What to do with this activity?
The United States of America (known as USA) is often in the news so it's a good idea to find out about it. It shares the continent of North America with Canada and Mexico.
There are 50 states in USA and it covers a huge area. It takes five or six hours to cross the continent by aeroplane. Ireland would fit into the area of USA about 140 times over.
Native American Indians lived there for centuries before the Europeans arrived and changed everything. If your child wants to learn more about the USA, the National Geographic Kids website is a good place to start.
To get to know the names of all the states and where they are situated, try this challenging online map quiz game from Seterra.
Why am I doing this?
Reading is like a muscle – the more your child practises it the stronger their ability to read becomes. Reading with your child, encouraging them and giving them space to read makes reading part of their everyday lives.
How can I do more?
Talk to your child about which books they liked and what they think would be good to read next. Look out for other activities for your child’s age group in your local library.
Use magazines and newspapers for ideas, words and facts. Use the pictures as well as the words. Show your child different types of books - storybooks but also poetry and factual books for children, for example on nature, animals or insects. Encourage your child’s interest in reading about topics they enjoy, for example animals, music and football. Enjoying reading is the most important thing.
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