Wednesday, August 4, 2010

How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World

Several times this past week, we read How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World by Marjorie Priceman.  After we read it the first time, the girls painted a picture of an apple.  Arin really loves to paint, so this was a favorite activity.

The story is about traveling to different parts of the world to gather the ingredients to make an apple pie (Italy for the wheat, France for the eggs, Vermont for the apples, etc.).  We put together our awesome world map floor puzzle and as I read the story for the umpteenth time, we tracked the route that we'd have to take to gather all of the ingredients throughout the world.  It would be fun to read this book again in the future and track the route again, but this time do a little study of each stop and/or each ingredient.  We'll have to remember that for next time!

We also printed a picture of the world map and tracked the route on there. 

After we finished our map lesson, and while Ella napped, Arin and I made apple pie pockets.  We followed the recipe in the back of the story book, but instead of making it into a whole pie, we made it into individual pies, which were very good!

Arin cut apples (but only while I was holding her hand).

She poured ingredients.

She stirred the ingredients.

Every good chef should taste their creations :)

Arin measured wheat.

And she ground it into flour (and even though we supposedly have the quietest electric mill on the market, it is still pretty loud!)

Arin got her hands dirty and at this point she thought I was pretty much the coolest mom ever and this was the greatest activity!

She kneaded the dough and she helped roll out the crust and filled each pie, but I didn't take pictures of all of that since I was giving much more assistance at that time.

Served with vanilla frozen yogurt, these pies made the perfect afternoon treat for the girls!

To complete the apple activities, Arin also practiced tracing and writing the letter Aa with this worksheet.

1 comment:

jasnjoj said...

I hope your children realize what a good mama and teacher they have!

I'm so glad you're posting exactly what y'all are doing for school. I just had this book inter-library loaned to us...thanks, Cara!