Autumn is a wonderful time of year, where Mother Nature displays her beautiful fall foliage and apples are abundant on every corner (of course, October is National Apple Month). The changing leaves bring excitement and curiosity to children and adults alike, apple picking inspires fun for the whole family, while preparing apples can be a great Practical Life application for children to learn.
Classifying Leaves Activity
A fun way to incorporate a Montessori-themed fall activity at home is with an autumn leaf unit study.
This classifying leaves practice from Two Little Seeds is a great Montessori-themed botany lesson for the fall. This activity for preschoolers and early elementary children combines leaf-collecting with matching leaves.
The first step is to go on a nature walk and collect leaves with your children. Then, sort them by type using special cards, which you can find at the Montessori Print Shop.
Next, print off two sheets and laminate them. Use one sheet as a base card and cut up the other sheet into individual cards (later, you can also use these sheets and cards to play a matching game.)
Next, lay out the cards for your child to classify the leaves.
This game is such a simple and fun way to explore nature with your children!
Practical Life: Apple Preparation
After a fun day of apple picking, you can take it even further by turning the activity into a Practical Life food preparation lesson by having your child learn to slice, chop or peel the apples. From there, the possibilities are endless for what you and your child can make: apple sauce, apple pie, apple bread, etc.!