The beauty of homeschooling is the freedom to explore topics any way you choose. One of the Grade 1 science outcomes includes building knowledge about seasonal changes. Since we live in Alberta, signs of seasonal changes are apparent everywhere.
Now that a foot of snow covers the ground, I thought I better share one of my favourite projects from our Autumn nature study.
We had some pretty mild autumn weather, so we spent a lot of time gathering leaves. After we collected our leaves, we sorted them. Round leaves, pointy leaves, rippled edges, smooth edges, red, yellow, and brown; there are so many ways to sort leaves. Suddenly this science activity turned into a math exploration which included finding the “core” of a pattern and repeating it. This is what I love about homeschooling… the ability to adapt lessons to include content from multiple subjects.
The display was beautiful but didn’t last long. So, my oldest daughter and I created a simple, permanent, leaf display. We refer to it as our leaf “curtain”. My daughter arranged leaves on laminating paper, we put the sheets through the laminator and then hole punched the sheets in order to hang them together.
We connected the sheets with fancy, swirl-shaped, paperclips. When the project was finished we hung the leaf display. Isn’t it beautiful?
So now that the snow is on the ground, we are embarking on a nature study about winter snow. I am so excited as my ideas are abundant and numerous! I look forward to sharing them with you in the near future!