Thursday, October 14, 2010

How do you teach a 3 year old the United States?

There are just those things that stick with you your whole life. I guess from having it repeated in music class my entire grade school career, the Fifty Nifty United States song has stuck with me my whole life, well at least half of it did.

I am always trying to find ways to play with Riley that are educational. We sing songs and I try to buy her toys that will teach her something. So I began to teach her the United States song. I could only get to Nevada though, without needing a little refresher. I did what any other parent would do; I got on YouTube.

Riley asks  to play this about 54837543785 times a day, and sings it even more than that. 

Since Riley is starting to understand that our country is divided into states, and that she came name a good portion of them in alphabetical order, we busted out our huge USA puzzle.

We would pick a piece out of the box, sing the song till we got to that part of the song, then find it on the directions that they puzzle comes with. Fun and educational, I love it!

It even has the large landmarks that are significant to some of the states. 

I know all parents are bias, and I have said this before, but I think Riley is advanced for being 3. She grabbed the puzzle piece for Alaska and said, "Hey mom, this looks like Louisiana." I'm impressed that she saw that connection, and more so that she knew the names of both states!

When the puzzle is done it's huge, which makes it even more fun for her! Because she can climb on it. 

What fun ways do you teach your children?


  1. How fun! I love the upside down picture of your daughter. Too cute!

  2. I've been trying to explain to my three year old about states. He knows which one we live in but I don't think he has any idea what that means!

  3. Looks like you are doing a fantastic job teaching your daughter. She is very smart. That is very impressive that she noticed the similarity in shapes of Alaska and Louisiana. Sounds to me like she will be way above and beyond her peers throughout preschool, kindergarten and first grade. I'm telling you, kindergarten is literally shapes, colors and numbers, letters, learning to read, and not too much more. You will find that when she starts school, she will be so far ahead, and so will some other children as well, but then there will be kids that have literally not been taught anything...some won't even be able to identify letters or numbers...and they are all together in one class.


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