Fun with Fall Leaves

by Judy Mullicanfall-leaves

Depending on where you live, the leaves may be changing colors or may be about to change soon. Even if you live in an area that does not experience fall color, leaves offer many opportunities for fun and learning! Some plants naturally produce leaves that are red, yellow, or orange all the time. Leaves also come in different shapes and sizes. Take your children outside to explore!

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Capturing Teachable Moments

by Judy Mullican

Imagine a day when you have a fantastic lesson planned. You’ve gathered all the materials you need and can’t wait for the children to arrive and enjoy all of the great activities. Just as the day begins, little Katie bursts into the room with a branch of colorful fall leaves. The children crowd around her oohing and aahing over the bright colors. What happens next? Well, you could quickly thank Katie, put the leaves in the science center, and move on with the lesson you planned. On the other hand, you could see this as a teachable moment.

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8 Fun Ways to Use Pumpkins

by Judy Mullican

A sure sign that fall has arrived is the appearance of pumpkins! Piles of colorful pumpkins are now displayed at produce stands, supermarkets, and other vendors. Many homes have festive displays of pumpkins, scarecrows, autumn leaves, and more. Pumpkins not only make great fall decorations, they can serve as a springboard to many fun learning activities. Here are a few to try!

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