Grapevine and Olive Shoots

growing in grace and knowledge.

How To Bake An Apple Pie & See The World

on September 21, 2014

Man, that’s a long title for a book.  And it took us longer than usual (two weeks) to finish this particular row.  There’s just so much fun stuff to do (and so much life going on in and around our school time) that some books are taking longer than others.


Language Arts – Using Humor in Writing

Apple Pie is a funny, tongue-in-cheek book, so we examined the use of humor in writing…and she wrote her own funny story (a retelling of the 3 Billy Goats Gruff).  We were both in tears by the end from the sheer silliness of it all.20140915_160300342_iOS

Social Studies – Geography

This book is such a great way to virtually travel the globe.  We played Roll Into Geography, a really neat game that teaches the 7 continents and is based on HTBAAPASTW (got that?  that’s the acronym for this book) and it was a hit.


We found all the different locations on a small map (below) and our big wall map.


And we researched each country’s flag, and either colored it, or printed/cut/pasted it into her passport (thank you Michael’s scrapbooking section).


Serendipitously, this month’s Ladybug magazine (AWESOME publication, by the way, our absolute favorite – and we get 4 kids’ magazines!) included a story all about cinnamon, which explained in a fun, fairytale way how cinnamon is grown and where in the world it comes from.  So there was our Sri Lanka connection!


Finally, we put together a visual list of the various ingredients and from what country they originate.


Science – Salt Water Evaporation

We skimmed over the water cycle very briefly, and went more in-depth examining – and experimenting with – the idea of evaporation, especially of salt water.  First we boiled a pot of regular water and watched the steam rise, then cool and condense on the exhaust hood of the stove.


Then we stirred a few tablespoons of sea salt into a pan of water until it was entirely dissolved and invisible, and set it out in the sun for the day.  It needed a little help from the oven, but eventually all the water evaporated and we saw the crystals in new formations:


We also touched upon the parts of an apple (skin, flesh, core, seeds, stem, leaf) and made this neat craft out of an old fast food drink lid, tissue paper, a pipe cleaner and real apple seeds.



As usual, we had to make a snack featuring the main “character” of the book, except it couldn’t just be a plain old apple.  Oh no.  Toast with raspberry jam, spaghetti stem, and basil leaves.


I’m not sure how exactly we got onto this tangent/rabbit trail, but one day we drew the entire solar system in our driveway.  Hey, it’s science.


I’m pretty sure when you’re 4, it’s still developmentally appropriate to think the whole universe revolves around you.20140918_194623532_iOS

Art – Street Scenes

Apple Pie has several interesting street scenes at the beginning and end of the book, so we made a collage street scene of our own little downtown.  It was really neat to see how detailed Peanut was in her drawings, and how accurately she recalled the location of each one, the river, the gazebo, etc. 


Math – Liquid and Dry Measurements

Fridays have become our field trip or cooking days, so at the end of the first week we went – what else? – apple picking at a local orchard with our homeschool support group.  For some reason I have no pictures of this…it might have had something to do with having my hands full with a 6 month old and a 4 year old and a peck of apples and a diaper bag…seriously don’t know what I’d do without my Ergo.  It was fun, though.  Chaotic, insanely and unseasonably hot, but fun.  Peanut’s favorite part was the apple cider donut and cider she got to consume after the hay ride.

At the end of the second week we baked our very own apple pie.  I love that FIAR builds math instruction in by cooking and measuring…what tastier way to learn fractions?  Peanut did a great job, especially at sampling the various sweeteners used.  Here is our pie, in all its glory:


Delicious, and educational.  September has been an awesome month for learning.


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