With the coming of cooler weather, it will soon be time to think about apples! Have you ever noticed how many homeschool curriculums have apple-related activities and lessons for September? Or have you gone apple picking in September or October with your children? Maybe you will spend some time in the kitchen making applesauce, apple butter, and dried apples. There are so many varied activities and topics you could share about the apple.
Teaching About the Apple
One of the wonderful aspects of the apple is that you can talk about so many things in your homeschool. It is a wonderful starting point for unit studies. You can learn about science, colors, textures, fractions, and more with the apple.
- Compare and contrast how different fruits and vegetables are grown
- Study the life cycle of an apple tree
- Trace how different varieties of apples are produced
- Taste-test the different varieties of apples
- Compare and contrast the different colors and textures of apples
- Discuss pollination
- Make applesauce, apple butter, apple pie, apple chips, apple dumplings, apple cider, apple juice, candy apples
The Apple Featured in Curriculum
We have seen the apple take focus in more than one of our homeschooling curriculums. A few weeks ago in My Father’s World: God’s Creation from A to Z, our daughter and I talked about apples, read an adorable book, How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World, and learned about Johnny Appleseed. In the kindergarten literature curriculum from Wonder Wisdom Project, the same book, How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World, is the focus of week four of September. Both these curriculums incorporate the same book but offer different activities and ideas of how to include the book in one’s homeschool day. So even with the same book, there are so many options for learning about the apple.
So whether you use a boxed homeschool curriculum or you choose to piece together your own lessons, activities, and ideas, there are many ways in which you can include the apple! It is the perfect item to focus upon for the letter A (along with alligator) and makes a wonderful snack for those mid-morning homeschool breaks. How can you include the apple into your homeschool this week?