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Activities, books, & ideas for Apples/Fall unit study

By Anitra

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With the first day of Fall approaching on Friday, September 22nd, I am gearing up to begin a two week unit study of Fall and apples with my classroom.  Although here in sunny Southern California, it is far from feeling or looking like Fall.  The hotter Summer temperatures have slowly started to subside, and we’ve seen cooler temperatures this week, but we are from fro Fall weather.  Even though the Southern California weather is not fall friendly, I still am excited to start our Fall and apple unit study.

For the next two weeks; starting Monday; I will teach the young children in my class about how our environment changes for Fall, different leaves, the parts of an apple, how apples grow, and the different types of apples.  We will have apple tasting, and vote for our favorite apples, examine the insides of an apple, make leaf rubbings, and an apple blossom tree…just to name a few!

 

 

There are many books out there that could go with the study of Fall and apples, but I have chosen to share with you my favorite three books.  I have used each of these books over the years, and have found that these cover many of the topics and areas that I teach rather well.

 

Top 3 favorite books for Fall and apple unit

 

 

A Day at the Apple Orchard

 

By: Megan Faulkner & Adam Krawesky

A Day at the Apple Orchard follows a group of children through the apple orchard.  They pick apples, taste them, and make juice & cider.  The book also describes the life cycle of an apple blossom tree, and shows the growth through the different seasons.  This book is great when teaching how apples grow, the proper way to pick apples, and things that can be made from apples. It also discusses why it is important to protect apple blossom trees for continued blossoms.

 

We’re Going on a Leaf Hunt

By: Steve Metzger

We’re Going on a Leaf Hunt is a twist on the classic We’re Going on a Bear Hunt.  The children go on a hunt over the mountain, through the forest, around the waterfall, and across the lake.  Along the way, they find red oak leaves, hickory leaves, birch leaves, and maple leaves; until they encounter an unwanted guest!  This book teaches about different leaves, and is fun and entertaining!

 

Apples for Everyone

By: Jill Esbaum

Apples for Everyone has beautiful pictures that detail how apples grow, the different kinds of apples, talks about Johnny Appleseed, and discusses the history of apple trees.  This National Geographic Kids book has colorful and amazing photography that makes this book a favorite of mine.

 

 

I can’t wait to start our unit study of Fall and apples.  I have so many science, fine motor, art, language, and math activities planned for the next two weeks!

 

Want to follow along as we learn about Fall and apples?  Interested to see how our unit study unfolds?   Be sure to follow me on Instagram or Twitter for pictures of all of our activities and fun!!  I hope to see you there!

 

Anitra

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Art Montessori Extras

Simple & Easy DIY Rainbow Crayons

By Anitra

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Crayons…who doesn’t love coloring!! I personally still LOVE coloring, and try to color as often as possible.  It is very relaxing and calming to either color a pre-made coloring sheet, or to just grab some crayons and make whatever I feel like!!  Do you color?  If not, you should pick up a new hobby…coloring!  There are so many amazing “adult” type of coloring books out now, this is a newer trend.

 

Working in a preschool classroom means there are many, many many broken, peeled, tiny and even chewed on crayons.  It is what happens in this environment.  If you have children, I’m sure that you’ve encountered such instances with crayons around your house as well.  You normally collect all of the broken, peeled, tiny and chewed crayons and put them in the trash.  They have little to no use…or do they?  Actually, they do!  You can use your old worn crayons and make Rainbow Crayons out of them!! Rainbow Crayons are fun and children have a great time helping with the process of making them.

 

Turn these…

 

 

 

Into these…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Making Rainbow Crayons: A Step by Step Tutorial

 

 

Supplies Needed:

1 6 cup muffin tin (I got one from the Dollar Tree, so I wouldn’t ruin my cooking one)

broken crayons

oven or toaster oven

 

STEP 1:

Gather as many colors of broken crayons as you can.  You want your rainbow crayons to be just that; rainbows!

 

STEP 2:

Peel your all of your crayons.  This can be a very long, tedious process, so if possible enlist the help of the children!  It is a great fine motor skill development activity for them!

 

 

        

 

 

STEP 3:

Break up the crayons into small pieces.  About half an inch should do the trick. Again, this process takes awhile, so have the children help you; as much as they can.

 

 

 

STEP 4:

Fill the muffin pan with the broken crayon pieces.  Try to get a good variety of colors in each cup, so that the colors are evenly distributed.

 

 

STEP 5:

Put in the oven.  I used a toaster oven.  I set it for 350 degrees, and set the timer for ten minutes.

 

 

                      

 

STEP 6:

Take out of oven and let cool for at least thirty minutes.

 

 

STEP 7:

Once completely cool,  remove crayons from muffin pan using a sharp knife.

 

 

    

 

 

STEP 8:

Your Rainbow Crayons are ready for use!  Enjoy!

 

 

Rainbow Crayons are so fun and as you can see, so easy to make!!! Beware though, once you make your children at home or at school Rainbow Crayons, they will “accidentally” break crayons and bring them to you to save for more Rainbow Crayons.  This happens to me almost daily; I had to gently remind all of the children in my class to be careful and take better care of the crayons.  I told them not to worry, we have PLENTY of broken crayons in our broken crayon bucket to make more Rainbow Crayons in the future!!

 

I hope you enjoy and use this step by step tutorial to make Rainbow Crayons to introduce into your classroom or homeschool soon!!

 

Anitra

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