We started the week with taking a look at our garden wall outside the classroom. The children remembered and mentioned most of the creatures and things that we spoke about so far: butterflies, fireflies, dragonflies, bees, ladybirds, seeds, plants and trees.
They mentioned the birds that live in their nests on these trees. We then moved on to what might grow on these same trees.
They mentioned fruit, flowers and last but not least apples. In fact talking about this fruit was the first topic of the week. During story time we watched the sweet story called apple trouble written by Ragnhild Scamell.
The children interacted during the reading of the story by counting the various objects which kept falling on the hedgehog’s head. We also sang to catchy song talking about apples called 10 Apples on Top by Dr. Seuss.
We took a closer look at how these fruit grow. They start from little seeds which will bloom into lovely small white flowers. After being pollinated by the bees these flowers will grow into juicy apples which are a source of food for many birds and other insects.
Even we humans eat this fruit. I mentioned the saying: An apple a day keeps the doctor away. I explained that this fruit like many others has a lot of minerals and vitamins which help us to stay healthy.
Apple tree life cycle animation
The children created an apple craft by gluing 5 little ant cutouts onto a letter a shaped apple. (Associated with the number 5 we started last week).
They finalized this craft by adding a leaf on top. These crafts are hanging in our classroom.
We also carried out an experiment where we put small pieces of apples into various liquids. These liquids were water, lemon, vinegar, milk and orange juice.
The children smelled these liquids and tried to guess what they were. We then waited to see the change there was at the end of our school day. They found out that those in milk changed colour. The others did not.