My oldest is learning her states this year. They are learning them in regions but she has the list of all the states to practice spelling. Her first test was a week ago and she failed it. We didn't realize she'd only been practicing her spelling of ALL the states and not trying to place the names with the ones in the given region. This is how the first test turned out:
See the blue arrow, that's the Maine upper peninsula. LOL! We then found this website to help her and on her next test she aced it. http://www.pibmug.com/files/map_test.swf She now knows where all the states are from repeated playing. So we are now having her practice spelling them and working on the site a couple times a week.