Homemade Monday: Apple Picking Teaches Early Reading

It’s fall. There is a certain chill in the air. The leaves are beginning to change. It’s time to start picking apples and pumpkins from the orchards and patches in the area. It’s also a great time to teach early reading skills like letter recognition and matching.
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This idea comes from Growing a Jeweled Rose.

You’ll need a few apple cut-outs, a tree with low-lying branches (or some branches to create your own tree) and a clip for each apple. Label the apples with letters, numbers, or words depending on where your child is developmentally. Use the clothes pin clips to attach the apples to the tree branches. Give your child a basket or paper bag and tell them it’s time to go apple picking in the backyard!

Give them instructions on what to do–perhaps they will match upper and lower case letters, identify each letter of the alphabet as they pick them off the branches, or count the apples as they pick them. There are so many different ways to make this game new each time you play it.

As you can see, I had to improvise to make mine. Since I’m located in an urban setting with very few trees around (and it happened to be raining the day I wanted to make mine), I found an old centerpiece and repurposed it.

What have you done to repurpose an object to help teach literacy in your house?

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