Why hello, October — this week we’re studying Autumn Leaves! Our maple tree are just barely beginning to turn from green to gold, but a few neighboring trees are tinged with crimson. The kids have been asking why it gets dark so much earlier now, why the leaves are falling, and why we can’t have a sprinkler on in the yard anymore — so it’s the perfect teachable moment (season??) to focus on All Things Autumn.
We’re continuing through Gentle + Classical Preschool Level 1, but I’ve taken a different approach with our unit study this time around. Rather than continue sequentially, we’re skipping ahead to Unit 14: Tree Anatomy to coordinate with the season.
We will be looking at a variety of tree-related things — but mostly autumn leaves. I’ve also incorporated books that touch on trees, seasons, and forests.
Topics to Cover
- Tree Anatomy
- Tree Life Cycle (Oak Tree)
- Autumn Leaves
- Autumn/Fall as a Season
- October as a Month of the Year
- Deciduous Trees
- Leaf Anatomy
- Leaf Shapes & Characteristics
I’ve pared back our GCP memory statements to science, Bible, and character/catechism. GCP is a wonderfully comprehensive curriculum, but I’m discovering that my favorite elements of it center around nature and faith. For us, it is working best to simplify thematically around these two subject areas.
• Gentle + Classical Preschool Level 1 by Gentle Classical Press
• October Tale by Twelve Little Tales
• Leaves Nature Guide by Brave Grown Home
• Anatomy of a Leaf by Honeycomb Cabin
• Fall in Art I Spy Activity by I Believe in Montessori
• Autumn Shape Cards by Teach Me Mommy
Books to Read
A Walk in the Deciduous Forest (Rebecca L. Johnson)
A Tree is Nice (Janice May Udry)
Look at a Tree (Eileen Curran)
The Fox and the Falling Leaves (Julia Rawlinson)
Hidden World: Forest (Libby Walden)
A Book of Seasons (Alice & Martin Provensen)
Sunshine and Snowballs (Margaret Wise Brown)
Skip Through the Seasons (Stella Blackstone & Maria Carluccio)
Nature Anatomy (Julia Rothman)
Curiousitree: Natural World (Amanda Wood & Mike Jolley)
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