Thursday, November 19, 2009

autumn leaf exchange

autumn has finally settled in here in North Texas. the leaves have started falling off of the trees, covering the yard like a crunchy brown blanket. it's fun to witness the seasons change. to see leaves falling one by one. one night you go to bed with a couple of yellowish leaves on the tree, the next day you wake up and everything is orange and yellow and crispy and brown. 

the leaves are everywhere. and there are so many opportunities to learn with (& from) them. comparing and contrasting size, shape, color, and texture. leaf rubbings. leaf wreaths. leaf crafts. leaf collages. leaf prints.

one of the neatest things we did with leaves this fall was a Leaf Exchange.

i begged asked fellow homeschooling mama Kris from Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers if she would help us out and she so graciously sent us a handful of leaves that had fallen from her trees in Georgia. BigGirl thought it was the craziest and coolest thing that we got leaves in the mail!

she studied them, traced them, and compared them.

it was a really neat nature and geography lesson disguised as a pen-pal-ish exchange. thanks again, Kris!

it's Thirsty Thursday at - check it out for more ideas to quench your child's thirst for knowledge.

{Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers and FiveJs are both nominated for Best Eclectic Homeschooling Blogs in the 2009 Homeschool Blogs Awards. They both get my vote :) Please visit them and see why they're so wonderful, then go and cast your vote.}