Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Apple Week - Unit Study

We kicked off Apple Week with an awesome Family Home Evening about the Parable of the Apple Tree... and made a delicious Apple Crisp that Kayley was certainly proud of!

You see...we scored this big bag of apples from a friend. So, we decided to just make an entire, impromptu, unit study out of apples!

From our Apples thematic unit book (yes, I totally just had this 'laying around'...what can I say?) we learned about fractions by cutting apples in 1/2 and 1/4. We also planted our own Appleseeds on the windowsill (which didn't even pretend to grow) and we also had a fun time learning about Johnny Appleseed (we even watched the Disney version that we found at the library).
We read the book "How to Make Apple Pie and See the World" and learned the geography of where all the best ingredients for an Apple Pie come from. We marked them on our map! I really, really would recommend this Five in a Row curriculum as a way to get your nose into some interesting childrens books. Most of them are classics published in the early 1900's and many of them are Caldecott winners! I'll have to do a better post on FIAR stuff later.

We also had a fun time reading regular story books about apples...
We also made weird Smiling Apple Snacks (it was Chef Cookies idea from our BJU curriculum that week! Talk about coincidental!)


Melissa said...

Oh my, that smiling snack is a little scary! =)I'm going to have to find a reason to make them - maybe a Halloween party. Seems appropriate, right?

Dana Cheryl said...

It's stuff like this that makes homeschooling so incredibly awesome!!! Looks like so much fun. I'll be using some of these great idea during my next extended babysitting gig. What a cool way to keep a kiddo busy and interested with the bonus of giving him or her an opportunity to feel like they've accomplished something!