Read Raising Arrows for any length of time and you will probably run across the fact that I really like Autumn! You may also realize that as soon as September hits, I declare it Autumn which means I bring out the sights and sounds and smells of Fall. It almost always permeates our homeschool in some way, but this year I decided to be purposeful about infusing our homeschool with Autumn-esque lessons based on actual Themes for each month. This month is Apples!
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The inspiration for having apples be our September theme came from two places. First, we just happened to be reading How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World for Five in a Row.
And secondly, ever since my oldest made a dried apple wreath for Grandparents Day when he was 5, I’ve associated apples with September. So, apples it is!
I am just giddy with excitement over this idea and can’t wait to see what my children think of it!
Here are some of the things I am planning for our September Apples Theme:
Caramel Apple Party
something our family enjoyed last year!
Apples & Cinnamon Unit Study
works for multiple ages!
Apple Unit Study (with emphasis on Orchard Field Trip)
from Heart of Wisdom
Apple Chalk Pastels Lesson
Handprint, Footprint, Fingerprint Apple Tree Craft
from Motherhood on a Dime
Peanut Butter Apple Cookies
from The Work of Childhood
Slow Cooker Baked Apples
from Sidetracked Sarah
Apple Print Wreath
from Mama Jenn
Apples in a Blanket
from Make the Best of Everything
Apple Hand Pies
from Bubbly Nature Creations
Crock Pot Apple Butter
from Teacher by Day, Chef by Night
Johnny Appleseed Printables & Unit Study
from Mama’s Learning Corner
Another Johnny Appleseed Unit Study
from Homeschool Share
(See the graphic at the top? That’s my version of a lapbook! Easy peasy!)
Johnny Appleseed Documentary
(really great information!)
Apple Unit Study
from Dynamic 2 Moms
Ideas from this Uses For Apples post
from Harrington Harmonies
Krispy Apple Treats
from Gourmet Mom on the Go
Paper Plate Apple Craft
from Learn Create Love
Dutch Apple Pie
(my 13 year old made this for us because it’s her favorite!)
Apple Oatmeal Cookies
from Live Well Bake Often
from My Blessed Life
Apple Tree Counting
from Mom Inspired Life
Apple Core Craft
(the link goes to my Pinterest pin because the site it linked to was difficult to navigate)
I’m using the same concept of planning as I used for our Medieval Feast. I am planning via Evernote and when I have the time to do a theme-based project, I’ll simply open my Evernote notebook and click on the links from there. I’m adding to my Autumn Pinterest board every day, so if I want to change something or add to it, I’ll do so in my Evernote notebook. (To see more of how we use Evernote in our homeschool, click here.) If I wasn’t using Evernote, I’d simply write down all the links I wanted to use or gather the bookmarks in an online folder or I’d make a Pinterest board specifically for this purpose. It’s really about whatever you are most comfortable with and will actually use!
So, here’s to apples! And yes, I do believe it is about time for our yearly
overdose of apple cider! Anyone care to join us?