North Carolina is the twelfth 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.
Flower: Flowering Dogwood
Postal Abbreviation: NC
We then watched this short video from Homeschool Pop:
Each child then completed this week’s outline including researching and discussing the First English Colony and Virginia Dare (my middle daughter loves mysteries and she really enjoyed discussing what could have happened to the colony and we checked out a number of videos with various thoughts and theories).
Unique State Food: The plan for North Carolina was definitely barbecue — we love the traditional vinegar/no tomato style sauce that is so popular in NC! For dessert I was excited to read about Morovian Sugar Cake on the Sweet State of Mine Blog and as it turns out Dewey’s Bakery in Winston-Salem, NC ships their Morovian Sugar Cake anywhere in the US! For less than $20 I had a cake shipped to us and it arrived even earlier than expected. The kids really wanted to dig into this delicious looking dessert, so even though I had a teriyaki steak marinating for dinner that day (no barbecue) we went ahead and did our State Study, sans dinner. We heated the cake up in the oven for just a few minutes as directed and it smelled heavenly and tasted even better! (At the time of this post you can use the coupon code Sweet2022 for 1o% off your order.) They were so surprised to hear it is a potato based dessert! We also read more about the Morovian legacy and how they ultimately ended up in the Winston-Salem area which is truly fascinating.
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: We’d love to visit the Dewey’s Bakery one day and our Awesome 50 States book says White Lake is a prime destination spot… the crystal clear water and white sand bottom sounds lovely! I visited Biltmore Estate years ago and when my girls get older I think they’d love a trip to Asheville too.
I gave the kids a map this week with an outline of the state’s we have studied so far and I just have to say I was so impressed with their ability to identify each and fill in the capital… even my 6 year old! I love that they are feeling a connection with each state rather than simply memorizing a list of 50 states and capitals and we’re all excited to continue!