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Classics Suggested Reading

Easy Reader Classics

This charming series features classic stories from beloved children's novels rewritten in a simple style. Now even the youngest readers can enjoy many of the world's favorite tales. Favorites include: The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, The Jungle Book, Treasure Island, and more.
Ages: 5 to 7

Classic Starts
For those who are a little older and more advanced in their reading skills, the Classic Starts series presents classic tales in easy to understand, short stories.
Ages: 7 to 9

Illustrated Classics Series
Illlustrated by Robert Ingpen, this beautiful series of illustrated classics will delight young readers and parents alike. From all-time favorites to seasonal stories like A Night Before Christmas, this series will continue to delight for years to come.
Ages: 10+
 

 
 
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October 26, 2011

Leaves for Learning!

Take advantage of Fall's vibrant leaves and the varied opportunities they provide for fun and learning!  You can use leaves you find outside on the ground, buy fabric leaves from a craft store, or make your own at home using paper or felt.  Autumn leaves can be used for numerous activities spanning many different subject areas.  Check out the ideas below; at least one of these activities is sure to catch the attention of your little learners! 


Art  
  
  • Rubbings - In order to make these "magic" leaf pictures, you need a few real leaves, a crayon, and a piece of paper.  Arrange the leaves on a hard, flat surface and lay the paper on top of them.  Move the crayon over the paper and the image of the leaves will appear.  It's like magic!
  • Leaf Wreath - A homemade leaf wreath is a great way to decorate for the season.  Create leaves by cutting from paper, felt, or other fabrics.  Cut out the center of a paper plate, leaving just the plate's border, approximately 2" wide.  Paste the leaves around this border, and voilà!  You can even tailor this project to a particular holiday by adding thematic touches: spiders for Halloween, "turkey" feathers for Thanksgiving, etc.

Exercise

  • Raking - Raking leaves can be hard work, but you just may convince your child to fit some exercise into their day by helping you.  Work with your child to gather a big pile of leaves.  Then go ahead and jump into the pile!
  • Scarecrow - Find an old shirt and an old pair of pants, and twist rubber bands around the wrists, neck, and ankles to seal off the holes.  Run around gathering lots and lots of fallen leaves and start stuffing the shirt and pants!  When the clothes are sufficiently stuffed, tuck the shirt into the pants.  Get creative with the scarecrow's face: use a plastic jack-o'-lantern, draw on and stuff a brown paper lunch bag, use a Halloween mask, etc.  Then add some finishing touches, such as shoes and a hat, and sit back to admire your very own scarecrow!

Math
  • Counting - Peer out a window, or better yet, go for a walk outside, and ask your child to count how many leaves are on a tree.  Add an extra challenge and ask your child to first count how many yellow leaves he or she sees.  Then follow with orange, and finally red.
  • Graphing - Gather a pile of leaves.  Ask your child to sort and count how many leaves of each color are in the collection.  Then ask him or her to create a graph illustrating the results.  Try this activity at the beginning, middle, and end of the season to see how things change!


Science

  • Nature Walk - Science and leaves go hand-in-hand, and nature walks can be so much fun!  Collect leaves, nuts, bark, sticks, and anything else that your child wants to study later at home.  Talk about the different plants from which these items came, how different animals use these items, and so on.
  • Tree Study - Choose a particular local tree to study.  Children can use their five senses to observe the tree and its leaves.  Then ask them to write down all that they observed.


Reading/Writing
  • Leaf Book - Collect the pictures, rubbings, graphs, and writings about leaves and trees to start a leaf book!  Laminate the pages to help preserve them.  Then continue the learning by expanding the book.  Include poems about Fall that you and your child read together.  Or your child can write his or her own poems!  Research leaves and trees online or at your local library and add new information to the book, too.  



Every season is a season for learning and these are great ways to use the world around you for education and fun! 

 
  

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