Florida Unit

No  really, I just didn’t want to have the kids focus on Disney, so we focused on NASA and animals. 



Here’s our projects:

TOTALLY AWESOME MOMENT:  Batman: “Mommy, I want to read to Daddy the book I read to you last morning.”


WOO HOO!  Okay, yes I know it’s because he wants to work on earning a prize, but still.  He wants to read.


All right, back to what I was saying, our projects:


On the left hand side covering one entire side is our Everglades book with hundreds of animals.


On the right are the two animals I decided to have us learn about.  It had to be two because I wanted them to learn about the manatee because it’s so unique, and besides then I could get this song stuck in someone else’s head.


And then we also had to learn about dolphins, because those are Princess’ favorite animal, or one of them.  You can’t forget “Ponies!”


And we of course did our usual state symbols (and with all of these if you click on the picture it will take you to the download).  This time I tried it with the pictures already in the boxes, and I don’t like that as much, but now I know.  “And knowing is half the battle.  Go Joe!”  Sigh, we got a DVD of some of those episodes and it doesn’t include the silly little PSA’s at the end of the episodes, so the kids do not get that joke at all.



And finally, we learned about NASA and the space study.


But, for rather obvious reasons this project won’t fit into a lapbook.  So, we headed over to Homeschool Share and looked at their materials.  If you haven’t been there, totally check it out, one caveat: it’s a little hard to navigate.  I found this piece by looking up Neil Armstrong, not NASA or Florida.


NASA accordian lapbook

We did read one other book, but I didn’t put the pieces in for it because I couldn’t find them, and besides I didn’t need to recall my boys favorite thing about this book.



11 responses to “Florida Unit”

  1. We enjoyed learning about NASA and manatees and alligators when we studied Florida, but there was no way the kids were going to leave out Disney. That was why they chose to study Florida that time! It was the same with Kansas and the Wizard of Oz.

    Did you read I'm a Manatee by John Lithgow? We love that book.

  2. Great unit on Florida. I know when we did California I left Disney out of it, but now Selena has figured out where these magical places are at, so I don't think I will get away with it when we study Florida.

  3. An Almost Unschooling Mom Avatar
    An Almost Unschooling Mom

    The only time I've been to Florida was on a business trip to Orlando, and even as adults we worked in a trip to Disney World!

  4. YAHOO for Batman! Sure, a little bribery is involved, but he is wanting to read! ROCK ON!

  5. Isn't it funny – my daughter has no idea what Disney World or Disney Land are even though we live relatively close to one. I'd rather keep it this way for a while longer. I have to look into space materials you recommend, because space theme is still wildly popular here.

  6. PS – how awesome that Batman wants to read! Yeah!

  7. Discovering Montessori Avatar
    Discovering Montessori

    I love everything you guys did with Florida. Your projects turned out great!! Thank you for sharing.

  8. That endangered love song always cracks my kids up!

  9. Firstly well doen to Batman!!!

    Great Florida study and good on you for leaving out the big D place lol!!!

  10. Joyful Learner Avatar
    Joyful Learner

    We're going to celebrate K's 5th birthday in Disneyland. My husband's too. Now, I'm wondering if I can make it educational. They might hate me for it but they'll learn something! (Insert evil laugh)

  11. We live really close to Disney World (its in easy driving distance) but we have never been there yet with my kids. We went to Universal Studios once already though.

    When we “do” Florida, I don't think I am going to cover Disney because I am guessing she is going to learn all she needs to know about it whenever we get around to visiting lol.

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