Booking across the USA : Indiana

This is a special edition of Teach Preschool in collaboration with bloggers from all over the USA. Each blogger is sharing a book about his or her own home state in support of the wonderful project: “Booking Across the USA” sponsored by Jodie of Growing Book by Book. Our prekindergarten class explored a few simple facts about our home state of Indiana…

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We took a picture walk through two different books” “Indiana Facts and Symbols” by Bill McAuliffe and “H is for Hoosier: An Indiana Alphabet” by Bruce Langton. Both books were too complex for us to read-aloud to our students but they did offer lots of wonderful photos of landmarks and symbols that our prekindergarten students found interesting…

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Both of the books had wonderful photos of Indiana symbols to promote discussion about where we live. When we asked our students to tell us where they live, most of our students could tell us the city they lived in but not the state. Mrs. Courtney helped the children pinpoint the state of Indiana on a simple map…

Booking Across America - Indiana - By Teach Preschool

Indiana State Flag

Every state in the US has a state flag and we discovered that Indiana’s state flag is dark blue with a torch and lots of shooting stars all around the torch.  The children explored the Indiana state flag a little more closely as they created their own Indiana State flag books…

Booking Across America - Indiana - By Teach Preschool

To make their flags, the children drew on the torch and flames and then used glue and glitter to add the the stars…

Booking Across America - Indiana - By Teach Preschool

Then the children filled their flag books with information about Indiana symbols to be taken home and used as conversation starters with their parents…

Booking Across America - Indiana - By Teach Preschool

Indiana State Bird (Cardinal)

We focused our sensory play on Cardinals in wintertime. There is nothing more beautiful than a red cardinal on a snowy pine tree….

Booking Across the USA - Indiana - By Teach Preschool

The tub was filled with fake snow (no real snow was available at the time), real pine branches and a few Dollar Store red cardinals (picked up during the holidays)…

Booking Across the USA - Indiana - By Teach Preschool

The Indiana sensory tub was a big hit and what a great hands-on way to help our students remember that a Cardinal is considered the Indiana state bird

Booking Across the USA - Indiana - By Teach Preschool

Indiana State Flower (Peony)

Our students explored the Indiana state flower by making a sticky flower using silk petals that looked just like the Peony petals on the cover of our Indiana book and a few yellow pipe cleaners…

Booking Across the USA - Indiana - By Teach Preschool

The children pressed the silk flowers down onto clear contact paper flower shapes any way they wished to do…

Booking Across the USA - Indiana - By Teach Preschool

There were all kinds of interpretations to this process…

Booking Across the USA - Indiana - By Teach Preschool

Booking Across the USA - Indiana - by Teach Preschool

Once the children completed their sticky flowers, we hung them up in our window…

Booking Across the USA - Indiana - By Teach Preschool

Other States…

Be sure to see what others did to celebrate their state – the list of participating bloggers is just below….

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Check out the participating bloggers for more fun adventures in Booking Across the USA below….
Participating Bloggers…
All 50 States for Booking Across the USA Blog Hop, A book review and crafts, activities, or freebies are included in each post. All the posts were live on February 25, 2013.
Booking Across the USA Host: Growing Book by Book
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Flag of Alabama from Wikipedia CommonsAlabama Blog Post by Everyday Snapshots Blog

 Flag of Alaska from Wikipedia CommonsAlaska Blog Post by Little Wonders’ Days Blog

Flag of Arkansas from Wikipedia CommonsArkansas Blog Post by Homeschooling in Arkansas

Flag of Arizona from Wikipedia CommonsArizona Blog Post by Simply Kinder

Flag of California from WikipediaCalifornia Blog Post by Juggling with Kids

Flag of CaliforniaCalifornia Blog Post by The Outlaw Mom

Flag of Colorado from Wikipedia CommonsColorado blog Post by Learners in Bloom

Flag of Colorado from Wikipedia

Colorado Blog Post by Living Montessori Now

Flag of Connecticut from Wikipedia CommonsConnecticut Blog Post By Teacher Park Blog
Flag of Delaware from Wikipedia CommonsDelaware Blog Post by Mama Miss

Flag of Florida from WikipediaFlorida Blog Post by the Teaching Stars Blog

Flag of Georgia USA from Wikipedia CommonsGeorgia Blog Post by Fabulously First Blog

Flag of Hawaii from Wikipedia CommonsHawaii Blog Post by Teaching with Style

Flag of Idaho from Wikipedia Commons

Idaho post by True Aim Education Blog

Flag of Illinois from Wikipedia CommonsIllinois State Post by Growing Book by Book

Flag of Indiana from Wikipedia CommonsIndiana State Post by Teach Pre-School Blog
Flag of Iowa from Wikipedia CommonsIowa Blog Post by Surviving a Teacher Salary Blog Flag of Kansas from Wikipedia CommonsKansas Blog Post by KCEdventures
Flag of Kentucky from Wikipedia Commons Blog Post by Chicken Babies

Flag of Louisiana from Wikipedia CommonsLouisiana Blog Post by Your Child’s Next Book and Project Blog

Flag of Maine from Wikipedia CommonsMaine Blog Post by Country Fun
Flag of Maryland from Wikipedia CommonsMaryland Blog Post by Picture Books and Piourettes

Flag of Massachusetts from Wikipedia CommonsMassachusetts Blog Post by Mama Smiles Blog

Flag of Michigan from Wikipedia CommonsMichigan Blog Post by Play Dr. Mom

Flag of Minnesota from Wikipedia CommonsMinnesota Post by the Wise Owl Factory Book a Day Blog

Flag of Mississippi from Wikipedia CommonsMississippi Blog Post by Hey Mommy, Chocolate Milk

Flag of Missouri from Wikipedia CommonsMissouri Blog Post by Ready, Set, Read Blog
Flag of Montana from Wikipedia CommonsMontana Blog Post by The Honey Bunch

Flag of Nebraska from Wikipedia CommonsNebraska Blog Post by The Good Long Road

Flag of Nevada from Wikipedia CommonsNevada Blog Post by Boy Oh Boy Oh Boy Crafts Blog

Flag of New Hampshire from Wikipedia CommonsNew Hampshire Blog Post by Elementary Matters


Flag of New Jersey from Wikipedia CommonsNew Jersey Blog Post by The Pleasantest Thing


Flag of New Mexico from Wikipedia CommonsNew Mexico Blog Post by The Enchanted Homeschooling Mom Blog


Flag of New York from Wikipedia CommonsNew York Blog Post by What Do We Do All Day Blog

Flag of North Carolina from Wikipedia CommonsNorth Carolina Post by the Realistic Teacher Blog
Flag of North Dakota from WikipediaNorth Dakota Post by ND Health Works

Flag of Ohio from Wikipedia CommonsOhio Blog Post by the Smart Chick Teacher Blog

Flag of Oklahoma from Wikipedia CommonsOklahoma Blog Post by Herding Kats in Kindergarten

Flag of Oregon from Wikipedia CommonsOregon State Post by Journey of a Substitute Teacher Blog


Flag of Pennsylvania from Wikipedia CommonsPennsylvania Blog Post by the Land of Once Upon a Time

Flag of Rhode Island from Wikipedia CommonsRhode Island Blog Post by Smiling in Second


Flag of South Carolina from Wikipedia CommonsSouth Carolina Blog Post by Cookies and Kiddos

Flag of South Dakota from WikipediaSouth Dakota Blog Post by Wise Owl Factory Book a Day

Flag of Tennessee from Wikipedia CommonsTennessee Blog Post by No Monkey Business

Flag of Texas from Wikipedia CommonsTexas Blog Post by Curls and a Smile

Flag of Texas from WikipediaTexas Blog Post by Kid World Citizen

Flag of Utah from Wikipedia CommonsUtah Blog Post by Teach Beside Me Blog


Flag of Vermont from Wikipedia CommonsVermont Blog Post by Vermont Moms Blog


Flag of Virginia from Wikipedia CommonsVirginia Blog Post by Once Upon a Story Blog

Flag of Virginia from WikipediaVirginia Post by the Freckled Homeschooler Blog


Flag of Washington State from Wikipedia CommonsWashington Blog Post by Home Learning Journey

Flag of West Virginia from Wikipedia CommonsWest Virginia Blog Post by Great Peace Academy Blog

Flag of West VirginiaWest Virginia Blog Post by Mamas Like Me

Flag of Wisconsin from Wikipedia CommonsWisconsin Blog Post by Reading Confetti


Flag of Wyoming from Wikipedia CommonsWyoming Blog Post by No Twiddle Twaddle


Flag of the United States of America from Wikipedia CommonsUSA Blog Post by the Corner on Character Blog

Deborah J Stewart

Deborah J Stewart

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