Monday, June 3, 2013

State-by-State Scrapbook :: Maine

"A is for Augusta,
the capital of our state.
In the rooms of the statehouse,
our representatives legislate."

The next up in our State-by-State Study is Maine!  The boys mastered their states and capitals long ago, but this is a project they have really been enjoying and want to continue until they have made it through the 50 states.  (I am a little behind on posting and they are currently studying/working on Florida.)  They have enjoyed learning extra details about each state and turning some of those into artwork for their scrapbooks.

"Q is for Quoddy Lighthouse, 
a friend that stands beside the sea,
warning of dangers so ships sail worry free.
On top of its tower burns a bright light
that cuts through the fog and the dark of night."

We have also started incorporating additional picture books for each state.  Our pick for Maine was one of my own childhood favorites, One Morning in Maine.  

The boys also read Time of Wonder, which is also written by Robert McCloskey, to the little ones as well.  These are also the two suggestions Cay Gibson offers for the state of Maine in the section titled "Read Across America" in her book A Picture Perfect Childhood.  Rose is always ready and waiting for storytime with her big brothers... She loves it!

.: Maine by Captain :.

.: Maine by Rascal :.

*The links to the worksheets used for these notebook pages can be found here, and here is the link to all of our State-by-State Study posts.


  1. I remember "Blueberries for Sal" by Robert McCloskey-one of my favorites!

    1. Blueberries for Sal is such a great book, and another of Robert McCloskey's books that can be found on our bookshelf! :) We included it during B week last fall!

  2. My daughter is having all those great McCloskey titles this school year as read-a-louds! In fact, we're going to be reading "One Morning in Maine" next! "Make Way for Ducklings" is the best and the figures of them in the Boston Gardens is really neat, too! I love Maine - the coast there is beautiful! I wish we could get there more often! I hope all the kids loved learning all about Maine - brilliant scrapbooks! Bravi, boys!

    1. We have Make Way for Ducklings too! I need to pull it our to read to Rose. It has been awhile! Sounds like you have some great plans for next year! (And thank you for the recent emails and all the info!!! I'm behind on emails, as usual, but really appreciated you taking the time to send all of that to me!)

  3. We just read "Time of Wonder" this evening to her. She loves storms and weather, so this one was really good! We read "Make Way for Ducklings" last year for K and did a little lapbook for it as well! We have a really nice hardback compilation book called "Make Way for McCloskey" which includes 8 complete stories. It also has an introduction section and a section about Robert McCloskey himself. A really lovely book - not the "original books" but nice!

    Hope you can use some of the info and/or find it helpful for next year's studies! I love to "talk shop & curriculum" so it was my pleasure to offer some of our findings. (and let me know if you might like to use the Rome mini-books. If I make any more - which I might very well do at some point soon after State end of the year reporting gets finished up - let me know if you'd like to see any of them. I woudl be happy to send those along as well)


  4. Jessica,

    I can't help but marvel at your children's notebook pages, lapbooks, etc. I am just wondering do you do all the cutting and such and let them color and glue or do they do all of it themselves. I have resisted so many projects because they seem so overwhelming. We did do some FIAR work at the beginning of the year and we do like that kind of stuff....anyway, just wondering. Thank you for sharing so much with us.



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