Dragonfly (age 4)
While the other two were playing outside, Tadpole asked me if she could do some work. I set him up with a small bowl of water, a few foam apples, another bowl, and a spoon. He really enjoyed transferring the bobbing apples to the other bowl. It wasn't very long before he figured out that the spoon would also hold water. On his own, he switched the "game" to water transferring. Smart kid.
"apple pie" sand, but had no interest in writing the letter or tracing the sandpaper. I learned to give her a sensory bin with apple pie seasonings (or perhaps play dough) and to wait on the writing part for a while.
The first activity I gave Skimmer was the "good apple, wormy apple" sorting sheet. He could match that all the little apples were apples but he couldn't differentiate between the types (wormy or not). Next, I gave him an "apple colors" coloring book for him to do for his "Scribble Notebook." After he colored the 4 pages, I stapled it together and glued it into his notebook. I learned that I need to give Skimmer more coloring to improve his fine motor skills.
Today was our weekly outing to Women's Bible Study at a church in our area. There were ten or twelve children there under the age five, so my kids got some good socialization time while I got a parenting break. We didn't do any other Mommy School today except that Dragonfly stamped a bunch of "letter ahs" on a cut out "a" with pink ink.
Today is my husband's birthday so the kids and I made him an apple pie!
Here's Dragonfly using a real knife for the first time. No injuries!
And here is Tadpole using a chopper.
Tadpole is at the "let's make this work" phase of development. Here's a picture from him today, learning how to plug a cord into a device.
Resources: apple 3-part cards
An Apple Grows video
apple life cycle worksheet
dot, dot, not a lot apple worksheet
parts of an apple book
apple preschool pack
apple colors book
wormy apples busy bag
apple counting folder game
sorting wormy apples from nice ones
life cycle wall cards
Ideas: apple stamping
product taste testing
stacking apples up on top
Books: "Red are the Apples"
"10 Red Apples"
"How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World"
"The Apple Pie Tree"
"Picking Apples and Pumpkins"
"Life on an Apple Farm."