The Seasons of Arnold's Apple Tree

Found In

Printer Friendly

Circle Time Presentation

Ask the children to listen and when they hear you reading about fall say, "It's fall now." Read the book, pause for the children to know it is their cue at the fall scenes. Have thechildren recall all the things Arnold did in the fall. Reread the fall section and discuss some of the things Arnold did that they will do in class as making a flower arrangement, baking apple piesand, of course, eating delicious red apples.

STORY STRETCHER

For Art: Flower Arranging

What the children will learn-
To make a flower arrangement

Materials you will need-

  • Real branches of apple blossoms or silk flowers
  • vases
  • styrofoam pieces
  • styrofoam wreaths

What to do-

  1. Discuss the part of the book where Arnold made wreaths of the apple blossoms and also where he took some of the branches covered with blossoms home for the family to make flower arrangements. Inthe illustration, Arnold, his father and his mother are arranging the flowers in a lovely tall blue vase.
  2. With a few children at the art table, bring out the real or silk flowers and a variety of vases. For some arrangements just place the branches in the vases. For others, put styrofoam in thebottom of the vase to hold the flowers in place.
  3. With another group of children, show them how Arnold made the apple blossom wreaths by intertwining the branches. Use the real apple tree twigs or flexible silk flower stems. The children canpush the stem into the styrofoam to create the wreaths.
  4. Display the flower arrangements and wreaths in the housekeeping corner, on the snack tables and in the reception area for parents to appreciate.

Something to think about-
Invite a florist to demonstrate simple flower arranging.

STORY STRETCHER

For Cooking and Snack Time: Baby Apple Pies

What the children will learn-
To prepare apple pies for snack

Materials you will need-

  • Pre-mixed pie crusts
  • knife
  • flour
  • saucepan
  • wooden spoon
  • rolling pin
  • muffin tins
  • shortening
  • apple pie filling
  • toaster oven

What to do-

  1. Turn the muffin tins upside down. Grease and flour lightly the bottoms of the cups of the muffin tins.
  2. Cut circles from the pie crusts just the size to fit over the bottoms of the muffin tin cups.
  3. Let the children take the pie crust circles and shape them over the bottom of the muffin tin cups.
  4. Bake the baby pie crusts following the directions on the pie crust package, but shorten the baking time briefly.
  5. Remove the baby pie crusts from the oven, take them off the bottoms of the tins to cool.
  6. Heat the apple pie filling in a saucepan. Fill the baby pie crusts. An optional step is to add a topping

Something to think about-
On another day, invite a parent who enjoys baking to come to class and prepare an apple pie from scratch. The parent can work at a table and children can come and go during free play, but be certaineach child participates in some step of the preparation.
(Adapted from Lisa Lewis's classroom.)

STORY STRETCHER

For Housekeeping And Dress-up Corner: Dressing For The Seasons

What the children will learn-
To sort clothing according to its appropriateness for the season

Materials you will need-

  • Appropriate clothing for each season of the year for girls, boys and adults
  • full length mirror
  • four grocery bags

What to do-

  1. Call attention to the many different ways Arnold dressed, from the long sleeved red checked shirt in spring, the shorts and tee shirt in summer, sweat shirt and jeans for fall and bundled up incoat, boots, mittens, scarf and hat for winter.
  2. Tell the children you have added some different clothes to the dress-up area, but they are all mixed-up. If Arnold came today to this class, he wouldn't know where to find his fallclothes.
  3. Ask the children to help organize the clothes by putting them in the bags. Ask them for suggestions as to how you can label the bags. Accept their suggestions and leave them organizing.
  4. There will be different opinions about where the jeans and other items belong. Listen for their solutions.
  5. After the clothes are distributed in the season bags, ask the children to decide how to store them in the chest of drawers.

Something to think about-
Have a fashion show of clothes for fall with the dress-up clothes from the housekeeping corner. The audience can suggest what fall activities the models are dressed for doing.

STORY STRETCHER

For Music And Movement: Here We Go 'Round The Apple Tree

What the children will learn-
To sing "Here We Go 'Round the Apple Tree" to the tune of "Here We Go 'Round the Mulberry Bush"

Materials you will need-

  • None

What to do-

  1. Sing "Here We Go 'Round the Mulberry Bush." Then teach the children the words you want to substitute.
  2. Sing,

    "Here we go 'round the apple tree, the apple tree, the apple tree
    Here we go 'round the apple tree, so early in the morning.
    Here we go arranging flowers, arranging flowers, arranging flowers,
    Here we go arranging flowers, so early in the spring.
    Here we go building a tree house, building a tree house, building a tree house,
    Here we go building a tree house, just in time for summer.
    Here we go picking apples, picking apples, picking apples,
    Here we go picking apples, so late in the fall.
    Here we go baking pies, baking pies, baking pies,
    Here we go baking pies, all winter, all winter long." (Adaptation by Raines)

Something to think about-
Let the children suggest hand motions and body movements to accompany the song.

STORY STRETCHER

For Science And Nature Center: Sequencing The Seasons

What the children will learn-
To arrange pictures of the seasons in their sequence

Materials you will need-

  • Pictures depicting the various seasons
  • large index cards
  • rubber cement
  • hole puncher
  • long shoe laces or yarn

What to do-

  1. From magazines, catalogs and calendars, have the children cut out pictures depicting the seasons. Rubber cement their pictures to index cards.
  2. Ask the children to arrange their cards in the order of the seasons. Do not tell them where to begin. If they begin in fall, have them place the winter card next, and so on.
  3. After they have practiced arranging the season sequence cards, punch a hole at the top in the center of the card. Then, punch one at the bottom in the center of the card.
  4. Demonstrate how to lace the cards together. Tie a shoe lace or yarn with a big knot in one end and lace it through the fall card at the top, put the lace on the back side of the card, then lacethrough the hole at the bottom of the fall card. Next lace the top of the winter card, then the bottom, and so on. Tie a knot in the lace at the end. Hold it up and see the season pictures inorder.

Something to think about-
You can laminate the cards and make them durable for a lot of practice. Also try the lacing cards for other sequencing tasks.

Copyright © 2014 Gryphon House, Inc. All rights reserved.