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He’s Really Into It…

I’m starting to notice that the books we’re reading are making an impact on him and staying on his mind, so much so that I’ve been randomly seeing little tidbits of them pop up in whatever he’s playing.

While playing with the Bananagrams game

Sidewalk chalk on a beautiful day

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Art for How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World

During our last reading of How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World, we paid special attention to the illustrations, specifically one where there was a great example of contrasting colors. Afterwards, we did an art project of our own and tried to use contrast by doing light colors on dark paper and then darker and brighter colors on light paper.

The title of this piece is “Jesus Coming Down off the Cross and Going into the Tomb and then Coming Out Again” .

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Apple Stew

We used our Five in a Row cookbook again today to make “Apple Stew”.

Two thumbs up

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Apple Pie

We baked our own apple pie tonight, using the recipe from the back of How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World.

Both kids were fascinated by our apple peeler/corer.

Everybody got to help.

We had a sticky dough problem, so I pleaded with my husband, who is the pie expert of the family (his Mom taught him well), to help us.

Ok, so it wasn’t the prettiest apple pie you’ve ever seen…..

but it was still delicious!

and HOT!


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Language Arts for How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World

In addition to our usual language arts project for our Five in a Row story, we had some vocabulary words to learn today to go along with it. I used a print-out from (which is an incredible resource, by the way) with some clipart pictures to match up with the vocabulary words.

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Concluding our Evaporation Experiment

It’s been pretty cloudy lately (but luckily, very warm) so it’s taken a few days, but our water finally evaporated and all we were left with was the salt! Now Elliot understands what they were talking about in our book when they mentioned evaporating the sea water to get the salt. We also thought it was very interesting how our table salt turned into big salt crystals.

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Apple Time!

We’re loving our apple theme! Today we went to the market and collected up a bunch of different kinds of apples to try and to use for a variety things we’re going to make with them (including pie!). Elliot enjoyed the fact that he recognized so many different types of apples we read about in our library books.

We also took a break for a snack….apple chips! Yum!

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Science for How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World

We had a great science day today. We’re in the middle of an experiment on evaporation and hopefully we will see the results sometime soon. In our book, they talk about taking salt water from the sea and letting it evaporate so that you’re left with only salt. We wanted to see if we could also do that.

In addition to that, we learned all about apples and apple trees. Elliot and I were both surprised by how complex the process of pollination is in order for apples to be produced on the tree. God’s creation sure is fascinating!

Elliot made some salt water for our experiment.

Unfortunately it’s not a very sunny day today. We’ll be keeping an eye on our pan of salt water and hopefully we’ll see some results soon.

He wrote some things he learned about apples.

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Social Studies for How to Make an Apple Pie and See The World

Today was really great. We read How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World and found all the different places mentioned on Elliot’s big map. We also had a really great discussion about the Equator, Prime Meridian, and lines of latitude and longitude. (This was not planned. Elliot just happened to ask me about them.) Elliot enjoyed giving me random degrees of N/S and E/W and we’d see where on the map we’d end up.

We read about Jamaica and learned a lot. While we colored the maps for all the countries in our book, we enjoyed listening to some jamaican reggae music! Elliot loved it!

We put the flags in the order of which they are traveled to in our book, and also wrote the ingredients that were found there.

We also added our two new flags to our collection hanging in Elliot’s room.

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How to Make an Apple Pie and See The World

This week we’re beginning How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World by Marjorie Priceman. We’ve got so much to cover over the next two weeks, but we can hardly wait! We’ll be learning about the continents, Jamaica, Sri Lanka, apples/ apple farming (I’m kicking myself for not doing this book while it was apple picking season), and Johnny Appleseed.

Elliot decided he’d like to place our story disk on Jamaica, since it’s just one of the many places talked about in our book.

I thought this book deserved some special attention. I read great things about it, and while it’s not actually about any of the topics we’re focusing on, it illustrates the trinity using an apple, so I thought this would be the perfect time to check it out. We may have to add this one to our own collection.

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