We have this beautiful book, The Nature Connection, that has a section for each month. This year I started using it with our three year olds as part of our preschool homeschool experience. It is a book that I envision using again and again as our children grow and can investigate things more deeply.
October is when the stunning changes of Fall start appearing. Before we headed out, I told our twins that we were going to look for signs of Fall. I asked them for their ideas about what we might find. Leaves were on their list, so we brought along bags to collect things.
We walked a few blocks looking carefully for signs of Fall. We found flowers, collected leaves and noticed their colors and sizes. We looked up at trees and talked about the wind blowing the leaves. We also noticed tiny acorns on the ground.
When we got home, we spread our leaves and acorns out on the table. We talked about what we found and noticed the differences. Try prompts such as - "tell me about what you found" or "This leaf looks green and brown to me, what colors are you seeing?"
Things to Pack:
*Writing and Drawing Implements
*Bags for Collecting things
Things to Do:
*Talk about what they see, hear, feel
*Use the name of the month, "Let's go for an October walk" or "what do you notice about October?"
*What is the weather like?
*Take pictures and/or draw pictures of interesting things you see.
*Use the nature quest check list from The Nature Connection to use your senses.
*Collect interesting samples of things on the ground such as leaves, rocks, twigs, etc and start a nature collection at home.
Here are some general things to think about when going for a walk with young children -
*Always dress yourself and your child(ren) in weather appropriate clothing for a walk.
*Don't forget sunscreen
*Pay attention to how far you are going and turn around long before anyone gets tired. Every child is different, but for a guideline our two year olds can easily walk a half mile - so about a quarter of a mile in I typically turn us around. A mile is possible, but they are quite tired by the end.
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