A is for Apples Wrap Up

We finished up our A is for Apples Mommy School unit just in time for Halloween.  Even though we did this same unit last year, we added so much more this year.  I am such a Mom... I am so amazed at all the new things Little Man can do.  I love how Little Man loves to learn.  Every day when he wakes up from his nap, he will march down the stairs and announce, "Let's do Mommy School!" And that, my friends, makes all the work worthwhile!

 

Here are just a few of our favorite crafts and projects:

We also bobbed for apples

Did a bit of fingerpainting - for the very first time!

Another first!  Little Man ate his first caramel apple.

We created our own sidewalk chalkboard apple tree

We learned a lot about Johnny Appleseed

And did a little more eating!  This time, we munched on apple Oreo pops!

We cut out our own apples out of apple pie-scented playdough!

Painted our own paper plate apple pie using red paint, cinnamon, and nutmeg!

Made apple "muffins"

(I made the real deal while Little Man made his own version!)

Cooked up our own crockpot applesauce

You can download your own A is for Apples Mommy School packet here.

Now hopefully a new unit will magically create itself very soon! :)

Have a happy weekend!

Canning Applesauce

You might remember that last month, I shared my adventures canning pears for the first time.

I would almost consider myself an expert when it comes to canning applesauce--only thanks to the tutoring of my Mom and sister Celeste.  Every September/October, we get together and can our applesauce.  It is so much easier to can when you have an assembly line of sorts.  Lately Celeste and I have started panicking... Would we be able to can applesauce all by ourselves?  So this year, we took notes!  We gathered all the information we could from my Mom.

So these canning tutorials really are for me.  I needed a place to record all of the notes from my sweet Mother.  (Because after all, my Mother really is the most ingenious person I know.)  I tried to include even the most basic steps along the way--just as little reminders to myself, the canning novice.

**Once again, I realize there are all sorts of new gadgets and methods for canning.  But I am recording my Mom's traditional canning method here...


So here it goes!

We always buy our apples from Colorado's Palisade Orchards.  We wait until the apples are almost rotten.  This makes for the juiciest applesauce.  This year, we waited a good month after purchasing our apples before making applesauce.

 


While those jars are drying out.... it's time to prep the apples!

Did I mention that my nephew was our helper this time around?  He was the best applesauce-maker we could have asked for!

I've got to brag for a second.  While jars were being sanitized and apples were being washed, I think I single-handedly sliced 4 boxes of apples.  That's a lot of apple-slicing!!  I got to know my knife quite well, and didn't even slice myself once.  No oopsey daisies here!  :)

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A is for Apples {Massive Packet!}

It's Mommy School time! 

Hip hip hooray!! 

Download available at the end of this post.

I am thrilled to be finished with this massive Mommy School unit!  And now I can't wait to get started with all kinds of Apple fun here at home!  Right now is the perfect time to study apples.  Just this week, we are canning our own fresh applesauce!

You may remember that A is for Apples was one of my very first Mommy School units.  However, I didn't create all of my ideas in packet format.  Because it is one of my all-time favorite units, I wanted to re-visit it again this year!  My format for Mommy School has kind of evolved, so I wanted to organize it a little better this year.

 

Here is a little peek at what's inside:

Letter of the Week:  A

Number of the Week:  1

(I am only working on numbers 1-10 right now, so we are starting back over at 1 with this packet!)

Color of the Week:  Red

Song of the Week:  Apples and Bananas

Theme of the Week:  Apples

 

And of course there are many more fun ideas that I can't wait to do with Little Man including games, literacy activities, math, science, flannel board stories, arts/crafts, and recipes!

And here are a couple of sneak previews...

There are TONS of yummy apple recipes!  My mouth is watering just thinking about it!  I used this Apple Pickin' Kit to create these templates.

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