Saturday, 30 September 2017

A Morning At The Apple Orchard

In September, the children, parents and teachers at our little yellow school took a trip to the apple orchard. We couldn't have asked for better weather.  The day was sunny and hot.  We boarded the school bus and we were off!

At the orchard, we met our leaders and began our adventure!

Off we go!

Walking Across the Bridge

We spent some time in the barn where our instructors taught us so much about apples!  We learned about the different varieties of apples, how an apple tree is grafted and the many different foods that are made with apples.

Different Varieties of Apples

Products That Are Made With Apples

We learned about life inside a beehive.  The children acted out the roles of the bees.  A hive has a Queen Bee.  Her role is to stay inside the hive, mate and lay eggs.

A Queen Bee

A beehive also consists of worker bees.  Worker bees are female.  They have many jobs.  They tend to the Queen, keep the beehive cool, gather nectar and pollen, supply food for the Queen and the babies and make and produce beeswax.  That is a lot of work!  The hive also has drones.  Drones are males.  Their job is to mate with the Queen.  They don't collect pollen or nectar.  They can't defend the hive as they do not have stingers.  Here are some pictures of a beehive in action.

We even pretended to be beekeepers.

A Beekeeper

Outside the barn, we played some games.

We boarded a wagon for a ride to the apple orchard.

A Pumpkin Patch

At The Apple Orchard

A Yummy Apple

At The Apple Orchard

We picked one apple to bring back to school and one to eat at the orchard.  They were yummy!

Our morning at the orchard had come to an end.  Thank you to all the parents and grandparents who joined us.  It was wonderful spending this perfect morning together. 

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