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Five in a Row has been such a nice treat for our homeschool, and throughout the year, we enjoyed some very special books together, one of them being “The Story about Ping.” The kids greatly enjoyed getting to know each piece of rich literature, and the activities we shared together made them that much more special to us.
In November of last year, we read “How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World,” and it was every bit as much fun. We began with a simple reading and discussion of the text on day one, then combined many of the activities with our apple-themed activities from My Father’s World-Exploring God’s Creation. It all came together nicely, and the children learned so very much through this beautiful text.
First, we took a trip around the world, using our Melissa and Doug World Maps once again. I gave the children apple cut-outs for them to “travel” through the countries as I read, and we later colored them in together with special crayons.
On another day, I prepared an apple-cinnamon homemade play dough from our preschool curriculum along with apple-cinnamon tea.
The children had such fun with the play dough for hours on end, and the aroma was absolutely blissful.
A while back ago, a good friend of ours had purchased a large variety of apples, and we tasted each one in order to compare them and rank our favorites.
We discussed that neat memory, then took the bulk apples I had purchased this time around and created a graph together using square manipulatives.
We also read “Secrets of the Apple Tree,” which is such an amazing Shine-a-Light book.
The text discusses the parts of the tree, and each page can be lit up from behind to reveal a “secret” inside. In the illustration below, you can see the lizard hiding behind the rock when the light shone behind the page. The children loved this text and all of the neat “secrets” found in the pages of the book.
In My Father’s World, the Biblical concept of that week was “If I stay in Jesus, I will bear much fruit.” We discussed this along with the fruits of the Spirit found in the book of Galatians. We then used them as copywork that my daughter copied onto our apple cut-outs.
My daughter later created a large model of an apple tree using Do A Dot Markers, complete with roots and glued-on apple seeds. Then, we decorated it with our fruits.
That particular week, our homeschool co-op took a visit to a nearby apple orchard, so that also tied in nicely with our book. The children got to help sort the apples, eat apple cider popsicles, and even compete in an apple-eating contest! It was a whole lot of fun!
For science, we finished off with a saltwater experiment, where we steamed the water and separated the salt from the water.
And finally, we prepared a homemade, gluten-free apple pie. Unfortunately, we ate it before we were able to snap a picture of it. 😉
It was an amazing week with lots of great learning.
Have you tried Five in a Row yet?