Our Favorite Apple Books

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This is such a sweet little story. Apple Farmer Annie owns her own apple business and we read about her daily adventures preparing to set up at the market and selling her apple goods! The colorful illustrations and recipe for apple treats at the end of the book make it extra special!

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I LOVE this story! It’s about a precious family on an apple picking adventure. It’s includes lots of non-fiction facts, activity ideas, an applesauce recipe, a poem and a song too!

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This one is definitely a classic! Hilarious counting fun and how great is it to repeat

“fiddle-dee-fee!” haha!

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This cute trio try balancing a stack of apples on each of their heads! They pile up 10 and try their best to protect them from all kinds of funny challenges until a collision and everyone ends up sharing apples piled up together!

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We really enjoyed this book because it does a great job of showing numbers, number value along with a cute, easy to read story. Perfect for reading to littles who stay captured for shorter lengths of time.

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This story does a great job of sharing the cycle of life in an apple tree. It covers seasons beyond just the Fall- what the apple tree looks like and does in the Winter, Spring, and Summer too!

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This story of a little goat ends with a sweet surprise. His apple snacking turns out to be an exciting solution to a problem he didn’t know he had!

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Little fox is on the hunt for mysteriously missing apples! He discovers his thoughtful friends collected the apples to celebrate Little Fox in a surprise party!

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This one was another favorite! We LOVED the cut out shapes to make new images with each turn of the page. It’s bright, colorful, but simple and fun! It’s a perfect story to pair with shape study and the cycle of life for an apple tree and it’s inhabitants! It’s sure to be a hit!

Have another apple story you and your littles enjoy? I’d love to hear all the suggestions! Send them our way! And if you’re looking for some activities to go with those great books I have just the thing for you! Be sure to check out the All About Apples Play and Learn Calendar available on my resource page!

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Apples + Preschool

We have had the most fun learning and playing this month! Apples are so much more than our favorite snack these days! We have tasted them, counted them, painted them, traced them, colored them… the list could go on!

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Our September Play & Learn Calendar theme is “All About Apples” and we have or will do almost everything you can image with that theme! We started out with an apple tasting to kick off the calendar! It was really no competition between the apples when my girls discovered there was a “pink” apple [Pink Lady] they were sold!

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The STEM loving hearts of my littles were so HAPPY to dissect apples and compare and contrast the differences in apples depending which way you slice them.

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If you haven’t noticed we’re BIG fans of color over here so this activity in particular had my Sadie bug super happy! I would read her the color name and she would color in the apples. Look at that sweet face! So proud!

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…And we’re only half way through! It’s not too late if you want to join in the fun! Grab your All About Apples Play & Learn Calendar here:

…and don’t forget next Wednesday, September 26 is Johnny Appleseed Day! What a perfect day to do an apple activity or two! :)

All About Apples

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I am over the moon excited to share our first preschool play and learn calendar of the year! We plan to start (pre)school in September but I'm gearing up and getting us all ready so these last few weeks before starting can be full of Summer fun! I see mamas out there gathering materials, going school supply shopping, ordering books, etc! So, if you like to plan ahead I've got you covered with this soft release! In two weeks I'll have a full release of all 3 units in the first term (All About Apples, Playful Pumpkins, & Happy Helpers) 150+ pages of learning and playing fun!

Instead of being themed by the month I've chosen special themes in three separate terms throughout the year. This first term starts off with a calendar "All About Apples."

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There are activities in this calendar to spark the imagination, learn about culture and history, you'll explore with STEM projects, and review basic literacy and numeracy. However what I love the MOST about this play and learn calendar is the heart behind it. We all know preschoolers are sponges constantly absorbing and learning but how they learn is so important. What better way to learn than beside mama. These activities are simple but fun while keeping the busy mama in mind. 

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Time together with your little ones is invaluable! As their mama it is such a joy to get to introduce them to lifelong learning. So many sweet memories made around the kitchen table or back porch as you teach your little to love learning! The pressure and anxiety a mama feels when it comes to teaching your littles is real. We all wonder, "am I doing a good enough job?" or "am I messing them up!?" I wish I could come put an arm around you and tell you what a wonderful job your doing. Loving those little ones, investing in them, spending time together will reap dividends of good. Every book read together and afternoon of pretend play is growing their mind and imagination. Take heart that preschool doesn't have to be a burden or stress- have fun, review letters and numbers, and soak in these sweet, sweet little years! 

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Here's a sneak peek at some of the printable activities you'll find in the calendar:

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Including this sweet hand lettered printable intended for you, mama. Just as much as you love your precious little one(s) so your Heavenly Father loves you even more! Rest in His goodness. He is faithful to lead you in the way you should go and provide every step along the way. If keeping your littles at home is what He has called you to the you can rest assured that His grace will be all-sufficient and abounding! You are the apple of His eye! 

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