Monday, November 1, 2010

Fall Fun Reading!

When my boys were younger, there were certain books we always read at this time of year.  I have them tucked away now for another time and someday-to-be grandchildren.  Here are some of the books we've loved over the years:

Time to Sleep, Denise Fleming.

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Possum's Harvest Moon, Anne Hunter.

In the Small, Small Pond, Denise Fleming

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We always visit area apple orchards at this time of year and enjoy their harvest of apples.  Here are some other books about the harvest season that you might enjoy:

An Apple Festival: Orchards in Autumn, Lisa Gabbert.

Autumn, Liz Gogerly.

The Autumn Equinox: Celebrating the Harvest, Ellen Jackson.

Harvest Festivals Around the World, Judith Corwin.

We Gather Together: Celebrating the Harvest Season, Wendy Pfeffer.

As we move into the time of Thanksgiving, we are going to be using a book about various Thanksgiving symbols entitled: Turkeys, Pilgrims, and Indian Corn, Edna Barth.

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This is also the time of year when we like to do a tree walk somewhere.  We have a wonderful, old cemetary in our town that's actually a national arboretum.  They have a listing of all the neat trees growing there, many of which are not indigenous to this area of the country.  We like to gather seeds, leaves, cones, etc. and make a collection, labeling the types of trees each item comes from.

Here are some links regarding trees (others are already listed under biology on my online resources page):
(click on the cone poster pictures to enlarge them)

Here's a fun, take-along guide:

And as we move toward the end of November and the beginning of Advent, we will begin a study for this special time of the year.  Here's a link to a terrific Advent study online, done by a homeschool mom:

Have fun with your families at this busy, wonderful time of the year!


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