The 50 States

No offense, but this chapter of the Heritage Studies book is a bit dry, especially since I don’t shell out the extra dollars for the BJU workbook.  However, I have an activity book we will use to supplement this chapter. Travel the Great States is a great little workbook that should make this chapter a bit more fun.  Plus, if you click that link & buy the book, I get Amazon Affiliate credit, so there’s that.

But seriously, this chapter splits America into 6 different regions & looks at the states in each one.


The 6 Regions of the United States… According to BJU Press.


  • Maine
  • New Hampshire
  • Vermont
  • New York
  • Massachusetts
  • Conneticut
  • Rhode Island
  • Pensylvania
  • New Jersey
  • Deleware
  • Maryland


  • Virginia
  • Washington D.C. (which technically isn’t a state, but neither Virginia nor Maryland wants to claim this piece of land as part of their state)
  • West Virginia
  • Kentucky
  • Tennessee
  • N. Carolina
  • S. Carolina
  • Georgia
  • Florida
  • Alabama
  • Mississippi
  • Arkansas
  • Louisiana


  • Ohio
  • Michigan
  • Indiana
  • Illinios
  • Missouri
  • Iowa
  • Wisconsin
  • Minnesota
  • N. Dakota
  • S. Dakota
  • Nebraska
  • Kansas


  • Oklahoma
  • Texas
  • New Mexico
  • Arizona

Rocky Mountain

  • Montana
  • Wyoming
  • Colorado
  • Utah
  • Idaho
  • Nevada


  • Washington (the state)
  • Oregon
  • California
  • Alaska
  • Hawaii

Of course, no discussion of the 50 states would be complete without this little gem from the Animaniacs:


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The map I used to make mine is found here.
Plenty of games and such can be found at Learning Games For Kids.
The US Consulate of Hong Kong has some interesting stuff about the 50 States.
If you aren’t afraid of being tracked when you visit .gov sites, then has a listing of each state’s official “Kids!” pages.

Finally, this is another cute video from Marbles, the Brain Store:

Chaplains & Circuit-Riding Preachers

* Pages 68-69 in American Heritage Series 4 by BJU Press.

Julia_Ward_Howe-_History_of_Woman_Suffrage_volume_2_page_793Julia Ward Howe wrote the Battle Hymn of the Republic after watching some Union soldiers encamped in D.C., preparing for the coming Civil War. Preachers who were also soldiers were called “chaplains”.  They spread the gospel through the encampments, and helped soldiers learn more about God. The impending war led many soldiers to think more about their eternal souls. Why?

Church attendance skyrocketed all across the country.  Soon there were more churches & communities in need of pastors than there were pastors.  Preachers who rode on horseback were called “circuit-riding preachers.”  Why?  Because much like electricity follows a path around in a path, these preachers would have a set route to travel, circling through all the towns.  Sometimes a few of them would get together and hold a “camp meeting” – where many folks would show up from the surrounding communities and camp out for a week or so.  It was a time of great revival, or spiritual awakening in the country.


Read More:

Into the Wilderness: Circuit Riders take Religions to the People
Holy, “Knock ’em Down” Preachers
Colorful Peter Cartwright, Circuit Rider
Women Leaders in the Wesleyan Movements – Some women did preach publicly.

New School Year, New State, New Regulations.

I know it’s early, but we usually homeschool during the hot summer months to allow us to take more time off during the holidays and spring.  But here’s the catch.  We’ve moved -which is why the lesson plans stopped being posted in February.  We’ve moved from a state that had fairly lax rules and an area that was pretty friendly to homeschoolers, to a state that is pretty strict and an area that is anything but friendly to homeschoolers.

By: Chris

In Maryland, you have to submit to portfolio reviews, which are done by the school board.  In the county we live, the board is notorious for being hard on homeschoolers. As such, we’ve opted for the Umbrella School option.  Thankfully I found an umbrella school that will allow us to use whatever curriculum we want. Another thing about Maryland, is that we have to show proof of progress in not just Math & Language – which is all that was required to show progress in Virginia – but also in Science, History, Music, & Art.  I’ll be honest, we were doing Language, Math, & History with the younger two, threw in science as well for the oldest, & unschooling everything else.  Now that I need something more concrete to prove the work *is* being done, I’ve got to add something with a bit more structure in each subject.

Then there’s the oldest.  He’s doing high school level work this year, despite being an 8th grader.  In Virginia, I was letting him take the CAT (California Achievement Test) for his grade level according to the state, so that if we hit a rough patch, we’d have room to slow down & really dig in.  But in Maryland, you only get to claim high school credit for 3 courses, and he’s taking 4 high school courses – Math, Science, History, and Language.  So, it makes more sense to promote him to 9th grade and make him officially in high school.

So this year, everyone will be using Math-U-See, and I’m counting this summer’s swimming lessons & pool time as PE for everyone.  The younger two are using Easy Grammar, and BJU’s American Heritage Studies.  They’ve decided on Apologia’s Land Animals for their science, and we will be using SQUILT for Music Appreciation.  Besides Math-U-See’s Algebra 1, the oldest will be using Switched On Schoolhouse for Grammar, History, and Bible.  For science he will be using Apologia’s Physical Science, for typing, and for art, we’ll be using a combination of sources found online, primarily Khan Academy & TICE 1010.

So… Aprendemos Academy officially starts it’s 2014-2015 school year tomorrow morning.  I am so not ready for this.