For the second week of How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World, by Marjorie Priceman, we focused less on the apple aspect and more on the world aspect ;) We of course made sure to read our primary book each day, as that is the premise of FIAR (as a side note - please remember that these activities are extras, not the core of FIAR!!!)
After reading the book, one of the first things I wanted to show the children was the actual path taken in the book. I showed them this both on a cloth map as well as on the globe. The globe seemed to make the most sense to the children.
Then we looked at each country individually, starting with Italy. In Italy, the girl was there during the harvest of semolina wheat. Due to sensitivities to regular wheat, our family looked at Einkorn wheat berries. I set some of the berries aside for later in the week. We then read a few books - some on apples (Apples A to Z, by Margaret McNamara and One Green Apple, by Eve Bunting) and one centering around Italy (Little Bo in Italy, by Julie Andrews Edwards). The littles also separated "apples" (beads) by color as well as played with apple pie play doh. Oh and for dinner we ate spaghetti :)
The following day, we talked about her getting a chicken from France. My sweet 5 yo reminded us that there is no chicken in apple pie. I told him he had to think about why she would need the chicken, and he figured out it was for eggs (which is in the book!). Then he wanted to know why she didn't just get the egg. This was a perfect introduction into our "egg experiment" of how long they could carry an egg around, without letting it break. This was so much fun!!! They tried to be so careful with their eggs in the bags, but they definitely did not last long!!!! For our extra reading, we read A Visit to France, by Kirsten Hall and Where Do Chicks Come From, by Amy E Sklansky. We also baked apple fritters and worked on a cutting and pasting practice apple tree. For dinner we ate Coq au Vin with Creme Brulee for dinner.
The third day, after reading the book and looking at the globe again, we focused on the cinnamon bark from Sri Lanka and the cow from England. We took a piece of cinnamon stick and ground it into cinnamon powder. B5 stated it was easier to just buy it already ground, hahaha. We then read Cinnamon Does Grow on Trees by Jeremy and Josie Schroeder. Then we discussed how she got a cow for milk... and the milk for butter. Before making butter with the kiddos, I wanted to read our extra books. We read Milk from Cow to Carton, by Aliki, Out and About at the Dairy Farm, by Andy Murphy, Moo Moo Brown Cow, Have You Any Milk, by Phillis Gershator, and Moo-n Over Main Street Metropolis, by Mary Jane Butters. Then we made our butter. What fun! We totally cheated and used my food processor! After we were done with that, we put pom poms on the apple tree and worked on patterns with foam apples. For dinner we ate Fish and Chips.
Day four we looked at getting water from the ocean and sugar cane from Jamaica. First we read the book and looked at the globe. Then we discussed why she got water from the ocean and how she would have gotten salt from it. We went to the ocean and got some water. After having the children taste it, I poured the water into a 13x9 and set it out to dry. We then read The Story of Salt, by Mark Kurlansky. Next we discussed getting sugarcane from Jamaica. We took this time to discuss different sweeteners, including raw sugar, white sugar, brown sugar, molasses, honey, and maple syrup. We also read J is for Jamaica by Benjamin Zephaniah. For dinner we had Fiery Hot Jamaican Jerk Chicken, Jamaican Jerk Potato Salad, and Caribbean Coleslaw.
For our final day, we focused more on apples. In the story, the girl got her apples from Vermont. We looked at pictures of our last apple picking trip. Then we read M is for Maple Syrup, by Cynthia Furlong Reynolds, Apple Farmer Annie, by Monica Wellington, and The Apple Pie that Papa Baked, by Lauren Thompson. The children also made an apple toilet roll paper craft and put apple stickers on a construction paper tree. Once this was done, it was time for our BIG activity... making pie! We ground up our flour using the Einkorn berries I had set aside, used our ground cinnamon, freshly made butter, our salt that we got from the experiment, and our apple pie filling that I had canned from our last trip to the apple orchard. Yummy!!!