Friday, September 23, 2011

How to Make and Apple Pie and See the World

Today we started a unit on the book How to Make and Apple Pie and See the World.  We started by of course reading the book.  We heard it at story time in the library a few weeks ago, but the kids really didn't remember much about it.  So we read the book, and every time the main character went somewhere, we'd flip to the map at the beginning of the book and find where that was, and each time my three year old would ask "Where's Texas?"  I guess it's good to always have a point of reference. 
So after reading the book a few times we decided to make an apple pie, using the recipe in the back of the book.  As we put in the ingredients we talked about where the girl in the book for them and how they're made (flour comes from wheat that we grind up really well, butter comes from milk that we mix a lot and for a long time, etc.) Plus we practiced counting spoonfuls very carefully, and before we started we all washed our hands really well and talked about why we do that (so we don't get germs in the food, so we don't put any "stuff" on our hands into the pie, etc.)  while we waited for it to bake we read some fun books from the library.  When it came out and was cool, I read the Apple Pie Book to the kids while they ate.  It was actually really delicious, and it WAS easy! 

The egg yolk really added quite the shine!

In the next few days we will be going into more detail about the countries mentioned, and the environments (rain forest, ocean, etc.), plus learning more about how the food is made.  We're going to attempt to make butter, and find someone with wheat berries and a wheat grinder (I can't wait to have some of my own) to show how that is made, and i may have to get some more apples because they REALLY enjoyed making apple pie today!  They also really enjoyed eating the skins as I peeled them off!

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