Wednesday, November 9, 2011

How To Make An Apple Pie and See The World

I finally have had the chance to catch up with my posts on my FIAR adventures with my kids. After our first week of FIAR, we continued on a wonderful journey around the world with one of my favorite books How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World by Marjorie Priceman

The kids had a great time learning about evaporation (we conducted an experiment on salt evaporating), tasted some cinnamon from a cinnamon stick, colored flags from the countries the main character in the book visited for a geography lesson and learned about the seasons and the apple tree.
(Not pictured: minibook page with cinnamon stick attached)

Best of all, we finished the week with a small math lesson on measurement and made a delicious apple pie! I've made it several times since then. My kids are allergic to dairy, so I had to modify the recipe in the back of the book and use vegan butter. I've recently discovered Xylitol as a natural sweetener (good for the teeth too!), so instead of the 3/4 cup listed in the back of the book, I used a little less than 1/2 cup of xylitol instead of butter. If you want to make a vegan Apple Pie, omit the egg wash.

The kids also drew pictures and did some copywork from the book. Another successful and fun lesson!

I love these mini books that we've been making... not only do we showcase the kids art, but it has opened up a great creative outlet for me! I studied art and drew my entire life. Shortly after two years of college, I lost the love I had for drawing/illustration and completely dropped it. My interests changed and then I had children and never found the time to draw. It wasn't until a few weeks ago, when I started to draw the cover for our Make Way For Duckling minibook that I fell in love with drawing again. So now it's my job to draw the covers and the kids do the rest. :)

Apple Tree Facts and Vocabulary Words From Book:

All these templates can be found at Homeschool Share

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