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A is for Apple


I can’t believe that it is the end of August and we have already started our Homeschool Preschool for the year. Sophie is 4.5 and Maggie is 1.5!

Last week our theme was A is for Apple. A yummy beginning to the fall!

Here are some books we enjoyed and some activities we did this year or have done in the past.


  • I Am an Apple by Jean Marzolo
    • This is a good beginner book on how apples grow.
  • Ten Apples Up on Top by Dr. Seuss
  • Ten Red Apples by Pat Hutchins
    • Sophie loved this one! The farm animals keep stealing the apples before the farmer gets a chance to eat one.
  • The Apple Pie Tree by Zoe Hall
    • This book has an apple pie recipe at the end. It is yummy! It was my first time making an apple pie and the crust was puffy instead of crusty. I didn’t realize that you cannot use self-rising flour for pie crust.
  • How do Apples Grow by Betsy Maestro
    • We really enjoyed learning about the process of how apple blossoms are pollinated and then become an apple.
  • Orange Pear Apple Bear by Emily Gravett
    • Simple book. Beautiful illustrations.
  • Apples for Everyone by Jill Esbaum
    • Another good beginning book on how apples grow. Engaging, colorful photographs.
  • Apples and Pumpkins by Anne Rockwell
    • This one is cute. FYI: the little girl goes trick or treating at the end (wanted to let you know just in case that is not something you celebrate)
  • Apple Farmer Annie by Monica Wellington
  • Apples by Gail Gibbons
  • Hello World: How Do Apples Grow? by Jill McDonald (Board Book)
  • How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World by Marjorie Priceman
    • A fun book that reads like The House That Jack Built. (recommended by my friend Tori. She says she reads it every year before she takes her 5 kiddos apple picking)
  • One Red Apple by Harriet Ziefer
    • This book is beautiful and simple and follows the journey from apple to seed to apple. Act out the verbs on each page!


Science & Math

  • Seed Counting: Cut open an apple and count the seeds inside
  • Apple star: Cut open an apple lengthwise and count the 5 points of the star on the inside of the apple
  • Make an apple pie
  • Make Applesauce
  • Apple Fractions: As you cut an apple talk about how you are cutting the apple into halves and then quarters.
  • Try these FREE printable activities Ten Apples PDF
  • Plant an apple seed! We planted three from an organic apple we bought from the grocery store. One of the three came up and is about 5 months old now! (picture coming soon)


  • Ten Apples Up on Top: Try to walk, balancing and apple on your head
  • Apple Toss: toss back and forth. Start close together and slowly back up.

Art & Music

  • Ten Little Apples Song: Sing one little, two little, three little apples to the tune of 10 Little Indians
  • Johnny Appleseed: Sing the Johnny Appleseed prayer
  • Apple Stamping: Cut an apple from lengthwise to reveal the inner star. Use the slices as a stamp.

Field Trips

  • Go to an apple orchard. There are so many good ones where we live in Western NC.



What are some of your favorite apple books and apple recipes?

Happy Apple Season, Everyone!



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