Thursday, July 26, 2012

Thinking Thursdays: How to make an apple pie and see the world

We've finally gotten off our lazy butts and started learning with the Five in a Row series!  The first book we plunged into was "How to make an apple pie and see the world".  We didn't manage to do most of the recommended activities, as we were rather busy working on the museum.  However, we did explore various aspects of the story by reading other books:

:: Italy: We read "The Famous Nini".  Its a quirky tale about a cat in a cafe, and is a little far-fetched.  However, its still a heartwarming tale, and helped to introduce various aspects of Venice to the little boy, from Verdi to gondolas:

:: France: I decided to use "Anatole" for this round, and leave "Madeline" for another time.  I love how the illustrations are done in the colours of the French flag, and of course, Junior J cannot resist any story on mice and cheese (which are two of his favourite things!).

:: Sri Lanka: We didn't have any books on Sri Lanka (we miss NLB so much!), but read "Rainforests":

:: Making flour from wheat: We read "Pancakes, Pancakes" to explore further the process of making flour from wheat, as well as explore the sources of other ingredients.  And we also made cookies together, where the boy got to weigh the ingredients and shape the cookies (couldn't make apple pie since I don't have any baking tins!).  We've also managed to spot quite a few fields of wheat the past week!

:: Subtraction: I simply love Loreen Leedy's books, because she manages to take dry topics like math and make them a whole lot more interesting.  This round, we explored subtraction using "Subtraction Action"...

... and practiced it at random times during the day.  One of the days, the boy went around giving "tickets" to his museum to us and his animals, and started calculating how many tickets he had left after he gave tickets to this dinosaur or that animal!

It was quite a fun week!  Stay tuned tomorrow for more activities, but this time related to food!


  1. Interesting. Need to get back into the groove of going to the library and get some books. It's just too much a hassle to do so on my own, bringing 2. Half the time Im trying to stop #2 from messing up the books.

  2. Lilsnooze: Oh yes, 2 is difficult to bring out! Its great that you have a library you could go to, over here its Amazon for us since there are limited English books!

  3. Lovely set of books! 'Pancakes, Pancakes!' looks very interesting. A friend lent us 'How to Make an Apple Pie and see the world' and that was part of our inspiration for our Around the World party! :)



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