Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Apple Theme Week

Things finally calmed down enough for us to do a themed learning week again!  With the beautiful fall weather, we decided to start with apples.

Apple Fractions
We began by reading Apple Fractions.  Xander loved it so much he has read them several times.
For his snack, I cut his apple into 8th using an apple cutter.  Then I cut little pieces of paper with various fractions on them.  He would draw a fraction, and then show me the equivalent with apples.  For example, I had 1/8, 1/4, 1/2, 3/8. For a challenge I included 3/6 and we talked through how to figure it out.  Then, of course, he ate all the fractions.

Apple Stamping Artwork
I'm not the most artistic person in the world, so this was a fun adventure for us. First I had him paint the trunk and branches of a tree onto poster board.
We let it dry, and then we sliced an apple into two pieces.  We used a brush to put some paint on one half of the apple.  As you can see from his expression, this is very serious work.
Then we stamped it onto the page.
He was incredibly proud of his finished product.  We hung it in the entry way so that we can "fall-out" our house.
Sensory Bin
It had been a while since we had done a sensory bin (mostly because all of the sensory bin materials are still at my dad's house until I can get the basement of the new house done).  I used a popcorn base with little leaves, apples and pumpkins.  I threw in some cinnamon sticks for fun.
Here he is describing his potion.
Apple Worksheets
I found this great set of free apple worksheets from TPT.  They were a great skill level for him (alphabetizing, graphing, synonym/antonym sorting and a free write).  It felt good to get some of his "work" on the walls of the new house for the first time.
Of course, no theme would be complete without some books.  Here are a couple of our apple books I picked out for the week.  Ana cultiva manzanas for some Spanish and Apples for Everyone for some info on apples themselves.

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