Monday, April 9, 2012

Week 30 (Adv. 26 & 27): Santa Fe Trail, Oregon Trail, California Trail, California, Minnesota and Oregon

In an attempt to get through our curriculum a little quicker, I combined week 26 with part of week 27. The following week (week 31), I combined the other half of week 27 with week 28 and condensed our study of Abraham Lincoln to one week.

Santa Fe Trail, Oregon Trail and California Trail

We read American Pioneers and Patriots book for each of the trails. Treyton and I both enjoy this book quite a bit. I will be sad when we finish it. Having already studied the Wagon Trains, Treyton enjoyed having some discussion about the difficult travels they may have faced, and what it must have been like on the trails.

State Studies: California, Minnesota and Oregon

Treyton completed his state pages, and we read books on each state:

  • “Roughing it on the Oregon Trail’ by Diane Stanley
  • “First Day in Grapes” by L. King Perez
  • “If You Traveled West in a Covered Wagon”

We also read our other regular books:

  • “The Hundred Dresses”
  • “Hero Tales”
  • “Sarah Plain and Tall”



IMG_1508 State Location Review

  • Delaware
  • Pennsylvania
  • Georgia
  • Massachusetts (the one with the thumb)
  • South Carolina
  • Virginia
  • New York
  • North Carolina
  • Tennessee
  • Ohio
  • Louisiana
  • Indiana (where Toni and Angel live)
  • Maine
  • Michigan
  • Florida
  • Texas
  • Iowa
  • Wisconsin
  • California
  • Minnesota
  • Oregon (he guessed and got it right)
  • West Virginia
  • South Dakota (Faces on  the mountain)
  • Montana (drive fast)
  • Washington
  • Idaho (potatoes)
  • Oklahoma
  • Alaska
  • Hawaii

States We’ve Learned but Need to Locate: 

  • Kentucky
  • Maryland
  • New Jersey
  • Illinois
  • Missouri
  • Mississippi
  • Alabama
  • New Hampshire
  • Vermont
  • Connecticut



Treyton has finished A Reason for Handwriting book A, and we are waiting until after convention to buy the Transitions book, so until then he is just practicing different letters every day. I watch him a little more closely to be sure he is forming his letters correctly. He does great!


We have really come to a head with Treyton and his shapes. I thought he would eventually just pick them up on his own, but he continues to struggle and has started becoming embarrassed by the fact that he doesn’t always know his shapes well. So with Tim’s help we’ve been much more deliberate working with him to remember his shapes. We started by focusing on the square, but he kept calling it triangle, so we switched to the triangle after we explained to him that “tri” means three, just like his name “Trey”. He got it and picked it up pretty easily.

Then we went to square, which he got easier after he eliminated triangle as an option.

Oregon Trail Resources

Oregon Trail Lapbook Lessons

Landmarks of the Old Oregon Country Video

Oregon Trail Teacher Resources – offers 158 page educators pdf file with GREAT resources, activities, worksheets, songs, recipes, teaching ideas and more. 

The Crafty Classroom – Pioneer and Oregon Trail crafts

File Folder Fun – The Oregon Trail Game

Listen to Pioneer Music On-Line

Oregon Trail Classroom Ideas 

Pioneers & the Oregon Trail on Squidoo

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