Pennsylvania is the second 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.
Bird: Ruffed Grouse
Flower: Mountain Laurel
Tree: Eastern Hemlock
Postal Abbreviation: PA
We then watched this short video from Homeschool Pop:
Each child then completed this week’s outline. Pennsylvania’s outline asks “Where was the nation’s first capital?” so we explored the significance and history behind Philadelphia a bit more!
For our Pennsylvania state dinner we had cheesesteaks. (Sorry, no recipe! I just slow cooked a roast with Au Jus then topped the hoagie rolls with provolone, beef, and sauteed peppers and onions.) My aunt who is from PA also suggested pierogies as there is a lot of Polish influence in central Pennsylvania where she is from. This was fun as it’s something my kids hadn’t tried before. I popped them in the air fryer and they were tasty! This actually worked out amazing as our Yum Box this month was Poland! So cool how it all tied together! For dessert we had mini Hershey bars and then enjoyed some DQ Banana Splits! (Source: https://www.inquirer.com/philly-tips/best-banana-splits-philadelphia-20210802.html)
While enjoying dessert 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! And of course our state study has added some places to our “travel bucket list” – Ricketts Glen State Park sounds amazing with the highest concentrations of waterfalls in the country! Gettysburg and some of the factory tours PA offers have been something we’ve wanted to do for a while (hopefully soon!). We’ve visited Hershey, PA and the chocolate factory a few times and that is a great family trip as well!