My activity today is an extension of the Montessori continent box. If you’d like to do a unit study of a specific state or the entire United States, a state box, basket, or tray would work well to highlight each state you study.
My Montessori-inspired state box is my activity for both Montessori Monday (Montessori Monday link-up is at the end of the post) and Booking Across the USA. I’m not a native Coloradan, but my family moved to Colorado in 1996. I’ve loved living in Colorado ever since!
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Montessori-Inspired Colorado State Box
For my state box, I used a beautiful wooden Nienhuis box that I couldn’t bear to sell from my Montessori school that I owned in the 1980s. The box worked well over the years of homeschooling for hands-on materials I wanted to highlight (such as materials for my Montessori-based Lenten tray/box). I just placed the box on the shelf without the lid for special activities I wanted to focus on, such as a study of a particular state.
I always include books in any unit study. The book I’m featuring for my Colorado state box is C Is for Centennial: A Colorado Alphabet by Louise Doak Whitney (illustrated by Helle Urban). What I especially like about the book is that it can be used for any age. For preschoolers, there’s a short verse for each letter of the alphabet.
For older readers, you’ll find additional text for each letter with lots of information about Colorado. I enjoyed reading the book and learned many interesting facts. I can’t give any first-hand experience about using the book with my kids, though. It wasn’t published until a few months after my son graduated from homeschool high school! 😉
The state box is an activity you can personalize for your unique family or classroom. My family was able to visit many states because of figure skating competitions, and I always saved souvenirs from each trip we took. Some of our Colorado souvenirs were from trips before we moved here and others from mini-vacations and field trips while we lived in Colorado.
I included Colorado postcards, brochures, maps, souvenir spoons, and Christmas ornaments. A small photo album would have been a nice addition, too.
We had a 3 -D puzzle of the United States from the 1990s that we loved. I included the Colorado state piece along with the Rocky Mountains and ski pieces that fit into the state piece. I looked online, and, unfortunately, I can’t find either the company or the puzzle map. Melissa & Doug has a nice U.S.A. map wooden puzzle, though. You could always add the state map piece from your favorite puzzle map for each state you study.
Booking Across the USA
Special thanks to Jodie from Growing Book by Book for organizing Booking Across the USA. Also, thanks to Erika from The Honey Bunch and Misty from Think, Wonder & Teach for working on creating a button. And thanks to Carolyn from Wise Owl Factory for creating the lovely table of flag links to each blogger.
Learn more about Booking across the USA and its associated giveaways at Growing Book by Book.
Check out the participating blogs below for a fun tour/unit study of the United States!
Montessori Monday Link-Up
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