One of the tips I learned was a low-pressure, minimal time-consuming way to stay on top of mapping skills.
I couldn't wait to apply the tip and incorporate it into our school day.
I began by giving my children a blank map outline of the United States and a pencil. I gave them 5 minutes to label as many states as they could. After the 5 minutes, I gave them a labeled map and told them to check and correct what they had just completed and then pick 5 new states to add to their own map. I praised whatever they had done, and we then moved on to the next subject(s ;-).
The next day I gave them another blank map and asked them to label it again and try to remember the 5 new ones they had added the previous day. I was so pleased with the results!
For example, one child could only label 23 on the first day but could label 32 on the second day. Every child improved under this low-pressure approach, and 2 could label all 50 by the 5th day! Great success with no painful memorizing or time-wasting busywork.
It was almost as easy as when they learned the capitals by listening to a cd in the van.
Gotta love it!
In the Heart of our Home,
P.S. I am using U.S. and World Map Outlines, a handy book from Creative Teaching Press, to copy all my maps, but if you don't have such a book yet, I hear they sell these things on CD ROM now (maybe Uncle Josh's?). Then a lucky mama could just click a button and print all she needed!