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Fall Leaf Prints

Fall Leaf Prints

Pin It We’re in one of the last zones to experience the fall leaf change. Well, our trees have finally exploded in color! I was concerned that we would not get the really vivid colors this year after the hurricane. Hurricane Irene cut a swath across the area, “burning” crops and trees in addition to causing floods and knocking down tree. Nature is resilient, however. Although there are more browns this year than golds and reds, there … Read entire article »

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Picture Books to Get in the Fall Spirit

Picture Books to Get in the Fall Spirit

Fall is my favorite time of year–the apple picking, drinking cider, butternut squash,  colorful leaves, crisp air… Here are some children’s picture books about Autumn, harvest time, and falling leaves: Pin It Pin It Fletcher and the Falling Leaves, by Julia Rawlinson, shares the story of an adorable fox who tries to return the autumn leaves to the tree. His woodland friends try to tell him that the tree doesn’t need the leaves anymore but Fletcher thinks that the … Read entire article »

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Fall Leaf Fairy

Fall Leaf Fairy

In the Spring we made flower fairies and now we are making leaf fairies! Pin It Materials: 1 wooden bead artificial leaves (or preserved fall leaves) 2 chenille stems 1 metallic chenille stem embroidery floss or yarn glue dots or hot glue gun Directions: 1. Bend a pipe cleaner in half and push the bent part through the wood bead so just a little loop is through the bead. Pin It Pin It 2. Roll up a loop of some embroidery floss and thread through the chenille stem … Read entire article »

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Digging for Knowledge

Digging for Knowledge

What can you learn digging around in dirt?  A whole lot! We’ll be learning about plants and flowers this spring and what better place to start than dirt? Pin It In my last post, I spoke a bit about the pedagogical theory behind experiential, tactile learning. Children are filing the experience away as part of their wealth of knowledge.  The experience creates the genuine need and desire for new vocabulary, concepts, and other lessons.  The ideas and facts … Read entire article »

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Cascading Leaf Spiral

Cascading Leaf Spiral

Pin It For those of you who live further north, your leaves have probably already fallen.  On Long Island, ours didn’t really hit their peak until the last week of October and the forests are still a riot of color here. One resourceful friend of mine in Texas has a friend in Vermont ship her a package of leaves so the children may experience the autumn hues.  Fall is one of my favorite parts of living in … Read entire article »

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Leaf Spirits

Leaf Spirits

Pin It I saw this lovely autumn-themed craft on Twig and Toadstool, a very inspiring place, indeed, and was motivated to make some “leaf spirits” of my own. We made a few changes so that we could use materials we had available and  my four year old could participate more.  We also made one of the leaves into a lacing / stitching card, which was a bit of a challenge for me to set-up and you might … Read entire article »

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