Fall provides a great opportunity for all kinds of natural learning activities. With the change of season, you can incorporate all kinds of autumn-related activities into your homeschooling lessons. Here are nine ideas for fall activities, but you can use them as a springboard to doing all kinds of additional activities as well!
- Explore the reason why leaves change color in the fall, and do an experiment separating the colors in leaves. You can find out how at sciencemadesimple.com/leaves.html.
- Read about different kinds of seeds that trees make and how they are made so they can spread. Helicopter seeds get carried away in the wind due to their “wings”, for example.
- I am having each of the kids make their own nature guides this season. We’ll start with a blank drawing notebook and take regular nature walks/hikes around our neighborhood as well as in the mountains. When they see an interesting bird, insect, flower, tree leaf, tree, etc., they can draw it in their nature guide. Then once back home, they can look up the name and characteristics and fill in the info on the page with the drawing in their own books.
- Fun fall manipulatives can be found everywhere, from acorns and leaves you collect to candy corn pumpkins or fall-themed stickers you buy at the store. Use them for counting, sorting, graphing, patterns, even playing with weight.
- Planting a cool-weather garden lends to all kinds of math, from measuring the garden plot and plant growth to counting and spacing seeds. This also provides language skills in reading and following planting instructions and perhaps keeping a gardening log.
- Fall is harvest season and there are lots of verses about the harvest found in the Bible. Maybe make a booklet of all the ones you can find, or just look them all up and discuss what they mean.
- Read about how people in other cultures and times celebrate fall and the harvest season.
- Have your child write an acrostic with the word “fall”, or a fall poem.
- Have your child keep a gardening log or a nature log with what changes (s)he sees in nature as fall progresses.
What fall-related activities do you do in your homeschool?
Tanya is a homeschooling mother to three, and has been homeschooling for over a decade. She is thrilled to enter into the fall season, and is incorporating the season into her homeschooling days. You can find her blogging about it all at Homeschooling x3. She is also the food writer for the Knoxville Examiner.