Tuesday, September 28, 2010

September is a traditional time to start fall learning themes with preschoolers. For a while now Smarty was talking about planting an apple tree, and I challenged her to pick her tree to plant through a taste test.
Pick an Apple Tree Through a Taste Test
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Enjoying the End of Summer

End of Summer Pool
It’s hard to get excited about fall topics when the temperature is staying in upper 90s and the pool is still conveniently open. We are taking advantage of our September heat wave when we can. However, now fall is officially here, and we celebrated it with some yummy apple treats while sneaking some science into them.

Who Was Johnny Appleseed?

Johnny Appleseed
Smarty asked me who was Johnny Appleseed, and we read The Story of Johnny Appleseed by Aliki. Frankly, she didn’t care for illustrations, but the story itself was rather interesting. It’s hard to imagine the time where apples were not growing everywhere in the United States, and we learned a few things about a person behind the legend. Smarty was very pumped up about the idea that apples can be grown from seeds and wanted to try it at home.

Which Tree Would We Grow?

I decided not to disappoint my preschooler by telling her that it’s difficult to grow a tasty apple tree from seeds, and instead we discussed what tree we would like to grow. For the first time Smarty actually paid attention in the store to notice that it has an amazing variety of apples. We chose three for a taste test:
Setting up apple taste test
We whipped up a delicious cream cheese apple dip and proceeded to taste every apple with and without a dip. I asked Smarty to use as many descriptive words as she can for texture, smell and taste. Smarty certainly was not a fan of sour Granny Smith apples – she described them as sour, sharp and “not ripe”. Fuji was a winner in our taste test for both of us – we agreed that it was both the sweetest  and the juiciest.

Growing Apples from Seeds

I found the instructions on how to grow apples from seeds on Wikihow and they seemed simple enough. We were careful not to break seeds while cutting apples, cleaned them and dried them, then put them in the fridge. Alas, our apple seeds didn’t sprout – perhaps a sapling apple tree is somewhere in our future (updated to say that we ended up getting a lemon tree instead).

Your Turn:

What kind of apples are favorites in your house?

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An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

We generally stick the seeds straight from the apple into the dirt. And, we plant a lot - so at least a few sprout - it's keeping them alive after that, that's the tricky part :)

Christy said...

I have two black thumbs too. Good luck!

It doesn't feel much like fall here either because it's in the 80s all this week.

MaryAnne said...

I love Fuji apples.

What a great experiment - I hope you do get a little apple tree growing, and manage to keep it alive!

Debbie said...

I will be looking forward to seeing if your apple seeds sprout.

You're in a heat wave, and we are having very muggy warm rain. Strange for here.

Eva said...

oh neat :) I was thinking on taste testing apples too to see our favourites but never thought of sprouting our own seeds, good idea will have to try this out :)

Valerie @ Frugal Family Fun Blog said...

Fun! We love apples, and I'm hoping we can plant an apple tree soon too. ((fingers crossed)) Thanks for the link to the instructions!

Ticia said...

Ours didn't grow last year but I didn't do the best at watering and such

Our favorite is honeycrisp

Anne@LittleSproutBooks said...

we've never tried apples - we've sprouted an avocado, and now it's a 4 foot plant in our bathroom!

Our Homeschool Fun said...

It is finally cooling down just a bit here. I am so hoping Fall will come and stay!

I love that dip y'all made, I looked at the link for it in this post. Fuji apples are my favorite too. The kids like Gala best.

Ritchil Shafer said...

My 7-year-old loves fuji apples too. I love how she described the granny smith apples as not ripe... so cute!

Jennifer Dawn Oliver Shelton said...

What a fun unit! Thanks for sharing!

Carrie said...

What a fun fall activity!! My daughter loves apples, so she would like them all!! Thank you for sharing at Sharing Saturday!

Niki M said...

Such a lovely idea, it's great how many activities you can do with just one book for inspiration! Thanks for sharing on #OurSundayStorybook