Thursday, October 13, 2011

Fall Leaves

This is the time of the year when I love to do fun art projects with leaves in my homeschool.  The beautiful colors are just too hard to resist.  Capturing the beauty of fall in New England has been one of my favorite things to do.  The children and I would take walks on a warm or chilly, as it may have been, sunny fall day.  We would gather up pretty fallen leaves in all the colors available, red, orange, yellow even a mixed colored leaf that had fallen but was still a bit green.   After finding a variety of leaves we'd return home with our treasures to make our  decorations.  By placing the leaves carefully on the sticky side of contact paper and sandwiching them between another piece of sticky contact paper we had beautiful leaves to hang in our windows that would stay pretty for weeks.   You can cut around each leaf or make a large collage of leaves.  Another way to enjoy them is to cut out a place mat sized piece of contact paper and make your display into a place mat to enjoy at each meal all autumn long.   We've also studied why the leaves change color, in our science class and read stories and poems about fall as well.  Bringing a bit of nature into our homes is a wonderful way to brighten up any homeschool.  I hope you get a chance to enjoy the blessings of God's changing seasons.  There is so much to learn about His creation, the possibilities are endless.  I know there are other ways to preserve the leaves in fall.  Maybe you'd like to share a leaf project too.   Happy Homeschooling~!