Mile High Apple Pie

We read a special story this week called ‘Mile High Apple Pie’.

And then, of course, we had to go to the kitchen to make our own!

We peeled and cut the apples.

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We added cinnamon, sugar, flour and salt.

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We rolled out the crust with a rolling-pin.

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Then we put the apples in the crust and sealed the edges shut with evaporated milk.

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After baking for almost an hour, we had a delicious apple treat!

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Some of you have asked for our recipe.


1 pound of Tenderflake lard

2 tsp of salt

5 1/2 cups of flour

1 Tbsp of vinegar

1 egg

enough water to make 1 cup when added to the vinegar and egg

Follow the directions for the crust on the box. This recipe is enough to make 3 pies.


For each pie:

5 – 6 cups of peeled, chopped apples

1/4 cup flour

1 tsp. cinnamon

pinch of salt

3/4 cup sugar

Mix all ingredients together and place on 9 inch pastry-lined pie plate. Top with a dab of butter. Seal with another layer of pastry. Poke holes in the top to allow steam to vent. We sealed the top crust to the bottom with a bit of evaporated milk, and dabbed more evaporated milk on top before sprinkling the pie with a bit of sugar and cinnamon. Bake at 425 for about an hour. You can protect the top from getting too dark by covering it with foil partway through baking. I usually cover my pies with strips of foil around the edges to keep them from getting too dark before the apples are cooked. We also put the pies on a foil-covered cookie sheet, to save the oven from sticky drips!


A World Full of Patterns

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I took this photo in my garden this week. How amazing that there is a star growing right in the middle of this flower! What amazing patterns have you seen in the world around you?

We have been talking about patterns in our world this week. We are now able to copy, extend, and create a new pattern! The Grade 2 class are also looking for a pattern core (the smallest part of the pattern which repeats) and are learning about how to create a pattern with more than one attribute, or pattern rule. We can use size, shape, position, colourand thickness to create amazing patterns.

Here are some of the students having a great time creating patterns.

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Making Friends

Today our class made a Friendship Fruit Salad. We added a lot of different kinds of fruit – cantaloupe, grapes, apples, nectarines, pineapple – and talked about how each of us is different, and brings a unique flavour to our class. When I tried to add a rotten banana, everyone got upset! The rotten banana was to show how adding rotten behaviours to our classroom spoils the ‘taste’ of our school experience. We have children in our class whose families originated from 4 different continents – I LOVE the flavours! We are all working hard at learning how to leave the rotten banana out of the salad.  😉

Welcome Back!

School has officially started!  A big welcome back to all of last year’s students, and a great big hello to this year’s new crew! This website is a place where you can check out some of the activities we have been doing in our class, as well as find links to games, educational websites, parent tips, and more! I hope you as parents and students will enjoy coming here often. Please feel free to leave comments or questions on posts. This is a fun new way to share some of your student’s work and ideas with the world, and to practice some writing and computer skills while they are at it. There isn’t a lot posted yet, but I hope to add weekly to the pages to keep you updated on all of the learning fun.

Let the learning fun begin!