Apple Pie & Homeschool
August 2, 2023 Adrienne Brown 0 Comments
Apple pie & homeschool in the same paragraph sounds silly, but wait! I will explain. Do you ever feel overwhelmed when you think of homeschooling your children?
Not to worry! Baking apple pie is the perfect activity to teach both life skills and math in a fun, educational way.
Who knew that preparing this old-fashioned American treat could help hone your child’s creative problem-solving skills?
Through my experience as a homeschooling mom over the last decade, I’ve discovered that creating an apple pie from scratch serves as a useful resource for hands-on learning opportunities.
In fact, baking can be used not only to practice math concepts but also to emphasize essential everyday practical knowledge like multitasking and time management.
Join me on my journey of teaching my children valuable lessons utilizing the seemingly ordinary task of making an apple pie!
Why teaching kids to bake can help them gain life skills and an appreciation for math
Teaching kids to bake is more than just a fun hobby – it’s a chance to build life skills and gain a new appreciation for math.
From measuring ingredients to timing recipes, baking is full of opportunities to develop math abilities.
Therefore have them bring their notebooks and pencils and tell them to listen out for the measurements and the increase.
Let everyone join in on the fun of trying to do the math. Get them excited by creating a little pressure to see who can figure it out first.
I have worked alongside my 8 kids in the kitchen for decades teaching them to increase or decrease recipes.
As a result, I can tell if what they have learned throughout the year has stuck. Because increasing or decreasing recipes requires real-world application when baking Apple pie.
Identifying the core ingredients required for baking an apple pie
When we create our perfect homemade pie, it’s important to understand the core ingredients required for baking. When we lay out the ingredient we are teaching them to plan, make decisions, and project an outcome.
They must choose the apples, of course, which are the star of the show. Decide what kind of crust will be used, of course, it’s old-fashioned crumbled crust.
There are other decisions to make like, measuring the flour, butter, sugar, cinnamon, and salt.
Since we prefer a crumble crust with crumble topping, oats, flour, butter, and brown sugar will be necessary as well.
With these essential ingredients in hand and a touch of patience, you can teach your kids the step-by-step process of making a delicious apple pie
They started by selecting the right apples, such as Granny Smith or Honeycrisp, that will hold their texture and flavor after being baked.
Now, they must make the perfect crumble crust by combining flour, oats, butter, and ice water.
Next, slice your apples and mix them with sugar, spices, and a bit of flour to create a delicious filling.
Next, combine the ingredient for the crumble crust, press into a pie pan, then bake it for 5 minutes.
Pour the filling into the crumble crust and add a top layer of crust, being sure to fully cover it with the crumble topping.
Finally, bake until golden brown and enjoy the sweet aroma that will fill your kitchen. This step-by-step guide will have your kids mastering the art of making old-fashioned apple pie in no time.
Suggestions on how to engage your children when teaching them about baking
Baking with your children is a wonderful way to bond and create memories that will last a lifetime.
Because most kids love the sweet and aromatic scent of freshly baked apple pie and will be excited to help make it from start to finish.
I know that using a crumble crust instead of a traditional pie crust keeps my kids interested.
Because this crumbly, crunchy texture adds an extra layer of fun and sensory exploration for them.
Plus by letting them select the perfect apples, measure the ingredients, and calculate the increase of ingredients they are involved.
And with your guidance, they’ll feel proud to be part of the baking process and eager to show off their masterpiece once the pie is done.
The final touch to make your apple pie extra special is the crumble topping
There’s nothing quite like a perfectly baked apple pie, but we all know there’s always room for something extra.
That is the crumble topping a delicious capstone to the pie. Your kids will also need to measure and mix the ingredients for it.
Think about it, baking an apple pie is a great way to help kids learn life skills and math in a fun and engaging way.
By following the steps I’ve laid out, everyone can make do the math and eat apple pie as the reward.
We hope that our blog post has given you some insight into how baking an apple pie can be educational and encouraging.
With the right motivation and understanding, you can teach your children valuable lessons while having fun together in the kitchen.
At the end of it all, there’s nothing quite like seeing your child smile as they present their very own masterpiece!
Oh, and if you want to know where we get all of the delicious apples to bake our pies, Check out this post
If this blog post has inspired someone out there to bake an apple pie with their little ones, please leave us a comment below – I’m sure my kids would love to see it!
Oh, and while you’re here – why not check out the poem one of my sons wrote about his baking experience?
Together we’re unlocking potential!