In one of my previous posts we already discussed ideas for learning about seasons with kids. Today I want to concentrate more on autumn.
We are the parts of the natural world and nature cycles influence us. In spring when nature wakes up we are more active, energetic and upbeat, in winter when nature goes to sleep our activities can slow a bit.
– use some crockery decorated with autumn designs in the kitchen or practical life area
|This beautiful mushroom-themed set will decorate any environment and will be loved by kids|
|This Fall table setting is gorgeous!|
Use walnuts, acorns, nuts, leaves, pinecones, seeds, corn, pumpkins
– in your math area for counting and mathematical operations
Of course, you can include different educational cards and learning Montessori printables related to autumn to your shelves.
Try to use the cards for learning about autumn in 3 directions:
I was brainstorming a lot to create fresh, interesting and engaging autumn materials for the Montessori classroom this year. I made them with an intention to support children’s interests that I observed. check out my materials related to autumn. I described them in details in my next post.
– Autumn vocabulary language cards
– Spring and autumn leaves matching cards
– Autumn gifts Montessori 3-part cards
– Autumn berries Montessori 3-part cards
– Apple and pumpkin sequence cards
– Halloween painting and its piece sequence cards
– Autumn still life matching activities
You can also use my printable materials related to seasons, such as
Seasons and month Montessori inspired puzzle. It is wonderful because it is very visual and child can clearly see fall moths. Kids love working with it because it is presented in a very interesting way and the size of the material is pretty big. So this is a big circle that is divided into 4 color zones that represent different seasons (green – spring, red- summer, yellow – autumn, white – winter). Btw these colors are used in all of my materials, but I always include not color coded version if possible. The small circle represents the same tree during different seasons. If you work with younger children you can divide it into 4 parts and use only this small circle. You can divide the inner circle into 12 parts with older children. Next circle represents 12 months. Also, there is the sun in the center.
Seasons and months timeline. I used this cards as visuals in the classroom. I mounted them to the wall and children observed different periods of the year. Also, I made clear cards for every month describing monthly changes in nature. It helped to make a year cycle clearer to a lot of kids and it made it easier to us to observe some peculiarities of different months during our walks. It can be used as a picture to picture matching activity with younger kids. The materials include the instruction with variants of presenting it.
Seasonal children’s activities. It is important for children to know how human life changes during different seasons and how they influence us. I made the material depicting children because kids love to work with such cards. They are very interested in works that show lives of other children. You can use only cards connected with autumn to discuss with children. Ask them to share their experience related to tasks on the pictures.
Seasons bingo game. During autumn you can use only 2 mats that show autumn. It is very fun and educational activity. Children learn a lot about autumn features from it. It includes such autumn nature elements and clothes.
5 Montessori materials for learning about seasons and months. These materials are for learning about seasons and months in general. Also, it includes word sorting seasons activity that is very liked by reading children. These activities will help a child to form stable knowledge about the sequence of months.
Free collection of seasons sounds. This is a magical collection of different sounds that represent nature during a specific season. We sit with children in a circle and listen to them with our eyes closed. Then we discuss what we imagined and heard. We like to listen to sounds of nature during our walks, but often the environment can be too loud that can distract.
Autumn sounds include:
– Autumn wind and rain
– Singing of birds in autumn
– Sound of autumn rain
– Sound of fallen leaves in autumn
– Sound of rain in autumn
Another couple of interesting activities that just came to my mind can be:
So what can you do on the autumn nature walk?
– just observe what’s around and notice small changes
– try to notice changes in weather
– discuss what people or kids on the streets wear
– collect natural gifts
– collect mushrooms in the forest
– observe birds
– make a labyrinth from leaves or chestnuts
|Make a labyrinth from fallen leaves|
– it is a wonderful time to make herbarium. I loved it when I was a kid and maybe because of my bond to this activity children in all of my classes loved it also! We then used it in a lot of different ways – for learning about trees, the structure of leaves, art and craft and much more.
– launch paper boats in puddles
– make a nature journal