Friday, October 7, 2011

## A is for Apple

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We spent this past week studying & playing with apples! It was to go along with our Before Five in a Row look at How to Make an Apple Pie & See the World. We finished the apple stuff, minus the apple pie – cause we haven’t been to all the countries to get the ingredients yet!  So here is what we did.

Art Fun – My kids love art projects. The more – the better! We made apple trees using their hand/arm s the tree trunk, fingers to make apples, and paint brush to splotch leaves. We also made an ‘eaten’ apple out of a paper plate. I tried to do apple prints, but for some reason mine didn’t work. If you have done them you’ll have to let me know what your trick is!!

Practiced making A’s with Playdoh mats from Homeschool Creations.

Math Fun  - I made Apple Felt Manipulatives. These were a great sensory & hands on activity. The ‘seeds’ were velcro sot they stood out. Click on the picture below to see my post on hot to make these. We played all sorts of games with these including using tweezers to pick them up. Goofy (6)can look at the dots & tell me the number without counting! Minnie (3) is getting good at counting all the way up to 16! The First Grade Parade had several WONDERFUL free downloads “Apple Math 3 Ways” was so fun & clever; Goofy was actually adding numbers! “Odd & Even Apple Trees” was great for practicing which number are odd & even. We practiced fractions by cutting up an apple (it was a yummy snack too!) Finally we practiced with patterns using apple fun!

Reading – We LOVE a good book, or two, or three! Besides that we learn so much about our world through reading, it is just plain fun! I love cuddling up with my kids, laughing at the silly pictures, or seeing their smile at humor in them. And nothing can beat the moment when out in the ‘real world’ they say – he mom & show you they learned something!! Here are our favorites:

Science Fun – We bought 6 different kids of apples, tasted, and described the similarities & differences of each one. The kids thought this was GREAT fun! We also labeled the parts of an apple.

Language Arts - We also did some fun worksheets to practice writing skills, numbers (dot-to-dot), letter match-up, patterning, and more from Two Teaching Mommies.

Bible – We talked about the fruit of the spirit. We drew pictures of ourselves & filled us up with the fruit of the spirit.

1. So many great ideas and activities! How fun! I'd love for you to link up here:

http://oneartmama.blogspot.com/2011/10/fall-craft-challenge-5-kids-craft-or.html

2. This is a wonderful apple theme week. We did an apple tasting last year and the kids loved it. I like how you had them compare and contrast the tastes.

3. Thanks for linking up to the Afterschool BlogHop. I am a huge fan of apple books, but have not seen the Apple Fractions before. Is it well written? Good pictures? Some of the math books are so dry and boring, I am always on the lookout for high interest, high quality ones!

4. Visiting from Afterschool. It looks like you had a great time with your Apple theme. Perhaps you will consider linking again this weekemd - Afterschool will be hosted at http://momandkiddo.blogspot.com/

5. Love it- shared on Facebook! Thanks for linking up to The Sunday Showcase!

6. What great apple activities. I really like apple you made out of a paper plate. So creative! I am a new Twitter follower from the Educators Spin on It Link Up. Vicky from www.messforless.net

7. We just did the same apple tree/tracing the hand craft for our apple unit too! Love the bright flashcards as well.

8. Thank you for sharing all this!

9. Thanks for all the fun ideas, crafts and links and for sharing it on the Sunday Showcase with us - featured this on this week's linky.

10. Love all these ideas!! Featured them this week on The Sunday Showcase! :)

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