April 1st was going to be our final day for our Countdown to the Census program at the Library. We missed out on that because of COVID-19 and our need to implement social distancing practices. I wanted to allow you as family to still have the opportunity to embrace some state studies, yourself at home. Each day for the next 50 Days, I will post daily activities. I would LOVE to see photos of you and your family participating in the activity.
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For a quick and easy math game have the people in your home figured out the population difference between Alabama and Idaho,
Hint: Alabama population according to the 2010 Census was:
THE STATE Of ALABAMA: 4,779,736
During the effort to prevent the spread of the virus, the Alabama State Parks Naturalists want to help alleviate stress and anxiety and add some fun to those that may not be able to visit one of our 21 Alabama State Parks.
Check out some of the many activities from the Alabama State Park Naturalists by clicking: HERE
For a short writing exercise have your child write a short poem about Rosa Parks.
Rosa Parks Biography. Rosa Parks was a civil rights activist who refused to surrender her seat to a white passenger on a segregated bus in Montgomery, Alabama. Her defiance sparked the Montgomery Bus Boycott; its success launched nationwide efforts to end racial segregation of public facilities.
5. Recommended Book Pick:
My favorite book is my Alabama book pick. Harper Lee’s To Kill A Mockingbird is my Alabama Book Pick.
To Kill A Mockingbird is a wonderful family read. It is available on Libby both in audiobook as well as ebook.
There really is a place called Sweet Home, Alabama
Marker at Arlington Avenue and 19th Street S. in Bessemer, Ala.
Ever wonder where that place in the song is located? Wonder no more. A historic marker says, in part: “Sweet Home. This house was built in 1906 by architect William E. Benns for H.W. Sweet at a cost of $10,000. The house uniquely blended the Queen Anne and Neo-Classical architectural styles … H.W. Sweet (1866-1919), a native of South Carolina, was Bessemer’s first undertaker and a furniture merchant.”
Reminder that your kids are probably as tired as you parents of being inside. TURN THE VOLUME UP!
I love karaoke with kids because it helps them connect seeing the words while singing the song. Sweet Home Alabama by Lynyrd Skynyrd.
7. ART GameTime:
Football is huge in Alabama. I fun thing to do when you are home during Quarantine is to make a paper football. You can take your paper football and play with a sibling or create your own goal post and enjoy. Here is a link for paper football: Here
Hopefully, these 7 fun little ideas will help you learn more about Alabama.
Enjoy this extra treat
Here is the recipe for teacakes for anyone who would like to make some. They are delicious!
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
Gather these ingredients (Mammaw always used these brands, but you can substitute your own brands):
- 2 sticks of Blue Bonnet Margarine
- 3-1/2 cups of Martha White self-rising flour
- 2 cups of Dixie Crystal Sugar
- 3 large eggs
- 3 teaspoons of vanilla flavoring
Blend margarine and sugar until creamy. Beat eggs and blend. Add vanilla, then flour, and blend. (You can blend the ingredients with a potato masher, then stir with a long wooden spoon.) Gather the mixture into a loose ball and sprinkle lightly with flour.
Lightly flour the surface you’ll use for rolling, then roll out the dough.
Next remove about half of the dough onto the cutting surface and roll it out with a rolling pin to a thickness of about 1/4 inch. Cut circles in the dough with a tea cup, glass, or cookie cutter about 2-3 inches in diameter. (Dip the rim of the cup in flour between cuttings to prevent the dough from sticking.)
Place the circles on a baking sheet that has been lightly buttered or use a nonstick baking sheet. Set the cookies about 1 inch apart on all sides. Sprinkle sugar lightly over each cookie.
Repeat for the second half of the dough. (Refrigerate the dough if it will sit for more than ten minutes. Chilled dough is easier to roll out and cut.) This recipe should produce a batch of about 40 teacakes.
Place the cookies in the preheated oven for about 15 minutes. The cookies are done when they are lightly browned. Remove them from the oven and let them cool a little before you lift them off the baking sheet to eat them.
I hope you make Teacakes with someone you love very much. That’s when they taste the very best.
FromSaturdays and Teacakes, written by Lester L. Laminack and illustrated by Chris Soentpiet(Book Available on Epic)
Instagram LIVE: Alabama
We revisited Alabama with Around the World in 80 Days – Donnelly Public Library District (lili.org)
We read U.S.A. Travel Guides Alabama by Ann Heinrichs
From the state capitol on goat hill to the National Voting Rights Museum, there’s lots to see and do in Alabama.