How to Make an Apple Pie: FIAR

It’s been apples, apples everywhere around here.

To correlate with our field trip to Way Fruit Farm – complete with a tour of the apple orchards and cider-making process, we’ve been reading How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World. Of course, our Five in a Row curriculum provided lots of great ideas to get us started. Outside of the lesson plans, we enjoyed “brushing up on our Italian (accent)” with Amy Walker, watching a Little Pim French video (look for these at your local library), looking at photos that my sister Erin had taken during her missionary work in Jamaica, and doing all things… apple!

Go around humming Songs for Sapling’s “Keep Me As the Apple of Your Eye” based on Psalm 17:8.

Make those tiny play-dough apples I wrote about the other day:


Lia’s favorite part.

(Note to self: beware of, “Mommy, please can I try just a little smidge?? It doesn’t stop there.)

Choose a couple of “apple crafts”. (Just google “apple crafts”. There are millions of fantastic ideas out there. You’ll find a bushel full at Crafty Crow. But, breathe. Give yourself a time-limit. If you’re not careful, hours could go by, just day-dreaming about apple crafts. Not that I know.)

Here’s Lia’s construction-paper apple:

“Four Seasons of an Apple Tree”

A bowl of tiny plastic apples that we used for counting, patterns, and fine motor skills (hanging those thin golden threads on hooks is hard work, ya know!)

And, of course, a homemade apple pie! (If you’re still looking for the perfect recipe, don’t despair. I’ve only begun making pies this summer, but I’ve had great success with the standard recipe from the Red-Checkered Cookbook. I follow every step to a “T” and we’ve been savoring some mighty-fine pies.)

Sonlight Read-aloud: Dr. Dolittle by Hugh Lofting. (Nope, it’s not about apples. But it is about traveling the world! So, there’s some correlation.)

Picture books: Apples to Oregon (oh, you know I love, love, love this book!), Johnny Appleseed, Apples (what would we do without Gail Gibbons), All Things Bright and Beautiful, The Year at Maple Hill Farm




8 responses to “How to Make an Apple Pie: FIAR”

  1. grandmomruthie Avatar

    This is a great post, full of ideas! Love Viv’s hair.

  2. Brandy Avatar

    My mouth is watering as the thought of an apple pie. Now I’m going to have to make one lol

  3. Sarah Mae Avatar

    I just made some homemade apple pie the other day, but what still gets me is the THE CRUST! I love homemade crust, but I have yet to make one that isn’t falling a part – any secrets?

  4. admin Avatar

    Yes! The secret is to follow the recipe in the Red-Checkered Cookbook exactly. Even down to “6-7 T of COLD water”. Just in case you don’t have the cookbook, I’ll post the recipe some day soon. You totally deserve to get yourself some good crust, Sarah. Don’t dismay.

  5. Jill Avatar

    I just found your blog while googling fiar ideas for “how to bake an apple pie.” I love all your crafts, but I mostly wanted to say that I have a Lia too! ๐Ÿ™‚ Love that name.

  6. Rachel Avatar

    I LOVE the fun arts and crafts. Such fun!

  7. Cassandra Avatar

    Hi! I know this is an older post, but I noticed the FIAR link… ! We are currently doing this very book with FIAR. ๐Ÿ™‚ I love the paper plate idea, so cute. We’ve been taste-testing different types of apples and just did the salt-water experiement. I wouldn’t say this is my favorite of the literary studies for FIAR, but it’s still fun. Your ideas are great and it looks like you had lots of fun. Our fave studies with FIAR so far have been Madeline and Ping. I blogged about them a little bit ago! ๐Ÿ™‚ Be blessed. Cassandra @ The Unplugged Family

    1. Laura Avatar

      I love FIAR, too! And you made me miss it so much. We’re taking a year off, so I can start fresh with my K4 darling in the fall. Needless to say, I can’t wait. Madeline and Ping will be at the top of our list. ๐Ÿ™‚

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