Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Journey Across America: New York

This post is part of a 50 state Journey Across America. For information on the basics of this project check out this post.

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

There are a plethora, cornucopia, smorgasbord (ooh, I've never used that word in a blog post before) etc., of books on New York. It is the home of our nation's largest city, so no surprise there. Let's break them down into picture books and chapter books.

First the picture books.

We enjoyed Uptown, Hattie and the Wild Waves, Journey Around New York, The Adventures of Taxi Dog (Pal loves dogs... well the stuffed kind that is, he thinks real, big dogs will eat his food), and Abuela this week.

And now for the chapter books...

The Orphans Find a Home: A St. Francis Xavier Cabrini Story (YES!), The Mystery in New York, Lexi's Tale (this was a fun read aloud), and The Cricket in Times Square made the list.

You can also read American Girl's Samantha series, The Snowy Day, and The Little Red Lighthouse and the Great Gray Bridge. The last two are both Five in a Row books!

Finally, we taught the kids about New York using the Our United States of America: Catholic Social Studies textbook.

The Food:
Okay, this was eclectic because we were in the middle of our kitchen restoration.

New York cheesecake (store bought), Jello (store bought, as if that would have been really difficult to make) and potato chips (I wouldn't have tried to make those even if I had a functioning kitchen) on a Papa John's paper plate. (I'm using a lot of parentheses in this post.)

Jello was invented in Le Roy by a cough syrup manufacturer. Potato chips were invented in Saratoga Springs when a customer at a resort complained that his french fries were too thick. To rile the customer the cook cut the potatoes paper thin and the rest is history. I don't think I need to explain New York cheesecake.

The Craft:
We made mini Statues of Liberty using this free printout from Paper Toys.

Our Journey will take us to North Carolina next!

Be saints, it's worth it!


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