As part of our local homeschool group, us parents are expected to volunteer at least once during the year. So, I decided to organize a “State Geography Fair” for our group. Each family chose a state to learn about and share during the event. This is great fun, educational, and can be as wildly creative as you would like! As a plus, this fits in perfectly with our MFW Adventures study this year – studying US History and Geography!
We chose Alabama, since that is our “home” state.
Organizing this event was super easy. Beyond booking the room, the majority of the work was just keeping track of which family was doing what (trying to avoid duplicates). And sending out an occasional encouraging email to keep them on track. It was great!
Learning Resources and Ideas!
- Tri-Fold Display Boards – If you want/need these, I found some VERY CHEAP at the Dollar Store!
There are tons of ideas you can use to learn about your particular state! The library, Internet, state senators, and more. I’ve seen great items in the Target Dollar Spot section in the past!
Maps - Learn about the topography of the state.
Postcards – Perhaps write different people from the state and get them to send you postcards from different areas, telling you about their home town. What’s it like to live there?
Flat Stanley – might be a fun project for this!
History – Any particularly important historical events connected with the state?
Food – Is the state famous for any particular foods?
Animals and Plants – What are the state plants or animals?
Here are a few online resources that I have personally found – obviously mine tend to skew toward the elementary years, since that is what I have.
Here are part of the instructions I sent out – perhaps this will help you with ideas for your own group event!