September Homeschool Theme – Apples!

September Homeschool Theme - Apples | RaisingArrows.netRead Raising Arrows for any length of time and you will probably run across the fact that I really like Autumn!  You may also realize that as soon as September hits, I declare it Autumn which means I bring out the sights and sounds and smells of Fall.  It almost always permeates our homeschool in some way, but this year I decided to be purposeful about infusing our homeschool with Autumn-esque lessons based on actual Themes for each month.
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I have an entire Pinterest board dedicated to Autumn, so I figured I’d just take some of the things I had pinned there and add them to our homeschool day in the Projects time frame (see our At-A-Glance Schedule to learn more about where this fits into our day).

Autumn Pinterest Board AmyArrows

But 98 pins with more being added every day?!  Um…that’s not really doable.  So, as I “thumbed” through my pins, I decided to narrow it down to just certain topics each month starting with APPLES in September!

The inspiration for having apples be our September theme came from two places.  First, we just happened to be reading How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World for Five in a Row.


(Oh, how I love that book!)

And secondly, ever since my oldest made a dried apple wreath for Grandparents Day when he was 5, I’ve associated apples with September.  So, apples it is!

I am just giddy with excitement over this idea and can’t wait to see what my children think of it!

Here are some of the things I am planning for our September Apples Theme:

Peanut Butter Caramel Apple Dip

Caramel Apple Party
something our family enjoyed last year!

Apple Unit Study (with emphasis on Orchard Field Trip)
from Heart of Wisdom

Apple Chalk Pastels Lesson
from Hodgepodge

Handprint, Footprint, Fingerprint Apple Tree Craft
from Motherhood on a Dime

Peanut Butter Apple Cookies
from The Work of Childhood

Slow Cooker Baked Apples
from Sidetracked Sarah

Apple Print Wreath
from Mama Jenn

Apples in a Blanket
from Make the Best of Everything

Apple Hand Pies
from Bubbly Nature Creations

Crock Pot Apple Butter
from Teacher by Day, Chef by Night

Johnny Appleseed Printables & Unit Study
from Mama’s Learning Corner
(this was a favorite last year!)

Another Johnny Appleseed Unit Study
from Homeschool Share

Apple Unit Study
from Dynamic 2 Moms

Ideas from this Uses For Apples post
from Harrington Harmonies

Krispy Apple Treats
from Gourmet Mom on the Go

Paper Plate Apple Craft
from Learn Create Love

I’m using the same concept of planning as I used for our Medieval Feast.  I am planning via Evernote and when I have the time to do a theme-based project, I’ll simply open my Evernote notebook and click on the links from there.  I’m adding to my Autumn Pinterest board every day, so if I want to change something or add to it, I’ll do so in my Evernote notebook.  (To see more of how we use Evernote in our homeschool, click here.)  If I wasn’t using Evernote, I’d simply write down all the links I wanted to use or gather the bookmarks in an online folder or I’d make a Pinterest board specifically for this purpose.  It’s really about whatever you are most comfortable with and will actually use!

So, here’s to apples!  And yes, I do believe it is about time for our yearly overdose of apple cider!  Anyone care to join us?

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9 thoughts on “September Homeschool Theme – Apples!

  1. That sounds so fun! We’ll be doing a week of apples to go along w/ my little guy’s MFW lessons, but fall is our favorite time of year, so we’ll do lots of fall type things. Even though it’s been 90 degrees here, this just gets me in the fall mood. Have to admit, though, candy corn will be a big player in our autumn lessons too!

  2. Now how is that for perfect timing? I was just commenting to a friend that I have a lot of apples and no idea what to do with them! Thank you so much :) I look forward to hearing more!

  3. Hi Amy, I was wondering how your family handles Halloween? I feel led to stop participating but I don’t want to come across as snooty or judgmental to people if they ask why I don’t ‘celebrate’. Any ideas? Do you just not do anything, or have an alternative? Or do you celebrate it? (Sorry, I’m fairly new to your blog so I don’t know if you do. I know a lot of other conservative Christians don’t do halloween).