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September's Story Board

This month's Story Board is Johnny Appleseed inspired. I made a tree, apples, basket and a little Johnny.  I decided to use a song with this story board to help Jake remember the story and be able to sing and retell on his own.
Do You Know the Apple Man?
Sung to tune of  “The Muffin Man”

Oh, do you know the Apple Man,
The Apple Man, The Apple Man?
Oh, do you know the Apple Man
He planted apple seeds.

He wore a pot upon his head, 
Upon his head, upon his head. 
He wore a pot upon his head. 
His name was Johnny Appleseed.

John Chapman was his real name, 
His real name, his real name. 
John Chapman was his real name; 
But, we call him Johnny Appleseed.

I brought up a pan to help him understand that Johnny wore a pan on his head and then used that pan to cook his meals. He loved this idea! He found it funny!
He enjoyed singing, counting and picking the apples off the tree like we did at the apple orchard. He made sure to put the apples in Johnny's hands before placing them in the basket. We also sung:

Little Apples
(Sing to the tune of "Ten Little Indians") 
One little, two little, three little apples,
Four little, five little, six little apples,
Seven little, eight little, nine little apples,
All fell to the ground. 


Five Red Apples
Five red apples hanging in a tree,
The juiciest apples you ever did see.
The wind came by and gave an angry frown,
And one little apple came tumbling down.
Four red apples…..etc.

For each song we used the story board felt pieces to act out. We had a lot of fun with this board and will continue to enjoy it throughout the month. My goal is to watch him play without my help.


  1. Really cute and a fun way to develop early literacy skills. I'll have to try this!

  2. I love the photo of him with his pan hat - what a fun way to make the song come to life for him

    Thanks for joining in with the Play Academy :)


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