After learning about the lifecycle of apples, kindergarten students and Basehor’s Glenwood Ridge Elementary School were treated to a day of fun activities as part of Apple Day at the school.
The day was a culmination of a two-week unit in which students discussed the four seasons of an apple tree, heard stories about folk hero Johnny Appleseed and learned about different types of apples. Students even got to sample a variety of recipes that use apples as an ingredient.
Several parent volunteers helped the students rotate through nine apple stations among the three kindergarten classes at GRE. Stations included face painting, apple graphing, an apple toss, making patterns out of apples, stories and tasting different types of apples.
Planning for such a large event takes several weeks and by the middle of September, the students and teachers are already looking forward to it.
“Apple Day is a pretty exciting day in kindergarten,” said kindergarten teacher Cindy Pruitt. “It is wonderful to combine all of the students and their parents into rotating stations. This allows the kids to get to know other parents and see the other kindergarten classrooms that they don’t normally get to see.”
In addition to the activities, each student created a tissue paper apple and bookmark as creative projects for them to keep as a memory of their day. Students also painted designs on apples and were able to help make applesauce from fresh apples. Stories were also sprinkled throughout the day.
According to Pruitt, the highlight of the day for the children is having an apple painted onto their face.
“They love this,” she said. “It is usually smudged off by the end of the day but the kids don’t seem to mind. They just love having their faces painted.”
Beth Kornegay is a freelance writer covering news and events in the city of Basehor. If you have a story idea, email her at email@example.com