Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Journey Across America: Missouri

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 S is for Show Me and then Bean used the information she learned to make a notebook page for her United States scrapbook.

We also read several Missouri themed books.

Most kids are fascinated with the history of the Pony Express route, which departed from Missouri. Reading Pony Express! was a great way to capture the short lived, but long remembered history of the Pony Express. Bean also read Classic Start's Huckleberry Finn, Little House Chapter Book's Missouri Bound and Horse Diaries' Koda. Missouri was an excellent state for literature!

And, per usual, we taught the kids about Missouri using the Our United States of America: Catholic Social Studies textbook.

The Food:
When Missouri hosted the World's Fair in 1904 several new foods were invented, or so they claim. Included on this list were toasted ravioli and the ice cream cone.

Rather than deep fat fry these puppies, I baked them. Here's how:

  • Boil a container of refrigerated cheese ravioli for 3 minutes
  • Dip them in a mixtures of 1/4 c. milk and 1 egg
  • Coat them with italian breadcrumbs
  • Bake at 425 degrees for 15 minutes
  • Serve with warm red sauce
They are delicious, yet the meal still called for ice cream cones, because no reason is a good reason to pass on an ice cream cone.... at least most of the time.

The Craft:
How do you not do something for the St. Louis Arch during Missouri week? It would have been cool if I had bought this St. Louis Arch 3-D puzzle, but, I went the cheap route and gave the kids card-stock and foil to build their own.

Bean gave her's an airplane, sun, cloud floating above.

Pal gave his some grass and the Missouri river below. Why, oh why, do I ever buy Easter grass?

From here we will be journeying to Arkansas next!

Be saints, it's worth it!


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