Exploration time: play dough
I saw this idea to do a leaf imprint in play dough http://prekinders.com/2010/11/leaf-science/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed:+prekinders+(PreKinders+Blog) so after playing in the play dough I took a leaf and showed him how to do a leaf imprint. He wasn’t too impressed. He’d much rather make a “leaf sandwich” and put play dough, leaf, and play dough on top and SMASH!
After a few “smashing” sessions, we moved on to singing this tune, http://littlefingersplay.blogspot.com/2009/10/leaves-on-trees-presentation.html. Other leaf songs can be found @ http://1plus1plus1equals1.blogspot.com/2010/10/something-special-music-timefall-leaves.html Then R2 said, “Mommy let’s go outside and rake leaves and jump in them,”. So we did. We continued singing our song as we raked, jumped, re-raked, threw them in the air, and ran and stomped and crunched through them. He was so happy!
To finish up our outdoor play, I told him to pick his favorite 3 leaves. We took them inside for some leaf rubbings as seen @ http://www.notimeforflashcards.com/2010/10/leaf-rubbing-tree.html.
Then on to some painting time. We painted our “tree” today as seen on http://1plus1plus1equals1.blogspot.com/2010/09/something-special-fall-tree-craft.html. We will cut branches and add leaves soon.
Then we “pulled up some carpet” and read a poem I had from my teaching days called, Harvest Hues. It is written by Lasting Lessons in their Falling Into Colors book. You can read about it here http://thehomeschoolmagazine.com/Homeschool_Reviews/reviews.php?rid=1030. We read it together and then sequenced it by using the color words.
After this we played one quick math game with leaves. We had several leaves that we had gathered from our trip to the park the other day so we used those. You just add a big foam die and you are set. Roll the die and then take that many leaves from the leaf pile. It was good one-to-one practice for him. We played several rounds and once the rolling of the die got crazy (and crazy I mean being thrown across the room) we stopped.
We finished our morning with a book. I have several Fall books so I let him pick. He chose The Magic School Bus, Wild Leaf Ride by Scholastic.
My other Fall books include:
Fall Leaves Change Colors by Kathleen Weidner Zoehfeld
It’s Fall by Linda Glaser
Autumn Leaves by Ken Robbins
Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf by Lois Ehlert
Fall Leaves Fall! by Zoe Hall