This Autumn we are using many of the same trays as last year, but I’ve also added a couple.
I have a special connection to apples and orchards as my grandfather owns an orchard in Oregon. It holds a very special place in my heart and I can only hope that my children will feel that as we carry on some apple traditions in our own home here in Ohio. Oregon next year?
On our trays:
-life cycle of an apple from Montessori For Everyone
-apple nomenclature from my NAMC manual (Montessori Print Shop carries this, too.) + apple + knife (apple dissection?)
-apple variety cards from MPS (we will be headed to the local orchard in search of as many of these varieties as we can find)
-pom pom transfer
-apple lacing card
– apple scented play doh (we used apple fragrance oil for the scent…I was a little worried about skin contact, but it’s been just fine) inspired by this post from Fantastic Fun and Learning
-making apple rings (using our new-ish dehydrator!)
-apple picking at Grandma’s
Sensory Bin: oats, sprinkle of cinnamon, apple scent, mini apples from craft store, scoop, apple-shaped colander from Target dollar spot, red pony beads (inspired by this post)
*While they enjoyed the sensory bin…I did not. The mess was more than I could handle this week! Perhaps next year when they are older and less tempted to throw the oats? Or only use it when I am feeling extra patient?
Books: (new and old)
1. Apples by Gail Gibbons
2. How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World by Marjorie Priceman
3. Apple Farmer Annie by Monica Wellington
4. Ducking for Apples by Lynne Berry
5. Apple by Nikkie McClure
6. Apple Cider Making Days by Ann Purmell
Last year’s apple studies can be found here.
Linked to Montessori Monday at Living Montessori Now.
*Please excuse the awful photos…camera won’t focus and I keep picking “bad light days”. Time for a new point-and-shoot!