We finished up our week about the letter "a" by looking at apples!
We reviewed the sign for apple.
Ten Apples Up on Top! by Theo LeSieg (aka Dr. Seuss)
This is a great early reader about three animals who compete to try to have the most apples on top of their heads. We laughed at how silly the animals were and practiced counting from one to ten. Jonathan's enjoyed other Dr. Seuss books and this one was equally enjoyable.
See Making Learning Fun for some web resources and activities based on this book. There's also a great craft over at I Can Teach My Child. I think we'll try that next time around!
How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World by Marjorie Priceman
This is a wonderful book about what to do when you want to make an apple pie, but your market is closed. You simply hop on a boat and travel the world to collect your ingredients! It's a great resource for talking about ingredients and the different countries the girl visits (Italy, France, Sri Lanka, etc.) The concept was still a little over Jonathan's head, but he still seemed to enjoy the story. There's even a simple apple pie recipe that I think we'll try next time. I think this is a book we will definitely revisit.
Since this book is part of a homeschool curriculum called Five In a Row, there are a lot of wonderful web resources for this book. See Homeschool Share for a list.
I am an Apple by Jean Marzollo
This is an nonfiction book that talks about the life cycle of an apple. I picked it up because the text is very simple and thought it would provide a good explanation of where apples come from. The science was a little over Jonathan's head, at this point, but I think it will be a good future resource.
How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World
I am an Apple
Ten Apples Up On Top
We used some printables from Confessions of a Homeschooler. I printed out the apple floor numbers and gave Jonathan a red and green playfood apple. Then I would call out a color and number such as "Put the green apple on the two!" and he would run over and put the apple on the correct number. It was a good activity for reinforcing number recognition and also for helping him learn to listen and follow directions!
We did yet another Do-a Dot marker page that we printed out from Confessions of a Homeschooler.
I had intended to make an apple pie, using apples we received from our CSA. However, to my surprise, there was only one apple left! So we just ended up eating the apple instead. Jonathan, Grace and I also enjoyed some applesauce.
Whew! What a busy week-- we had lots of fun!
A is for Apple Craft @ Totally Tots
Apple Activities @ Homeschool Creations
Apple File Folder Game @ FileFolderFun
Apple Pattern Cards @ Spell Outloud
A is for Apple @ Confessions of a Homeschooler
A is for Apple Pie @ Delightful Learning