INSPIRATION CORNER TIA THOMAS This month’s inspiration corner is dedicated to Tia Thomas, a real life Wonder Woman. Tia is a single mom and a teacher, working with deaf and hearing-impaired children. After a year teaching a hybrid schedule in 2020 with only two days in the classroom, Tia is looking forward to getting back in the classroom Apple Hill is also famous for its bakery and cider press, which is offered year-round. The fresh daily, house-made apple donuts are scrumptious, and the fresh-pressed apple cider is delicious cold or hot! They recently added a drive-thru. School tours are offered in the fall that include a wagon ride, an apple from the orchard, a cider-room tour, and an explanation of apple production. Group tours are available for grown-ups, too. Apple Season Begins! Throughout many of the northern states, including Ohio, September is the start of apple season! Orchards begin to harvest their early season crop, and many varieties of apples are starting to ripen and will continue to do so throughout the fall. We are lucky to have a local orchard in Mansfield. Apple Hill Orchards is located on the second-highest elevation in Ohio. It began selling fruit out of the barn sometime in the 1930s and has continued doing so to the present day. Apple Hill has 30 varieties of apples plus peaches, pears, cherries, and plums. During the fall months, Apple Hill offers weekend hayrides; pick-your- own apples; resident goats, sheep, chickens, and ducks; a climbing tractor; tots’ train; and an observation beehive. The most popular fall event, Kids’ Day Weekend, is Oct. 2–3, 2021.
Plan a Trip to the Orchard!
Apple Stamping After a trip to Apple Hill, why not do a fun craft with the kids using a few of the apples they just picked? Apple stamping is a wonderful sensory activity for kids. For starters, there’s the crisp, fresh scent of the apples. There’s also the satisfying feeling of pressing a paint-dipped apple against a piece of paper, observing the shape of the imprint it makes, and, of course, there will be apple tasting before and after the activity (just not the ones dipped in paint!).
full time this fall. Tia also volunteers at her church, where she participates in the mime and puppet ministry. Tia’s favorite quote (and one of the reasons she is such a great teacher) is: “If a child can’t learn the way we teach, maybe we should teach the way they learn.” –Ignacio Estrada
Tia Thomas and her adorable son, Jaeson
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