Sunday, October 17, 2010

Sunday School: Resources for toddlers and preschoolers LEAVES edition


If you have a little one under five at home, Sunday School is your ultimate resource for activities, projects, and resources from our pre-homeschooling home to yours! Whether you plan to homeschool/unschool or not, here's some ideas for the week. Check back next Sunday for more fun ideas and information!

Time to hit the library and grab some books, because is there a better way to spend an autumn day with the kids?

This week is all about trees!  The leaves are changing and there are dozens of fun activities right outside your door.

Recommended Reading

The Tree Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf Fall Is Not Easy Fletcher and the Falling LeavesOur Tree Named Steve Someday a Tree Chicka Chicka Boom BoomThe Giving Tree   [GIVING TREE] [Hardcover]The Apple King 

Get the wiggles out:

Little leaves fall gently down
Red and yellow and orange
[Flutter hands.]
Whirling, whirling, round and round
[Turn hands.]
Quietly without a sound,
[Turn in a circle]
Falling softly to the ground.
Down, down, down and down.
[Lower body gradually to the ground]

Way up high in the apple tree
[Hands up.]
Two little apples smiled at me
[Hold up two fists.]
I shook the tree as hard as I could
[Shake hands.]
Down came the apples
[Hands in lap.]
Mmm, were they good
[Pat tummy.]

Five autumn leaves, five and no more, 
[Hold up 5 fingers.]
The caterpillar ate one, now there are four.
[Thumb down.]
Four autumn leaves, that's easy to see.
Along came a rainstorm, now there are three.
[Index finger down.]
Three autumn leaves, nothing much to do,
A big wind blew, now there are two!
[Middle finger down.]
Two autumn leaves, that's not much fun,
I glued one on my paper
[Ring finger down.]
Now there is one.
[Hold up pinky.]
Hang on, pretty autumn leaf!
Your branches won't break,
You're one less leaf for me to rake!

Autumn Leaves
(Tune: "Mary Had a Little Lamb.")
Autumn leaves are falling down,
Falling down, falling down!
Autumn leaves are falling down,
Falling on the ground.
Autumn leaves are whirling round,
Whirling round, whirling round!
Autumn leaves are whirling round,
All over town.

Head over to I can teach my child for directions

Grow a Family Tree

Using construction paper, draw a tree trunk with branches enough for your immediate family.  Count out how many family members will be included and gather a leaf for family members. Help your child write out their names (Nana, Dad, Sydney) on a leaf.  Arrange the leaves in proper fashion for a family tree, help your child figure out the familial relationships, recognize important names, and improve early counting!

Tree Photo Essay

The leaves are changing dramatically now.  Illustrate this by choosing a tree in your yard or neighborhood and taking a photo of it each day.  At the end of the week, view the photos chronologically and discuss how the tree has changed through the week.

Website of the Week:

Teach Preschool!


Michelle said... [Reply to comment]

Great ideas and round up! Stop by and add your post at our linky: It fits perfecty! :)

Ashley F. said... [Reply to comment]

Thanks for this post! I put a bunch of those books on hold at the library and that craft looks like something my 25 mo old will really dig on one of her daily walks with daddy.

Post a Comment