In between our math lessons and everything else we have done this month, I made time to read a few seasonal books and also make a couple of crafts to celebrate autumn. We have repeated many of the stories and activities I wrote about in this post last year, but I have also added some new ones. We discovered The Tales of Tiptoes Lightly by Reg Down last year and it immediately stole our hearts. The stories are simple. The characters are endearing. And the tone is tenderly sweet. We read one of the tales in that collection called “Pumpkin Crow” last week and built a fun couple of lessons around it. It was an easy way to celebrate autumn without a lot of fuss.
After reading the story, we did our first watercolor painting that incorporated true form by painting a big pumpkin on a vine. Jude and I sat side by side and I gave him very little direction except for instructing him on the order of layering the colors. After painting the entire paper golden-yellow, we used orange to paint the pumpkin. We used thinner brushes dipped in red to mimic the pumpkin’s ridges. We finished our paintings by adding the stem, vine and leaves with blue paint. This made a nice green because the yellow on the background was still wet. Today we are cutting out crows using this template. Easy and fun. Oh, and check out Mr. Down’s website – there are lots of free stories and poems arranged by season – good stuff!!
What are you doing to celebrate the season? I would love to know. Leave a link in the comments and tell us all about it.