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My Mommy School Philosophy
Mommy School is all about constructive fun with developmentally appropriate learning!
My philosophy is that toddlers learn through experiences. I believe that toddlers learn by seeing and doing, so Mommy School is intended to be action-based. I believe that most 2- and 3-year-olds are not yet ready for pencil/paper activities simply because they don’t learn this way! My hope is to provide you with a few tools to help guide your toddler’s learning. For me, the most exciting part about teaching my toddler is seeing the world through his eyes. He is starting to understand the world for the very first time! Because this is the first time that our toddlers are exposed to many concepts, please don’t expect your toddler to catch on immediately. It can be difficult at times to gage your own success because toddlers can’t always communicate exactly what they are learning. You will see their progress later on as they continue to build connections to the world around them! I compile a variety of activities in my Mommy School units, but I don’t expect to do them all. Allow your child to experience letters, numbers, colors, shapes, and other thematic elements in their own unique way. You will quickly see that your child thrives with some learning methods and not others. Pick and choose activities that work best for you and your child. I am trained as an Early Childhood Educator, and I taught First Grade for 4 years. However, I am building my Mommy School units from a mother’s perspective. I am a Mom first, and a Teacher second. Remember that I have searched the web high and low seeking the very best toddler activities. I am not the genius behind all of them—I simply gather them all in one place. Be sure to look at the credits section for more great ideas! Most of all have fun! Children will see your attitude, and will respond similarly. Enjoy discovering the world with your child.

Good luck!

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APPLES Mommy School Unit
Letter: A Color: Red Number: 1 Song: Apples and Bananas

ACTIVITIES & GAMES
Apple Picking Copy the apple patterns on red, yellow, and green paper. Place the apples all around the room (or outside). Have the children walk around the room and go “apple picking.” Place apples in a basket. When you are done, try some of these activities: • Count the apples • Sort by different colors. • In a group, make a picture graph your favorite color of apple. Apples Alphabet Print the attached ABC apples and place in a basket. Pass around the circle and say the chant. Then choose an apple from the basket and say the sound of the letter: Apple, apple Nice and round. Pick an apple And make its sound! Sensory Apples Use the apple template to cut out apple shapes out of cardboard, sandpaper, foil, red flannel and bubble wrap. Paint or color apples red. Once dry, help child feel each apple. Use words to describe apples such as: Bumpy Soft Rough Smooth
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Bob for Apples Place a group of apples in a large bucket, floating in the water. Let your kids try to get them out with their mouths. Use small apples or apple slices for smaller children. Pin the Apple on the Tree Create a large poster board apple tree and tape to a door or wall. Use the apple templates and label with children’s names. Add a tape loop to the back. Blindfold children and let them take turns trying to place an apple on the tree! Pass the Apple Game Pass around a fabric apple or bean bag. Play just like Hot Potato! When the music on, the apple is passed around the circle. When the music is shut off, whoever is holding the apple is “out.” Felt Apple and Caterpillar Cut out 2 red apple shapes, a small brown stem, and a green leaf from felt. Cut around edges with pinking shears. Sew the 2 apple shapes together. Glue on a stem and green leaf. Sew a long felt tube as a caterpillar. Glue on eyes. Cut out a circle shape in the center of the front of the apple. Let the child wiggle the caterpillar through the apple’s hole!

Source: Gluesticks

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ARTS & CRAFTS
Stained Glass Apples Cut out an apple shape from red construction paper. Add a stem and leaf if you wish. Cut out the center of the apple, leaving approximately 2 inches around the edges. Cover the entire front of the apple with clear contact paper. Cover the back (sticky side of contact paper) with squares of red, yellow, and green tissue paper, creating a collage. Hang in the window so light shines through. This will look like stained glass! Half-Eaten Paper Plate Apple Paint the edges of a paper plate red, but leave the center white. Stamp a pencil eraser in black paint to add the seeds in the white part. Once dry, cut the outside “wings” of the plate to leave an apple core! Add leaves and stem.

Source: The Creative Crayon

Thumbprint Apple This would be a fun activity for the whole family! Create a tree from brown paper or paint your own! Stamp thumbs in red ink and place on tree. Add stem and leave. Use this poem to go with it: These are special apples Hanging on this tree. I made them with my fingerprints. They are a part of me!

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Round Rock Apple Go on a hunt for a round, smooth stone to use as your “apple.” Wash your stone. Paint with red tempera paint, covering stone completely. Once dry, glue on a pipecleaner stem and leaf. Apple Craft Printable Create your own paper apple, showing the inside core:

Source: Mrs. Nelson’s Class

You can print the template here to create your own here: http://www.mrsnelsonsclass.com/teacherresources/thematicunits/apples .aspx Johnny Appleseed Hat Create a Johnny Appleseed hat by cutting a 4-inch wide strip from gray or black construction paper. Fit the strip around child’s head and staple to make a band. Add a smaller strip of paper at the bottom of the strip to create the “handle” of the pot. Add a red apple to the front of the hat with your child’s name. Apple Tree Paint child’s arm brown from the elbow down (arms, hand, fingers.) Stamp on paper. This is the “tree.” Let dry. Let child dip fingers in green paint and stamp on top to create the tree. Finally, do a few apples by dipping fingers in red paint and stamping on top of tree.

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Paper plate apple pie Paint the center of a paper plate red. Sprinkle on some cinnamon, and you have an apple pie! Apple Prints Cut apples in half. Wipe off extra moisture on paper towels. Dip apples in tempera paint and stamp on paper. (Tip: Be sure that the apple slices are only covered by a thin layer of paint so you can see the apple’s star when stamped.) Try making prints in yellow, red, and green paint! Once dry, draw on stems and leaves. This would make a lovely wreath!

Source: Craftberry Bush

Apple Tree Create a tree shape out of brown construction paper and glue to a piece of white paper. Stamp a cup or a toilet paper tube in red paint and then on the tree to create the “apples.” Torn Apple Collage Cut out an apple shape out of cardstock. Have squares of red construction paper prepared. Ask child to glue them to the apple shape, overlapping slightly, to create a collage. Stamp child’s hand in green paint—this will be the stem of the apple.

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SCIENCE
Apples Sink or Float Make predictions about whether an apple will sink or float in water. Use the attached sink or float worksheet to record observations. Apple Experiment Place apple slices on 2 different plates. Sprinkle lemon juice on one plate of apples and instruct the children to check on the apples on both plates throughout the morning. Of course the ones without lemon juice will turn brown. Discuss how these changes were caused by exposure to the air, but the lemon juice protected the plate of apples. Apple Taste Testing As a group, try a red, yellow, and green apple. Decide which one you like the best! Use words to describe the taste such as “sweet”, “sour”, etc. Parts of an Apple Draw a large apple on a poster or dry erase board. Label the parts of an apple including: Stem, leaf, flesh, skin, seeds

Source: First Grader At Last!

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Apple Observations Explore and observe raw, cooked, and baked apples. Cut a couple of apples into slices and bake/simmer apples. Let children observe the changes in color, texture, and taste. Guess My Seeds Before cutting into an apple, ask child to estimate how many seeds the apple might have. Cut open the apple and find out how many seeds are really inside. Apple Life Cycle Discuss the life cycle of an apple. • After an apple seed is planted, it takes a few weeks before it will sprout. • The roots grow down into the soil, and the stems grow upward toward the light. Leave begin to develop on the stems. • Slowly, an apple tree grows. • Apple trees do no bare fruit until they are 5-8 years old. • White blossoms appear in the spring. The flowers are pollinated by bees and insects. • When the blossoms fall off, small baby apples grow back in their place. Only flowers that have been pollinated can grow into apples. • By late summer, the apples are fully grown and ripe. The apples can be picked! You can find some great picture cards available for download here: http://www.montessoriforeveryone.com/Cultural-Materials_ep_61-1.html Use these to discuss the apple’s life cycle. You could even glue them down in order on a paper plate to demonstrate its cycle.

Source: This and That

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MATH
Apple Stamping Game Use the apple stamping record sheet. Draw a number card 1-10. When that number is drawn, help child to use a marker to cover the numeral on that apple OR stamp it out. Apple Jacks Patterns String Apple Jacks on a piece of yarn to make a necklace. (It is easiest to thread the yarn by rolling a piece of Scotch tape around the threading end.) Create a pattern with the colors. Apple Tree Math Print the attached apple trees. Set out apple trees with a basket of red pompoms or buttons. Help child to count out pompoms/buttons to match the numerals on the apple trees. Roll an Apple Tree! There is a really cute “Roll an Apple Tree” activity (plus many more!) available for download here at Kinder-Pond: http://kinder-pond.blogspot.com/2011/06/way-up-high-in-appletree.html Appleseed Math There is a cute “Appleseed Math” activity perfect for addition with dice available for download here at Made for 1st Grade: http://madefor1stgrade.blogspot.com/2011/07/apple-activities.html Apple Measurement Ask your child to lay down on the ground and use an apple (from apple templates page) to measure how tall they are. Use an apple to measure different objects around the room. Apple Seed Counting Use attached apple number cards. Cover apple seed with chocolate chips or another snack! Count them as you eat them!
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Fingerprint Apples Use the attached number sheet. Stamp finger in red ink/paint to create the number of apples specified in each box. Worms In My Apples! Create an extra set of apple number cards from the apple seed counting game. But this time, use a hole punch to punch out the dots. Create “worms” using green pipe cleaners. Ask child to make the worm wiggle through the apple’s holes. Count the holes as you go!

LITERATURE CONNECTIONS
Ten Apples Up On Top After reading the story, use the attached sheet of numbered apples. Color and cut out the 10 red apples. Arrange in order in a tower. Draw a picture of child underneath so the apples appear on top of his/her head. Glue down on tall piece of white paper.

FLANNEL BOARD FUN
Apple Flannel Board Game Cut out apples from red, yellow, and green felt. Place a group on the flannel board. Ask child to close their eyes and remove one. See if child can guess which apple is missing! Apple Star Story Tell the Apple Star Story and use the visual aids found at My Little Gems here: http://mygratitudeattitudes.blogspot.com/2011/09/storytime-apple-starstory-little-red.html At the end of the story, cut open an apple and find the star inside!

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Apple Tree Flannel Board Create a felt tree and 2 apples with smiley faces on them. Way up high in the apple tree. Two little apples smiled at me. I shook that tree as hard as I could. Down came the apples. Ummmmm! Ummmmmm! Good. Five Red Apples Use the attached story and visual aids to tell the story of the Five Little Apples. The Mouse and the Apple Use the attached story and visual aids to tell the story of The Mouse and the Apple. Parts of an Apple To learn more about the parts of an apple, create an apple out of felt. Cut an apple shape from red felt. Cut one just smaller out of white felt. Add a peach core with 2 brown seeds. Add a brown stem and green leaf. Let child layer together to create an apple.

Source: 2 Teaching Mommies

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FINE MOTOR SKILLS
Apple Pretend Play Help child to scoop up oatmeal out of a tub using measuring cups and place into muffin baking pans to make apple “muffins.” Pre-Writing Skills Complete the attached apple pre-writing skills by tracing the worms’ paths to the apples! Ten Apples Up On Top Take an egg carton and cut out the individual egg compartments. These will be the “apples.” Color ten of these red. Stick skewers through an empty oatmeal container or inside a can. Let child re-tell the story of Ten Apples Up On Top by placing the apples on the skewers. You can see the full instructions for this project including a printable by clicking here: http://www.icanteachmychild.com/2010/09/ten-apples-up-on-top_24/

Source: I Can Teach My Child

GROSS MOTOR SKILLS
Apple Toss Create some apple bean bags (or just use regular bean bags.) Practice tossing them into a basket. Start near the basket and then try from farther away.
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BOOKS
Apple Cider Making Days – Marjorie Priceman Apple Farmer Annie – Monica Wellington Apple Pie ABC – Alison Murray Apples – Gail Gibbons Apples and Pumpkins – Anne Rockwell Apples, Apples Everywhere! – Robing Michal Koontz Apples, Apples, Apples –Nancy Elizabeth Wallace Apples For Everyone – Jill Esbaum Applesauce Season – Eden Ross Lipton Autumn Is For Apples – Michelle Knudsen The Giving Tree – Shel Silverstein How Do Apples Grow? – Betsy Maestro How To Make an Apple Pie and See the World – Marjorie Priceman Johnny Appleseed – Reeve Lindbergh Johnny Appleseed – Steven Kellogg One Red Apple – Harriet Ziefert Ten Apples Up On Top! – Dr. Seuss Ten Red Apples – Pat Hutchins The Apple Pie Tree – Zoe Hall The Seasons of Arnold’s Apple Tree – Gail Gibbons Up, Up, Up! It’s Apple Picking Time – Jody Shapiro

ONLINE RESOURCES
NY Apple Country There are some fun apple facts here http://www.nyapplecountry.com/funfacts.htm Who Wants To Be a Millionaire? Play Who Wants To Be a Millionaire with apple fact questions: http://www.quia.com/rr/2619.html

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SNACKS
Apple Feast! Have an apple feast including many of the yummy apple treats in this recipe/snack section. Apple Surprise Remove the core from an apple. Pack the hole with peanut butter and refrigerate. Remove from the fridge. Slice and serve! Apple Tree Snack Spread cream cheese on a Ritz cracker. Stick a pretzel stick as the trunk of the “tree.” Let child place red M&M’s on the cracker. These are the apples on the tree. Apple Rice Krispies Treats Add a bit of red food coloring as you are making Rice Krispies treats. Form into circular balls to form apple shapes. Add a mini Twix bar as the stem and a gummy worm if desired! Mini Apple Pies Make mini apple pies by filling a mini pre-made piecrust with apple pie filling. Bake and enjoy! Apple Finger Cubes 2 envelopes unflavored gelatin in a bowl Add 2 c. boiling water. Stir until gelatin is dissolved. Add 1 6-oz. can of unsweetened frozen apple juice concentrate. Pour into lightly greased cake pan. Cut into squares when firm. Apple Slice Snack Create a yummy snack by coring an apple. Slice apple. Take 2 slices and put peanut butter in between. Add a few chocolate chips too. Enjoy your apple sandwich!

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Apple Muffins 2 c. flour 1 tsp. baking powder ½ tsp. baking soda ½ tsp. salt ½ c. butter 1 c. white sugar 2 eggs 1 ¼ tsp. vanilla 1 ½ c. chopped apples Topping 1/3 c. packed brown sugar 1 T. all-purpose flour 1/8 tsp. ground cinnamon 1 T. butter Directions Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Grease a 12-cup muffin pan. In a medium bowl, mix flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. In a large bowl, beat together butter, sugar, and eggs until smooth. Mix in vanilla. Stir in apples and gradually blend in the flour mixture. Spoon the mixture into the prepared muffin pan. In a small bowl, mix brown sugar, flour, and cinnamon. Cut in butter until mixture is like coarse crumbs. Sprinkle over tops of mixture in muffin pan. Bake 20 minutes in preheated oven or until toothpick inserted into the center of muffin comes out clean. Allow to sit 5 minutes before removing muffins from pan and cool on a wire rack. Apple Cupcakes Bake a batch of cupcakes. Remove from the wrapping. Ice the entire cupcake with red frosting—not just the top! Dip 1 mini pretzel stick in melted chocolate. Allow it to harden, then insert inside the cupcake for the stem. Add a green gummy leaf. Cut a small “bite” out of the cupcake and insert a gummy worm (or half of the worm!).
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Apple Pizza Spread butter/margarine on a refrigerated biscuit. Flatten biscuit. Top with apples, cinnamon, and sugar. Cook for 10 minutes at 400 degrees. Apple Smiles Create an apple smile by layering peanut butter in between 2 apple slices. Sandwich a layer of marshmallows in between the apple slices so they look just like teeth. Crockpot Applesauce Use the attached recipe to make crockpot applesauce! (You may want to sing the Applesauce song as you do this!) More Apple Snacks You may also want to try apple chips, apple butter, caramel apples, apple pie, apple crisp, apple juice, and apple cider!

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Songs & Finger plays
A Little Apple Seed (Tune: The Eensy Weensy Spider) Once a little apple seed Was planted in the ground. Down came the raindrops Falling all around. Out came the big sun, Bright as it could be. And that little apple seed grew To be an apple tree. Applesauce (Tune: Yankee Doodle) Peel an apple. Cut it up. Put it in a pot. When you do, You will find, It’s applesauce we’ve got!

Apples Up On Top (Tune: Up on the Housetop) Up in the treetops, way up high. Three red apples for my pie. How will I get them to the ground? I’ll shake that tree till they fall down! Shake, shake, shake! Watch them fall! Shake, shake, shake, I’ll catch them all! Oh, into my basket, One, two, three! No more apples in the tree. Ten Little Apples (Tune: Ten Little Indians) One little, two little, three little apples Four little, five little, six little apples, Seven little, eight little, nine little apples, Ten little apples for you and me! I’m A Little Apple (Tune: I’m a Little Teapot) I’m a little apple, short and round. I make a munchy, crunchy sound. If you bite into me, you will see— I’m delicious as can be!

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Apple Action Rhyme Way up high in the apple tree (Point up.) Two little apples smiled at me. (Make the shape of an apple with your hand.) I shook that tree as hard as I could. (Pretend to shake tree.) Down fell the apples—(Raise hands and let them fall.) Mmmmmm, were they good! (Rub tummy.) Falling Apples
(Tune: London Bridge Is Falling Down)

Apple Song (Tune: This Old Man) Four red apples on a tree. Two for you and two for me. So shake that tree & watch them fall. One, two, three, four. That is all.

See the apples falling down Falling down, falling down. See the apples falling down Down to the ground. Pick the apples and throw them up Throw them up, throw them up. Pick the apples and throw them up. Up to the sky.

(Tune: BINGO) There is a fruit that grows on a tree, And apple is its name-oh. A-P-P-L-E, A-P-P-L-E, A-P-P-L-E And apple is its name-oh.
(Say “Crunch” instead of clapping)

A-P-P-L-E

Additional verses: It may be sweet, it may be tart. It’s red or green or yellow. CHORUS A McIntosh or Granny Smith, A Winesap or Delicious! CHORUS Make applesauce or apple juice. Or apple pie with apples! CHORUS
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Five Red Apples Fingerplay
Five red apples hanging in a tree. (Hold up five fingers) The juiciest apples you ever did see. The wind came by and gave an angry frown. (Fingers flutter downward) And one little apple came tumbling down. (Lower one finger) Four red apples, hanging in a tree. (Hold up four fingers) The juiciest apples you ever did see. The wind came by and gave an angry frown. (Fingers flutter downward) And one little apple came tumbling down. (Lower one finger) Three red apples, hanging in a tree. (Hold up three fingers) The juiciest apples you ever did see. The wind came by and gave an angry frown. (Fingers flutter downward) And one little apple came tumbling down. (Lower one finger) Two red apples, hanging in a tree. (Hold up two fingers) The juiciest apples you ever did see. The wind came by and gave an angry frown. (Fingers flutter downward) And one little apple came tumbling down. (Lower one finger) One red apple, hanging in a tree. (Hold up 1 finger) The juiciest apple you ever did see. The wind came by and gave an angry frown. (Fingers flutter downward) And one little apple came tumbling down. (Lower one finger) No red apples hanging in a tree. (Hold up hand with all fingers down)

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COLOR: RED
Make Red Apple Pie-Scented Playdough! Use the attached recipe to make apple pie playdough! Either roll the dough into balls to make apples or use an apple-shaped cookie cutter to make apples. Create stem and leaves using pipe cleaner. Red Color Book There is a red color book available for download at Musings of Me here: http://thoughtsofesme.blogspot.com/2011/08/red-color-book.html Color Shopping In a red bag, go color shopping! Fill up your bag with things that are red! Red Fingerpainting Use red fingerpaint to paint 2 large apple shapes. When dry, add a stem and leaves from paper. After stuffing crumpled newspaper in between the 2 apples, staple together to give it some dimension. Hang from the ceiling. Red Snacks Tomatoes, licorice, cherries, strawberries, red peppers, tomato soup, cranberry juice, red hots, raspberries, red jelly/jam, red velvet cake, watermelon, pasta sauce, red fruit leather or fruit roll-ups. Red Song (Tune: Are You Sleeping?) R-E-D Red. R-E-D Red. I can spell red. I can spell red. Firetrucks are red. Stop signs are red, too. R-E-D R-E-D. Color Words Download your own apple color words activity here: http://www.thevirtualvine.com/apples.html
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Color of the Day Activities for any Color Everyone dresses in the color of the day! Add desired color to playdough and use at the art table. Take a walk to look for that particular color of car. Dip cooked spaghetti in the desired color of paint and let it “dance” across white paper. Make necklaces by stringing buttons of the desired color onto wire. Add food coloring to the white glue. Tint jello, water, milk, or pancakes purple. Go color shopping and walk from room to room “shopping” for items in the house that are specific color.

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NUMBER: ONE
Number 1 Pattern Print the attached number 1 pattern. Decorate it with 1 apple sticker or stamp. Writing 1 Use this rhyme to help your children remember how to write the number 1: Down goes your line When you make a one. It is easy And it’s lots of fun! One Snacks Let child take turns passing around snacks-- “just one” fruit snack, “just one” cookie, etc. You could also make one fruit kabobs. Spear 1 chunk of cantaloupe, 1 chunk of pineapple, 1 chunk of banana, etc. Count the chunks as you place them on the skewers. Number One Crown Let your child decorate a paper crown. (This could be one from Burger King, a part of a paper border, or a ring created from construction paper.) Place a large #1 in the middle of each strip. Let child wear their crown! Hokey Pokey Sing the Hokey Pokey using the number one. You put your one arm in, You put your one arm out, You put your one arm in, And you shake it all about. You do the Hokey-Pokey And you turn yourself around. That’s what it’s all about! Repeat the song using 1 hand, 1 elbow, 1 foot, 1 leg, 1 knee, etc.
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Domino Search Try to find all of the dominos that have 1 single dot on them. You could make this a game by turning all the dominos over and taking turns drawing a domino. The goal is to find the most dominos that have a single dot on them! Magazines Let child explore an old magazine. Let them use a black pen to circle just 1 object. For example “one car”, etc. One Song Tune: Kookaburra One sad king, all alone. Sat all day, on his throne. Oh poor me, I am only one. Being one, is no fun. Then one day, he met a queen, She was the nicest he had seen, They got married and very soon He built a throne made for two. Now the king is not alone. Now the two sits on one throne. Now he’s happy as can be. And pretty soon, there could be three. One Finger Painting Help child to use just 1 finger to use paint to draw a large numeral one! Train Ride Pull a wagon and recite the following rhyme as you go. One little train, chugging down the track. First it goes up, then it comes back. Riding on the train is a lot of fun. But this little train has room for only one.
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LETTER A
A is for Apple Cut an “A” out of red paper or foam. Decorate by gluing apple seeds onto the “A.” Feely Letter Glue aluminum foil to an A shape. What does this feel like? Explore with your senses! “A” Letter Formation Create an “A” using red pipe cleaner or craft sticks. You could also make the shape of the letter A using your apple pie-scented playdough! A Snacks Enjoy some “A” Snacks including ants on a log, apricots, Alfredo, Alphabet soup, Angel food cake, Angel hair pasta, Apple Jacks, Artichoke, Avocado, Asparagus. A Flashcards Follow this link to print your own A flashcards on cardstock:
http://kizclub.com/flashcards.htm

A Exercises Make circles with your arm. Make circles with your ankle. Fly like an airplane. Make Your Own A book Make the attached A book by coloring the 4 pictures, cut them apart, and use them as your very own “A” book or flashcards. Review daily. A is for… Coloring Pages Use the 3 attached “A is for…” coloring pages to practice tracing and writing capital A’s. Color the attached pictures. Creative Writing I like to practice writing in finger paint, shaving cream, sand, or using Crayola’s window crayons. Sidewalk chalk is fun, too!
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The Apple Star Story
Instructions Read the attached story, The Little Red House With No Doors. Have an apple and knife with you, but hidden. At the end of the story, cut open your own apple. In order to reveal the star in an apple, you must hold it with the stem pointing to the side while cutting it in half.

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The Little Red House With No Doors
Once upon a time, there was a little boy who was tired of all his toys and tired of all his play. "What shall I do?" he asked his mother. And his mother, who always knew beautiful things for little boys to do said, "You shall go on a journey and find a little red house with no doors and no windows and a star inside." This really made the little boy wonder. Usually his mother had good ideas, but he thought that this one was very strange. "Which way shall I go?" he asked his mother. "I don't know where to find a little red house with no doors and no window. "Go down the lane past the farmer's house and over the hill," said his mother, "and then hurry back as soon as you can and tell me all about your journey." So the little boy put on his cap and his jacket and started out. He had not gone very far down the lane when he came to a merry little girl dancing in the sunshine. Her cheeks were like pink blooms' petals and she was singing like a robin. "Do you know where I shall find a little red house with no doors and no windows and a star inside?" asked the little boy. The girl laughed, "Ask my father, the farmer," she said. "Perhaps he knows." So the little boy went on until he came to the great brown barn where the farmer kept barrels of fat potatoes and baskets of yellow squashes and golden pumpkins. The farmer himself stood in the doorway looking out over the green pastures and yellow grain fields. "Do you know where I shall find a little red house with no doors and no windows and a star inside?" asked the little boy of the farmer. The farmer laughed too. "I lived a great many years and I never saw one." he chuckled, " but ask Granny who lives at the foot of the hill. She knows how to make molasses, taffy, popcorn balls, and red mittens! Perhaps she can direct you." So the little boy went on farther still, until he came to the Granny, sitting in her pretty garden of herbs and marigolds. She was wrinkled as a walnut and as smiling as the sunshine.

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“Please, Dear Granny," said the little boy. "Where shall I find a little red house with no doors and no windows and a star inside?" Granny was knitting a red mitten, and when she heard the little boy's question, she laughed so cheerily that the wool ball rolled off her lap and down the little pebbly path. "I should like to find that little house myself," she chuckled. "I would be warm when the frosty night comes and the starlight would by prettier than a candle. But ask the wind who blows about so much and listens at all the chimneys. Perhaps the wind can direct you." So the little boy took off his cap and tipped it politely to the Granny and went on up the hill rather sorrowfully. He wondered if his mother, who usually knew almost everything, had perhaps made a mistake. The wind was coming down the hill as the little boy climbed up. As they met, the wind turned about and went along, singing beside the little boy. It whistled in his ear, and pushed him and dropped a pretty leaf into his hand. "I wonder," thought the little boy, after they had gone along together for a while, "if the wind could help me find a little red house with no doors and no windows and a star inside." The wind cannot speak in our words, but it went singing ahead of the little boy until it came to an orchard. There it climbed up in the apple tree and shook the branches. When the little boy caught up, there at his feet lay a great rosy apple. The little boy picked up the apple. It was as much as his two hands could hold. It was red as the sun had been able to paint it, and the thick brown stem stood up as straight as a chimney, and it had no doors and no windows. Was there a star inside? The little boy called to the wind, "Thank you," and the wind whistled back, "You're welcome." Then the little boy gave the apple to his mother. His mother took a knife (at this point, start cutting an apple crosswise) and cut the apple through the center. Oh, how wonderful! There inside the apple, lay a star holding brown seeds. It is too wonderful to eat without looking at the star, isn't it?" the little boy said to his mother. "Yes indeed," answered his mother.

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Five Little Apples Flannel Board
Instructions Print the story. Print and laminate the visual aids if desired. Mount the visual aids with felt. Also cut out an apple tree from felt. Cut out 5 red apples. Use the apple tree and the visual aids included to tell the story of the Five Little Apples.

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Five Little Apples
Flannel board story

Five little apples hung on a tree. The farmer didn't care. So guess who came to eat? A chick . . . MUNCH, MUNCH Four little apples hung on a tree. The farmer didn't care. So guess who came to eat? A cat . . . MUNCH, MUNCH Three little apples hung on a tree. The farmer didn't care. So guess who came to eat? A dog . . . MUNCH, MUNCH Two little apples hung on a tree. The farmer didn't care. So guess who came to eat? A pig . . . MUNCH, MUNCH One little apple hung on a tree. The farmer didn't care. So guess who came to eat? A sheep . . . MUNCH, MUNCH Now the tree is bare. There are no more apples there But when next fall comes around Guess who'll be there? The chick. The cat. The dog. The pig. And the sheep. YUM! YUM!

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The Mouse and the Apple Flannel Board
Instructions Print the story. Print and laminate the visual aids if desired. Mount the visual aids with felt. Use the visual aids to tell the story of The Mouse and the Apple Flannel Board.

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The Mouse and the Apple
Flannel Board Story

One day Mouse saw a lovely ripe apple on the apple tree. It was red and shiny, and it looked delicious. Mouse waited for the apple to fall. Along came Hen. Hello, Mouse! What are you doing? I am waiting for the apple to fall, said Mouse. That is a good idea, said Hen hopefully. I will wait with you. So Mouse and Hen waited for the apple to fall. Along came Dog. Hello, Mouse! Hello, Hen! What are you doing? We are waiting for the apple to fall, said Hen. Apples are my favorite, said Dog greedily. I will wait with you. So Mouse, Hen and Dog waited for the apple to fall. Along came Goat. Hello, Mouse! Hello, Hen! Hello, Dog! What are you doing? We are waiting for the apple to fall, said Dog. I love apples, said Goat hungrily. I will wait with you. So Mouse, Hen, Dog and Goat waited for the apple to fall. Along came Cow Hello, Mouse! Hello, Hen! Hello, Dog! Hello, Goat! What are you doing? We are waiting for the apple to fall, said Goat. I was just thinking about apples, said Cow, licking her lips. I will wait with you. So Mouse, Hen, Dog, Goat and Cow all waited for the apple to fall. They waited. And they waited. And they waited. Mouse waited patiently, but Cow, Goat, Dog and Hen soon grew restless. They thought up ways to make the apple fall.

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I will fly up and knock it down, said Hen and she ran towards the tree, flapping her wings. But she tripped and fell on her beak with a bump. I will bark it down, said Dog. He opened his mouth wide. Bow wow! Bow wow! But the apple didn't move. I will butt it down, said Goat. He ran at the tree and butted it as hard as he could. But the apple didn't budge. I have got a good idea! cried Cow. She jumped up and down on all four hoofs. The tree trembled and the apple began to quiver. Everybody jump! cried Cow, jumping up and down. Goat jumped up and down. Dog jumped up and down. Hen jumped up and down. The tree shook and the apple wobbled, but still the apple did not fall. Meanwhile, Mouse waited patiently. Let's go, said Cow grumpily. That apple is probably rotten anyway. Or sour, said Goat. Or hard, said Dog. Or soft, said Hen. Now only Mouse was left. All of a sudden the shiny red apple fell to the ground with a plop! It wasn't rotten or sour or hard or soft. It was the crunchiest, sweetest, most delicious apple Mouse had ever tasted!

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Apple Seed Counting and Worms In My Apple
Instructions Print the apples on cardstock. Laminate if desired. Cover the “seeds” on the apples with chocolate chips, raisins, or another fun snack. Count the seeds as you go! For another fun activity, make another set of apple seed cards. This time, punch out the holes. Create “worms” with green pipe cleaner. Encourage child to wiggle the worms through the apple cards, counting them as they go.

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Apple Tree Math
Instructions Print the apple trees on cardstock. Cut apart and laminate if desired. Set out apple trees with a basket of red pompoms or buttons. Help child to count out pompoms/buttons to match the numerals on the apple trees.

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Apple Alphabet
Instructions Print the apples. Laminate if desired. Place all the apples in a basket. Pass around and say this chant: Apple, apple Nice and round. Pick an apple And make its sound! Choose an apple from the basket and say the sound of the specific letter.

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Apple Templates
Instructions Copy the apple templates on red, yellow, and green paper. Use the apples for several activities: * Hide the apples around the room or outside. Go apple picking. * Sort the apples by color. * Count the apples. * Create patterns with the apples. * Use for graphing your favorite apple. * Cut out 1 apple and use for measuring.

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Apple Fingerprint Counting Book
Instructions Print the apple book. Cut pages apart and staple together. On each page, stamp finger in red ink or paint and stamp the specified number of apples on the tree. Of course you could always draw your own apples on the tree, too.

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Apple Patterns
Instructions Copy the apple patterns. You may consider copying more than 1 sheet. Laminate if desired. Cut squares apart. Use the apple pictures for patterning. Try patterns like ABABAB ABCABC ABBABBABB Make up your own! Have fun!

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Apple Patterns

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Apple Stamping Game
Instructions Print the apple stamping record sheet. Print, cut apart, and laminate the number cards. Draw a number card 1-10. When the number is drawn, help child to use a marker to cover the numeral on the apple OR stamp it out.

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Sink or Float
What will happen to an apple when it is put in water?
Draw pictures of your observations and predictions.

What I think will happen:

What really happened:

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Use this pattern for any project where a template is needed!

Apple Pattern

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Print this pattern on white cardstock. Decorate the numeral with one apple sticker or stamp.

1 Pattern

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Apples and Bananas
I like to eat, eat, eat apples and bananas. I like to eat, eat, eat apples and bananas.
Now change the vowel sound to A

I like to ate, ate, ate ay-ples and ba-nay-nays I like to ate, ate, ate ay-ples and ba-nay-nays
Now change the vowel sound to E

I like to eat, eat, eat ee-ples and bee-nee-nees I like to eat, eat, eat ee-ples and bee-nee-nees
Now change the vowel sound to I

I like to ite, ite, ite i-ples and bi-ni-nis I like to ite, ite, ite i-ples and bi-ni-nis
Now change the vowel sound to O

like to ote, ote, ote oh-ples and bo-no-nos I like to ote, ote, ote oh-ples and bo-no-nos
Now change the vowel sound to U

I like to ute, ute, ute, u-ples and bu-nu-nus I like to ute, ute, ute, u-ples and bu-nu-nus.

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You can find more fun learning ideas here: Mrs. Nelson’s Class - http://www.mrsnelsonsclass.com/ The First Grade Parade – http://thefirstgradeparade.blogspot.com/ The Virtual Vine - http://www.thevirtualvine.com/apples.html Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas - http://momto2poshlildivas.blogspot.com/ Kid Soup - http://www.kidssoup.com/ Little Learners Lounge - http://littlelearnerslounge.blogspot.com/ Gluesticks - http://brandyscrafts.blogspot.com/ 2 Teaching Mommies - http://www.2teachingmommies.com/ My Little Gems – http://mygratitudeattitudes.blogspot.com/ Preschool Daze - http://preschool-daze.com/ Teach Preschool - http://www.teachpreschool.org/ The Ramblings of a Crazy Woman - http://jennwa.blogspot.com/ Everything Preschool - http://www.everythingpreschool.com/ I Can Teach My Child - http://www.icanteachmychild.com/ Little Giraffes - http://www.littlegiraffes.com/ Hummingbird Educational Resources - http://www.hummingbirded.com/ PreKinders - http://prekinders.com/ Making Learning Fun - http://www.makinglearningfun.com/ Kinder-Pond - http://kinder-pond.blogspot.com/ Musings of Me - http://thoughtsofesme.blogspot.com/ Preschool Express - http://preschoolexpress.com/ Alphabet Soup - http://www.alphabet-soup.net/ This and That - http://tams-thisandthat.blogspot.com/ Crafberry Bush - http://craftberrybush.blogspot.com/ Many, many thanks to the fabulous designers who have given me specific permission to use their graphics for these educational packets! DJ Inkers - Clip art designs and/or fonts copyright Dianne J Hook. Used with permission from DJ Inkers. A-Manda Creations – I used this lovely Apple Pickin’ Kit with permission from A-Manda Creations. Check out A-Manda Creations!

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