Monday, September 16, 2013

Journey Across America: Connecticut

This post is part of a 50 state Journey Across America. For information on the basics of this project check out this post. I wasn't planning on documenting this project until we were six states in, so the first five states are a bit lacking in original photos, but the next 45 will be full of them!

The Books:
We began by reading N is for Nutmeg and then Bean used the information she learned to make a notebook page for her United States scrapbook.

For literature this week Bean read some of the books from the Moffat series by Eleanor Estes. The Moffats, The Middle Moffat, Rufus. M., and The Moffat Museum are a delightful series that chronicles the adventures of the four Moffat siblings. Bean really enjoyed these chapter books.

Other Connecticut books to consider include: A Picture Book of Harriet Beecher Stowe by David A. Adler, 26 Fairmount Avenue by Tomie dePaola and The Courage of Sarah Noble by Alice Dalgliesh.

Kevin also taught the kids about Connecticut using the Our United States of America: Catholic Social Studies textbook.

The Food:
Inspired by Shower of Roses we made Red Robin burgers.

So, truth be told, this is just a plain old hamburger. We did make the Shower of Roses Red Robin Hamburgers, but I didn't take a picture of it, so this burger is just a placeholder.

The hamburger was most likely invented in Connecticut and the state bird is the Robin, thus the Connecticut connection... pretty brilliant idea if you ask me.

The Activity:
Phineas Taylor Barnum, of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey, was born in Connecticut, so we made this circus tent craft from First Palette this week.

This adorable craft was highly enjoyed by both kids and they STILL have them sitting in their rooms.

Massachusetts is coming up next!

Be saints, it's worth it!


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