September was apple month, and I started it off by leaving this little treat and note on each child's desk the first school day in September. It is a tradition I hope to keep up - welcoming each month with a little something for the kids in the school room. :)
In addition to those below, I had some other activities I wanted to take pictures of. However, it quickly became apparent that if I waited too much longer, it might be November before the post was up. Thus, I decided to just make do with the pictures I have.
Bobbing for apples! I would call out a sight word and my youngest would find the word and "bob" for that apple. He did not use his teeth but scooped the apples out with a utensil. However, if you are feeling ambitious, your kids could use their teeth.
My eldest also wanted a turn so I adapted the activity to one of her subjects. I would call out an English word, and she had to "bob" for the apple with the matching Latin translation.
Additional possibilities for this game could be bobbing for apples containing certain letters, matching sounds, numbers, math facts, vocabulary (just call out a definition and the child finds the matching word apple), etc. BTW - the apples are simply circles cut out of red craft foam.
We also practiced sorting good and bad apples. My daughter would look under each "apple" for a spelling word. Some words I spelled correctly and some incorrectly. It was her job to sort each into the appropriate pile based on the spelling of the word.
This is another excellent activity for more than one age/skill level. We used it for more math fact practice. I would call out an "answer" (ex. 6), and my daughter and her friend would pick the apple with the matching math fact (ex. 4+2). My youngest would find and pick that number (6) from his tree.
Additional activities which I don't have pictures for:
- An artist study of some of Cezanne's paintings of apples (followed by an activity where the kids were given the opportunity to draw their own picture)
- An adorable 3-D apple (life cycle) book my friend purchased on TPT
- apple tasting (unusual kinds) and graphing