Little Leafers Nature Study is a year-round class, divided by season, created by Suzy Homeschooler.
You could be a parent with just one or two informal pupils, or you could be a co-op instructor with two dozen children under-foot. Either way, this is a flexible course that you can bend to fit your unique needs.
The autumn session is 6 weeks long. Each week has printable student packs with nature journal prompts, illustrated nature guides, fun facts, and vocabulary words. Each week also has printable teacher’s guides with subject related tips, lectures, discussion prompts, Montessori-inspired tray work, and a suggested craft.
While Little Leafers is designed in such a manner that you can easily print it out and use it as is, I encourage you to consider supplementing with a few hands-on activities. Ideas for supplemental activities will be included in each weeks’ teacher’s guide. If you find that an activity is not a good fit for your class then simply exclude it or swap it out for an activity you’ve found elsewhere that is a better fit for your unique class. When I teach Little Leafers I like to have a basket full of library books and a sensory bin- both corresponding with the weekly theme. Completely unnecessary, but still a fun addition to the outdoor classroom.
Autumn week six’s theme is pumpkins.
Tray Activity A: pumpkin anatomy cards
While it isn’t necessary to have, I like to include a halved pumpkin with this tray.
Tray Activity B: pumpkin growth sequencing cards
Tray Activity C: types of winter squash cards
While it isn’t necessary to have, I like to have a variety of winter squash available for this tray.
In lieu of a craft, the hands-on activity for the week is a pumpkin to take home and a list of science related activities to do with that pumpkin.
While a pumpkin sensory bin is unnecessary, I find it to be a fun and useful addition to the class.
I attempted to get a picture of all my students with their take home pumpkins but some of them don’t like having their pictures taken. Also, getting a group of children to all look at the camera and smile at the same time is like trying to herd chickens.
As always though, the sensory bin was a big hit.
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