September 17th celebrates two special days for everyone, especially Americans.
Both of these events can be loosely based on the fruit of an apple. . .
First of all, on this historic day in 1787, our Constitution came into “fruition.”
Sometime much more recently, we have delegated a day that doctors ‘approve
of,’ while teachers are happy for their pay ‘bonus.’
I am stretching this ‘fruity’ tie a bit, aren’t I?
Today is known to as both, “Constitution Day” and “Eat An Apple Day!”
There have been some politicians from both parties making the rounds
in the news and in a wide variety of locations, celebrating the United States
Teachers may have planned to serve apple cider, discussing how apples are
pressed to make this delicious drink. Or maybe they had children or middle
school aged young people chopping up apples and serving them with some
caramel dip or sprinkling cinnamon on them. They may have ‘gone all out’
in their celebrations of the apple, by having some students learn how to
make pie crust. I remember as a preschool teacher, finding this to be as
good as making play dough.
Since many people get the Constitution confused with the Declaration of
Independence, I will give you a ‘third grade’ review of this fine document.
The Constitution of the United States is the ‘supreme law’ of the land in the
U. S. of A. It is a set of rules that are enforced by the three levels of the
government. We have the Branches of the Legislative, Executive and the
The Constitution was originally written and created in September, 1787 but
did not get accepted, approved or ‘ratified,’ until June 21, 1778. In 1789, what
is called the “Bill of Rights” was added. There are 7 articles with the #s 4, 5,
and 6th ones discussing the relationship between the States and the Federal
Government. This includes the rights and responsibilities of the now fifty
States. It discusses or defines the concept of Federalism in the articles.
Unlike other countries’ forms of Constitution, our amendments are not
inserted into the original document but are added at the end.
Here are some fun books to look up and read to children from Grades
Fourth through Eighth Grade:
“Our Constitution Rocks,” by Juliette Turner.
“We the Kids: The Preamble to the Constitution,” by David Catrow.
“Shh! We’re Writing the Constitution,” by Jean Fritz.
Here are some fun songs, starting with one that is a ‘chant,’ using
arms and hand motions:
1. “Apple Tree”
“Way up high in the apple tree (Raise your hands up in the air.)
Three little apples looked down at me. (Hold up three fingers and can be dramatic
using your eyes and eyebrows lifted.)
I shook the tree (Pretend to shake your trees!) as hard as I could
Down came the apple. . .
It was good!” (You may rub your tummy to demonstrate!)
2. “Apple Tree”
(You may listen to this on a 4 minute ‘track’)
“Swing with me,
Underneath the apple tree.
We will swing,
We will sing,
Till the dinner bell.”
(Doesn’t it seem to need ‘ring,’ here?)
To and fro we will go,
flying to the sky.
Up we swing,
With the birds we fly.”
Now for some adult versions of songs with the name of apple
in the group or song. You will recognize most of these, which
you may be excited to know there are plenty more in a list on
3. Doris Day’s lovely song, begins with a stanza about her true
love, Johnny leaving her and she is sitting by her lonesome:
“The apple tree
The apple tree
The apple tree,
Still sitting under the apple tree
With nobody else but me.”
(Why do I remember this as, “Don’t go sitting with nobody else
but me; under the apple tree?” Memories play ‘tricks’ on me!)
4. Louis Armstrong’s song, “In the Shade of the Old Apple Tree.”
5. Dionne Warwick’s song, “As Long As There’s An Apple Tree.”
6. The Ink Spots’ “In the Shade of the Old Apple Tree.”
7. Alice Cooper’s song, “Apple Bush.”
8. An American Country Music Band in 2002 was called, “Hot Apple Pie.”
9. Bob Applebaum’s song, “The Apple Doesn’t Fall Far From the Tree.”
(Isn’t this guy cool, has apple in his name, too!)
10. Jake Owens’ song, “Apple Pie Moonshine.”
Which is interesting, since this Friday, to ‘kick off’ our Fall weekend, I have written a post about
fermented apple cider. I really enjoy the flavor of “Angry Orchard,” hard apple cider made in
Cincinnati, Ohio. There is a new trend brewing apple cider, although the practice has been around
since the Mayflower ship brought the Pilgrims here, and even before then. . .