15Autumn Nature Study
Are there any special activities you can include to bring in the sea-
son in your unique way?
Sing in the Season
Give the children a simple musical ritual for saying good-bye to
the season they have just enjoyed and welcoming the season ahead
with all of its surprises. Practicing this ritual also provides a healthy
sense of saying good-bye, letting go, and surrendering to what is
in front of us. Begin the season with this simple song: “Good-bye,
Summer! Hello, Autumn!” Sing it to the tune of “Good Night,
Good-bye, Summer! Hello, Autumn!
Good-bye, summer; good-bye, summer; good-bye, summer;
We enjoyed you so!
Hello, autumn; hello, autumn; hello, autumn;
We welcome you right now!
Invite Families to Participate
Encourage families to join their children in noticing autumn
and examining change. Send home a brief introductory letter to
families to introduce your upcoming nature activities for autumn.
Remember—you are helping out tremendously by including fami-
lies in your getting-children-outdoors mission and wholesome
environment education. Ask families to provide either a fall pic-
ture or some other type of autumn sign, such as leaves, apples,
acorns, gourds or small pumpkins, feathers, or anything else that
will bring the autumn topic to curious young minds. Here is a
sample letter to send home:
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