What do you look like?
Why are you falling?
What do you like about yourself?
What is happening to you?
Involving Families: Studying
Leaves at Home
Supply the children with some fun
activities to do at home. Mention
the activities in your weekly news-
letter to families. Explain to fami-
lies that these optional activities
are provided for extra quality time
together in nature and for involve-
ment in their children’s education.
Explain that this season the chil-
dren are learning about a precious resource called trees. Describe
the following nature activities for the families to enjoy at home:
• Ask parents to send in five special leaves they find on an autumn
outing with their child. Tell them to send their leaves to school
in a resealable plastic bag. Later you can include all the leaves
in a large bin for observing in the classroom, or they can be
included as part of a leaf crunch table.
• Ask parents to discuss the importance of trees. Ask them to
describe how trees help in providing birds and other animals
shelter. Trees also provide us with shade and oxygen.
• Ask families to play outside, taking time specifically to look at
leaves, their veins, and their connections to the branches and to
• Suggest raking or pushing together a collection of leaves. After
having fun jumping, rolling, and playing in the leaves, look at
the leaves individually and consider how some of them look sim-
ilar to or different from others.
Give the children plenty of time to practice being leaves, dancing like
leaves in the wind and becoming part of the season at hand.
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