September 26, 2010

Week 9 - Review

This was review week to catch up on missing pages, and review stories and verses that we’ve learned.  For the rest of our “official” school time we celebrated Fall with lots of apple activities.  Here are some of our favorites:

- Making apple smiles (Ours were very simple, but here are better Toothy Apple Smile directions from Hubbard’s Cupboard)
- Reading the apple star story 

For our Friday Edition of Jungle School, we each brought apples to make applesauce together.  The famous peeler/corer/slicer machine is always a favorite to use, the only problem is that I never seem to make enough!  In Kinder I always used those tiny condiment cups from the cafeteria, so an apple a student gets you enough for 20 tastes.  However, 20 little apples don’t go as far when you serve in real bowls, so I apologize Jungle Mamas that there wasn’t more to share.

We also read 10 Apples Up on Top by Dr. Seuss, and each made a page for a class book.  

For those of you wanting the applesauce's foolproof really.  Peel, core, and slice a bunch of apples, then put them in an electric skillet with a little bit of water.  (You can do the same in a crockpot, but the skillet is much faster and the children can watch and get faster results.)  Shake on a little cinnamon, sugar, and nutmeg, and cook it on medium (about 250F).  Stir it every 15 minutes or so (and if it is sticking to the bottom add a little water) until apples are soft.  Transfer to a big bowl, and let children use a potato masher to smash those apples into sauce.  Let cool, and enjoy!

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