My long two-pointed ladder’s sticking through a treeToward heaven still,And there’s a barrel that I didn’t fillBeside it, and there may be two or threeApples I didn’t pick upon some bough.But I am done with apple-picking now.Essence of winter sleep is on the night,The scent of apples: I am drowsing off.I cannot rub the strangeness from my sightI got from looking through a pane of glassI skimmed this morning from the drinking troughAnd held against the world of hoary grass.It melted, and I let it fall and break.But I was wellUpon my way to sleep before it fell,And I could tellWhat form my dreaming was about to take.Magnified apples appear and disappear,Stem end and blossom end,And every fleck of russet showing clear.My instep arch not only keeps the ache,It keeps the pressure of a ladder-round.I feel the ladder sway as the boughs bend.And I keep hearing from the cellar binThe rumbling soundOf load on load of apples coming in.For I have had too muchOf apple-picking: I am overtiredOf the great harvest I myself desired.There were ten thousand thousand fruit to touch,Cherish in hand, lift down, and not let fall.For allThat struck the earth,No matter if not bruised or spiked with stubble,Went surely to the cider-apple heapAs of no worth.One can see what will troubleThis sleep of mine, whatever sleep it is.Were he not gone,The woodchuck could say whether it’s like hisLong sleep, as I describe its coming on,Or just some human sleep.by ROBERT FROST
September is a beautiful month to explore the world apples and embrace the signs of fall. Today we have for you 9 activities with resources you can use to make it easier for you to share the joy of apples!
Typically in our homeschool lessons we like to start the day with a poem or reading. Usually we read the whole poem or story and then copy one stanza or paragraph.
1.Best Poems about Apples
- Famous Apple Poems, Poetry Soup
2.Stories about Apples we love
- Jill Esbaum, Apples for Everyone
- Marjorie Freeman, How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World
- Barrie E. Juniper & David J. Mabberley, The Story of the Apple
- William Kerrigan, Johnny Appleseed and the American Orchard: A Cultural History
- Theo LeSig, Ten Apples on Top!
- Robert Munsch, More Pies! Ok. Not really about apples but it’s a fun read if you’re making pies!
- Jerry Pallota, Apple Fractions
Notebooking and Worksheets
3.I recommend starting with TwistyNoodle.com for lower level elementary
Why? First because it’s a free resource. The second reason is they give you the option to customize the words you want to trace and offer 3 font styles for your child to practice with!
4.SimpleScienceStrategies.com offers an affordable 20 page downloadable Nature Study on botany of apples.
5.FoodMasters.org provides a free curriculum for all levels of education with a focus on the math and science behind food. Chapter 4 deals primarily with fruits but their supplemental math lab is all about apples.
Cooking with Apples
- Learn to make cider
- Learn to make an apple pie
- Learn to make applesauce or apple butter
- Learn how to bake an apple
- Learn to make dried fruit with apples
6.Alton Brown’s Serious Eats breaks down what makes the perfect pie and throws in a couple of neat alternatives to making a great pie.
7.Vegetarians in Paradise offers an article with recipes and an informative history of the apple in An Apple a Day Keeps the Doctor Away. If you need more recipes you will be interested in their Vegan for the Holiday’s cookbook.
We think apples inspire fun in a variety of subjects but here are a few of the traditional activities we enjoy doing with the kids;
8.Enjoy the outdoors by visiting an apple orchard
- Kids love to see where there food comes from!
- Depending on the age of your kids, picking apples can open up a discussion on how the food makes it to the grocery store or the economic impact of choosing one variety of apple to grow over another.
- I’m very big on supporting communities and creating new traditions. When it comes to apples you can find a festival with PickYourOwn.org and become a part of the celebration.
9.Making an Art or Craft project
- Sketch an apple, apple blossom, or something made with apples
- Create an apple portrait. Paint a tree trunk then hot glue red or green buttons for the apples
- Make an origami apple. Link takes you to YouTube.
- Make an apple corner bookmark. Link takes you to YouTube.
P.S. If you use apples in your lessons, we would love for you to tell us how you use them!