Fall Activities to Boost Academics at Home

I don’t know about you guys, but I’m so glad that fall is here.  We can finally start to enjoy some cooler weather, football, and the start of the holiday season.   This is a great time to get the kids outside and doing some great activities that will boost their skills that they have been working so hard on in the classroom.  Check out some of the suggestions below, and let us know if you tried any with your kids and what they thought about it.

English Language Arts 

Books About Fall: Grab a spot at your favorite park with some tasty snacks and read some of the following books with your kids. Take turns reading, ask questions about what was just read, act the story out, anything to get them excited and engaged in the book.

  • Leaf Jumpers by Carole Gerber and Leslie Evans
  • Giving Thanks by Jonathan London and Gregory Manchess
  • Pumpkin Circle by Shmuel Thaler and George Levenson
  • There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Leaves! By Lucille Colandro

Fall Similes: Strong writing engages all five senses, and this fabulous fall-themed activity is the perfect way to celebrate sight, sound, smell, taste, and touch. You and your child will both have fun thinking about the vibrant autumn season as she writes similes for all of the sensations that we experience during fall! Full instructions can be found here.

Autumn Cinquain: Like a haiku, a cinquain is a non-rhyming poem with a set number of lines and syllables. A cinquain is a poem that is five lines long. The first line has two syllables, the second four syllables, the third six syllables, the fourth eight syllables and the fifth six syllables. Help your child create an autumn poem full of colorful sensory details. Full instructions can be found here.

Math 

Leaf symmetry:  Teach children the concept of symmetry with this easy art project. Collect several different types of leaves. Cut each on in half, and glue one half of each leaf to a piece of paper. Have your student draw the other side of the leaf, and then check his work by comparing his drawing to the real other half!

Pumpkin Math Book: This Halloween math activity book is a whole lot of fun. Kids will experiment with weight, measurement, buoyancy, scientific illustrations, texture, predictions and counting. This Pumpkin Math Book is designed to reinforce important elementary school math skills in interactive and interesting ways. Full instructions can be found here.

Science

Find Out Why Leaves Change: Of all the natural processes around us, the annual changing of leaves from green to different shades of yellow, orange, and red is perhaps the most beautiful. But behind this show of color, there are important scientific processes at work. Full Instructions can be found here.

Autumn Sketchbook: Inspire your child to enjoy the colorful fall foliage by creating a seasonal sketchbook! Watch as she fills the pages with the warm reds, bright yellows and brilliant browns found in the fall scenery. See trees and plants emerge as your child creates imaginative sketches to celebrate the fall season.

This activity will encourage your child to utilize her observation skills, develop aesthetic awareness, build artistic drawing abilities, and learn about the seasonal environment. Additionally, a cover created by collaging natural fall materials will help your child become a budding naturalist—collecting her own scientific specimens. Choose recycled materials for the book-making portion to add in a fantastic environmental awareness lesson. Full instructions can be found here.

Social Studies

Native American Pictographs: A pictograph is a picture that represents a word phrase, and are our earliest forms of writing. Native Americans wrote pictographs on rocks, cave walls, and buffalo hides to tell stories of battles and communicate important warnings and messages. For example, some Native American tribes believed that animals had spirits controlling them. Prior to a hunt, the Native Americans hosted a ceremony asking the animal spirits to allow them to be taken for food. Game animal pictographs found on some rock art sites may have been left behind from these special ceremonies. This activity will help your child read and write Native American pictographs, and better understand what life was like back then. Full instructions can be found here.

Day of the Dead Masks: Teach your little one a little piece of history, while guiding him through a fun Halloween craft by creating this mask out of a paper plate! The Day of the Dead, or El Día de los Muertos, is a traditional Mexican holiday, but some form of the event is celebrated in many other parts of the world. It involves the celebration of customs to remember and honor those who have passed away. One of the most well-known customs is the wearing of costumes and traditional skeleton masks, or calaca. Making a Day of the Dead mask is a fun way to teach your child about this important event. Full instructions can be found here.