November’s question: Why do leaves fall?

We have a lot of trees around our home which makes for an abundance of leaves especially in our backyard. My daughters always asking about leaves and fascinated with why they fall and how they fall from trees. I asked her why she thought they fall down her response was that they get blown down by the wind.

Then she’ll ask me why and there I am put on the spot, I know why leaves fall although in terms of a scientific response I’m pulling out my phone trying to find an educated explanation. Therefore I created a simple sheet for myself with a more scientific answer than they fall because it’s getting cold and that’s what leaves do. I also added definitions for any words that I thought she’d ask me what does that mean. I make myself simple reference sheets for everything because I’m not a teacher I’m a mom simply trying to guide my daughters through their early years while exposing them to as much information as possible.

Why do leaves changes colors and fall?

I made a fun leaves counting activity to go along with the leaf theme. My oldest daughter helped me cut out the pieces and began playing with as soon as it was laminated. I try to make new activities each month that way my daughters don’t get bored of the same thing.

Four leaves on the tree.
Three leaves on the tree.
Writing practice and counting.

Besides a counting activity the leaves can also be used to teach patterns and talk about colors.

I also made five leaf theme coloring pages for early readers.

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More Halloween theme coloring pages for early readers.

The idea I had in mind when I started making coloring pages with simple sentences to read was for my daughters to color a page a day and hold me accountable to do something extra with my oldest that would also be age appropriate for my youngest as well. To be honest my plan didn’t stick and instead I give my daughters generally five different coloring pages a week that they color mainly at the end of the week. They’re great for the weekends to get in a little reading time when my oldest is addiment on reminding me that the weekends aren’t for learning.

For the last week of October I made another set of Halloween theme coloring pages. Free printable below each coloring page image.

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Halloween art using cool and warm colors.

My oldest daughter has been learning about warm and cool colors in aspect of art. In order to further reinforce the subject we made Halloween theme art together. I allowed her to pick out the supplies she wanted and to choose what she was going to create with a Halloween theme. When it comes to art I allow her to freely express herself. She gets discouraged and can be quite stubborn during school time therefore when we get to art I allow her to take control. I offer up an idea of what we are going to make and allow her to figure it out from there.

She chose to draw Frankenstein and a witch.

The supplies she chose to use were a total of two paper plates, orange construction paper, markers, and glue.

For Frankenstein she picked out a paper plate and markers. She chose green, blue, and purple to draw Frankenstein. We talked about the fact green, blue, and purple are cool colors.

For her witch drawing she chose a paper plate, construction paper, and markers. She glued her construction paper onto the paper plate after she finished her drawing. We discussed that the orange background, and the red words she said were “ha ha” were written in warm colors. The witches body outlined in green I then re-emphasized is considered a cool color.

I chose to make a paper plate zombie with the help of my youngest daughter. I focused on cool colors for my Zombie plate art. To fully reinforce the concept to my oldest daughter. Having kids with a four year age gap means I have to try to engage them both at the same time while trying to stick with both their levels. My youngest is exposed to much more than my oldest was at her age. She plays with markers, tries to steal the glue sticks, and scissors therefore I use the toddler scissors to be safe. She enjoys art time and always our art time ends in a huge mess to clean up at the end.

Supplies I used to make Zombie plate.
My youngest helping stick the green pieces on.
Zombie plate using cool colors.

When my youngest grew bored of sticking the green pieces onto the plate she then grabbed markers and began to make her own art on another paper plate.

My youngest daughters two favorite colors are yellow and pink.

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Thanks for stopping by LearningWithNanaHedgehog.com. Please remember all activities are meant to be done with adult supervision. I know especially right now it can be tough sticking through all the craziness with kids. The mess of art cleaning up all the supplies, markers all over the place, paper scraps all over the floor I just remind myself it’s worth it in the end when my kids proudly hang up their art work excited about what they created. Not everything has to be perfectly structured and sometimes it’s just nice to let kids express themselves in a way in which they learn and get their emotions out in a healthy safe way. We can all just do our best, and keep trying to find what works best for our kids because not all kids learn in the same way.

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Halloween theme coloring pages for early readers.

For the month of October I’ve been making Pumpkin and Halloween theme coloring pages with simple sentences for my daughters to color and read throughout the month. Each week I choose five to share with them. My oldest daughter enjoys coloring as we read the sentences together. She often cuts the pictures out after coloring for additional scissor practice.

Enjoy five fun Halloween theme coloring pages with simple sentences for early readers.

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Color learning Halloween theme puzzles.

Currently with my youngest daughter I’ve been working on color recognition. While my oldest is learning to read the written word of colors. With Halloween soon approaching I decided to make a fun Halloween theme color puzzle for my daughters as extra practice. I printed out the puzzles then laminated for extra durability. My oldest then helped me cut out all the pieces.

My youngest daughter almost two can stay interested in the activity for several minutes before kicking all the puzzle pieces around with her feet and laughing. At her age my focus is to make sure that I am exposing her to the basics because the more exposure the quicker and better it will sink in. Her Halloween puzzle I printed out in colorful ink that way she could match the colorful word to it’s matching colorful image.

My youngest daughter almost age 2

My oldest daughter enjoys puzzles. She’s always proud of herself when she matches up the words correctly to their pictures. Since she’s in Kindergarten a huge focus is reading therefore I chose to use black ink for all the words. I wanted her to put the work in and actually read each word rather than see the visual color.

My oldest daughter almost age 6

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I am made of shapes! Pumpkin dough mats.

With my daughters having a four year age gap I’m always trying to find and come up with activities that are suitable for both their levels. My youngest is turning two in November therefore my husband and I are working on introducing her to different shapes. Both my daughters enjoy using dough to create and play with. Therefore I made a fun pumpkin theme dough mat to go along with our other dough tools. The pumpkin is made up of various shapes for my youngest, while keeping in mind my oldest daughter I made sure I labeled everything I’m always trying to expose her to letters and the fact letters make words. The more exposure to simple reading the better.

I am made of shapes pumpkin printable.
Playing together.

If you hate the mess of dough and not interested in a dough activity the Shape Pumpkin can be printed out and decorated for fun as well. It could even be cut out for fine motor practice. Any way in which it’s used it can be a great way to introduce children to shapes and for older children the written word of shapes.

I made the Shape Pumpkin both in color and without color. I personally try to reserve color ink as much as possible therefore whenever plausible I print out in black and white. It also allows my daughter to color things in making it feel more like her own. In case anyone was interested in a colorful play dough placemat I provided one of those as well.

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Items above are some of the Play-Doh kits my daughters and I play with on a regular basis.

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Hide and find a spooky character with a sight word.

I’m always trying to find ways to incorporate sight word practice into our day. Especially on the weekends when we take a break from rigid lesson plans I still want to sneak in some practice time therefore we tend to play educational based games. Both my daughters enjoy playing hide n seek in order to incorporate education within the game we hide characters around the house to find and read the words they’re holding. With Halloween coming up in several weeks I made a Halloween version with spooky characters to hide around the house. I left each word spot blank that way I could laminate each character and be able to write and erase each sight word whenever.

Spooky characters to hide, find, and read.

Our first set of the game was made up of several animals to find; a bird, hedgehog, rabbit, and a bear.

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Month of October’s focus colors are black and orange.

My youngest daughter is turning two in November therefore my husband and I are working on teaching her the basics. Colors, shapes, etc. I’ve recently decided to concentrate on two colors to represent each month. This month October the focus colors are black and orange for Halloween.

I made two colors posters and color cards for orange and black with a Halloween sort of theme that I laminated for durability.

When playing with my youngest I read the poster and point to the pictures repeating the color each time. Then we take the cards and match each one to the correct corresponding spot on the poster.

When playing with my oldest I write short sentences for her to read using the cards to fill in parts of the sentence.

My oldest also uses the cards to practice writing with, which is great because she isn’t always interested in writing practice.

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The magnetic alphabet board is a great tool for learning to write letters. My daughters enjoy playing with the counting bears sorting by colors and they double as a great counting tool.

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Halloween Costumes Get up and Move: Alphabet Sounds Game.

I’m always looking for more fun active ways to learn. My daughter for the most part can name beginning sounds. Although that doesn’t stop me from trying to find more ways to practice and expose her to the sounds letters make. The more practice and exposure the better, the quicker she can pick up on it and the easier reading will become for her.

My oldest daughters attention span being short and the fact I hate sitting for long periods of time I thought it’d be great to incorporate a cute costume theme Halloween alphabet sound game to get us moving, learning, and playing together. Something even my youngest can enjoy. That’s why I created this Halloween Costumes Get up and Move: Alphabet Sounds Game printable. After printing out I laminated everything for durability. I then round the edges when cutting out cards so they don’t poke my daughters hands.

Halloween Costumes Get up and Move: Alphabet Sounds Game Rules…

There is no winner or loser it is a cooperative game to learn and practice beginning sounds in a fun and active way.

Game Rules:
Place the cards in a bucket or in a pile and pick a card.

Costume cards: Whomever picks the card names the beginning sound and then all players are able to act out the card together.

Work Out Cards: Player that picks the card does as the card says.  For example if a player picks the card 10 jumping jacks they then do 10 jumping jacks.  Work out cards are used to make the game more active. All players can do the exercise if they chose.

A  airplane; arms out, jump then go down onto your belly. 
B  butterfly; elbows out jump and flap your elbows.
C  car; sit on your butt, arms in front pretending to drive a car.
D  duck; say quack quack and flap your elbows.
E  elephant; arm to your nose shake your head up and down.
F  fire truck; stand up lift up knees and arms to climb a ladder.
G  giraffe; arms above head stretch and stand on your tip toes.
H  hippo; stomp your feet as you march.
I  iguana; go to your hands and knees and crawl.  
J  jellyfish; move your arms as if they’re tentacles.
K  kite; pretend to fly a kite.  
L  ladybug; flap your arm three times then get down to your knees and crawl on the floor.
M  monkey; jump up and down making monkey noises.
N  narwhal
; put hand to head to be a horn and pretend swim.
O  ostrich
; kick one foot out then the other several times.  
P  pig; lay down on your back and pretend to roll in the mud.   
Q  quail; run nodding your head as if your looking for worms.
R  rabbit; hop around.  
S  spider; sway back and forth as if swinging from a web.   
T  train
; say choo choo and run around. 
U  unicorn
; hand on head like a horn and gallop like a horse.  
V  volcano
; arms above head and shake them as if exploding.  
W  whale
; pretend to swim.
X  xylophone; play the pretend xylophone.
Y  yoyo; pretend to play with a yoyo.  
Z  zebra; take a few steps and do a little jump.

My oldest daughter helped me come up with most of the exercises for the costume cards. To be honest though when we play she usually decides on spot what to do and switches the movement with her mood during game play. It’s really about having fun, being active, using their imagination all while learning and or practicing letter sounds. My daughter retains info and sticks with something the most when she’s able to put her own spin on it and just enjoy the game.

R is for Rabbit
R is for Rabbit

Whomever picks the card tends to decide what to do, and then we all act it out together after naming the beginning sound. If my oldest isn’t in the mood to name the sound, and just wants to act out the cards then I make the letter sound a few times say the letter and the word myself that way she can at least hear it.

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A book my daughters grandparents bought them that they both enjoy reading with me, it’s one of their top favorite Halloween books. It’s not often I can get them both to sit down at the same time and read with me, on occasion when I’m able to this is one of the books I read to them especially around Halloween time.

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My main focus with my oldest daughter when it came to the game was to work on listening to the letter sound not recognizing the visual letter therefore I omitted words when creating cards for the game I printed out for her. I provided two downloads one without words and other with words in case anyone wanted to focus on letter recognition as well as beginning sounds.

Thanks for stopping by LearningWithNanaHedgehog.com. Please keep in mind all printable activities and ideas are meant to be done under adult supervision and are for personal use only. I hope Halloween Costumes Get up and Move: Alphabet Sounds Game may make the process of learning letter sounds a little bit more enjoyable all awhile getting your kids up and moving and having fun.

If your looking for more Halloween inspired alphabet learning games click on image below for the free Save the Brains Zombie Theme Alphabet Game printable.

Pumpkin Counting Art Project and Coloring Pages.

Today my oldest daughter wasn’t in a mood to do school lessons therefore after we finished what she had to do for the day I threw in the activity below as a fun way to count and look at how math problems are set up. That way she could work on math, create art, and read all at the same time in a fun way. Daily I add in additional activities apart from her actual school lessons to add to our day. On days she’s not in the mood to do school I try to add in activities that allow her a little bit of creative freedom to keep her attention on lessons rather than running off in anger because she’s over learning for the day.

With my youngest I try to make sure my husband and I don’t lose focus on teaching her the basics since the majority of the day revolves around my oldest daughters homeschool lessons. Therefore I try to keep our activities toddler friendly. She enjoys using dot stickers, dot markers, and regular markers therefore I allow her to use them under adult supervision of course. She enjoyed drawing on the construction paper, as my oldest and I counted out the pumpkins on all three of our art projects.

My pumpkin counting art.
My oldest daughters pumpkin counting art.
My youngest daughters pumpkin counting art.
Supplies we used for the project.

Supplies We Used For Pumpkin Counting Art Activity…
-dot stickers to make larger pumpkins
-dot markers to make smaller pumpkins
-construction paper
-markers
For the project you could use crayons, any kind of markers, construction paper etc. to make the pumpkins whatever you have on a hand.

With my oldest in Kindergarten I’m trying to get her to read as much as possible, and my youngest turning two in November I’m always trying to come up with ways to integrate both their levels into the same activities.

Therefore I try to provide them with simple reading coloring pages weekly. Coloring pages with simple written sentences to help with my oldest daughters reading skills, and allow my youngest to work on holding crayons and enhancing her fine motor skills.

I made simple pumpkin counting coloring pages to go along with the pumpkin counting art project. I used the written words for the numbers to get my oldest daughter to work on reading number written words. I chose to go with numbers 6-10 to give her many pumpkins to color on each page.

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I hope the simple pumpkin counting art activity and pumpkin counting coloring pages will inspire and help you with your educational journey whatever that may look like right now, and thanks for stopping by LearningWithNanaHedgehog.com. Please remember all activities are meant to be done with adult supervision, and are for personal use only.

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