Stack the States.
You need to get this app as soon as possible. It's this brilliant educational app that has made my children experts on United States geography in no time at all.
Or, it felt like no time at since they were in the iPod zone, and not fighting or bothering me.
Tuck can click and drag all of the states to their homes on the map in 15 seconds or less. Maybe it's 8 seconds or less. I'm telling you, he's fast. His favorite thing is to envision an invisible map hanging between us, and he says, "Mommy. Name a state." I say Washington, and he points to his top left. And I say Florida, and he points to the bottom right. Then I make it harder and ask him to show me Ohio, and he points to the upper midwest. He even knows the specific locations I've never learned, like Delaware and Rhode Island and all those little ditties on the east coast.
And, as a bonus, young readers will teach you new and charming pronunciations.
Your life is about to get better. Your kids will study geography for hours, and you'll look like a great mom.
Because this is what it takes these days.
Check out Presidents vs. Aliens, too - you can set the questions to be easier or more difficult. Who else has a six year old who knows that Roosevelt is the one with glasses or the difference between George W and George H? My son had a great moment in 1st grade last week where another early reader didn't recognize Massachusetts and he was able to say it for her. Except in our family, the 1st grader tells her about "Mathachuthettth" in his adorable lisp that will all too soon be gone.
I am so happy that you shared this with your readers. My step-daughter and I spent HOURS playing this on our ipad tonight. Absolutely loving it! Thank you, thank you!
Wish I'd had these tricks. Then I could have been a great mom.