Friday, April 30, 2010

Johnny Appleseed (aka Massachusetts Week 2)


This week, we ventured into the world of famous folks from Massachusetts.   I decided to start with John Chapman (aka Johnny Appleseed).  In studying, we found that it’s hard to tell where tall tale and truth cross in the life of Johnny Appleseed.   What we do know for sure is that he was born September 26, 1774 and that he died in March of 1845.  We also know that he was a man of strong conviction, strong work ethics and a missionary wherever he went.

Books we used:

John Chapman – The Man Who Was Johnny Appleseed, by Carol Greene
John Chapman – The Legendary Johnny Appleseed, by Karen Clemens Warrick
Johnny Appleseed, by Jane Yolen
Johnny Appleseed, by Gini Holland
Johhny Appleseed, by Rosemary and Stephen Vincent Benet

We also bought several different varieties of apples this week.  Each evening as a snack we’d try a new variety and then log information onto a chart.  Things we charted were the variety of apple, the color, size, taste and texture, as well as counted the seeds in each apple.  We also colored an apple diagram, labeling the various parts of the apple. (What, you don’t have blue apples where you live?)


The girls made these lovely TP replica’s of Johnny Appleseed as well.   You can find the template here.


The Awana Grand Prix is coming up in a few weeks.  Olivia built a “St. Bernard Car”.  Why?  Because everyone knows that dogs are fast!

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Isn’t this a cute yet pathetic face?

005In other news this week.  Olivia turned 7!!  Gaaaaahh!!  And, by all appearances, she made a pretty important wish!


Lindsey moved from her car seat into her booster seat.  She’s still a smidge under the 40lb mark…but her legs won’t fit in the car seat anymore.  She’s thrilled to be an official “big girl”. Me, not so much.


We are down to only TWO more days of co-op!  And to be honest, I’m planning on playing hookie next week.   The girls have their ballet recital that evening, and so we’re going to let them get some down time before the big show!

Head over to the Weekly Wrap Up to catch up on everyone else’s milestones.  I’ll just go cry by myself for a moment…I’m fine…reeeeaaalllyyy!


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  1. I think the St. Bernard Car is adorable! I love blue apples!

  2. I love the TP Johnny Appleseeds!

    Janet W

  3. Looks like a good week. Love your description of your blog on your sidebar, too. Funny how our kids make us learn things so differently!

  4. Johnny Appleseed is such a fun person to study about. Happy birthday to your dd!! Megan graduated out of a booster seat into a regular seat this week. She's excited, but her mom is having "my baby is growing up" issues. ;-)

    Sounds like y'all had a great week!

  5. What a fun study!

    Happy Birthday to your dd and ((HUGs)) to you on the carseat graduation. They just won't stop growing on us, will they?

  6. Great unit of study! I didn't learn much about Johnny Appleseed in public school, and I was certainly never told he was like a missionary, very cool!

  7. The car's face is superb! And I know how you feel about birthdays; my oldest is now 10 1/2! Yes, they are only doing what they are supposed to do (growing up), but still.


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