Cook with Books: Pete’s A Pizza

Cook with Books: Pete's a Pizza from The Homeschool Share Blog

Have you read William Steig’s Pete’s A Pizza before?  If not, this is the perfect book to share over a fun pizza lunch with your kiddos!  In the story, Pete is in a bad mood, so his dad decides to cheer him up by making him into a pizza.  It’s a funny and sweet book that is a quick read, too.

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Making your own pizzas can be really easy!  You just need dough–we made it crazy easy and used biscuits–sauce, cheese, and toppings!

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Spray your baking sheet and mash out the biscuits to form your pizza crusts.

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Spread the sauce on the dough.

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Then add your toppings!  It’s really that easy!

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We baked ours for about 10 minutes at 375 degrees.

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Delicious!

Tea Time with Rene Magritte

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Photo from renemagritte.org

Rene Magritte was born in Belgium on November 21, 1898.  He attended art school when he was in his late teens, but didn’t begin to paint in the surrealist style for which he is known until his twenties.  When he was starting out as an artist, he took on other jobs to make ends meet, like designing wallpaper and making advertisements.  Magritte and his wife, Georgette, moved to Paris in 1927 to work with other Surrealist artists, but he didn’t get along with the others well and eventually they moved back to Belgium.  Magritte passed away in 1967.

Books We Read

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If you’ve read any of my previous tea time posts, you know I’m a big fan of Mike Venezia’s Getting to Know…series.  These kid-friendly biographies are a great way to introduce artists and give a good overview of their style.  There are also some great picture books out there based on the works of different artists and I like to share those when I can, too!

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Magritte’s Marvelous Hat is a really cool book that includes several overlays that change the pictures.

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The first view…

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And then when the overlay is moved, it looks like this!  My kids thought this was pretty cool–and with some overhead transparencies, it might be fun to try your own!

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In Dinner at Magritte’s a young boy visits his neighbor, Magritte, who has Salvador Dali over for a visit.  The pictures in this book pay homage to some of the artist’s paintings, like the one above and this painting.  My kids enjoyed looking at the details in all of the illustrations and trying to figure out which of Magritte’s paintings they matched.

Projects We Tried

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The first project we tried was this fun positive/negative space activity from Relentlessly Fun, Deceptively Educational.

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My kids really enjoyed making these self portraits (inspired by this painting).

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I liked the idea this blogger had to recreate “The Future of Statues“, but I wasn’t sure about where I could store two styrofoam heads, so we improvised and made our faces from Model Magic and then painted them.

If you’re looking for a fun artist to really draw your kids in, Magritte is a great one to study!

National Public Garden Day

FREE Gardening Unit Studies from Homeschool Share

May 6th is National Public Garden Day, so it’s a wonderful time to get out and enjoy some of the beauty in your community!  It’s also a great time to share some books with your kids, so we have some suggestions for you–and some even have free units at Homeschool Share!

FREE Literature Based Unit Studies and Printables

Holly Bloom's Garden

Holly Bloom’s Garden:  Holly is frustrated when she can’t get her flowers to grow like her mom’s and her siblings’ flowers do.  After trying all kinds of solutions, she finally comes up with a foolproof way to have a beautiful garden!

The Gardener

The Gardener:  Young Lydia Grace is sent to the city to live with her uncle during the Depression.  In her quest to hold on to her country life and to make her uncle smile, Lydia Grace begins a garden in the city, making it a better place for everyone.

Miss Rumphius

Miss Rumphius:  You may already be familiar with this story, which tells how Miss Rumphius achieved her goals of traveling the world, living by the sea, and making the world a more beautiful place.  If you haven’t read it before, this is definitely one that belongs on your library list!

The Trellis and the Seed

The Trellis and the Seed:  The little seed wants to be a big vine, but its dream seems impossible, in spite of everything it has been told.  This story reminds readers that with time and patience and faith, we can achieve great things!

Garden Themed Books for Your Book Basket

In the Garden

In the Garden: Who’s Been Here? by Lindsay Barrett George:  This simple picture book is a guessing game, too!  Two children are exploring their garden and trying to figure out who else has been there from clues that have been left behind.

Jack's Garden

Jack’s Garden by Henry Cole:  This is a garden-themed take on “The House that Jack Built” that also shares more detailed information on plants and animals found in the garden, too!

Planting the Wild Garden

Planting the Wild Garden by Kathryn O. Galbraith:  We usually think of gardens as spaces that have been deliberately planted, but this book focuses on how things are “planted” in the wild.

The Curious Garden

The Curious Garden by Peter Brown:  This is probably my favorite gardening book and the best one for the day!  Liam lives in a drab and dreary city, until one day when he finds a few plants growing on an abandoned railway.  Over time he learns more about the plants and eventually changes the entire landscape!  The story is great and Peter Brown’s illustrations are gorgeous.

Zinnia's Flower Garden

Zinnia’s Flower Garden:  Monica Wellington’s books are so wonderful because they have a simple story and nice bright illustrations, which are great for younger kids, but your older kids will enjoy them, too, because of the details (both in pictures and words) she includes in her illustration borders.  This story begins with Zinnia planting her seeds in the spring and follows her garden through the summer and into the fall, when she harvests the seeds to use the next year.

Fletcher and the Springtime Blossoms

Fletcher and the Springtime Blossoms by Julia Rawlinson: Fletcher is alarmed to find that snow is falling when it’s time for animals to come out from their winter’s naps and flowers to bloom, so he spreads the word throughout the forest.  When they all go to investigate, though, they find that the snowflakes are actually huge white blossoms.  The story is sweet and the illustrations are beautiful.  We love the Fletcher books!

The Secret Garden

The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett would be a perfect chapter book read aloud!  Follow the adventures of three young children who find an abandoned garden.

Check out the Homeschool Share Plants Connections page for more fun ideas!