New Jersey is the third state in our Weekly Homeschool State Studies!
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.
Tree: Northern Red Oak
Postal Abbreviation: NJ
We then watched this short video from Homeschool Pop:
Each child then completed this week’s outline. New Jersey’s outline asks “Who was Thomas Edison?” so we research him and his inventions a bit.
For our New Jersey state dinner we tried Pork Roll, also known as Taylor Ham. Apparently it is a beloved New Jersey breakfast meat, sliced, fried and traditionally served on a roll with eggs and cheese. I have seen it at our local grocery store but never paid much attention to it until now. The boys though it was very good… the girls and I not so much. For dessert we had some salt water taffy which according to our book was invented on the boardwalk of Atlantic City in the 1880’s.
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! One our favorite things about New Jersey however wasn’t mentioned in our books — it’s home to the oldest weekly running rodeo in the USA! We have made the trip to Cowtown, New Jersey many times. Definitely worth the drive!