuts.  Loves the things.


After doing a bit of exploring we found the newborn plant in the peanut.




Then on the outside of the paper I gave them they drew a picture of what they discovered.  The older kids also labeled the parts.


Batman was not feeling the picture love right then.




Superman, on the other hand was a happy as could be because he got to eat his peanut, and about half the kids there gave him their peanuts.


Seventh Heaven.

On the inside of their paper they wrote/drew as many uses as they could think of for peanuts, and then continuing to take a page from Almost Unschoolers we ate Peanut Butter cookies.


So, I think this is the last activity to blog about for Georgia.  Now, I have two states to write summaries of in the next day or so……….

Georgia: Martin Luther King Jr.

Shibley Smiles


As part of looking up different things about the state of Georgia I found out that Martin Luther King Jr. is from there.  So, was Jackie Robinson, but I ended up deciding to study Jackie Robinson for New York, since that’s where the team he played for was from.


But, here’s the dilemma I’m running into for famous people.  Do you study them for where they were born or where the thing they’re famous for happened?

See, MLK was born in Georgia, but his famous “I Have a Dream” speech happened in Washington DC, and many of his activist things happened in other states.  So, you can see my dilemma.  But, after all was said and done I left him in Georgia.



After reading the book they were each given a slip of paper.  On the outside they wrote “I have a dream.”


I know, very original.



My kids dreams should come as no surprise to you.  That is Superman.  His dream is to be a clone trooper with TWO guns, on the other side of the ship is a friend who only has 1 gun.


Batman wants to be Iron Man, and he’s going to fight bad guys.  Princess drew PONIES!

Man, I jinxed myself telling Jeff on the phone just now that the kids are napping.  Oh well.

Now the other, older kids mostly had dreams like “defeating sickness,” or other noble dreams.

Georgia and the Trail of Tears


As I was researching Georgia I learned that the Trail of Tears originated here. Widgets  Now I remember reading this book before with the kids, but I can’t remember what state we did it with.  Either way it’s a long book, so I edited it down a little for reading aloud.

Afterwards we made a Cherokee rose with the kids:



Supplies: 5 petal shapes ( used a punch I had, but you could just freehand it), a piece of blue paper for the background, scrap of yellow paper, hole punch, glue





1.  Fold your paper in half. 


2.  Then put 5 lines of glue on your paper in a star shape


3.  Arrange petals on the glue (I apparently didn’t take a picture of this step)





4.  Punch out  somewhere between 5-10 circles per flower.  The kids LOVED this step and argued over who got the hole punch next.




Finished product.


On the inside they glued a slip of paper explaining the legend behind the Cherokee Rose. To be completely true to the legend I needed to add the leaves, but it didn’t work for what we were trying to do.


And sorry for no pictures of the kids in action with this one, it was easier when managing 11 kids to not try and take pictures at that moment.

Geography: Georgia and Coke’s great advertising



I think we can all remember our favorite Coke ad.



First I introduced the idea of how there are so many iconic Coke images, and they are one of the best companies at advertising.  Each kid had a Coke commercial picture at their place and got a chance to share it.



After we talked for a while and looked at various examples I turned them lose with an index card, lots of stickers, and coke bottle pictures that I printed out.


Then they designed their own ads: