We made our family apple tree in kindergarten

This was the first week in Kindergarten so I wanted to drop in and welcome the new group.

Of course, most of the children I already know but it was fun to see how much they have grown and quite amazing to see that they will be the new big kids on the block. During my visit, I had the chance to see how many skills they are already quite good at as they made their family apple trees.

The children were learning how to select their own supplies they needed for the project from the project table.

They gathered each item they needed for the project all by themselves. The teacher was able to observe their skills in following directions and organization.

Then they went to the tables to create their trees. They traced and cut out the tree top and trunk then glued them to their paper. The teacher was able to observe their fine motor skills and their ability to manipulate the materials.

Once they had their trees cut out and glued on, they printed the names of their family members on the apples. The teacher was able to observe their skills in cutting, gluing, and tracing.

Then they glued the apples to their tree tops.  The teacher was able to assess their knowledge of their own family and family relationships and observe their writing skills.

The children did an excellent job printing the name of their mom, dad, and sibling names on their apples. Most of the children already knew how to spell the name of each member of their immediate family. Those who needed assistance with the spelling of the names could look up on the dry erase board and copy the names from there.

All the children had excellent beginning writing skills. I did notice that some of the children were writing in all capital letters – they will work on writing their name and other words with lower case letters throughout the school year.

A child’s family is the most important thing in their life and making a family tree like this is a good way to bring what matters most to a young child into the classroom environment!

By |2010-09-02T06:00:49+00:00September 2nd, 2010|

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Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. has been working and teaching in the field of early childhood education for over 30 years. Deborah currently owns and teaches in her own part-time, private preschool called The Children’s Studio. Deborah’s deep passion for teaching and working with young children is documented and then graciously shared with millions of readers around the world through her blog and other social networking communities. Deborah believes that young children learn best through play and exploration and embraces this belief in all that she does in her own classroom so that she can effectively and passionately share rewarding, real- life, tried-and-true practices with other teachers, parents, and leaders across the field of early childhood education.


  1. Annette W September 2, 2010 at 9:11 am - Reply

    I didn’t realize there was a kindergarten at your school, too!

    I like this idea!

  2. Theresa Milstein September 2, 2010 at 9:21 am - Reply

    I love the family trees. What a wonderful idea!

    When I was an assistant, I’d love seeing how much the students changed over the summer. What a difference 10 weeks makes.

  3. Susan September 2, 2010 at 10:54 am - Reply

    That family tree idea is simply wonderful. My daughter is a bit young to write out names, but she is really into sounding out words. Maybe I can write our names and then print off some pics and have her glue them to the apples and then to the trees. What a great idea thanks!

  4. Six in the NEst November 28, 2010 at 9:09 pm - Reply

    Thanks for this post! It gave me a great idea for my son’s homework project! Apples are a great way to represent people!

    • Deborah J. Stewart November 28, 2010 at 10:44 pm - Reply

      The project turned out terrific!!

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