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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.
Spanish – I printed up some new flashcards to practice Spanish vocabulary for fruits & colors. (Click on picture to download. These are for your personal use. Please do not sell or host files. You are welcome to link others to my blog, but please do not link directly to the download link. Thanks!)
Bible – We talked about the fruit of the spirit. We drew pictures of ourselves & filled us up with the fruit of the spirit.