We did a combination geography/history study for the month of August. We called it a USA book tour, inspired by the idea of armchair travelers. We divided the United States into 18 regions and read a book for each region. Then, we discussed interesting facts and history for that region and the kids colored in the area on their USA maps. When I was initially making the plans for it, I had a LOT more stuff in mind to do along with it. However, that's my typical MO. Plan tons of projects, games, worksheets, etc., get everything organized and then..... never do it. I drive myself crazy that way and it's one thing I've been trying really hard to change. So, I shelved all the other cool ideas and we just jumped into reading, discussing and coloring. And, guess what? We actually finished all 18 regions, learned a lot and had fun doing it. Yah! The kids looked forward to our book tour, always asking when we were going to do it next. I had originally thought of doing one book a week, but we ended up doing several a week because everyone enjoyed it so much. Mostly, I'm proud of myself; pleased I didn't give in to my perfectionist tendencies and just went for it. It was a great personal lesson and has given me a lot of motivation for all the other school things we do. Look here to see a list of the regions with the book of choice and discussion notes. Look to the right at the USA Book Tour book list with links and notes.