Hayrides, Pumpkin Spice, S’mores and Crunchy Leaves- these are a few of our favorite things! When the leaves start to change and the temperature cools, find ways to blend learning into your favorite Fall activities. This week, our focus is to provide you with some engaging logic, science and math resources to keep your family falling into learning!
Fall is one of our favorite times to get outside and enjoy the weather and our families! How can we use these opportunities to engage our families in learning activities? We’ll explore some resources to apply math, science and logic skills to our favorite family fall fun activities. You’ll be having so much fun, you won’t even notice you’re “working” and just find yourselves falling into learning!
Falling into learning with patterns and sorting
Fall is a great opportunity to take advantage of the natural resources available to you and create logic lessons. Use what you find in your own backyard, on the playground and in the woods! Consider the availability of colors, textures and shapes in abundance during the Fall season. Look around your homes at seasonal decorations and open your closet to your cool and cold weather clothing and layers! Let’s start falling into learning with patterns and sorting for Kindergarten and Pre-K:
For young learners, blending what is available to them in their physical environments and applying age appropriate skills is a great way to connect them to concepts and their surroundings. The autumn months offer a lot of variety from the weather to the celebrations we observe. Another way to keep your families falling into learning is to apply time management skills by exploring calendar activities.
Falling into learning with math skills
The changing of seasons from summer to fall is ripe with opportunities to apply all the math skills! From leaves, to acorns, pumpkins and hay bales, math is everywhere. Take advantage of these resources to bolster math skills such as counting and problem solving. Fill up some apple baskets while you practice place values. You’ll be falling into learning with math in no time!
- Count the Apples 1-5
- Count the Apples 6-10
- Place Value 1
- Place Value 2
- Place Value 3
- Place Value 4
- Apple Tree Counting Mat 6
- Apple Tree Counting Mat 7
- Apple Tree Counting Mat 8
- Apple Tree Counting Mat 9
- Apple Tree Counting Mat 10
Blending science and nature
One of the most identifiable fall objects is certainly, the pumpkin. Found in drinks, snacks and decorations, the pumpkin is a pillar of the fall season. When we consider science and activities to learn in this arena, let’s take advantage of the boundless options of: the pumpkin! Included here is an amazing science journal for observing all things pumpkin. You and your family can put on your lab coats and document your journey as you dissect your pumpkin from the outside in. Consider what the pumpkin looks like, count how many lines in the skin you can see and how many seeds you scoop out. Make predictions and log your findings here in our Pumpkin Dissection activity.
Next, take your family out for some fresh air with a discover plan! You’ll find yourself literally falling into learning with all that you encounter on your Fall Scavenger Hunt. Take this printable with your and track what your discover on your walk. Keep your eyes peeled for everything from leaves, to squirrels, pine cones and even scarecrows! Lastly, apply your senses to everything in your environment. Use this printable 5 Senses Nature Walk to explore the autumn world around you. What can you see, feel, smell, taste and touch? Think little, think big all while you’re falling into learning.
Courtney is an MTT tutor, academic coach, and blog contributor for MTTES. If you check out our FB and Instagram pages, you might see her giving a storytime with her son Jack through the company’s Facebook Live service. Courtney’s love of the English language, learning, and creative writing inspired her to contribute relevant content to teachers, tutors, parents, and homeschoolers seeking support across an array of trending topics. She and her teacher husband have two small children and reside in Baltimore, MD with their dog Lottie May.