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Postcard-Geography Album: Arkansas, "The Natural State"

This week's postcard comes from our blog friends at The Academy at Thousand Oaks in Arkansas!
Jenny has a lovely blog in which she tells about her three children, two of which she homeschools. She says on her postcard,
"Some of our favorite places in Arkansas include: Pinnacle Mountain, Hot Springs Nat'l. Park, Petit Jean State Park, downtown Little Rock, Mount Magazine and Eureka Springs."

 James completed this week's geography-postcard album page. He found Arkansas on the US map and colored it in. He also colored in a map of the state with all it's little icons. We found out that it produces chickens and rice. The state flower is the Apple Blossom and the Mockingbird is the state bird. The state tree is the Loblolly Pine. He decorated the page with pictures of watermelon  the state name tag from Musings of Me. There are lots of state worksheets for preschoolers there. The activities were too young for my guys but they liked the pictures.
 We read this book and enjoyed all the beautiful pictures.
"N is for Natural State
where unspoiled beauties abound.
We have timber, water, fertile soil,
and diamonds in the ground."
 This page of the book is why James put the pictures of watermelon on the scrapbook page.
 For our Arkansas dinner we had Arkansas Chicken, rice, tomatoes (the pink tomato is the state fruit) and watermelon.
Here is the recipe for Arkansas chicken, if you are interested in trying it.

In our geography-postcard album we have visited 14 states (28%) and Washington DC.


  1. That chicken looks yummy! I need to look closer into the printables on that site.

  2. I totally forgot to get postcards for my kids when we were traveling this last time. Oops.

    I think some of those pages she has are awesome, but can you imagine how much ink she must go through? I printed some of her Easter file, and there was 100 something pages.

  3. Interesting! I love posts about other countries and continents. While reading them, I learn about the various things that I did not know until now.

  4. Yay - fun! My kids will enjoy seeing the postcard later on your site. It will make it seem "famous" probably. :) That does, indeed, look like a plate that could be eaten in Arkansas! Now I must go cut that watermelon I have in the fridge...

  5. That is so cool! I'm looking forward to doing something like this in the coming years. I'm eager to read how it works for you.

    much love,

  6. What a great study. Arkansas is where my daughter and grandson are living. They have been putting up with all the flash flooding and tornadoes. Did you know that their is a park there called Monte Sano? That is the name of our town. Selena thinks that little bit of info is pretty cool about AR.

  7. I agree, a great state study! The food looks so good :)

  8. I just stumbled upon your site through the Outdoor Hour blog carnival. Love your site and really love the postcard album. I noticed on your sidebar that you were looking for people in Indiana? If you still are, please e-mail me with what you need. I'd be happy to help! I live VERY near the state lines to IL and KY and family who live in each, if you have trouble finding postcards from either one of those.
    adriana2430 (at) gmail (dot) com

  9. Phyllis, again, as always, you made another beautiful post of a state study. I'm impressed how you make your learning fun and interesting. Your homeschoolers are so blessed to have a very creative mom as their teacher.



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