Part II of III
Sometimes, I'm able to sit in the backseat and read to the boys while we're on the road. Other times, we take advantage of the portable DVD player that my aunt just knew they needed one Christmas (a multitude of thanks to you, Auntie K.!). Though we pick and choose what we're going to read and watch based on our current location, our units are very literature-based.
The Magic Tree House series has a book for almost any topic you dream up, and Mary Pope Osborne is still writing! Each of the books has an accompanying research guide, and there are free teacher guides and art activities are online.
"We Were There books are easy to read and provide exciting, entertaining stories, based upon true historic events. Though written simply enough for young readers, they make interesting reading for boys and girls well into their teens." (description from Wikipedia) I read these aloud to the kids, and they adore them! There is a WWT book for almost every facet of American history up to the 1960's.
Both Carmen Sandiego and Little Passports help to reinforce world geography lessons. Carmen Sandiego is the detective who fights crime around the world in thirty-minute segments. Little Passports covers either US or World geography (depending on your package), and includes activities, stickers, a toy / art project, and a letter each month from a different state / country. (For example, the United Kingdom kit came with a double-decker bus to build.) We used the world geography kits, and they are very disappointed that we have finished.
The Magic School Bus set is comprehensive, with books, movies, science kits, and a free curriculum that pulls everything together. I like that the books are written on a few different levels, so that kids can start reading them in first grade, yet still be challenged by the same characters in fifth grade.
The Young Scientists Club (monthly science kits) and the Science Labs (four school-bus options with 25-30 experiments in each) are great hands-on learning experiences. They are well-made kits with reusable pieces, and a good investment if you have multiple children that will be replicating the experiments.
My husband once joked that he didn't marry the kind of girl that spends $100 / week on shoes.....he married the one that spent $100 / week on books. He's not even close. I shop a variety of thrift stores and garage sales, though I suppose he'd be right if I paid retail for our books. (Thrift stores were made to be shopped...it's like a fun scavenger hunt!)
I also want to mention the Enchanted Homeschooling Mom. Her home-business is the development of curricula, and she's very good at it! For $15, you get lifetime access to everything that she ever creates, and for us, it's been entirely worth the fifteen dollars. Currently, her year-length curricula include : History Rocks, World of Folktales, Weather Detectives, Reading in the First, Storybook Artists, Learning our Lessons, and Science Chapters. She also has several short ones, and freebies, such as this one on Knights & Castles.
And lest I forget...we listen to many Jim Weiss audiobooks while cruising the interstate! Great Hall Productions has an entire line based on classic books. Many are available at our local library.
Jen Altman @ Chestnut Grove Academy - Virtual Curriculum Fair 2016: Exploring Our World, How We Do Social Studies and Life/Earth Science
Laura @ Day by Day in Our World - Learning About the World Around Us
Chareen @ Every Bed of Roses - Social Studies a Science of Relations
Lisa @ GoldenGrasses - Exploring & Discovering Around the World
Annette @ A Net In Time - Science and Culture Around the World and at Home
Kym @ Homeschool Coffee Break - Exploring History and Geography
Laura @ Four Little Penguins - Going Around the World at Our Kitchen Table
Joelle @ Homeschooling for His Glory - Our Tackling of the Social Studies and Science
Kristen @ Sunrise to Sunset - Encouraging Curiosity about the World