On Sept 8, 2011 the Kindergarten went to the Georgia Mountain Research and Education Center in Blairsville, GA to visit and learn about Johnny Appleseed, growing and harvesting apples in our region, and the cycle of life in an apple orchard.
The books and stories read prior to the fieldwork really paid off. Our students were able to recognize the parts of the plant, knew the proper technique to pick (and not injure the apple tree or other apples), and could discuss the interdependent relationship of insects, animals, and plants, and how weather effects farming and production and costs of food items.
A special thank you to our wonderful parents for joining and driving this class on this fieldwork. They have since used the apples they picked in several projects, including graphing, cooking applesauce, and a Country French apple pie.