Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Apple Day in K!

The past two weeks we focused on apples, apples, and more apples. We looked at the parts of an apple, taste-tested some apples, learned about Johnny Appleseed, sang some fun apple songs, and had an apple day. Here are some pictures from our week(s)! :)

(It was also career day, so that is why you will see these little kinders dressed like absolute professional policemen, firemen, chefs, etc.)
~Apple Tasting:
We were able to taste 7 different kinds of apples. It was so fun to see how some of them enjoyed soft apples and some liked the crunchy, tart apples (my favorites!)

We took a vote and they loved Honeycrisp. We lined them up from greatest to least and it made a 6-5-4-3-2-1-0 pattern. Hello, fabulous teaching point! 

~The Johnny Appleseed Festival is near my hometown, so it's a must-see every year! (The chicken-n-dumplins are to DIE FOR!)

~Apple Day Fun!
We learned all about apples and it was finally time to have a fun celebratory day of a pretty delicious snack: apples. 

We had 5 different rotations: caramel/chocolate apple snack, apple Jenga towers, Johnny Appleseed puppet craft and video, apple print pattern painting, and apple science. We started the morning making our applesauce, so it would have enough time to mix and cook all its delicious goodness. 

My rotation was apple science and I knew my kids would die for apple explosions aka Apple-canoes. I used these ingredients below and it created an awesome reaction. (I added food coloring just for a fun color) I had the kids create a hypothesis for what they thought would happen. I explained what a hypothesis was and told them to draw a picture of their prediction.

I planned another experiment just in case our first one went by really fast. This one was super easy and the kids had to predict whether or not the apple would float or sink. It was amazing to see how many thought it would actually sink! 

Here's a view at some of the stations from other classes!

-Johnny Appleseed Puppets and Story/Video

-Apple Boat Snacks with Caramel and Chocolate


At the end of the day, we were so excited to enjoy our applesauce. They were slightly confused when they saw the chunky applesauce, but hey, it still tasted AH-MAZ-ING!

Do you have a fun apple activity you do with your kids?

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Peek at my Week {September 14th}

Hi, my name is Breanna and I have a back-to-school, blog-neglecting problem. (The first step is admitting you have a problem, right?) There just doesn't seem to be enough time in the day to sit down and blog these past few weeks.

Ugh, I cannot believe it is already the middle of September. SEPTEMBER, people! that I'm on the topic of that, it is only September. Seeing all of this Halloween prep does make me giddy inside, but it's still summer. Let's savor it. Where I come from, we complain about this dreadful summer heat and then we complain when the temperature falls into the negatives in the winter months. It's just the natural reaction to the weather and life in Indiana. Fall is my favorite season, but seeing all of this fall decorating, pumpkin spice latte craziness is making me think about a lot of things in life. We are forcing ourselves to zoom through life. Everything is coming out earlier and earlier and it seems as if we are doing this just so we can fast forward time to the moment we want to be in. I am absolutely guilty of this. Let's savor it. Savor our time together. Savor these times that fly by. Before we know it we'll be seeing Black Friday sales and probably even Black Friday Eve deals. This life we live in can be SO CRAZY sometimes! It all comes and goes so quickly, just like the time with our students/kids does.

End rant. Back to the nitty gritty of my upcoming week. We are done with colors and are full-force ahead in apples. We are going to be doing a lot of hands-on activities with apples thanks to some amazing ideas from my fellow TpT family. I can't wait to share what we do! We are very blessed to have a great festival to celebrate Johnny Appleseed this upcoming weekend in Fort Wayne, IN where he passed away and is buried. Our city's baseball team is also called the Tincaps after Johnny Appleseed!

Here is my week-

What are you up to this week?