This is such a great idea for a project! I can’t take credit for the idea. It was a homework project from my son’s teacher. In 4th grade, kids in our state study Washington State history and geography. My son’s homework project was to create a model of the state out of playdoh. They needed to include the different regions, mountains, mountain ranges, rivers, and a few specific cities. My son LOVED doing this project! The hands-on approach to teaching geography was fantastic!
My son doesn’t really love fiction books, but has always been interested in non-fiction. I found this book about Washington State and we read it together. I have to admit, I learned a lot too!
You know, sometimes I just wish I would learn to keep my big mouth shut. When we came to the page about the rain forest we have on the Olympic Peninsula, I suggested that we go camping there this summer. Wait… did I really just offer to go CAMPING in a place called a RAIN forest? Oh well, I guess it will be a learning experience for all of us!
I hope you’ll consider finding extensions to your kids’ school projects. Books on the topics they are studying, hands-on projects, and the occasional field trip (or camping experience) really help kids connect to the things they are learning about.