Archives for September 2016

Fireflies Presents: Apples!

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 In today’s post we’re going to enjoy some verbal PLAY with puppets, songs, and a poem by Mary Byrne Kline!

 Our puppets are original illustrations by Kevin Bartle.  Our Fireflies Presents scripts typically come in full color. The puppets we are sharing with you today are created as a base for your creativity. We want to invite you to print them out and let your little one do the coloring! After you’ve colored your own puppet masterpieces, use them as a prop to enhance your singing experience.

We’ve kept it simple — promise!

Just print out the puppets HERE and the songs HERE, as well as the easy peasy directions HERE!

Voilà! You’re ready to go!



Jocelyn Bartle

How to Make an Apple Pie

Author and Illustrator: Marjorie Priceman

I’ll never forget my shock as a young child visiting a farm for the first time and seeing a cow being milked. I had always thought that milk simply “came” from the grocery store, but from a cow – never! My questions while learning to bake with my mother were now endless: “Where do eggs come from? cinnamon? vanilla? brown sugar? Crisco?”  Simply being told that these items came from the store no longer satisfied me; I wanted to find out where all ingredients came from.  Baking from scratch meant someone had gone to an awful lot of work so that I could bake chocolate chip cookies or an apple pie.

The energetic little baker in our story finds that her market is closed and sets out on a whirlwind trip to gather the ingredients necessary to bake an apple pie. Readers of all ages will enjoy the colorful illustrations and easy narrative as she searches worldwide for what she seeks: cinnamon in Sri Lanka from the bark of the kurundu tree, the finest wheat for flour from the countryside in Italy and sugar from Jamaica.  I was delighted to see that she, too, milked a cow for the freshest of milk to churn into butter!

You’ll be given a recipe for pie crust and apple pie at the end of the story. I suggest you simply go to the grocery store, unless you too, really want to make a whirlwind trip around the world for your ingredients!

Mary Kline

 Check out How to Make an Apple Pie by watching the video below.

Growing Young Communicators



Why are poems so important to language development?

Poetry is music and movement.  It is rhythm and beats.  Children, young children, may not understand all the words and meanings inferred in a poem, but they will feel the movement of the words and be drawn into the language – which is what you want.  Poetry is the most kinesthetic of literature forms because it moves the reader.   Listening is a critical skill needed to become fluent readers and writers.   Poetry is an excellent tool to enhance listening skills.

Give your children a brain-challenge and help them grow a strong memory. Print the following poem out and memorize it together.  Recite it as you stir the homemade applesauce you are making.. Or just have your young communicator practice reading it (or saying it after you) with great expression and inflection.

“M-M-M, I love Apples!”

by Mary Byrne Kline

Apples, apples, apples,
Yellow, green, and red,
Crunchy and delicious,
Baked in pies or tarts or bread.

Apples, apples, apples,
But the tastiest by far,
Is mama’s cinnamon applesauce,
In plain old mason jars.


3 year old Ari recites our poem with some help from Mom.  Oh so adorable.  Listen to how he mimics Mom’s inflection.

Ava, Age 5  (Ari’s older sister!)

Trading Johnny


Here are 3 ART ideas specifically for a Johnny Appleseed lesson:

1. For younger children you can print or cut out a plain image of an apple the size of the trading card and then have your student draw in with a black marker the exact amount of seeds that match their age. Glue the apple onto the back of the card and have the student write “I am 6 (or whatever age) years old”. This is a great keepsake!

2. Discuss the different colors and varieties of apples after you taste a few. Use their thumbprint to stamp their favorite type of apples. Add stems and leaves with markers. For an added touch, draw in a basket to put their thumbprint apples in!

3. For older students, have them use the back of the card to draw the parts of an apple (stem, core, seeds, flesh, skin, leaves).

Download our Johnny Appleseed Trading Card set HERE free until the 25th.
Beginning September 25, 2016, you can download from Elizabeth’s TPT store.

Don’t miss Elizabeth’s classroom party pack coming soon!   A complete fall celebration for the authors and illustrators in your classroom – all centered around apples, of course.

More information about Literature Trading Cards

Introducing Lit Trading Cards

Wanna Trade?

This year’s Trading Cards

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