Sunday, 30 October 2011

Making the most of Autumn

Autumn is a great time of year for learning........don't waste it!!

Teaching children about change can be a challenge,but using the seasons as your teacher can be great fun!!! The colours of Autumn can offer a wide spectrum of activities to boost your child's learning and Knowledge and Understanding of the world.

Today, we went to visit Sheffield Park gardens in East Sussex, a great place to really soak up the amazing Autumn colours and get close to nature in it's glory. There were many families there, collecting leaves in little bags, comparing colours and sizes....mathematical development in practice!! Many of the children were using the trees as hiding places, and commenting on the sound their feet were making in the leaves as they kicked them about. I must admit, I am a sucker for Autumn! I love this time of year, when the trees are looking at their most beautiful and I can kick the leaves about (I do turn into a big kid when it comes to fallen leaves!!)

Leaves can be collected and placed into scrapbooks ( as we have done today!) or to create leaf prints with paint, or even leaf collages. One fab idea is to use the different shaped leaves to make leaf people!!

Autumn is also a time for apples, which can also bring a whole new dimension to learning. You can make apple crumble with your children, and even do some apple printing pictures if you a feeling a little arty!!!

So, get out there and appreciate the wonderful season that is Autumn! Before you know it, winter will be upon us!!!

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