|Quick, what’s the abbreviation for Minnesota? Is it MI? No wait, I think that’s Michigan. MA? No, that’s Massachusetts. It’s MN.|
Joy Miller, who blogs at fivejs.com, has put together an e-book to help you teach your children the states and their postal abbreviations. (You might learn something too!) The e-book includes printable U.S. maps, flashcards, and practice pages, as well as lesson ideas to aid in memorization.
I especially like the way Joy has divided the postal abbreviations into 3 categories: Easy, Harder, and Hardest. The Easy category includes all the abbreviations made by either the first two letters of the state’s name or the first letter of each word of the state’s name. I live in an easy state: NC. The harder category is comprised of those states where the abbreviation is formed using the first and last letter of the state’s name. Virginia, VA, is included in that list. Finally, there are the hardest ones. These are the ones that are formed using the first letter and some other letter in the state’s name. For example, Tennessee is TN. This e-book would make an excellent short summer study, or an addition to a U.S. geography study. I think I’m going to quiz my kids on their new knowledge when we see license tags from other states.
This book is now available as a free download. You can download it at FiveJ’s.