Maryland is the seventh state in our Weekly Homeschool State Studies and this was a particularly fun one to do because it’s our home state!
To start this week’s state study I added the state outline to our bulletin board, as well as the Capital and Postal Abbreviation along with a photo of the state flag, bird, flower and tree.
Bird: Baltimore Oriole
Flower: Black-eyed Susan
Tree: White Oak
Postal Abbreviation: MD
We then watched this short video from Homeschool Pop:
Each child then completed this week’s outline including researching and discussing the life of Clara Barton.
Unique State Food: We agree with our textbooks describing Crab Cakes as Maryland’s unique state food (although not sure about the picture… the crab pictured doesn’t quite look like any blue crab we’ve ever seen!) While our official state dessert is the Smith Island Cake, a cake with multiple very thin layers, it’s really not something we see too often. I had it years ago at a Christmas party but the kiddos have never tried it. So we decided to head to one of our favorite spots for crab cakes in St. Michaels, and they also just happen to have Smith Island Cake on the menu. This particular night they had chocolate and caramel so we got a slice of each and enjoyed dessert before dinner which the kids though was just great! The chocolate was amazing and the icing tasted just like the one my great grandmom always made.
As always we browsed through the two resources I mention more in depth in the state studies intro. My youngest loves coloring the placemats from America: State by State and we all are really loving the Awesome 50 States book!
Travel Bucket List: There are so many beautiful places to visit in Maryland! My oldest son says anyone visiting needs to make sure they find time to go crabbing and my middle daughter loves to go paddle boarding. For me I’d say surf fishing in Assateague is something we’ve always talked of doing but never done. As a child I went to the pony swim with my grandfather and that’s something I’d love my kids to experience one day too!