Friday, September 25, 2009

Polaris Press: Apple Week

"Apple Smiles"

Picking Apples at Cook's Orchard (oh, so buggy, but fun!)

We kicked off Apple Week with the Johnny Appleseed festival...we didn't go, though. Just talked about it:)

Our basic school day consists of math, reading/phonics, writing, and then some themed thing that ties into many different subjects depending on the day. I love it! I love coming up with my own ideas (well, mostly from the internet) about what to do for our themes (unit studies).

This week was Apple week and we read a lot about apples, had a taste test (Golden Delicious being the winner), went to an orchard to pick apples, and made applesauce with Becca (thanks, Bec!) and other "apple-flavored" activities. Today we made "Apple Smiles" that the kids really enjoyed. Except Sam didn't like the marshmallows. What kid doesn't like Marshmallows?? It was really fun doing this unit. Next is Animal Habitats.

It's interesting to watch the differences between Natalie and Levi. She is 17 months younger than he is but is right next to him doing all the same stuff. Math, writing, even reading. She amazes me with her answers and how quick she is. She can also operate when it's crazy and chaotic. Chaos really bothers Levi. She hums (loudly) when she works and I think this helps her concentrate. He is very competitive and when he notices she is doing something well, he wants to win and then gets flustered and can't function well. Their ways of learning and doing are so different! It really is fun to watch!


Pat & Amber said...

Looks like you guys are having lots of fun! :)

Shanna said...

Second: Oh don't they all just look alike!!
Third: Ok I didn't really have a third, it just sounded good.
So good job and keep up the good work!

Caroline said...

Matthew's first week of school was all about apples & Johnny Appleseed too. Of course, I just saw the work he came home with and looked up info on the internet with him about apples. Such a great idea, Matthew loved it.

Debbie, Lee, Rachele and Kenny said...

Awesome posts Anna. You have been busy. So when you say giving up on nuks is that using them or taking them away? That is a hard thing to do. Keep the posts comming. I love to read about your school fun.