Fall is my favorite season. Oh, sure, I love the warm summer days hanging out in the pool, but there is just something about fall. Maybe it’s the snuggly sweaters and scarves, or maybe all the yummy hearty meals, but I think my most favorite part of all is the little creation-inspired seasonal treats and surprises that just aren’t available any other time of the year.
Why not take some time this fall to get out and learn more about the things that make fall, fall! So without further ado, here are my top 3 favorite Fall Field Trips and fun ways to incorporate them into your homeschool (with a few book recommendations, too!).
A few years ago we had a blast going out to a local orchard with our family. After a quick lesson on the best method for plucking the apples from the trees, we were sent on our way to fill up our bags with any of the dozens of varieties of apples growing from row after row of apple trees!
I love using apples in our homeschool – not only are they interesting to dissect and experiment with, but they are a fun treat when you’re done!
If you’re looking for a good book to read to your child that talks all about how apples grow and can used to make so many of the treats we enjoy in the fall (and year round, too!), be sure to check out Fall Apples Crisp and Juicy by Martha E. H. Rustad.
Pumpkins are another one of my fall favorites. I love going to the local pumpkin patch and picking out a few to decorate our home. We’ve tried to grow them in our own garden with some success, but I still enjoy going to check out some of the HUGE pumpkins grown by local farmers.
And talk about a yummy fall snack – I have made everything from pumpkin oatmeal to the traditional pumpkin pie. Pumpkin is one of my favorite baking ingredients and is a great way to bring the kids into the kitchen for a tasty cooking (and maybe just a little math) lesson!
Want to teach your children more about how pumpkins grow? Check out From Seed to Pumpkin by Wendy Pfeffer.
My absolute favorite, this “field trip” can take place anywhere, from a state park to your own backyard. We had the privilege of taking an excursion on a real steam train and traveled through the countryside looking at all of the beautiful colors created by the changing leaves.
Why not take a nature hike and see how many different colors of leaves your student can collect? Grab some acorns, pine cones, and other autumn nature artifacts, too!
Want a great book all about why and how leaves change color in the fall? Check out Why Do Leaves Change Color? by Terry Allan Hicks.
Summer may be over but I hope these ideas will inspire you to get out and enjoy studying God’s amazing creation this fall season!
Heather is married and blessed to be called “mom” by 3 awesome boys (and 2 German Shepherds). She blogs about homeschooling, her faith and their family (coffee mug in hand!) at Homeschooling…On Faith and Coffee.