Have you found yourself eagerly looking forward to the change of seasons this year? With the arrival of fall, there are cooler days ahead—much better for playing outside, having a picnic, or visiting the park. Night falls sooner. Dawn takes longer to break. Your kids have likely noticed the change by now, too—and the changing season offers some wonderful opportunities for homeschooling parents. Take advantage of them while it lasts—some years, fall stretches on just long enough, while others, it seems to fly by in a second.
Take the kids for walks. Look at all the different colors—a rainbow of leaves; fall flowers that aren’t seen any other time of year; a brilliant blue sky that never occurs quite the same way any other time. Make plans to visit a pumpkin patch or corn maze before the season is gone. If your family is physically able, take a hike through the mountains—maybe even take a picnic and enjoy a day out.
Bring their other senses into the fall, too. Bake pumpkin muffins, or cake, or cookies. Break out cinnamon in all its forms. Listen to the sounds birds make in the fall. Take a visit to a duck pond and feed the ducks, even dipping their toes in the water to see how much cooler it is now.
Fall is such a brief season in many ways, but it brings with it a host of opportunities. Field trips that might not have been available during the hot summer months, and certainly won’t be realistic during the cold winter months, will be ideal during this time. It’s a great time to visit the zoo (though early fall is the best time—in the late fall, more of the animals are spending more time asleep and not moving much), to take long, leisurely walks; to play at the park for longer hours. It’s a time for cookouts, and marshmallows, and firelight.
Don’t get so engrossed in teaching your children curriculum that you forget the little things that they need to be learning, too.