Thursday, September 2, 2010

Preschool Corner ~ How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World

One of my goals this year is to do more family schooling ~ incorporating things both of the kids can do together.  I pulled out some of our Five In a Row books, which go along perfectly with our geography studies!  This week we read How To Make an Apple Pie and See the World.

Art and Sewing:

Aiden stamped apple prints on a piece of fabric.

apple prints Then we sewed the fabric into a pillow ~ yes Aiden actually helped.  I didn’t get a photo because I was afraid to look away for even a second since he had a sharp needle.

apple prints


We all had fun playing with our apple pie play dough.  Smells so good and almost looks good enough to eat.

apple pie play dough

Snack Time:

To go along with the story we made butter using heavy whipping cream and lots of shaking power!

making butter

Then we enjoyed bread and butter! making butter

You can’t read How to Make and Apple Pie and See the World without making apple pies can you?  We made miniature pies.

apple pie Science:

How can you get the salt out of sea water? 

We boiled water and added salt to make our salty sea water.

salt water experiment

Then we poured the water in a shallow pan and put in outside in the sun.   We let it sit for most of the day and then poured the remaining water off.  The next morning we were left with just the salt.



I let Aiden watch Letter Factory while I help Emily with her math and reading.  He has almost all of the letter sounds down.  He can’t tell me what the letter is but he can tell me the sound it makes.

We worked on sorting the miniatures from our alphabet box for the letters “a” and “b”. 

alphabet box

We have been using Peterson Directed Handwriting for the past month.  You can see my review here.  We are continuing to work on the strokes required to write each letter.   peterson directed handwriting

We are also working our way through Language Lessons for Little Ones.  I LOVE this book!  The lessons are very short and include picture studies, introduction to the alphabet, poetry and story appreciation.


We counted apples, subtracted apples, and played with the apples.

apple counting

Nature Study:

We have spent a great deal of time outside this week watching the flurry of activity at our butterfly bush ~ more to come about this on Sunday.      nature study

Aiden’s picture of our butterfly bush. 

nature study

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Melissa N. said...

WOW what a great week in school. I love that dough you made. Looks like you are off to an A+ start with school!


Amanda said...

I am making that apple pie play-doh today!
We have been learning about seeds this week in our homeschool and are going on a field trip to the apple orchard next friday.

Your children are getting a rich education. Great Job!!!

michelle said...

Truly a wonderful week ~ loved all that you did. Your photos are great too!

Anonymous said...

What a great week! I love the playdough and the taking the salt out of the water!

Goat Gal said...

This sounds like a very interesting book to do a unit study on.

Stacy said...

Love the apple playdoh...think we'll do that next week!

Ticia said...

I love that bool it's so cute. Great week. Your salt water experiment went much Bette than mine

Unknown said...

I am promptly adding the Apple Pie Play Dough to our lessons for next week! Yummmmmmmmmmmmmmmm!

P.S. I do believe Aiden has the same bedspread as my Little Wild Man- great minds think alike!

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