Monday, November 17, 2014

Fall Leaves Fall–Story/Craft Program

Join us as we celebrate the season.  We'll be reading the book Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert, then crafting some imaginative leaf creations of our own. 
If you have found some beautiful fall leaves, bring them along!
Displayed autumn books for kids to browse while waiting for others to arrive.
Entering music (also used while crafting):  John McCutcheon’s Four Seasons: AutumnSongs
Autumn Leaf -- Cut & Tell Story – story & directions here

The Little Yellow Leaf by Carin Berger.  (A lone yellow leaf clings to a giant oak tree  refusing to let go of his branch until the encouragement of a scarlet leaves helps him to overcome his fear of change.)

Action Song (Mulberry Bush variant): This is the way we rake the leaves… jump in the pile, throw leaves in the air…rake them up again…on an autumn day.

Mathematical Moment – Can you guess how many leaves might be in a big tree in your yard?  Solicit guesses….can you believe as many as a million?!?  Showed this Bedtime Math Problem: Raking It In and had kids help figure out the answers.  More Bedtime Math leaf mathematics here.

Book/Song: The Leaves in the Trees by Thom Wiley (mnemonics for leaf identification)

Fall is Not Easy by Marty Kelley (A tree finds some pretty wacky ways to change colors in this light-hearted book.)

Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert (Leaves form people, chickens, fish, cows and many other objects in this artistic and splendidly-creative book.)

Craft stations – play the music CD while children are at work:
  • “Leaf Creatures inspired by Leaf Man -- Materials: 12x18” construction paper, die-cut leaves (real leaves will dry up and fall off), glue sticks, googly eyes, markers/crayons, scrap construction paper.
  • Leaf rubbings – Materials: xerox paper, real leaves newly harvested so not too brittle, crayons with their paper wrappers removed.
11.14, 9.15 BWL

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