Saturday, October 16, 2010
Falling into the season
Ah, autumn. There's nothing quite comparable to a beautiful autumn in Michigan. Crisp air, breathtaking colors transforming the trees in the season's last smile. The crunch, crunch, crunch of nature's paper underfoot. Fall has always been my favorite season, and experiencing it with my kids adds to the beauty ten-fold.
"Why do the Leaves Change Color" by Betsy Maestro is one of our favorites. It's an informative, Lets Read and Find out science series that I highly recommend. Another fun book for this time of year is "Fall Leaves Fall" by Zoe Hall. It is great because it describes all the things my kids love to do with leaves anyway. Raking them up, jumping in them, crunching them and finding all the different colors.
Finding dad in the leaf pile...
My daughter realizing leaves were getting stuck in her hair...
We did leaf rubbings recently at our homeschool co-op during craft time. Another leaf craft we did later at home was to collect leaves from outside and glue them down on paper after drawing the trunk and branches of a tree.
Young kids will delight in learning the impressive word, "photosynthesis." Even if they can't fully define it, it is still fun to say and learn about. Betsy Maestro's book breaks down definitions very clearly.
For a list of free lesson plans, worksheets and more sites about fall than you could use in one season, check out this fantastic link at Teacher Planet.