Apple Monsters

Apple Monsters

Apple Monsters

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Since we moved to Florida and Jayd is old enough for preschool we tried to find a local preschool here, but we did not want to pay money. We did not find one. They have a preschool through the state but it requires extensive paperwork and acceptance, just not in our time budget. I decided to “homeschool” or teach Jayd preschool. I never thought I would be doing this. I love to craft and I love to learn, but to actually teach her something… uuhhhmmm no. I don’t do well teaching my own kids.

I decided I needed to set aside some time to do this. My mornings worked between getting the girls off at 8am and we would go for a few hours.

We just started two days ago.

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{apple face: a common practice in our family}

I can honestly say it is going to be a lot of fun and easier than I thought. It just takes time, planning, and preparation.

This is our simple schedule:

  1. we read books
  2. we learn a new word/write the new word/theme based
  3. we study our colors
  4. we use scissors to cut
  5. we do arts and crafts

Some things I want to include to make sure she is getting a well-rounded education is science and math (my two least favorite subjects) .

We focused on apples today.

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The science part : Do apples sink or float??

I simply filled a bucket full of water and asked her does it sink or float. I also cut one apple in half so she could have two different apples to play with.

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The outcome… they float!

Apples float because they are made up of water and because their overall density is less than that of water. Their density is less than water because 25 percent of an apple’s volume is air. (reference)

Today I simply had her do was give me her hypotheses.. sink or float?? Well… she just made it sink, or at least she tried! Ha Ha.

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After that I just let her play in the water with the apples.. she eventually moved the water to the ground and started throwing the apples into the water. What a fun girl!

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She played for a bit. It was fun to see her in her element. Of course we had to cut up an apple for snack while we were working.

Most of my girls will not eat the crust. I am lazy and cut it up, but not the peel. They won’t eat the peel. My husband usually is the one who eats those up… because he can’t seem to let things go to waste.

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After our snack… we worked on more apple fun stuff. I made a Baked Apple Oatmeal. I made up my own recipe because I am on a different lifestyle change, but this recipe was pretty darn close. I really want to tweek it up a little better before it is perfect, but that’s okay, it was edible. I just love baked apples!

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While this baby was cooking… Jayd did Apple Monsters!

  1. apples
  2. toothpicks
  3. marshmallows
  4. black marker for eyes

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This apple was pretty much shot from our earlier throwing… so coloring it with a black marker didn’t bother me. I asked her to name her apple monster and she said its names is “Marshmallow”. so very creative.

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The whole morning went well.

She learned parts of an apple.

  1. stem
  2. leaf
  3. seeds
  4. core
  5. flesh

She practiced her writing… the color red and apple. She used scissors to cut out apples that she had stamped. Earlier this week I purchased and downloaded this awesome pack from The Moffat Girls Blog. I just printed it off and know she can practice her numbers, letters, etc. I just downloaded the month of October for the fall harvest fun! The red paper is from an old school Playskool book called… Colors. I am not sure if you can buy them anymore. This was given to me as a gift from a teacher who passed it on.

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We had fun learning about apples and creating our Apple Monsters!

I just hope that I can keep up with her and her excitement for learning.

Any tips or information or blogs with great ideas… would be helpful!

Wish me luck!

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