Posts Tagged ‘Johnny Appleseed’

New! Johnny Appleseed Curriculum!

September 6th, 2009

New! Johnny Appleseed Curriculum!

Hi! I sent this notice out once before, but thought with summer vacations, etc., some of you may have missed it. Here it is again…

How are you planning to kick-start the new homeschool year?

Our family marked the beginning of each new year by taking a trip to the Gizdich Apple Ranch in Watsonville, California. We took a tour of the facility, learned all about the apple-agri business, and saw apples crushed to make cider. Then, we headed into the apple orchards to pick a 1/2 bushel of Red Delicious, Golden Delicious and Pippin apples. After picking apples, we’d go to the barn where they served delicious apple pie and apple dumplings – yum!

Our annual homeschool ritual tied in nicely with the birthday of John Chapman (aka Johnny Appleseed) on September 26th. We’d listen to his biography on CD, make apple recipes, and do craft activities with apples. My sons eventually outgrew the apple crafts – but they loudly objected when I suggested they may have outgrown our annual tradition. Even as teens they enjoyed the family trek to pick apples in September! :)

I thought some of you might want to adopt a similar tradition – or just learn more about American History through the engaging facts, legends, and lore of Johnny Appleseed!

As I mentioned, Johnny Appleseed’s birthday is September 26th – and you and your family can get a head start on the celebration with….

HOMEFIRES’ JOHNNY APPLESEED CURRICULUM!

This innovative and educational 48-page eBook by homeschool mom Fran Wisniewski (and edited by yours truly) is designed for kids in grades K-7 – and the whole family will enjoy the learning activities. This eBook includes:

  • An accurate account of the life and times of Johnny Appleseed
  • Folk legends and lore about Johnny Appleseed
  • Illustrations and pictures
  • Fun and fascinating apple-themed projects
  • Lesson plans in language arts, math, and geography
  • Hands-on apple science experiments
  • Apple recipes and craft ideas!

Click on the array of embedded links in the resource pages to visit other Johnny-themed websites with apple coloring books, art projects, songs, books, games, links to you-pick apple orchards, and more.

Regardless of the methodology you use, these fun activities will jump-start learning all year long!

Get more info and see sample pages on this Homefires’ exclusive here:

http://www.homefires.com/store/appleseed.asp

Happy Homeschooling!

Diane

ClickSchooling Is On Summer Vacation!

August 24th, 2009

ClickSchooling Is On Summer Vacation!

Hi!

I’m on my 3rd and final ClickSchooling “summer vacation” beginning today.

There will be NO ClickSchooling messages between now and September 7th.

Messages for the new 2009-2010 “Not Back to School Year” will begin on September 8th.

I’m not really vacationing – I’m using the time to create new products and programs that will save you time and money and jumpstart learning in a joyful way!

Speaking of new products…

My husband has created little 30-second promo videos for Homefires’ eBooks. Which one do you like best?

Learning with Little Lulu Lemon (Just FYI: The whole family will enjoy this)

Johnny Appleseed (FYI: Designed for Grades K-7, fun for the whole family!)

UniversalPreschool.com’s Learning Calendar

Let me know which video is your favorite! Email me at editor@homefires.com .

(If you don’t like them, be gentle. My hubby is a very sensitive guy.) :)

Enjoy the summer break!

Diane

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Are You The Parent of a Preschooler? You’ll Love Universal Preschool’s Learning Calendar! It’s chock-full of fun, easy activities & time-saving resources for learning with little ones all year long! Get your copy today… http://www.homefires.com/store/uplearning.asp

ClickSchooling Resource: Celebrate “Not Back to School” With Johnny Appleseed

August 23rd, 2009

Hi!

How are you planning to kick-start the “Not Back To School” year?

Our family marked the beginning of each new “Not Back To School” year by taking a trip to the Gizdich Apple Ranch in Watsonville, California. We took a tour of the facility, learned all about the apple-agri business, and saw apples crushed to make cider. Then, we headed into the apple orchards to pick a 1/2 bushel of Red Delicious, Golden Delicious and Pippin apples. After picking apples, we’d go to the barn where they served delicious apple pie and apple dumplings – yum!

Our annual homeschool ritual tied in nicely with the birthday of John Chapman (aka Johnny Appleseed) on September 26th. We’d listen to his biography on CD, make apple recipes, and do craft activities with apples. My sons eventually outgrew the apple crafts – but they loudly objected when I suggested they may have outgrown our annual tradition. Even as teens they enjoyed the family trek to pick apples in September! :)

I thought some of you might want to adopt a similar tradition – or just learn more about American History through the engaging facts, legends, and lore of Johnny Appleseed!

As I mentioned, Johnny Appleseed’s birthday is September 26th – and you and your family can get a head start on the celebration with….

HOMEFIRES’ JOHNNY APPLESEED CURRICULUM!

This innovative and educational 48-page eBook by homeschool mom Fran Wisniewski (and edited by yours truly) is designed for kids in grades K-7 – and the whole family will enjoy the learning activities. This eBook includes:

  • An accurate account of the life and times of Johnny Appleseed
  • Folk legends and lore about Johnny Appleseed
  • Illustrations and pictures
  • The history of early pioneers and apple orchards in the U.S.
  • Fun and fascinating apple-themed projects
  • Lesson plans in language arts, math, and geography
  • Hands-on apple science experiments
  • Apple recipes and craft ideas!

Click on the array of embedded links in the resource pages to visit other Johnny-themed websites with apple coloring books, art projects, songs, books, games, links to you-pick apple orchards, and more.

Celebrate educational freedom and kick off the “Not Back To School” year with fun activities that will jump-start learning all year long!

Get more info on this Homefires’ exclusive here:

http://www.homefires.com/store/appleseed.asp

Happy Homeschooling!

Diane

Diane Flynn Keith
Editor, Homefires.com
ClickSchooling List Owner

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Are You The Parent of a Preschooler? You’ll Love Universal Preschool’s Learning Calendar! It’s chock-full of fun, easy activities & time-saving resources for learning with little ones all year long! Get your copy today.

Apple Science & Much More!

September 11th, 2007

Apple Science & Much More!

Johnny Appleseed’s birthday is September 26th. Why not get a head
start on the celebration with learning activities themed around
apples? Today’s websites include the biography of Johnny Appleseed,
just about everything you ever wanted to know about apples, and some
fun and fascinating apple-themed projects, lesson plans, and science
experiments!

Age Range: 2-18 and beyond (Note: Each site has something that will
appeal to members of the whole family. Grade levels are indicated at
the sites with curriculum or lesson plans.)

Recommended Websites:

UniversalPreschool: Fun with Apples!

I compiled the resources and wrote the article you’ll find at this
website. :) Not only are the activities here suitable for young
children, they are fun for the whole family. Get a link to a u-pick
farm directory and take the family on an apple-picking excursion.
Read the story of Johhy Appleseed. Click on the links to FREE Johnny
Appleseed coloring pages as well as a FREE apple activity book! Get a
suggestion for a Johnny Appleseed DVD. Discover the celestial gift
inside of every apple. Do some apple activities steeped in folk lore.
Find some apple art projects. Click on the links to get apple
recipes, songs, fingerplays, books, games and more. You will even
find a link to the Mr. Apple Head Game online (inspired by Mr. Potato
Head). It’s all here. Have fun!


Johnny Appleseed Biography

This site provides an accurate account of what is known about the
life of John Chapman aka Johnny Appleseed. Be certain to click on the
array of embedded links in the text to visit other Johnny-themed
websites containing more biographical info (along with pictures and
illustrations), as well as information on the Johnny Appleseed Trail
in Massachusetts, and discover where you can visit the last remaining
apple orchard in Johnny’s hometown of Leomister, Massachusetts (if
you happen to be in the area).


The Audio Story of Johnny Appleseed

Listen to the Story of Johnny Appleseed as told by Boris Karloff for FREE! This is brought to you by “Living Books for the Ears” a production of the homeschooling Erskine Family of http://www.homeschoolradioshows.com


Apples & More

Do you love Unit Studies? If so, you’re going to love this site. The
University of Illinois offers the granddaddy of apple websites with
more information about apples than anyone could possibly want to
know. :) It includes history and legends about apples, apple facts,
how to grow apples, the varieties of apples, recipes, where to find u-
pick apple orchards and apple festivals, and two sections
homeschoolers will especially enjoy called “Apple Education”
and “Apple Fun.”

When you get to the site click on “Apple Education” on the menu and a
new page opens with information about the life cycle of apples, as
well as apple-themed activities that cover social studies,
literature, math, science and writing for many grade levels! No
kidding! Then, click on “Apple Fun” for links to websites with apple
puzzles, word searches, coloring books, art projects, and much more.


Apple Science

Here’s a site, created by a classroom teacher, that offers 3 simple
and interesting science activities you can do at home with apples. It
includes complete instructions for a memory and art lesson with
apples, growing apple seed sprouts, and determining if slices of
apples will sink or swim.

Have fun!

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Online Autumn

October 20th, 2004

Recommended Website:
Online Autumn

This site is a collaborative effort by students in elementary classrooms throughout the United States to celebrate Autumn through language arts — especially poetry and online activities such as Fall-themed word searches, games, and puzzles.

When you get to the site you will see a menu of teachers’ names and their schools. Click on any one and a new page opens with their students’ contributions. Most of them are poems, but you will also see some artwork depicting Autumn scenes and information on Autumn-themed activities that were conducted in some classrooms as well. Your children may enjoy reading the poetry of other students, and it may inspire them to write their own poem.

When you are through sampling the students’ work at this site, scroll to the bottom of the menu on the homepage and you will see:

  • Online Activities — Click on this menu item and a new page opens with a menu of links to interactive Autumn-themed crossword puzzles, matching games, hangman, and quizzes.
  • Printable Worksheets — Click on this item and a new page opens with links to other sites with printable Autumn-themed worksheets, coloring pages, mazes, and more.
  • Autumn Links — Find a variety of links (most that work, some that don’t) to interesting, educational websites about Autumn including why leaves change color, and some great websites about apples and Johnny Appleseed.

This site was developed by classroom teachers, but some of the information, ideas and activities can easily be used in the homeschool as well. I’d recommend parents visit the site first, sift through the information to find the items that will most appeal to your kids, and then invite them to join you at the computer to read a few poems and play some online games. You can also print out some of the materials and use them off-line.

Celebrate Johnny Appleseed’s Birthday with Apple Science!

September 23rd, 2003

Today is Johnny Appleseed’s birthday. We celebrate with several websites that include just about everything you ever wanted to know about apples, and a few apple science experiments!

Recommended Websites:

Johnny Appleseed Trail

This site has information on the Johnny Appleseed Trail in Massachusetts, and information about visiting Johnny’s hometown of Leomister, Massachusetts.

Apples & More

Do you love Unit Studies? If so, you’re going to love this site. The University of Illinois offers the granddaddy of apple websites with more information about apples than anyone could possibly want to know. :) Includes the history and legends about apples, apple facts, how to grow apples, the varieties of apples, recipes, where to find apple orchards and apple festivals, and two sections homeschoolers will especially enjoy called “Apple Education” and “Apple Fun.” When you get to the site click on “Apple Education” on the menu and a new page opens with information about the life cycle of apples, as well as apple-themed activities that cover social studies, literature, math, science and writing for many grade levels! No kidding! Then, click on “Apple Fun” for links to websites with apples puzzles, word searches, coloring books, art projects, and much more.

Apple Science

Here’s a site, created by a classroom teacher, that offers three simple science activities you can do at home with apples. It includes complete instructions for a memory and art lesson with apples, growing apple seed sprouts, and determining if slices of apples will sink or swim.

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