Proverbs 22:6 – Train up a child in the way he should go, even when he is old, he will not depart from it.
Living not far from an apple orchard, I scheduled a visit with the owner during fall harvest season. I kept the lessons focused on apple and harvest themes leading up to the field trip to keep things relevant and recent in my son’s mind. We got up early and headed to the orchard. The owner gave us a tour of her trees discussing various types and harvesting tips. We even got a sampling of apples to get a taste of the different types in her orchard. We learned which were best for eating fresh versus baking, as well as variety names, colors and textures. She also gave us a brief history of the orchard (which is located within a wildlife sanctuary) and how she came to purchase it. Afterwards, we were able to visit some of her horses at the stable and feed them cookies before heading home with a basket full. Once home, we washed the apples and separated them into two groups: those we kept for ourselves and those we took to feed the deer at a nearby petting zoo later that afternoon. The deer enjoyed our fresh-picked apples as much as we did. It was a great day!