We hit the elementary highlights: the Rockies, the M-I-crooked letter-crooked letter...(you fill in the rest) River and the Great Lakes. As we located these places, I couldn't resist this particular map exercise: take four crayons, color each state a different color, but don't let any two touching states be the same color. My eight-year-old nailed it, can you?
And what's a study of America without mentioning the National Anthem? I had each of the girls copy the first stanza around the flag they colored. This patriotic poem is full of rich language that we simply take for granted. Oh, yeah, it'll give you chills of pride to hear it at the ballpark, and this anthem truly evokes intense patriotism for me. As an interpreter, I get nervous when I sign this song, because it portrays the fight for our freedom with great emotion. Try acting out the words sometime and you'll see what I mean.