Okay, as someone who was considering adventures...now I'm scared! I did not know the state study was a whopping 24 weeks long! I agree with the op totally! I would not like studying facts of each state at ALL. So my next question is, how do you NOT do it? What do you add in or sub instead? How much is left of the program if you just omit the state study? Do you feel the program is worth doing if I omit it???
I don't think you should be scared. I think you have a misunderstanding that might be nice to address.
I have done the state study in MFW twice now. I know others in the thread have done it and hated it while in ADV. I've done it and my children enjoyed it when it was done over EX1850 and 1850MOD. The first time, my oldest and middle were 5th and 2nd grade.(and then 6th and 3rd) The second time, middle gal was . 7th and 8th... youngest was in 3rd/4th.
The amount of time per day on this is not that much. Really, it's not. They place a flag sticker on a worksheet. They learn some stuff that's important to know like state postal abbreviations. (have to learn that at some point). You read a few sentences to them. You are encouraged to have them color in the bird and flower and then put your worksheet on display for a bit.
So, to put it in perspective of 24 weeks in ADV:
The state study is done while you are still studying chronological US history. So, you don't introduce a state until it becomes a state. In other words, it takes 24 weeks to cover history from post Rev. War to about 1950. but it is not the case that the state study is the only thing in those weeks. It is one thing in the history portion of the grid that day. In some days, it might be the only thing on a Friday or rare Thursday or something.
Also, to put the 24 consecutive weeks in perspective..... a hem.... There are some of those 24 consecutive weeks where you don't do any state sheet, or you do just one. Example, on the week with Colorado, it's done while you are teaching about Transcontiental Railroad. Colorado is the only state worksheet that week. During brief Civil War study, no new states added. no worksheet on that.
You learn what was going on in history and that a place became a state is part of that history. They get a sheet to put stickers on, color a bit (and it doesn't have to be a drama filled time on that... my autistic child and I colored it together. I asked her to tell me the color of the bird's wing and I colored it. no drama time with the coloring needed)
Yes, it can become dull and boring and horrible if you let it. What part of school isn't like that? But it's not a horrible chore to do either. You grab some cool pictures of the state from books, or official tourist site....... Then, you take the worksheet, and read a few things from the back of it to your children. Not all of it!!!!!!!!
Then, remember the pics from book basket or tourist site? set those around you while you color. Talk about the fun things you could do in that state if you visited. Or talk about things of interest: oh, we're studying _______, that's where the ________ team plays, you know.
If one turns it into "do your worksheet, do your worksheet, you can't eat until you finish this miserable, stupid mfw worksheet", well, then, it's boring to do. I'm not saying anyone on this thread has done that, I'm speaking in general terms how not to approach a worksheet.
Things that bother people with the way it is done in Adventures....
the first 13 states all happened at once, so the pace in those weeks is quick. There are a few other weeks where several states joined so in a handful of those weeks you do a few sheets. It is ONE PER DAY! keep that in mind.
The focus is not to shove every single fact down the throats of your children about every single state. The focus is NOT on state symbols or mottos either, although those are included. You get to practice some fine motor skills, some basics of US geography. Get to learn a cool thing... for example, it's fun to learn some of the silly laws that are on the books. It's fun to try some of the regional dishes. I made my husband eat grits. He grew up in a part of the country where they didn't know what that was. He also didn't know what collard greens were. How can a person get to a PHD level and not know that? wink......
Not everyone is going to like the same stuff. Not everyone will like doing a state study like it is done in MFW, or from statehistory dot net, or anything. But I hope my perspective of success with the mfw state study might help someone out there.
ps:oh, and something else my children enjoy: Scrambled States of America. fun to play. they've watched or listened to the book and think it's fun. state quarters. Some of this goes well beyond school time and for years to come. They enjoy interstate travel to vacations and taking pictures of places.