Yesterday we met with cousins and visited one of our favorite apple orchards in North Carolina. If you are planning on picking apples this season, consider making it a field trip. There are a lot of ways you can turn a chore of picking fruit or vegetables into a unit study that’s fun for the whole family.
Before you visit the orchard or farm, check and see if they offer any organized programs for school children. The orchard we visited today offered a deal: the owners gave a presentation about how apples grow, took the students on a hayride, and gave each one a bag to fill with apples — all for just a small fee per child.
Also, visit your local library before your trip and search for picture books on the subject. For an apple unit study, you might enjoy these picture books:
- Amazing Apples by Consie Powell
- Apple Cider Making Days by Ann Purmell
- Apple Harvest by Calvin Harris
- Apple Orchard by Catherine Harrison
- The Apple Pie Tree by Zoe Hall
- The Apple Pie that Papa Baked by Lauren Thompson
- Apples by Gail Gibbons
- Apples and Pumpkins by Anne Rockwell
- How Do Apples Grow? by Betty Maestro
But don’t stop there. Whatever the fruit or vegetable you’re harvesting, you can find more information about it online. If you’re picking apples as we did, you can find out the names of all the apple varieties, when they are in season, and what their different uses are. You can also search online for child-friendly recipes to make with the apples you pick. Kids-Cooking-Activities.com has a number of easy recipes, as does the Family Fun website.
Harvest time is a great time for homeschooling — and a tasty one, too!
Guest Blogger: Samantha Bell
Photo by j lord