Every September, we venture over to a somewhat nearby apple orchard. There are a few in the area to choose from, and this has become one of our favorite family field trips to take each year. So far, our favorite apple orchards here in the Carolinas are Sky Top Apple Orchard in Flat Rock, North Carolina and Apple Hill Orchard and Cider Mill in Morganton, North Carolina. The honest truth? We go to these orchards for their out-of-this-world apple donuts but always decide to pick some actual apples while we’re there – ha! We usually have about an hour or so in the car before we arrive, so I like to bring along some apple books for the kids to read in the minivan along the way.
Bringing books along for the ride to a specific place can be such a fantastic way to connect information in a book with real life experiences!
We have done this same thing for family trips to other places, too: our local zoo, a nearby dairy farm, the regional airport – you get the idea!
Sometimes they’re books I’ve requested and put on hold at our local library…
…and sometimes they’re books we own that I love pulling out each year.
In the days following our trip to the orchard, we enjoy stepping away from our regular curriculum bit to spend some time learning about and experimenting with all things apple. Yes, even for the older kids!
It’s amazing how this approach can be exciting for preschoolers and older kids alike. So much learning fun to be had throughout the fall season – apples, pumpkins, leaves…it’s probably my favorite time of year for hands-on learning experiences.
We have saved all of our favorite fall books (which includes for our top-picks of apple books) here for you, and we hope you’ll enjoy them as much as we do!