Monday, November 10, 2008
We did this over the course of a couple of days, not in the order delineated below. We started with the construction paper. In any case, here were our apple activities:
I took a knife and cut an apple. We looked at and learned the names of the core, the seeds, the stem, the skin, and the yummy part (I couldn't think of its name). Some parts we eat (and we did eat), some parts we don't.
We played with the seeds while we ate the apple - we counted them and arranged them in different shapes. And we sang the song "Ohhhhhhhhhh the Lord is good to me, and so I thank the Lord, for giving me the things I need - the sun and the rain and the apple seed. The Lord is good to me...."
I took red construction paper and cut out some circles to make paper apples. We made a construction-paper apple tree with brown and green paper, and she taped the pieces (with some help) to another sheet of paper, and then we put on the red apples. We counted them, and we talked about picking apples from trees in the fall. Because they were taped to the picture and not glued or anything permanent, we could take them off and put them back on the paper easily, so we could "pick" the apples from the tree, or they could "faaaaaallllllll down."
We taped the real apple seeds to the construction-paper apples on our construction-paper tree. We made other similar-sized red circles from the construction paper and then taped those circles on top of the ones with the seeds on them, making 3D apples. So the seeds were hidden, just like in real apples.
Using the construction paper, I cut out a little red capitol 'A' and a lower case 'a'. What letter is this?, I asked, and she said, "A!" What does it say? She identified the sound, and we connected the sound with the word "apple." Then we taped the a's on the picture. It's always good to review that stuff.
Somewhere in there I told her the story of Johnny Appleseed.
Then we finished and ate some more apples for snack time.