Here is a longgg recap of our first month as we jumped head first into our apple unit study (my theme based ECE training is easy to fall back upon as we all explore learning at home...it gives us a starting place and as time goes on I am sure our teaching strategies will change as we adapt our methods to suite each individual need of our children).
We start the mornings off with journal time and then do an activity (science, math, language) and or a craft. I have been doing journal entries as well to encourage the girls (I won't bore you with all my own pics I promise).
We started out the month learning about the parts of an apple.
We have learned about apples through poetry.
We've learned about the lifecycle of apples from seed, to sprout, to tree, to bud, to blossom, to apple and around to a seed again.
We've played math games... Sierra did some as well but an older version then these I just missed the pics :(
This printable I had saved...it is not mine and I am not sure where it came from as there is no copyright notice on it.
|Treats for our neighbours|
Ten Apples up on Top by Theo LeSeig. I couldn`t find my copy of the book so we watched THIS VIDEO online.
After listening to the story we piled as many apples as we could on our characters from the story. The character colouring pages came from HERE. I just cut them off and used only the upper bodies.
We learned what makes up 10... free 7 page printable came from HERE.
|Sierra managed to balance two apples Up on Top|
We played an apple toss game by drawing an appletree on the ground with five circle on it. The object of the game was to try and toss all five bean bags into a circle.
We also read the book The Apple Pie Tree by Zoe Hall. We made cinnimon apple playdough. We shaped the dough into apples, then cut them, and made them into mini pies.
And last but not least we went for a walk and found a wild apple tree. We were supposed to go to an orchard but we ran out of time this month :(
There were not the prettiest apples and most were spotted but they were perfect for applesauce!
|Washing the apples|
|Peeling her apple all by herself|
|Sierra thought this peeling-coring process was so cool|
|Sierra chopping the apples before putting them in the pot|
|She discovered breaking the coils was faster then cutting them|
|Into the pot with cinnamon and honey. My little helpers were kind of heavy on the cinnamon!|
|Mmmm homemade applesauce|
Soooo as you can see we have had a very busy first month of homeschooling...and October is looking even busier!