We've had a great time this week in our apple store and bakery. We've been selling apples to customers (even a pair of fairies came to our store!) and baked everything apple--apple pie, apple bread, apple muffins, apple cupcakes, even apple soup! I loved watching the children combine the apples and the cinnamon dough to create their scrumptious goodies!. The toy that realistically depicts an apple pie was pushed aside to make room for their creations. On Friday, we put our practiced baking skills to test and made real mini apple pies!
Quote of the week:
Me: What do we need to make apple pies? (thinking we'll make a list of ingredients and supplies)
Clayton: My Grandma!!
--We explored apples and looked at them closely. We noticed they all have tiny dots on them! We also noticed little stems or holes on the bottom of apples--we think the little hole leads to the inside where the seeds are. We've had many discussions about apple colors. Did you know there are purple apples? (See post below).
--We've been reading books about apple orchards and are excited for our trip!
--We've been working on "Teach the World to Sing," "Hard Day's Night," "Grumpy Pirate," "Land of the Silver Birch," "Wee Willie Winkie," "Lean on Me," and more with Marit. With Lauren we moved different parts of our body.
--We continued to play with the popular cinnamon dough we made last week.
--We built fairy and dragon houses.
--The doll house and trains were a hit.
--We made "dot" paintings.
--We used droppers to create colorful images on coffee filters (see our results on the classroom-side of the cubby room window).
Last week we made a list of everything we know about apples. For example, we know that they are tasty, they sometimes have worms, they are attached to trees by a stem, they have seeds inside. Our list went on. As for color—we know there are red and green apples. Someone asked about yellow apples, but no one was sure about that. We were also wondering about pink apples because we know there are some apples called “pink girl.” Someone was sure there are purple apples, and even wondered if there might be blue apples. My teacher voice responded, "Well, has anyone ever seen blue apples?" “No…but there could be a blue orchard with blue apples.” "How will we find out?" “We’ll ask at the orchard when we go.” Meanwhile, we read a book about apples—no blue apples. “But there could be a blue apple that they don’t know about.” We examined apples that I bought at the store and guess what, there was a purple apple!! I’ve never thought of an apple as purple, but the children clearly see this apple as purple and now when I look at it, it is definitely purple. Who knew, purple apples! But I ask, "Did I find any blue apples at the store?" “No, but there could be a blue orchard somewhere not by our HyVee.” I’m starting to think there just might be a blue apple out there somewhere if I look with the right eyes.
Last week we split into groups and explored our school. We looked into the janitor's closet, the electrical room, and the music rooms upstairs. We had a lot of ideas about all the different rooms and what's inside. While touring, we drew pictures to document what we saw. Later, as a group, we created a list of all the rooms. A small group of interested children then created a map of our lower level. "A map tells people where to go and where stuff is."--H.
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