Saturday, October 13, 2012

MFW K Unit 4 – Aa Apple

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Alex is 4 years, 9 months/Max is 37 months

We learned that “If I stay in Jesus, I will have much fruit.”
Our letter is Aa (apple).
The biggest apple we’ve ever seen!
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I have to admit that Alex did NOT like “How To Make An Apple Pie”.  He obediently sat & listened, but it was obvious that he didn’t care for the book one bit. 
Now,  “Grasshopper On The Road” was a different story.  Alex giggled and giggled at the worm in the apple chapter.  Just be warned – there are two words in the first chapter that we don’t use in our home (stupid & dummy).  I replaced those words with silly and goofy.
I’d never heard the Johnny Appleseed song before, but we found a cute version on YouTube.
watching Johnny Appleseed
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This week we talked about the fruit that “grows” on us – the fruit of the Spirit.  We paid attention every day to how we showed (or didn’t show) these “God Fruits” in our actions and attitudes.  MFW K manual includes Bible verses and short paragraphs to read to your child throughout the week.
Wikki Stix
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Salt Box – 4s
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PHONICS & HANDWRITING We’ve made our own larger handwriting pages for now because
Alex just isn’t ready for the smaller size of the MFW sheets.
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Alex’s As were WONDERFUL!  His 4s…well, they need a little help ;)
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coloring & cutting his A picture cards
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stamping what starts with A, crossing out the ones that don’t start with A
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Aa Apple “Maze” from
He had trouble catching on, but he was a pro by the time he completed the page :)
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Letter Sort
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The manual instructs you to buy a large variety of apples for sorting, graphing, and baking.
Our grocery store didn’t have a large variety.  They had large apples, though:
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sorting by size:
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We needed yellow, red, and green apples for the graph.  Our store only had granny smith…nothing yellow, nothing else that was green.  I scrambled for a graphing activity, and I decided to just make one.  Alex LOVED LOVED LOVED it!
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After cutting the apples, Alex had to glue them in the correct row.  When all the apples were glued, he answered the questions at the bottom of the page.  He was very proud of this!
I don’t have this online, but I can e-mail it to anyone who would like it…
eventually I’ll get caught up in putting files online :)
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Cuisenaire Rods
Alex is getting so quick at picking the right sized block for each spot!
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Hmmm…I guess reading about apple orchards is our science for the week.  Alex did learn about how bees help in the pollination process.  We also cut open apples & found the “star” of seeds inside.
Alex & I took a “field trip” to the grocery store to see the variety of sizes, colors, and names of all the apples.  He hand selected apples of all different varieties, and we did an “apple taste test” to see how God made each variety just a little different.  That’s in a separate post; you can link to it below in the next paragraph.
We made applesauce to learn about the process of heat turning apples into sauce.   
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We had an “apple fun day” when Grace was over.  CLICK HERE to read more about it in a separate post.  (These words want to be underlined, and I can’t make it go away! :/
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Alex & I played this Roll & Cover game using smarties as our apples.
You can e-mail me if you’d like it.
The goal is to be the first one to fill your basket with “apples” –
which can be M&Ms, smarties, red beads, etc.
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(Max is 37 months)
Just for the record, I *offer* these activities to my little ones.  I  *NEVER NEVER* force a 3 year old to sit down and do “worksheets”.  Max is free to play or do his own thing.  I encourage puzzles, hands-on activities, etc…and he can do whatever paperwork interests him. 
This week was tricky, as Max was tired & cranky by the time we did school each afternoon.  He ended up napping every day during school time, but we kept him up an extra half hour to get a few things acccomplished on Friday:
Color Sorting cut & paste
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Tracing letter A in 4 different colors, then hanging it on the wall.
He then named each alphabet letter we’ve worked on so far.
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Max LOVES to count!
He didn’t feel like coloring, but he marked with a red crayon as he counted.
You’ll see it if you look closely ;)
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He counted; I wrote the number. 
Afterwards, I asked him to find each number for me.
He’s still working on number recognition.
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size sorting
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counting…again ;)
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handprint apple trees (his is on the left)
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apple taste test, making applesauce, apple art
(Separate Post: CLICK HERE)
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We may be linking up with the following blogs:
Tot School


Lindsay said...

What fun you guys had! That is a gigantic apple!! I love that you turned the apple taste test into applesauce! :-)

Kait said...

I'm so excited to use this video in our tot school this week!

Nicole @ The Kavanaugh Report said...

That is one huge apple! Great tot school week!