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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.

Check out this original and beautiful homeschool craft idea. Make your own autumn leaf curtain with your children! It's a great project and the end result is stunning! #homeschool #fallproject #fallcraftidea

I was also inspired by Courtney’s blog, A Life Sustained. She shared the toddler activity of placing leaves on clear sticky paper. I decided to try this activity with my own toddler.

Check out this original and beautiful homeschool craft idea. Make your own autumn leaf curtain with your children! It's a great project and the end result is stunning! #homeschool #fallproject #fallcraftidea

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.
Check out this original and beautiful homeschool craft idea. Make your own autumn leaf curtain with your children! It's a great project and the end result is stunning! #homeschool #fallproject #fallcraftidea
We connected the sheets with fancy, swirl-shaped, paperclips. When the project was finished we hung the leaf display. Isn’t it beautiful?
Check out this original and beautiful homeschool craft idea. Make your own autumn leaf curtain with your children! It's a great project and the end result is stunning! #homeschool #fallproject #fallcraftidea
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!

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Jennifer Bly
Author of My Kitchen, My Classroom: An Introduction to Homeschool and creator of The Deliberate Mom. Jennifer writes about parenting, homeschooling, her faith, and life with her husband and two girls. Jennifer has a Bachelor of Applied Human Service Administration Degree with a specialization in Early Learning in Child Care.
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