The tradition of giving an apple to the teacher started in the 1700s before governments around the world paid for the education of its people. Poor families in Denmark and Sweden gave teachers baskets of apples and potatoes as payment for teaching their children. In remote areas of the United States such as the western frontier, communities were too poor to afford a teacher’s wages. Families worked out a deal with teachers to exchange lessons for produce from their farms.
I’ve been a teacher for over 35 years and a bright, shiny apple placed on my desk by one of my students first thing in the morning is still one of my most treasured gifts. I’ve worked hard to create custom lessons, materials, and handouts specific to the children and families I’ve served over the years and now I’d like to share them with you.
On Fridays, you’ll receive a curricular resources or "apples" in your email box, created and handpicked by me, that you can download, print, copy, and use immediately with your children knowing that they’ve been quality tested and approved by hundreds of students over the course of my career, for just pennies a day.
You’ll receive a wide variety of materials each month including language arts resources, math worksheets and assessment forms, running record materials, charts and forms, poetry and songs, spelling activities, science and social studies resources, clip art and graphics for use on your remote learning sites and many, many more. The materials are created with the primary learner (K-3) in mind although many of the activities can be used with our preschool friends and intermediate students based on interest and ability level.
I look forward to sharing my fun and creative learning resources with all of you and can't wait for you to join the "bunch" here at An Apple for the Teacher.
Bill Alsdurf Jr.
Educator and Creator