13Autumn Nature Study
Your Autumn Reflection
Autumn is the transition from summer to winter, the change from
hot to cold. What has autumn meant to you? Perhaps you grew up
observing the autumn grain turning golden and being harvested.
Maybe you watched autumn emerge growing up near the ocean,
noticing the sky and water transform with the oncoming season.
Maybe you recall falling leaves, pumpkin carving, dunking for
apples, and eating everything apple under the sun: applesauce,
apple butter, apple cider, apple pie, apple crisp, apples galore!
Which autumn memories come to mind for you? Which ones can
you share with your students? Storytelling that includes brilliant
seasonal attributes is a good way to bring nature to children’s
minds, and it can inspire them to get outdoors on their unstruc-
tured Saturdays to create their own stories.
Autumn is here! Let’s get right into the season and the fun
weeks ahead. Use the teacher reflection that follows as a beginning
point, a place to breathe in nature and take in the healthiness of
the autumn season. I always find using a balancing tool such as this
a good space to begin from before heading into the challenging
world of teaching little ones.
What does autumn mean to you?
What has this season meant to you in the past?
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