Autumn has come in with enthusiasm to my kitchen and I am loving the creative vibes that I have been able to express with making my first few pies. The first pie we made when we were studying Johnny Appleseed and an apple theme. My Enginerd bought 10 varieties of apples and we compared, contrasted, and taste-testing them all over the week and the using six Golden Delicious apples we set forth to make ourselves an apple pie (my first in baking a pie!). I got the basics of an idea for the pie crust from Young Amelia Bedelia’s First Apple Pie but interestingly for the pie filling it says not to use Golden Delicious! We found the basics of a good pie filling from Apples by Jacqueline Farmer (a new science supplemental reading recommendation from Memoria Press Second Grade book list). Veggie Tales also enjoy pie… The first experimental pie was. . .
Over the last several years I have spent a lot of time following blogs and saving printables that I have found here and there, but often there are so many things I find that are an individual charge and not necessarily a great worksheet once I get down to it. Therefore, when I heard about a website where you can get a lot of things for free, but pay one fee for access to the whole library of resources I was wary but intrigued. Members of the TOS Review Crew have been blessed to receive one-year access to Super Teacher Worksheets and given an Individual Membership. I’m not usually one to state prices in my reviews, but a year is only $19.95/yr and that is way less compared to any other site when you add up all the possibilities! This is a website filled with printable resources in these categories: Math Reading &. . .
I made another apple pie today. What did you do?
Frontier Girls… What will we learn about next? This is a newsletter to the events of what’s going on in the Creative Madness Mama Blossom School Frontier Girls Pioneer Troop… We are so excited to be starting a new year with our participation in the Frontier Girls as a Pioneer Troop. Now, my six-year-old AppleBlossom has crossed over to participate as an Otter Level this year, while my four-year-old the Princess will continue to increase her skills and badges earned as a Penguin Level again this year. In our round-up for the Penguin Level and the last year AppleBlossom earned 167 badges and the Princess earned 32 badges. However, in still trying to figure out a way to award them (as we don’t have the budget to buy every badge earned, much less the space on a vest!) we bought some of their proudest moments in badge form – the ones. . .
We are starting Memoria Press Second Grade Enrichment Guide and the first book selection for our studies is this one, Johnny Appleseed: A Poem by Reeve Lindbergh. The first discovery I was surprised by is that Reeve is actually a female, which I wouldn’t have assumed from the name. After we read through this one, I discovered there is actually an animated story version of it streaming on Discovery Education. As I had one day left before our summer free trial subscription expired we were able to watch it (multiple times actually by request). While it is a poem, it was not overly poetic in my opinion, but told a story well. There was a repeat character of a girl to old woman Hannah Goodwin that John Chapman visited, as she grew so did her apple trees and her gratitude for Johnny Appleseed. The pictures in this book provide for. . .
Johnny Appleseed, a legend This year we are studying folk tales and legends. Starting our year with Memoria Press Second Grade Enrichment Guide our first book choice is Johnny Appleseed by Reeve Lindbergh. In addition to reading that book I decided to peruse our shelves for other Johnny Appleseed and apple themed books including this one, Johnny Appleseed: The Story of a Legend by Will Moses that I bought on recommendation of Sonlight Core A. The illustrations are lovely with the lanky Johnny through out. Moses starts his book with the birth of John Chapman in 1774, continues into his youthful years, and then his adult life. In the reading of this book I noted that it is not a straight biographical picture book, but it is full of both fact and legend with no distinguishing remarks between which is which. As an add-on read to a unit study, I. . .
Educator, librarian, and best-selling author Esm? Raji Codell and Newbery Medalist and award-winning artist Lynne Rae Perkins present a compelling picture book about the life of Johnny Appleseed. Sure to be a classroom and seasonal favorite.
Why should we remember Johnny Appleseed today-more than two hundred years after he was born-and call him a hero? Why are the life and lessons of John Appleseed relevant to kids now? This extraordinary picture book answers these questions and more and challenges readers to follow the five footsteps John Chapman left behind: 1. Use what you have 2. Share what you have 3. Respect nature 4. Try to make peace where there is war 5. You can reach your destination by taking small steps. An insightful and friendly text, stunning mixed-media illustrations that combine wood, paper, paint, and fabric, and a winning mixture of information and inspiration make for a stellar picture book for all ages. Includes suggestions for celebrating John Chapman’s birthday (September 26), apple craft ideas, and a recipe.
While helping the Renkinses harvest their apples, George discovers a giant cider press inside the barn! As usual, George’s curiosity gets the best of him, and he accidentally starts the machine. Suddenly all of the apples they’ve collected are being washed, chopped, and squished into liquid! Will George be able to collect the cider and stop the machine, or will he find himself in an even stickier situation?
Attempt. Here we go. AppleBlossom is 29 months old. Today we ventured in with a real attempt at “school”. We started out using our calendar (a work in progress). The board is a cardboard project board (~$2). The calendar set (including the Days of the week and Season/Weather chart) is Dots on Chocolate made by Creative Teaching Press. I bought both from a local store called The Knowledge Tree, but I have seen the calendar set on Amazon here. The color of the day is from Carisa at 1+1+1+1, and the Pledge is from Jolanthe at Homeschool Creations. Then at the bottom you see the flashcards – colors, shapes and Letter of the Week Bible verses – those are all part of the LOTW Curriculum I bought and downloaded from Erica at Confessions of a Homeschooler. There are other features I plan to add once we’re ready for them. Now. . .
Today we had our first semi organized day of preschool for AppleBlossom. She is only two, so really nothing need be structured and I guess I could just call it Tot School. The plan was to follow the Animal Play Curriculum and go from there, but I’m not too happy with it or doing so well. One of the main worries and concerns I had when getting organized for this curriculum (which I bought at 50% off FYI) is that there are “recommended resources” that I do not have. We did buy two of the big ones including the Rhyme Storybook Bible and Alphabet Art, but I do not have the 5-minutes for Devotions nor do I have the little books that it recommends and some others. Some of them are plain expensive and/or not available. Since the lesson plans say “read about ants on page such and such” it’s. . .