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Leaves are Falling

One of my pre-school students needs to work on using a left to right sequential visual scan, using both his eyes and his head, to locate landmarks and obstacles throughout his classroom and to make it fun we’re going to include his classmates in locating red, yellow, orange and brown felt leaves. They’ll have to look from low, to middling, to high to find them. With me as the pied piper of leaf peepers we will, with one hand over our brows like good explorers, search to find the hidden jewels of the fall. It’s going to be heaps of leafy fun.

We’ll identify the colors, sort them and count how many leaves are of the same color. We may even see if anyone knows the numeral that matches the amounts. And then to keep the fun going we’ll read Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf by Lois Ehlert. I’ll bring along story box items to touch and feel. They match what is shown visually in the images. So far, I’ve got the leaves, the seeds, the root, the burlap, and a paper cut out of a squirrel. I’m still looking for a stuffed animal squirrel. Hopefully, I’ll find one before next Tuesday. I’ll let you know how everyone likes it.

Do you have any suggestions for ways to get children involved in stories? Please share them if you do. I’d love to hear your ideas. Also if you have any suggestions for good Fall picture books to share with my students I’d love to hear about them too.

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