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“Fall” Into Learning

Fall is the perfect backdrop for natural learning opportunities at home! With the change of season, you are able to incorporate many different activities into your daily learning routines. Choose to explore one or all of them – it’s up to you.

  1. Explore Science and Nature

Beautiful falling leaves lend themselves to scientific exploration. Start by taking a nature walk and noticing the changes around you. Collect leaves, acorns, seeds, and anything you find that intrigues you along the way. Display them at home on a nature table, or turn them into beautiful fall art!

Next, do some research and find out about the science behind it all: Why do leaves turn into such brilliant colors? What is the purpose for seeds? (Helicopter seeds are a fun fall favorite.) After studying what seeds do and how they work, consider planting a simple fall garden to try it all out firsthand.

Finally, extend your fall nature and science learning by having your children create nature journals to add to all season long. Nature journals are great places to save leaves, press flowers, draw what you see on hikes and walks, keep track of the garden, and lots more.

  1. Pumpkin Fun

There’s lots of really cool things you can do with just a pumpkin! Discuss gourds and how they grow. Estimate and count the seeds for a fun math activity. Estimate the weight and girth of the pumpkin, then measure to see how close you were. Last but not least, roast the seeds for a healthy snack.

One family we know hosts an annual “pumpkin roll” where each member of the family selects their own pumpkin, then rolls it down a hill in a contest to see whose pumpkin will travel the farthest before breaking or coming to a stop. They invite neighbors and friends to participate and end the festivities with a cookout. It’s a huge amount of fun!

Kids of all ages will enjoy visiting a local pumpkin patch to select their very own take-home pumpkin, making it a great family activity for everyone.

  1. Study Your Bible

What does the Bible have to say about changing seasons and harvest time? Quite a bit, actually! Look up some verses together and discuss why harvest time is so very important, not just in a physical way, but also in a spiritual way. It’s also a good time to discuss “seasons” of your faith walk with God.

  1. Get Outdoors More

With hot, humid temps finally (hopefully?) relenting, fall is the perfect time for more outdoor play. Why not send the kids outdoors more often to enjoy God’s beautiful world on display? Take time to enjoy some of the simple pleasures in childhood – jump in the leaves, have a campfire, make s’mores … just enjoy some good old fashioned family time together outside.

Going apple picking, visiting a corn maze, and going on a hayride are other fun outdoor fall activities sure to please the crowd.

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