Apples, Apples, Everywhere

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Two Apple Projects, One Apple Book, and a Gift
Between Back-to-School season and the arrival of harvest time, it seems apples are in abundance in the stores as well as the blogosphere. See in particular, Little Page Turners and Welcome to our Wonderland. B had an apple project to complete for his first day of preschool, so, inspired by all the apple reading and crafting going on in my Google reader, I pulled out a story I’d been holding on to for fall to get us in an apple-y mood.


Reading about Apples, Cooking, Geography
How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World (Dragonfly Books)
I am a baking hobbyist, so when I saw the title of How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World, I was intrigued. The story begins with the premise that baking an apple pie is quite easy and requires just a few simple ingredients. However, an adventure ensues when the local market is closed and ingredients must be found elsewhere. The narrator advises the reader (who is represented in the illustrations by a young lady) that she should travel to Italy, Sri Lanka, and France, among other places to procure the best of each item required for baking. The last stop is Vermont for apples, followed by milling flour, churning butter, evaporating seawater for salt, and other not so simple tasks. Finally the pie is baked and ready to share with friends. A recipe for apple pie is included at the end, and maps of the journey decorate the front and back interior pages. There are so many opportunities for cognitive development in this book – following directions in a recipe, learning about food production, (wheat to flour, milk to butter, etc.) and learning about the world around us and local specialties. I’m excited to go find the sister book, How to Make a Cherry Pie and See the U.S.A.!


Apple Project #1


Using the super-simple and kid friendly recipe from How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World, B and I started on our pie project.



We measured and mixed the pastry (with our fingers – fun!).



Using pre-sliced organic apples from Costco was a shortcut – I peeled the slices, then he used his plastic “knife” to chop them into bite size pieces before mixing with cinnamon-sugar.



The pie was filled and baked, and we shared it with our friends: Grandma, Papa, and Great-Grandma (on grandparents’ day)!


Apple Project #2


Feeling apple-y, we moved on to our second apple project, which was to be completed prior to B’s first day of preschool. At summer registration, each child was given an apple to decorate and bring to school to add to the class tree. The apples were about 6”x8” printed on glossy cardstock. B chose to use stickers to put his name on his apple, then added 4 red felt circles with brown stems and green leaves a la glitter glue. He also gave the apple a face with googley eyes and a yarn mouth.


The Gift
Planting a Rainbow: Lap-Sized Board Book
I’d seen mention of meet-the-teacher gifts on a couple blogs. I have to point out, I was never the recipient of a first-day gift in my teaching days, but I know middle school is different than preschool, so I did a little searching. I found plenty of crafts – some cheesy, some adorable, but few I had the time or energy for on the day before school started. (Yes, this was a last minute thought.) Then I found a post on 2CleverBlog about gifting a book to your teacher – right up our alley! The suggestion is that the child gives his teacher a book that connects to something he did over the summer, thereby introducing himself and connecting with the teacher. Perfect! I had recently picked up a copy of Planting a Rainbow after being introduced to it over at Red Ted Art! We checked it out from the library and enjoyed it enough to purchase, so it turned into our teacher gift and I’ll purchase another copy for B and T to remember our summer garden. B’s teacher was pleased by the gift (and his note) and B had a fantastic first day.



How To Make an Apple Pie and See the World is appropriate for preschoolers, primary grades.


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13 comments:

RedTedArt September 15, 2010 at 4:49 AM  

Oh Anne! I am so pleased you enjoyed Planting a Rainbow, it really is lovely, isn't it!! Hurray!

And LOVE the look for your apple pie... you know, ahem, I now have a Kids Get Crafty link up every Wednesday and would love for you to link this up? Baking counts!!!!

http://www.redtedart.com/2010/09/15/kids-craft-the-mona-lisa/

Maggy

welcome to our wonderland September 15, 2010 at 9:17 AM  

we love apples and apple crafts we did some today and she really enjoyed them.

your apple pie looks so yummy. I have a post i will by typing up today about apple banana bread on my foodie blog: http://butterflywishesformygirls.blogspot.com/

we LOVE that book :)

Linda September 15, 2010 at 10:03 AM  

Hi! I'mm visiting (& following) from The Book Lovers Blog Hop.

What great ideas for projects to go along with the book! Your son looks like he loved all of them.

Linda @ Linda's Lunacy
http://www.lindaslunacy.blogspot.com

Cara September 15, 2010 at 7:06 PM  

Hi Anne, thanks so much for stopping by Homespun Kitchen! I will be a new follower of your blog, I LOVE it! I am a huge reader, and thankfully, so are my girls:) And funny that our theme this week is apples, lol!!!

Cara

Aiming4Simple September 15, 2010 at 7:43 PM  

These book and activity ideas are so inspiring! Hopefully we can visit an orchard this week...

Thanks for your kind notes!

Raising a Happy Child September 15, 2010 at 8:25 PM  

Congratulations on the start of Preschool for B. It's fun to see apple-related books and crafts all over blogosphere :) We read this book last year, and it was a good read even though I didn't care m uch for illustrations. It's a great idea to give a teacher a book instead of a craft.

amandab September 16, 2010 at 3:30 AM  

The apple pie looks yummy, and I will have to see if our library has that book as it sounds like something my Princess would like as she loves to cook and learn about other countries (although I think Germany is her favourite after the way she was yelling "Guten Tag" at me after dinner last night! LOL)

she wears flowers September 16, 2010 at 4:59 AM  

These are such great apple ideas! I LOVE the book idea (and we love this book, too--it always makes me think I should run out and buy seeds and bulbs!). Thanks for sharing such great ideas!

Holly September 16, 2010 at 10:44 AM  

I think my boys would love the apple and cherry pie books. We read Planting a Rainbow a long time ago but should probably take a look at it again soon.

Nf1andprek-whisper September 17, 2010 at 5:50 AM  

How to make an apple pie is one of my favorite books.. I was going to do a post on 5 apple books.. you beat me to it.. LOL
are you still doing feed me book friday? my email is eatmywords40@yahoo.com

jeannine: waddlee-ah-chaa September 17, 2010 at 7:01 AM  

I also love Rain Makes Applesauce. Just plain old silly fun to read aloud. It's not "really" about apples but it's fun leading into making applesauce.

Christie - Childhood 101 September 20, 2010 at 5:45 AM  

I love the sound of the apple pie book... if only I could bake!!

FrugalMom September 20, 2010 at 6:58 PM  

The apple pie book sounds like a yummy read:) I absolutely love the idea of your teachers' gift book, I wish I had done something with my boys.

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