Yesterday we used the book How To Make An Apple Pie And See The World as a focus for some fun studies after the core stuff was completed. This was a fun book for Holly to read - the illustrations are well done. This story takes a little girl around the world in search of ingredients to make an apple pie. Very whimsical!
Once we were finished reading the story she narrated it to me, she is getting a little better at this now. Then we got our globe out and we traced her route so that Holly could visually see how far this little girl traveled. After viewing the globe Holly sequenced the story out with some story cards. She glued them down to a poster in order. Doing this project she had to revisit the book and work her way through it a bit slower.
Then it was time for the fun part -- let's make an apple pie. I'll admit we took the easy route and used store bought crust to save on time. But, she learned a bit on how to peel an apple with my help and standing next to her working. She mixed all the ingredients of butter, sugar, cinnamon and flour to boil down on the stove. She laid the crust in the pan, pricked the bottom, layered in the apples, poured the sugary goodness in and got it ready for the top crust.
For the top crust we talked about different ways pies looked (full crust, weaved crust or cut crust) and she really wanted to do a cut crust. She looked through my cookie cutters and chose a small leaf to use. She made four cut outs, place the crust on and got a small lesson on crimping the crust together... and Holly did a great job. Once her edges were done well she added the little leaf cuts on and into the oven it went. Holly made a beautiful pie - I am rather proud of her work, patience and thoroughness! Good Stuff!