Monday, October 7, 2013

Apples, Apples, Apples

As part of our nature studies, we are doing a couple of year-long tree studies.  We have already done our summer apple tree study of course, and now it is time for our fall studies.

We've been reading a few books.

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Ana Cultiva Manzanas / Apple Farmer Annie
by Monica Wellington
My stepmom sent us this book and we love it.  It's colorful and fun, names different varieties of apples, and shows many different uses for apples.  I love that she found the Spanish version for us {she knows we're learning Spanish} so we can learn to recognize more Spanish words in print and practice reading.

A Day at the Apple Orchard
by Megan Faulkner & Adam Krawesky
This is just a simple book, but it discusses the seasonal changes in apple trees, how apples grow, and even how to pick apples so as not to ruin the bud for next year.  

We spent time outside with our supplies and set up chairs to do some observing, drawing and tasting.

Then inside we go, because we have to do something with those apples, right?  Part of fall nature studies was learning all the different ways apples can be consumed!  ;-)

So far we've made apple strudel muffins for the boys.

Applesauce for the baby.

Apple pie for daddy.

What should we make next?

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  1. Awesome! :) I chose APples tOO! :D love your apple-days

  2. Great pictures! Now I'm hungry for an apple. =0) We like to do an apple unit study every fall.

  3. We have an annual apple festival with some cousins every fall. We all meet at Grandma's with out kids and pick apples in the morning, have a potluck lunch together and then head home to do something with our apples. Our family does a couple of fun apple activities, like apple stamping or bobbing for apples, and then it's time to make lots of yummy treats, like apple sauce, apple juice, apple crisp, apple leathers, etc. Apples are so much fun! Thank you for sharing your apple day with us!

    I found your post on Blogging Homeschoolers Daily Post Share.

    1. Your apple festival sounds awesome! We do a hayride every fall with our family.

  4. Your post is so fun, and the pictures are great! I love the one with the apple spiral! As for what to make next--you have me thinking about apple-stuffed French Toast :)

  5. What a fun trip to pick apples! We are going on Saturday and I am super excited! I LOVE the idea of drawing the apple tree and I think my 6 year old son would really enjoy that! I am stopping by from Blogging through the Alphabet.

  6. OH WHAT FUN!!!! Perhaps you can make an apple crumble? Would love for you to share the apple muffin recipe....pleeeeeeasse? :)

    1. I adapted this recipe to meet our needs:

  7. I love that apple corer you have that makes the cuts spiral. I have to get one of them. Most of the Wolf River Apples I had this year I peeled by hand. We made apple pie and apple sauce with our apples. Loved the outside pictures.

  8. Ooh that sounds so good! I would love to be able to visit an apple orchard. Maybe one day right? They just won't grow down here in Florida ;) Have a great day!