Autumn Stroll and Book Making
Sometimes, it is nice to head outside with children during sessions to have a change in scenery. This also allows nature to be the guide for a lesson. Weather during the fall often cooperates to allow this type of activity and children adore using their senses to note differences with the world outside. This activity will incorporate vocabulary usage and also conversational skills.
Taking a Walk to Talk
When you begin your walk, start with asking what changes the child sees in the landscape over the last few weeks. Prompt them with some examples if you need to. See how specific they can be when they describe the changes. As you ask them questions about the trees, grass, animals, and other items, be sure to allow them to ask you questions. It is important to encourage them to seek information from others as well. Promoting social skills during conversation is another goal that children may have if they lack confidence in their language.
Preset that items seen during this stroll will be used later for a project. Let them know that you will be making a book that will be taken home about their autumn observations. To add a technology twist, bring a recording device to take audio notes of your trek. Let the child record what they see that has changed from summer to fall. They can then use this later when they are making their book to hear how they sound and to recall information.
Getting Creative Comparing Seasons
Embrace early literacy learning after the walk to encourage more time to talk about what you saw on your walk. Kids love to make their own books and this would be a great topic to utilize. Make a mini book of pages stapled together before you meet. Have the child decorate the front of the book with fall shapes and items that they enjoy. Inside the book have the left pages represent what something is like in the summer and the right what it looks like now. This could include grass and/or flowers, leaves on or off the tree and their colors, what people are wearing outside, what animals/insects they see, and anything else that the child notes is different.
For younger children, you can label items with simple words, or they can dictate a sentence. Remember to encourage carry over at home, have the item in the other language that the child speaks at home. This will help them to connect the items and assist later on when they look back at the drawing. Older children will be able to write their own sentences and practice reading and saying them. Guide them with words that you are working on if they can be incorporated. Kids will share this books with countless others because they made it and will be able to explain the journey in making it happen.