Sunday, October 26, 2008

Homeschool Preschool theme: Apples

This week the theme for ds4's preschool was apples.  I am always amazed at how much not only my kiddos learn, but I learn from our homeschooling studies.  I wish I had used these monthly/weekly "themes" with my older boys when they were younger...they are fun for all. :)

Here are the books we used for this week.

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I had several resources sitting in my homeschool closet, including a Mailbox Magazine with an apple theme, (aug/sept 08) and a Centered On Learning (Fall edition) with apple ideas galore.  I also picked up several wonderful little booklets from the Apple Pie Tree unit at

First we made up a shape book from Enchanted Learning.

100_6726 In it are pages with apple facts, info about Johnny Appleseed, and the name for apple in several languages.

We went to the store and bought several different varieties of apples for a taste testing session.

100_6682 100_6683 100_6687 Someone should warn us about how messy learning can be. ;)  Along with the taste testing we learned about how many seeds are in various sizes of apples.  And then of course...

100_6700 We planted some.  I don't know if anything will come of this, but if we can grow stuff from socks, we should be able to grow an apple tree. :P

This is probably the apple project that the gang had the most fun with...bubble prints with apples.

100_6706 Can you see the bubble coming out of the apple?  How cool is that?  You basically mix equal parts distilled water, dawn dishwashing soap (about 5 tbs each) and a few drops of food coloring in a shallow pan (I used old pie dishes.)  Core an apple, dip the bottom in the solution, and blow through the top hole.

100_6710 Oooh, that's a good one.  When the bubble pops on the paper you get a masterpiece similar to this...

100_6716 I only made up two batches of bubble solution (green and yellow) so our masterpieces weren't the best they could have been. :)

Ds2, my 13yo, saw an educational program the other day about bubbles and did some experiments of his own. 

100_6718 Blow a super big bubble...

100_6719 and insert your hand inside!  It will only work if your hand is wet.

Ds made a little booklet with a worm bookmark from the Mailbox Magazine.  Too cute.


100_6722 Hard at work, cutting out the pages.

Our game this week used the same tree "playing board" as last week's leaves theme, but this time we cut out apples and I wrote the numbers 1-9 along with their names on them.

100_6724 Turn the apples over.  Take turns picking an apple, naming the number, and clapping that number of times.  We also varied it with doing that number of jumping jacks, patting our heads, etc.  Fun! :)  I had ds draw a picture of himself, number 10 small apples we had cut out of construction paper, and we glued the ten apples on top of his drawn head.  Very cute connection to the Ten Apples Up On Top book.  We also made a minibook showing how to "grow" an apple pie with pics from seed, seedling, tree, blossoms, apples and pie in order.  All in all another fun theme for our preschool this week. :)


  1. That bubble out of the apple is super cool. I am going to have to try that with my son! He will love that. Cool projects that you are doing with your kids.
    How did you get this cool new comment box?

  2. One of my favorite things to do for the holidays is dry apple slices for decorations. You slice the apples thinly from stem end to blossom end. Drop the slices in a bowl of 1Tbsp of salt dissolved in a strong solution of lemon juice. When you have enough slices you lay them on dehydrator trays and sprinkle them with ground cinnamon. Turn on the dehydator and enjoy the scent of cinnamon apples. When they are completely dehydrated you can string several together and decorate with a holiday bow, or make hangers to hand them on your holiday tree. Children could easily do this project with help from a parent.


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