We began a mini apple unit this week in anticipation of the Autumnal Equinox. We read a family favourite,Up, Up, Up, It’s Apple Picking Time by Jody Fickes Shapiro. This year Bop chose to read the book to her sisters as well and although she has it memorized, she did point out the words she recognized when she was reading it. She also brought the book out when she was working with the moveable alphabet to use as a source of inspiration.
She combined her writing work with some scientific exploration of apples and some vocabulary expansion. We looked through Apple Fractions by Jerry Pallotta and were inspired to check out the inside of one of our apples. We cut an apple in half and she drew a detailed photo of what she saw. She used the illustration from the book to label her drawing. We also talked and sang about the life cycle of an apple tree. Unrelated to apples, Bop worked with the knobless cylinders. She has worked with these in the past but she is getting more specific on her observations of the cylinders’ spacial differences in relation to each other – “these are all skinny but these are flat to tall”. Apple Fractions also inspired us to do a little work with apple juice and fractions, looking at 1/4c, 1/2 c, 3/4 c and 1 cup in different glasses and combining different amount to try to get two equal glasses for Bop and Bell to drink.
Bop worked on her scissor work by cutting out a circle, cutting out strips and cutting those strips into little squares to paste on her circle. A leaf and a stem and we had a beautiful apple decoration for the cork board. We ended our week at Willow View farms with some apple picking. We visit every year but we were lucky enough to meet and speak with the owners this year. Bop got to chat with Farmer Avery about the sheep and sheep-pen he was working on. Later Farmer Cheryl told us all about the hens and their laying cycle. She also directed us to the huge illustration of the life cycle of the apple tree. We picked an awful lot of apples and Bop used her sense of taste to make sure each variety was delicious.