Apple Back to School Letter

Happy Back to School!!!

I loved sending out back to school letters to my new Kindergarten children about 2 weeks before school started.  They were so excited to get a letter in the mail just for them.  Here is an apple back to school letter I used one year.

 

Dear little apple seed,

Welcome to the apple orchard!  I am the caretaker of the apples, and I am glad that you are in my class this year!  Please meet  me in the orchard on _________________ at _________________.  We will be growing and learning together and having so much fun!  You will be learning to do math, to read, to write, to sing fun songs and to play! I will see you on the first day of school.  Be sure to wear your apple name tag and be ready to have a great time!

Can’t wait to see you!

Love, Mrs. Wilson

 

It was fun to greet each child at the door! Of course they were wearing their apple name tag that I had sent in their back to school letter. (I was sure to have extra apple tags that I could put their name on if they had forgotten or lost their’s.) Any apple pattern would do for the name tag.  I copied these apples on red card stock for mine.

I had my room decorated with all things apples, including examples of any art projects I was planning to do in the next few weeks, plenty of apple trees and apple activities.  I had apple sauce cookies for a treat and plenty of apple books to read to them.

All in all, it was a very successful first day of school for these lucky Kindergarten children and their teacher!

 

Check out our theme book, Apples, and our many art projects featuring apples.

 

 

Applesauce, Kindergarten Style

Along with our apples unit in Kindergarten, we liked to make applesauce!  It’s easy to do, you just need apples, sugar, cinnamon and a crock pot.

So here is our simple recipe:

10 apples

1 cup water

2 cups sugar

1 tsp. cinnamon

Peel, core and cut up the apples.  Put in the crock pot and add sugar and water.  Cook until apples are soft, them mash them with a potato masher.  Add cinnamon and stir and your applesauce is ready.  Try adding a dollop of whipped cream on top to make a delicious treat!

 

We sang this little song about making applesauce while we were working.

 

  Applesauce

by Brenda Wilson

(Sung to the tune of Mary Had a Little Lamb)

We love making applesauce, applesauce, applesauce.

We love making applesauce, it’s very good to eat!

 

We will peel the apples now, apples now, apples now.

We will peel the apples now and put them in the pot!

 

Add some spice and cinnamon, cinnamon, cinnamon.

Add some spice and cinnamon to make it taste so good!

 

A little sugar it will take, it will take, it will take.

A little sugar it will take to make it nice and sweet!

 

Then we’ll let it cook all day, cook all day, cook all day.

Then we’ll let it cook all day before we eat it up!

Apples, Apples Everywhere!

I loved doing special theme activities with my Kindergarten kids!  One theme we enjoyed a lot was apples!  We sang about apples, made apple puppets, did art projects about apples, did sizing activities with apples, colored apples, had fun with apple poems, and made applesauce in the classroom, just to name some of the fun we had.  We also carved apple faces to hang in the classroom to dry until October.  We used plastic knives to do the carving. (Make sure to have parent help for this!) We then stuck a craft stick in the bottom of the face for the neck. It was great to see the apples dry and shrivel a little more each day. Then we made apple face witches using a small bottle and fabric.

Here is a little apple counting poem we had some fun with.  We made stick puppets with craft sticks to count the apples along with the poem.

Five Little Apples

By Brenda Wilson

 

Five little apples fell on the kitchen floor…

Nancy picked one up and so there were four.

 

Four little apples hanging on the tree…

Johnny picked an apple and so there were three.

 

Three little apples looking good to Sue…

She ate the biggest one and so there were two

 

Two little apples sitting in the sun…

Nicky ate the reddest one and so there was one.

 

One little apple feeling all alone…

I put him in my pocket and then there were none!

 

I had the children color and cut out these apples and glue or tape them on craft sticks.  Each child did 5 puppets. Then as I read the poem, the children would subtract one apple with each verse.  They had so much fun and they learned a little about subtraction as well!

 

Check out our Apple theme book on our website!