Wednesday, December 3, 2014

The NEW 50 States and Capitals Song...BY REGION

Hey Guys!

Phillip and I have been working on this song for about a month, and I am pleased to say it is READY!!!

We have a 3rd/4th grader in our home, so quite naturally she started learning the 50 states along with their capitals this year. I decided to take them 10 states at a time and completing the majority of the task in about 5 weeks. It's just easier to take larger learning tasks like this in smaller chunks. It helps to get the mind around the task and allows the student the time and space needed to process the big picture of the task.

Funny how taking something in SMALLER chunks helps with getting the BIGGER picture!


After looking around on youtube we noticed that every song we listened to started with Montgomery, Alabama, and moved all the way across the nation to Juneau, Alaska then zigzagged all over the nation until the song was done. All of the songs sounded great, but for ease of learning, and for mentally getting a hold of what you're learning, these songs were ineffective (for those reasons specifically)...in our opinion.

Therefore we decided to tackle the job from a different perspective. BY REGION! We started at the very top and moved in a methodical manner until we'd covered all of the states and their captials...and that is exactly what we did!



It took us close to a month to complete, and it is our hope that every home schooling family and educators in general of 3rd graders and even highschoolers will listen, like, benefit, enjoy, and share our version of the 50 States and Capitals song!

Thank you for listening!
Stephanie

17 comments:

  1. Coming up with a song about it is a great idea! I'm working with my son on it since he doesn't seem to retain it much. I'm visiting from Weekly Wrap Up! ~ http://www.homeschoolandwork.blogspot.com/

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  2. Stephanie! I just put two and two together.... you also live in my neck of the woods, don't you? A friend of mine sent me your 50 states video this week -- said she was a friend of yours. Am I dreaming this, or is it true??

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    1. Hi Mary! I am that Stephanie. Is your friend named Amanda by any chance?

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    2. yep! Small, small world! Are you in Voyagers, too??

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    3. Yes and our girls are in the same Girl Scout Troop! But all this time that I've been reading your blog (about 2 years) I thought you were North of Atlanta...very small world. Thanks for putting 2 and 2 together.

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  3. I love your song. What a great lesson.
    Blessings, Dawn

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  4. Thanks for sharing about the capital song. I am linking up right next to you over at Moms the Word.

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  5. What fun! This is a great production and song! When my kids were young, we did a chant (but not a rap) for all the state capitols; I still need to make a recording of it . . . hopefully soon :)

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  6. My son was interested in states and capitals this summer so we were doing lots of puzzles and games with them so he appreciated this song because now that he has gone to Kindergarten, we don't get to study all this interesting stuff anymore :) I am glad that I found your blog and now I am going to go look around!!

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  7. We learned a states/capitals song this year too! I look forward to listening to yours, but right now my husband is reading aloud to the kids, so I don't want to distract them ;) I'll keep the page up and listen in a bit!

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    1. Amy, that was so sweet! :) I hope you enjoyed the song and thought it's an effective approach.

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  8. What a great resource, Steph. I am pinning and sharing this! Thanks so much for sharing this on the #homeschoollinkup! I think this is great for all homeschool families!

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    1. Thank you Lisa! Feedback from home schooling mommies is the absolute BEST so thank you and thank you for sharing!!!

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  9. How awesome! I will be definitely be adding this our States Lapbook studies! Thanks so much for sharing on #SocialButterflySunday this week! Hope you will link up again this Sunday :)

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  10. As I was looking for a song for my 4th graders to learn the 50 states, I was so excited to find yours! I like the way that you have organized it by regions. It makes so much more sense. Do you have a copy of the lyrics? It would be helping to have a typed copy of the song to follow along.

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    1. Hello, I know that feeling all too well. Looking for a resource to help make learning easier--and looking for a song in particular. That is how we got started actually. I was looking for a particular style of music for a particular age range and I just couldn't find something that fit the learners that I was working with at the time. Thanks for listening and commenting. The lyrics can be found in the description box underneath the video on YouTube. Feel free to print them out.

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