What screams homeschooling in the fall better than a field trip to an apple orchard? Nothing, I tell you, nothing! *Warning* I have lots of pictures to share!
Aren’t the Arkansas Black apples beautiful? They become almost black with a hint of deep red when they are ready to be eaten and enjoyed.
Our fantastically fall field trip (say that five times fast) took us to Mountain View Orchards where we were warmly greeted by a father/ son team. They were extremely knowledgable, very capable in sharing that information with kids of a wide variety of ages, and they were wonderfully generous with their apples and their time.
Did I mention they were brave? They let us loose on their apple orchard! *grin* Well, actually, the kids were well behaved. The adults, on the other hand… just kidding. We had a great time!
It is not always easy to find a field trip that will appeal to Littles, Middles, and Bigs. Sometimes, if the field trip is fitting for the older kids, then the information that is being shared is over the heads of the Littles.
Then there are times that whatever adventure we are on fits the younger children, but it is completely boring for the older ones. Not so with an apple orchard! Be still my homeschooling heart!
The bouncing bumpy tractor ride back to area of the orchard where we picked wasn’t too long and gave the kids an opportunity to plan their apple-picking strategies with their friends.
The question/ answer period gave a lot of new information and knowledge to our older children, yet wasn’t so long that our Littles grew restless. The time and energy we spent picking and enjoying the apple orchard took just long enough for the bigger kids to get hands-on with some of their new knowledge, but it didn’t tire the Littles out to the point of whininess. *love*
The children were paired up, I prefer to pair a bigger kid or two with a little one, and given a box to fill with apples. That day we filled multiple boxes with Golden Delicious, that is, whatever apples the children didn’t eat while picking. I told you, the father/ son team was generous!
My favorite shot of the day? This one.
This is Renee’s sweet, sweet friend, Arianna, as she toted Israel’s not-so-light tush around the apple orchard. My little man had an apple in each hand. He would take a bite of one apple and then switch his attention to the second one. He consumed every bit of both apples.
We even brought in grandparent reinforcements for those apples that were way up there in the trees. Reach!
Everyone, wave to Paige and her sweet little guy, Gabriel. Israel and Gabriel hang out together every Sunday at church. The cuteness is almost unbearable.
Our bounty from the day was enough to fill my counter and keep me busy canning, dehydrating, and freezing fruit for days!
There was much making of pear sauce and Foo. Emily Grace was my right hand girl.
Our pantry has added many quarts of pear sauce, 6 pints of Foo, and 6 quarts of dehydrated apples. These will be yummy and a reminder of warm weather and the sweet smell of the apple orchard when we are in the midst of winter.
I shared with you earlier this week that our family’s schedule is becoming a little overfilled and things will be a little crazier than usual. In addition to my fill sensor going on out my washing machine (which means no washer for about 3 days), we are moving! We have been extraordinarily blessed to have found a different house to rent for the time being. There will be more details and pictures coming soon. Until then, I am up to my eyeballs with packing and cleaning and preparing to move in a week and a half. Wow!
It is a good thing we school year round and are so far ahead. Taking a couple of weeks off to get moved isn’t a big deal at all. Getting a family of ten packed and ready in about ten days, that, my friends, is a big deal. Pray for me! *wink*