A is for Apples this week on FREE Teacher Resources
Our middle child just started his first year of preschool and he is very excited to be going to school like older brother. This year he will learn a lot about letters and printing. This week they were learning the letter A. I decided to suppliment his school lessons with some lessons of my own at home.
A is for Apples
Apple Harvest by Calvin Harris and Gail Saunder-Smith, PhD is an excellent book to start out the lesson. This book has bright pictures and large simple print.
In this book is says that farmers pick the apples by hand. When I first read this, I was thought “really?” In the age of technology I thought this couldn’t be right. But it is right. Most apples are still picked by hand. You can read a post by a fellow farmer friend, Jeff Vanderwerff, who is an apple farmer in Michigan. Apple Harvest Bring New Challenges
Gross Motor Skills
To drive home the point of harvesting apples by hand, you can sing songs like My Apple Tree on Everything Preschool. While singing the song have the children do actions to represent reaching into a tree, picking an apple and dropping it into a basket.
The day before the boys and I picked apples from the apple tree at the farm. Jonnie and I put together an apple crisp using those apples when we started the lesson. Jonnie was able to use my apple slicer to cut the apples. We then counted the slices and talked about fractions while measuring the ingredients. We used the Betty Crocker Apple Crisp recipe. I swapped in whole wheat flour.
Fine Motor Skills
Next we took out the scissors and glue to complete the Apple Parts work sheet in the Apple Unit on 2 Teaching Mommies. Jonnie also practiced writing the letter Aa by using a worksheet from A Heart for Home
Read Sweetland Orchard’s blog. This orchard is located near our farm and they do a great job talking about the variety of apples they have and how the trees are doing.
All the worksheets I link to are free. Make sure to follow my Farm Learning Activities board on Printerest to see more apple activities and fun farm learning. Do you do an apple unit at your school? Tell me what activities you like to do.