We’re participating in the Great American Postcard Swap with other homeschool families, sending out postcards all over the country, and hopefully receiving 50 in all!
Some Facts about Colorado:
- The colors on the Colorado flag stand for the red soil, white snow-capped mountains, blue skies, and golden sunshine.
- In the Centennial State’s southwest corner you can stand in Arizona, New Mexico, Utah, and Colorado at the same time.
- Colorado’s state flower is the white and lavendar columbine, the bird is the lark bunting, and the tree is the blue spruce.
Books and Activities:
- You can download a labeled coloring sheet of the lark bunting here.
- You can find a complete Colorado Unit Study with links galore here.
- The Royal Gorge Bridge, 1,053 feet above the Arkansas River is the world’s highest suspension bridge. You can learn more about it and see breathtaking images here.
- The Santa Fe Trail runs through the state, and after gold was discovered near Pikes Peak in 1858, covered wagons nicknamed “prairie schooners” began displaying the slogan “Pikes Peak or Bust.” Cornerstones of Freedom: The Story of the Conestoga Wagon is a good resource for learning more about these covered wagons.
“O beautiful for spacious skies . . .”
If you can find Purple Mountain Majesties: The Story of Katherine Lee Bates and “America the Beautiful” at the library, it’s a wonderful read aloud picture book to accompany your Colorado study.
Do you know the role Colorado played in the creation of America’s “other” anthem, America the Beautiful?
Katherine Lee Bates was inspired to write this song while traveling to Colorado Springs. Each stop along the way became her muse for writing the poetry that became a national treasure, from the “Columnar mist and glistening rainbow play,/A spendid thrill of glory and of peril” at Niagara Falls to the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago and the “amber wheat fields” of the Great Plains.
After arriving in Colorado, a visit to Pike’s Peak led to “For purple mountain majesties/Above the enameled plain! America! America! God shed his grace on thee . . .”
We’re participating in the Great American Postcard Swap!