This months topic in our Mother Goose Time Curriculum is in the Orchard. During the first week the kids spent time learning about the lifecycle of trees. During the second week we learned about fruit trees. While we learned about 5 different fruit trees, we ended up spending a few days learning about Apples as well as Johnny Appleseed.
The reason we extended our apple unit is because in Michigan this time of year there are LOTS of apples. So we do many different things with apples, we go to the orchard and pick apples, we can homemade applesauce, make apple crisp, and baked apple goods.
The kids made paper plate apples and added seeds in the middle of them. During this time we cut an apple in half looking at the star in the middle of the apple. Because I had previously put together lots of apple hands on learning ideas for the other kids we used our Apple Life Cycle Montessori cards we have, along with apple printable worksheets, patterns, apple lacing, and more.
We had fun learning about Johnny Appleseed by reading a couple books about him (one was our monthly Mother Goose Time book) as well as making our own Johnny Appleseed puppets.
Both of the boys retold the Johnny Appleseed story using their Johnny Appleseed puppets.
We went over the lifecycle of the apple tree using the provided cards, as well as going over the Montessori apple lifecycle cards.
We made apples with our translucent shapes first on the shape cards.
We also pulled out our DIY light table and made them on there.
We have quite a few different apple and Johnny Appleseed books we spent a few days getting through them all. Below are our favorites we have over on Amazon (affiliate links.)
We also practiced counting with our DIY felt apple counters.
Stop over to our Fall Ideas page for other great fall ideas which includes recipes, craft ideas, sensory fun, hands on learning ideas, and much more. My Apple Ideas Pinterest Board has many great ideas for learning about apples. Follow Mama Of Many Blessings’s board Apple Learning Ideas For Kids on Pinterest.
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