This is a bit new, we have been doing a lot of kindergarten and preschool geography activities lately! Today we’re sharing our contribution to the Booking Across the USA project spearheaded by Jodie of Growing Book by Book, which explores all 50 states…you guessed it: book by book.
Our state, since we live here and because it is nothing short of awesome, is California.
Preschool Geography Book
We read Our California by Pam Munoz Ryan, which has wonderful illustrations and is packed full of information about the history, culture, and geography of California. In terms of the language and reading level, this book is more suitable for an elementary school reader, but it was an excellent learning tool for my toddler and preschooler with me reading the book aloud. It was also a great refresher course for me!
Preschool Geography Activity
To go along with the book, we played a matching game with California state symbols:
You can download your own set of the matching cards here, which includes 12 different state symbols or significant geographical features specific to California.
First, we printed out two copies of each matching card and then played a simple game of memory with just the photos, talking about what was shown on each of the cards.
Kindergarten Geography Activity
Next, we used the reading cards to match the photos to the words, read the words, and then we talked more about what the words and photos represented.
You can download your own set of the reading cards here, which includes text to go along with the photos from the matching cards set.
These activities were definitely a fun hands-on reinforcement tool to extend our reading experience!
More Preschool, Toddler, and Infant Books
If you’re looking for a simpler book for preschoolers and kindergarteners, try Good Night California by Adam Gamble
I have to warn you that while the simplicity is appealing and the illustrations are charming, this is not a book for learning syntax or sentence structure! Even though I cringed at the awkward language, Good Night California is still an entertaining read for kids and a good way to introduce your child to the different aspects of California.
And 123 California: A Cool Counting Book, which is a simple counting book, is good for babies, toddlers, and even younger preschoolers.
Don’t stop here…continue your journey around the 50 states with these fabulous bloggers who are also showcasing books and activities to go along with your adventure:
Alabama: Everyday Snapshots
Alaska: Little Wonders’ Days
Arizona: Simply Kinder
Arkansas: Homeschooling in Arkansas
Connecticut: The Teacher Park
Delaware: Mama Miss
Florida: Teaching Stars
Georgia: Fabulously First
Hawaii: Teaching With Style
Idaho: True Aim Education
Illinois: Growing Book by Book
Indiana: Teach Preschool
Kentucky: Chicken Babies
Louisiana: New Orleans Moms Blog
Maryland: Picture Books and Piourettes
Massachusetts: Mama Smiles
Michigan: Play DrMom
Minnesota: The Wise Owl Factory
Mississippi: Hey Mommy, Chocolate Milk
Missouri- Ready. Set. Read!
Montana: The Honey Bunch
Nebraska: The Good Long Road
Nevada: Boy, Oh Boy, Oh Boy Crafts
New Hampshire: Elementary Matters
New Jersey: The Pleasantest Thing
New Mexico: Enchanted Homeschooling Mom
New York: What Do We Do All Day
North Carolina: Realistic Teacher Blog
North Dakota: ND HealthWorks
Oklahoma: Herding Kats in Kindergarten
Oregon: Journey of a Substitute Teacher
Pennsylvania: Land of Once Upon a Time
Rhode Island: Smiling in Second Grade
South Dakota: The Wise Owl Factory
Tennessee: No Monkey Business
Utah: Teach Beside Me
Vermont: Burlington Vt Moms Blog
Wisconsin: Reading Confetti
Wyoming: No Twiddle Twaddle