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.
Here is a super fun, super easy art activity that children aged preschool-late elementary would probably enjoy.
All you need is leaves, white paper, a white crayon, and some water color paints. (more…)
Part of the fun of homeschooling is that learning can take place anytime, anywhere. Today learning took place in an autumn leaf pile.
Sensory bins are one of those open-ended “toys” that grow with a child. I have personally supervised children as young as 4 months and as old as 7 years playing happily with a sensory bin. Sometimes the contents can be altered to ensure safety for the younger children or to help facilitate the advanced play for older children, however for the most part the bin itself is the same and it is only the way they play with it that changes.
This was the favorite bin of both LittleMan and SunnyGirl last autumn. Simply dry pasta, corn kernels, measuring cups, silk foliage, pine cones, and feathers.