Fall is an exciting time to study nature. As homeschoolers, we have the enviable opportunity to make our studies experiential. The resources in the Homeschool Classroom will give you ideas to teach science, art, lifeskills and more–and get you and your students studying and celebrating the season of autumn.

 

1.1 Fall for the Family

A great way to celebrate God’s beautiful creation is to get outside. You can locate a corn maze, a pumpkin patch, or a fall festival taking place in the state with this reference from the Virginia Is for Lovers website. Please note some of the festivals listed may reference Halloween or haunted mazes.

www.virginia.org/fall/cornmazespumpkins

This downloadable activity calendar may give you some ideas on how your family can make the most of the fall weather. You may find some to be fairly conventional, while others may be new to you.

https://encouragingmomsathome.com/30-fall-activities-kids-families

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1.2 Autumn Activities

These 22 fall sensory activities will introduce your preschooler to fall in a multitude of ways. You will find exercises involving pumpkins, pumpkin spiced play dough, apples and apple spiced play dough, nature walks and leaves, acorns and seeds, and a plethora of other activities.

http://yourkidstable.com/22-fall-sensory-play-ideas

You can use this fall scavenger hunt and its associated activities to teach your preschooler about the changing seasons.

http://survivingtoddlerhood.com/2015/09/11/free-printable-fall-scavenger-hunt-for-toddlers-and-kindergartners

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1.3 STEAM Fall Unit Studies

This pumpkin themed unit study is STEAM-focused. You will find pumpkin science experiments, pumpkin technology activities, pumpkin engineering activities, art pumpkin projects, as well as pumpkin math activities.

www.schoolingamonkey.com/steam-focused-pumpkin-theme

Fall is the perfect time of year for a nature study. This blog post about a tree nature study could help you get started on a survey of your own. Karyn at Teach Beside Me shares her ideas for tree nature activities suggested reading as well as art projects.

https://teachbesideme.com/tree-nature-study

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1.4 Fall Planning and Studies

Why and how do tree leaves change color? Your high school student can explore this topic at the USDA Forest Service website.

www.na.fs.fed.us/fhp/pubs/leaves/leaves.shtm

Fall is the start of a new school year and a great time to plan. Each high school year brings its challenges and opportunities to prepare for the future. This blog post has advice for each year of high school.

www.fastweb.com/college-search/articles/fall-must-dos-for-high-school-students

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