Looking for Fall: After School Express


Grab your camera and off we go!

A new season is starting to sneak up on us... you can almost see signs of Fall.  Even down here in the South too! 

Teaching our children to become observers is important and fun. We're going on a walk around our neighborhood to see if we can spot signs of Fall. Do you see it yet in your neighborhood? or your way to school?  

 

Trees are changing colors
Acorns are falling
Trees are forming seeds
Mums are growing in the garden
It's cooler in the morning
Pumpkins are in the stores
It's getting darker sooner
Squirrels are searching for acorns


Create an Fall Observation Sheet


Take your child on a nature walk and see what they can discover.  If at all possibly let your child document these changes with a camera or even better on their Fall Observation Sheet.  As you observe things over a period of a few weeks, have them record the changes they see in their Fall Journal.  Print your Observation Sheet here

Here's a few things we discovered on our walks after school this week.






Create a Fall Journal


Later in the week we would come home and write in a Fall Journal what we observed. Observation is a a great skill to use. When creating your own Journal, have them illustrate it first , it will be fresh on their mind and in the camera for reference. Then they can write about what they saw. Encourage them to include details. Go out a few days later and observe with them if things have changed. Print your journal here





More Journal Ideas:



Make a fall collage out of pictures from magazines or real objects
Glue the discoveries you find onto a page and then attach the words.
Younger children doing this activity can cut out and add fall words to their pictures.
Practice finding the beginning sounds of spring objects they draw.



For more Ideas Visit our 40 Activities for Fall Roundup!

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13 comments:

  1. Fun! We are definitely seeing some signs of fall here in NC. The humidity is gone and there are a couple trees turning colors already. I think I'll take the kids on a walk to observe the changes soon (we usually wait until October). Thanks for linking up!

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    1. In the south you really have to look for changes or you'll never see them, it's fun showing them to children. It's something I had to learn after raising all my children here for almost 20 years how. I wish I was up in NC to see all the trees change, we have just a few that will change now.

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  2. Thanks for the fall observation sheet. My little one will love this.

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    1. You're welcome. We've had fun using ours. You'll be amazed at what they discover.

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  3. We are just seeing the first signs of fall here, but on our vacation last week (we got back yesterday) the Bruce Peninsula was just a glorious wash of colours. Really spectacular!

    Thanks for sharing the printables; I'm printing to take on a hike this week.

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    1. Can't wait to hear what you find on your hike! I wish I could see tons of colors in trees, you'll have to share photos on your site!

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  4. I love the printables! There are two wonderful new Autumn book out called: Awesome Autumn and A is for Autumn.

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    1. Thank you! I just added your two suggestions to the post, thanks for sharing! I can't wait to check them out.

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  5. Great ideas! Thanks so much for sharing your free printable! I featured your printable as the Free Printable of the Day at the Living Montessori Now Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/LivingMontessoriNow

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    1. Thank you so much Deb for sharing and I love your Acorn Math Activities that you shared, perfect for afterschool outdoor fun!

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  6. Thanks for the great fall resources! These books and observational sheets look fun!

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  7. Your resources look wonderful. We definitely see signs of fall here too despite the weather spiking into 100s this week. Love a happy face on a leaf walk!

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  8. What a great idea to journal what you see and record observations - very important skills. I'm featuring you this weekend on the Sunday Showcase! :)

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