Take a bite out of learning with these sweet lesson ideas. This week, your child will develop life and fine motor skills while learning math, science, phonics, art, and music. We also suggest a trip to an apple orchard if possible to bring the lessons to life. If you are able to go, spend time afterward with your child cleaning, counting, and sorting the apples you pick. 🍏 🍎 Want to track your progress? Download this printable worksheet to keep track of skills learned, books read, and how you’re progressing.
Note: Occasionally we include project upgrades (for kids ready for more) and modifications (which can be useful for including younger siblings). We’ll mark those with the plus (+) or minus (-) symbols.
What you need:
Books (find at your local library or order below on Amazon):
- How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World by Marjorie Priceman (read it on OpenLibrary here or listen to a read aloud here)
- How do Apples Grow? by Jill McDonald or listen to a read aloud here.
- Apple Countdown by Joan Holub or listen to a read aloud here.
Supplies (use what you have, but here are links to shop if you need anything):
- 6-8 apples (either from the orchard or the grocery store)
- ingredients for this no-bake recipe + additional apples for lessons
- laminated world map poster (we highly recommend having a laminated map for lessons, but if you’re in a pinch, you can print this one for the lesson)
- paper + access to a printer (don’t have one? we like this model)
- laminator + laminator sheets (optional, but recommended for repeating lessons)
- washable paints
- paper plate
- glitter glue
- muffin tin
- brown paper bag
- large piece of kraft paper or cardstock
- baking sheet
- apple slicer or small knife
- red paper plate (or you can use a white one linked above and color it red, if desired)
- construction paper
- hole puncher
- black permanent marker
- red ribbon or yarn
- clear drying, non-toxic glue (we like this glue + glue stick set)
- two toilet paper rolls (or one paper towel roll cut in half)
- brown and green cardstock
- red and green pom poms (kids love pom poms, but rolled up balls of construction paper can work, too)
- tweezers and/or tongs
What to do:
We recommend doing the below lessons in this order to build on each skill your child will develop, but don’t feel that you *need* to do them in this order. Do what works for you and your child. If they love an activity, feel free to repeat! Not a winner? Skip and try the next thing. Have fun!
Letter of the week: A
The Letter A makes three different sounds: /ā/ as in ape, /ă/ as in apple, and /ä/ as in car, as you can see on the first page of the letter guide. Reinforce the sounds with our Letter of the Week Song.
Remember, the guide isn’t a worksheet! The first page is for you, the grown-up. Use it to introduce the letter name, the sounds it makes, and to demonstrate how to draw each letter. Display the Letter Guide in your school area along with the completed coloring sheet to reinforce the lesson throughout the week.
Next, use the second sheet to create a page for your child’s phonics book. Review the book a few times each week until your child has mastered these phonics.
Start by reading one of our favorite books of all time, How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World. When reading throughout the week, point out the word “apple” and talk about the letter A. Label the upper case A and the lower case a. Keep practicing this phonics lesson with your child throughout the week.
Activity 1: How to Make an Apple Pie World Lesson (Note: To make this simpler, skip the magnets and use masking tape. Laminating is also not required, but helpful for repeating the lesson later.)
Activity 2: Apple stamping
Read How Do Apples Grow?, reinforcing the phonics lesson from lesson 1.
Activity 1: Dissect an apple
Activity 2: Alphabet lacing craft
(-) For younger children, punch fewer holes and use a piece of tape to stiffen the end of the yarn for easier threading.
Activity 3: Keep practicing those fine motor skills with this simple glue dot craft that helps your child learn how to glue like a pro. Use glitter glue or some other glue with a color to it for this activity.
Has your child had a favorite book so far this week? Re-read it and point out the letter A sounds, then do this phonics craft.
Activity 1: Apple Sorting Activity
(-) To keep a younger sibling busy, fill a pot, large plastic bin, or shoe box with poms and give them a paper towel tube to play while your older child practices sorting.
Activity 2: Sing the Apples and Bananas song (see how fast you can sing it without messing up!)
Show your child the painting Woman Peeling Apples by Archibald John Motley. Ask your child about what they see. Play an I Spy game to find the apples and talk about what color they are. Talk about the woman in the picture and what the artist wants to tell us about her. What is the expression on her face? What is the woman doing? What colors and shapes can your child find? What do you think she is feeling or thinking about?
Activity 1: Letter A Sorting + Recognition Game (Tip: We recommend laminating the pieces after you print them out so you can repeat the game.)
(+) Upgrade this game by focusing on the different sounds the letter A makes. The letter a makes 3 sounds in English, but we will only focus on the long ā (as in “ape”), and the short ă (as in “apple”) for this activity. On each apple picture, write a word that starts with the letter A. On the baskets, label one basket “long ā” and the other “short ă.” Next, read each word to your child and have them place the apple in the correct basket.
Activity 2: This blog post has lots of great math activities. Let’s start with the Numeral Recognition Dice Game.
Activity 3: Next, let’s do the Apple Grab Bag and Ten Frame activity from that same post. If you’ve already made your visit to an orchard, use real apples for this activity if possible (or you can use pom poms). We also made a 10 frame printable you can use here.
Read Apple Countdown. Demonstrate the counting as needed, but let your child do as much of the counting as they’re able to.
Activity 1: Playdough Mat Printables
Activity 2: No-Bake Apple Snack Recipe
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