Summer is still here, but schools are already into the second week of a new school year. Teachers are already preparing lesson plans for the coming fall season. Apples are at the forefront of a lot of learning activities in preschool. pre-kindergarten, and early elementary classrooms. Apples offer many opportunities for hands-on learning activities. Counting seeds, classification skills with the colors and tastes of the varieties of apples that are available in the fall, and cooking activities with apples are all activities that children will participate in when September comes.
There are hundreds of books that center around the subject of apples. Teachers often introduce a particular subject with a great book that gets the children in their classroom interested in the subject that will be the center of learning activities. There is a wide choice of great books about apples that teachers will want to use. The three chosen books in this list are good choices to begin a learning unit on apples. Two of the listed books are written by a favorite author. One of the books in the list is a new picture book about apples with real photos of apples and activities for the fall that center around the harvesting of apples.
Cooking or preparing a snack with apples will extend your children's interest in reading about apples. A classroom-friendly recipe for preparing a snack is the following recipe that can be used after reading books about apples.
Apple and Cheese Sailboats
*Apple halves (suggested: red, green, and yellow apples)
*Cheese slices cut into triangles for sails (a variety of cheese can add to the learning)
*Rounded toothpicks to attach the sails
Check out the listed books for beginning a unit on apples. Parents who are looking for an activity to do with children at home will also enjoy reading during family reading time and creating the apple and cheese sailboats.