Draw the USA
Increase Your Knowledge by Drawing
Most adults can probably do a rough sketch of Texas, Florida, and California. But unless you or a loved one lives in Iowa or West Virginia, you may be at a loss if asked to sketch those states. Draw the USA will give your child an opportunity you probably didn’t have while significantly increasing his knowledge of the United States.
Learn in Small, Incremental Steps
With small, incremental steps your student will work through the entire USA, drawing each state as it connects to its neighbors until he can draw it all from memory. Students will especially appreciate the author’s brief comments such as “Appropriately, Louisiana (LA) is shaped like a thick L,” which give them a hook to hang their memory on. Draw the USA is a fun, easy way for your child to learn the states so that he can connect them to weather, history, and current events. Non-consumable.
From the Publisher:
Drawing a map, like reading, or algebra, is a difficult skill to learn and if one sets an 8-year-old down with a map of the US and says "draw this," the child will be as overwhelmed as if he were confronted with reading Shakespeare before he could read The Cat in the Hat, and will quickly abandon it. Sure, a child could understand and appreciate the story of Hamlet as well as read a map at the age of 8, but if you ask her to READ Hamlet or DRAW a map, that is another story. The intellect of a child far outpaces her skills and if you ask too much too soon from her skills you can forever extinguish a desire for more.
I simply want to introduce children to geography by giving them a primer in the borders and locations of states, provinces and countries. By doing so I hope to invite them further into the beautifully complicated world of geography.
Are these drawings cartoons? Absolutely they are, and in the best sense of that word. The word "cartoon" originated in the Middle ages and meant what we would today call a "sketch," something that the artist drew as he thought out, or prepared to draw his masterpiece. By engaging students in drawing "cartoon" maps I hope to give them enough self-confidence to someday give the real thing a try.
Geography is essential to a child’s education. And basic to that study is a simple outline of states, countries and continents. In Draw the USA I have tried to give students an easy introduction to committing the map of the USA to memory. Through simple, step-by-step instructions, students learn to draw each state as it connects to its neighbors and, with a little practice, will be able to draw the country as a whole.
From the Back Cover:
Any time we discuss a person, place or thing, there is a “where” about it. Where were they born? Where do they live? Where did it happen? Where was it made? Geography is a necessary, if unvoiced, lynchpin in these discussions. A child who knows where Ohio, or China, or Togo is, gets more out of such discussions than a child who doesn’t. All books about history, literature and science will become broader and deeper for children who are familiar with the world around them, who know the lay of the land.
Education seeks to broaden a child’s mind, to entice him to explore. Through books, and videos a child can virtually travel to faraway places; studying geography will augment those travels and his journey will be that much richer because he knows where he is going.
Author: Kristin J. Draeger
Grade Level: 3-8
Dimensions: 8.5″ x 11″
My artists (and even non-artist) have loved learning geography in this visual way! Even I have relearned the location of several states!
My daughter did this so fast I could not believe it! She really enjoyed it and I appreciated the conversations we had as she worked through the book.
My 11 year old rolled his eyes when I introduced this to him. He finally agreed to do one page. He ended up sitting quietly at the table and did the entire book at once!! He LOVED it!!
I used this curriculum a few years ago with my daughter and now ordered it again for my son (it used to be consumable). I really like the changes in it. It is way less tedious than when we used it the first time. It does take more planning from me because the lessons are not divided into days or weeks. We are taking a spiral approach so that he goes back to practice what he knows, then builds on that. We are also adding in the capitals and spelling of the states, as these are not included in what's covered in the book.
Our 10 year old loved that this curriculum is heavy in art and stem keeping is ever wandering attention. I appreciate the step by step, state by state breakdown of a finished sketch/map of the USA.