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Learning geography is something I find lacking in many educational programs. That is a driving force for me to include geography studies in our homeschool. I want the boys to have a sense of our place in the world and the different cultures around the globe.
This print book from Katie Horner at Paradise Praises has pages in English and the same ones in Spanish as well. The book provides rights for a family to reproduce the pages. If you want to use them in a group setting, then you need to contact Paradise Praises for a group license.
Even though it is listed for grades 3 to 6, you can use this as a framework for older students as well.
Each of the 31 states and the nation’s capital in Mexico has their own page with a ready-to-color illustration identifies the state’s motto, coat of arms, the capital city, state size, landmarks and more. There is also a small map of Mexico with the state highlighted to provide context to the student for the geographical location.
Along with the 32 pages for the individual states, there are notebooking pages to expand your study.
Included are the following notebooking pages:
Biography Pages (2 different layouts)
Coat of Arms and Motto
You can use the pages to do a cursory study of Mexico or dig deeper into specific areas.
At the end of the book, after the Spanish pages, you will find a directory listing the official government page for each of the 32 Mexican states.
Learning About Mexico in Our Home
I’ll admit that this is going slower than some unit studies we’ve done. This book provides a loose framework for your study which requires a bit of teacher preparation. A trip to the library as well as finding online resources is a must.
Katie does have a blog post featuring Books About Mexico which is a great starting point.
For each state we have covered, we begin by looking at the individual state’s page. I then loaded up the official government page using the translate button.
Doing a search on the specific state to find more about the history and its people is the most helpful approach for us. There are so many resources with videos showcasing each location which my son enjoys viewing.
What he is less inclined to do at the moment is fill out the notebooking pages. I recognize that it is because the act of writing is still a struggle for him at this time. Coloring the main page for the state is fine, though.
The activity which I am planning to add next is the inclusion of popular food. This is something that my boys LOVE to do…EAT!
If you are looking to do an expanded study of Mexico, then definitely grab a copy of Mexico: A Coloring Book and Geography Study, Bilingual Bundle.
The pages are great to help your student create a unique unit study of this country. And, when they are done they will have a wonderful book of their own.
Do you include geography studies in your homeschool?
Is a unit study approach something you enjoy?