Winter Wonder and the Holidays

One of our favorite blogs was from a few years back and since we haven’t had a lot of time to post this year, we wanted to bring back some of the fun. 

No matter what you celebrate this time of year is always magical! The wonder of it all delights children (young and old) everywhere! During this time of the year we hear about the different traditions of the holidays but few know the meaning of them all, so we compiled a list of the most popular for you and we hope you will share with your family, friends and classrooms!

Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Kwanzaa, Happy Winter Solstice!


hanukkahHanukkah this year starts on December 24th, the eight-day festival of light, which celebrates the triumph of light over darkness, of purity over adulteration, and of spirituality over materiality. We found this really fun story about the miracle of Eight Nights of Hanukkah we would love to share. If you’re Jewish or not it is a fun way to learn out about the tradition and share it with your children. The Story of Hanukkah

Also, if you are an “Elf on the Shelf” fan but you are Jewish, you will love “Mensch on the Bench”!  It was created by Neal Hoffman and the story goes a few years back that one day his son, Jacob saw the “Elf on the Shelf” and asked his dad if he could get one.  Hoffman jokingly replied, “Dude, we’re Jewish. You can’t have an elf on a shelf but you can have a menschen on a bench.”  On that day, Mosche, the mensch on the bench was born and is now available to delight all good Jewish children everywhere. Click here to find your own “Mensch on the Bench“.

The following week is Christmas on December 25th and most of us already know or have heard the story of Christmas, but of course we found this cute video as told by the children of St Paul’s Church, Auckland, New Zealand to share with you. The Story of Christmas, Part I  It’s BRILLIANT! And to go along with it, The Story of Christmas, Part II  We hope you take the time and enjoy the fun!

Of course, Christmas also means Santa Claus, also known as Saint Nicholas, Father Christmas, Kris Kringle and simply Santa! He is a figure with legendary, historical and folkloric origins, who is said to bring gifts to good children on December 24th, the night before Christmas. However, in some European countries children receive their presents on St. Nicholas’ Day, December 6th. To read the official story of good ole’ St. Nick, enjoy the story from the St. Nicholas Center, it’s intriguing!

Unlike Hanukkah or Christmas, Kwanzaa is not religious by nature and the celebration, which is only a few decades-old, is widely unknown by most Americans. Whereas Christmas focuses upon Jesus, the central figure of the Christian religion, Hanukkah commemorates the re-dedication of the Second Temple in Jerusalem during the second century B.C. but Kwanzaa, celebrates a people. 

Kwanzaa, which comes from a Swahili phrase, “matunda ya Kwanza,” which means “first fruits”. This is a holiday that is predicated upon ethnicity. Kwanzaa was never about replacing Christmas or Hanukkah, but has its roots in traditions from ancient African festivals that were celebrated at the end of December and beginning in January. It is estimated by some to be celebrated by over 2-million Americans and about 28-million world-wide. Kwanzaa is celebrated for seven days to stress the Nguzo Saba, the Seven Principles and starts this year on December 26th through January 1st. This is to introduce and reaffirm communitarian values and practices that strengthen and celebrate family, community, and culture. For more about Kwanzaa, here is a link to the official website, Kwanzaa, A Celebration of Family, Community and Culture.

Winter Solstice
Officially, winter begins this year on Wednesday, December 21st at 10:44 UTC, which is the Winter Solstice here north of the equator. It is also the shortest day of the year for us, 9-hours and 32-minutes of daylight but the good news is that the days start to get longer starting on the next day!

For thousands of years it has been a significant day of celebration. Approximately around 3,200 BC in Ireland’s Boyne Valley, people constructed an ancient temple now known as Newgrange in Ireland. It was built 500-years before the Great Pyramids and more than 1,000-years before Stonehenge.  One of the first places to mark the Winter Solstice, a narrow beam of light penetrates the roof-box and reaches the floor of the chamber, gradually extending to the rear of the chamber. It will last for 17-minutes and like in ancient times, people still today wait in the pitch-dark room for the illumination to occur on Winter Solstice.


We were lucky to visit one year and although not near the Winter Solstice, they did have a lighting to simulate the event. It was mind-blowing to think of the math and engineering feat that was done 5,000-years ago, to accomplish this event.

Pagans celebrated the solstice and it is still celebrated around the world in many places today. It was once celebrated at the Intihuatana Stone at Machu Picchu and in ancient Pakistan, the Kalash Kafir celebrated Chamos.  In Rome, the midwinter feast of Saturnalia fell at the time of the Winter Solstice and the Chinese celebrated Dongzhi to mark the time.  Christians saw some significance in the celebration of light and in rebirth, which was marked by the start of a new year and in Scandinavia, the Feast of Juul celebrated on Winter Solstice by lighting of fires, which symbolized the heat, light and life-giving properties of the sun. The word “Juul” is the source of the word “Yule”, which means Christmas as explained at

Last but not least, we have to recommend you a few ASL signs for the Winter seasons for you to use.  As always, the best way to learn the sign is to go to our favorite ASL website, done in video at aslpro.

Winter Signs:

  • Winter
  • Cold
  • Idea
  • Work
  • Family
  • Year
  • New
  • Snow
  • Coat
  • Shoes
  • Pants
  • Mitten
  • Love (one our favorites)


So to all of our friends, far and wide!
Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Kwanzaa, and Happy Winter Solstice!
Still looking for more?  Try integrating ASL into your learning centers or story time. We have created lots of helpful resources for you. Visit one of our stores at Teachers Pay Teachers or Teacher’s Notebook.  We are having sales on all of our teacher sites starting on Thursday and running through this weekend too! Also, come join the fun and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest.  


Supporting Self-Regulation with ASL

brain_developmentWe live in an amazing time of information, research, and knowledge.  Through early brain development research we are learning more about the brain at work.  We know that the brain is the least developed organ at birth and that 90% of the brain is wired up in the first 3-years of life.  That is 90% of our brains… Wired by 3-years old!!!

We also know that early experiences are critical to a child’s development and that structure and routine are essential to a healthy developing brain.  This research supports all the reasons why we encourage professionals and families to use American Sign Language (ASL).  The benefits are limitless!

BUT, did you know that ASL also supports self-regulation?  Through the continued research on the brain the early childhood field is learning even more about the brain at work.  We now are learning how the brain maps and creates meaning, stores information, learns, and the importance of executive functioning.  Executive functioning is the area of the brain where self-regulation occurs, our working memory is, and our ability to focus and attend.  Self-regulation is the ability to control your impulses, act in your best interest, and make choices that are mindful, intentional, and thoughtful.  


SO, how does ASL support self-regulation you might ask?   Through providing a tool for children to get their basic physical and emotional needs met.  When children as young as 6-months of age learn ASL they also learn to notice their needs whether those needs are physical, like being hungry, thirsty, or sleepy.  Or, whether those needs are emotional like feeling secure and loved.  Then through signing they ask for what they need.  Children’s brains are actively wired for communication at 6-months of age so their ability to communicate depends on the environment they are in.  If it is an environment that uses ASL they learn quickly to communicate their physical needs and as they grow and develop they learn to express their emotional needs with ease.

Funny story… One time I was in the laundry room and my 2-year old son who had been singing since he was 9-months old stomped in and said and signed, “Mommy, I am MAD at you!”  Then stomped away.  Instead of yelling, screaming, throwing a temper tantrum, or worse hitting me he was able to communicate with his words how he felt.  I was able to support him and help him through this feeling to find a resolution without the drama.  This by far is a healthier and more positive way to teach child how to handle their emotions.  

Children at the age of 2 start feeling emotions, however unless we label them and build their vocabulary they do not understand their feelings.  It is essential to label and notice when a child is having a strong feeling.  You can do this while they are expressing that feeling, or by more pro-active ways like reading stories about emotions, creating emotion books, playing games with emotions, or singing songs.

We love singing the song, “If You Happy and You Know It” while integrating ASL and other emotions.  We provided you this fun ASL resource to use at home or in the classroom, so feel free to download and keep!  It has the words to the song plus some recommended signs to use too!

Do you want to learn more?  Contact us and set up an in-person training or webinar for your group.  OR pick up a copy of our Sign, Read and Play: The School Readiness Collection book for 10 wonderful lessons designed around popular children’s stories to support children’s school readiness skills.  Our Sign, Read, & Play ~ The School Readiness Collection can be found on Amazon, Teacher’s Pay Teacher’s, Syllabuy, and Teacher’s Notebook.

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Having Fun Building Words…

As you know, we love using American Sign Language (ASL) finger spelling and once a young child begins to recognize letters and understand that each letter makes a sound, then it is time to start learning that when they put certain letters together they make a word.

It is important to provide many opportunities for children to explore and discover words.  During literacy centers’ having a Word Work Center gives the children the opportunity to experiment with spelling patterns (word families), memorizing the spelling of high-frequency words, and to develop a genuine curiosity and interest in words.  By playing with words and looking for word patterns children increase their knowledge about words and writing skills.  And of course by integrating ASL finger spelling with building words, it will enhance your student’s ability to learn words by sight. Blog 4.12.15The outcome of this play with words will create stronger readers that are independent and successful at spelling and decoding words.

If you are looking for materials to add your Word Work Center or to use at home to practice building words, try some of our favorites:

  • Magnetic letters
  • Letter stamps
  • Letter tiles
  • Reading Rods letters
  • Milk jug caps
  • Clothes pins
  • Letter beads
  • Lowercase alphabet cubes

Want some fun activities you can use to play to help build words in the classroom or at home? Try some these:

  • Roll a word
  • Boggle
  • Finger spell a word
  • Be a “word detective” and search for the letters that make up a particular word
  • Write around the room
  • Build a word puzzles

Our resources around American Sign Language help support building words by highlighting visual literacy, making books, and providing children the opportunity to interact with text and vocabulary.  By incorporating these resources in your classroom or at home you will see your young readers flourish!

Blog II 4.12.15To view our abundant resources please visit one of the teacher resources sites like Teachers Pay Teachers, Syllabuy or Teacher’s Notebook and have fun incorporating ASL into your reading program!

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Love of Reading ~ Part II Narrative Skills

In part I of our previous blog we talked about that February is all about love… the love of reading! and we introduced you to the concept of print motivation to support the enjoyment of reading.  This week our focus is on developing a young child’s narrative skills.

According to the Every Child Ready to Read, literatures narrative skills is defined as; “The ability to describe things and events, and the ability to tell stories”.  Encouraging your children to express their self through stories helps children better understand what they read or have experienced.  

So we recommend the following to encourage narrative skills with young children.  Add in time during your daily routines to:

  • Talk about the stories you are reading before, during, and after the story.
  • Ask questions like, “What do you think this story is about?”  Or “What do you think is going to happen next?”  Have children make predictions about the story.
  • Talk about unfamiliar or new words. We love introducing new words in American Sign Language (ASL) during story time.  It helps bring the story alive and they’ll think it fun to learn a new sign to bring home to their families.
  • Provide opportunities for children to retell stories with puppets, a flannel board, props, or art.  

We call these experiences souvenir activities.  One of our favorites is from our Sign, Read, & Play ~ The School Readiness Collection, lesson #6, Cookies Week. After reading the story have the children illustrate what they think will happen on Sunday. DSC_0198

Encourage children’s vocabulary development by helping children describe objects, feelings, and experiences.  Build in opportunities in your daily routines to ask children to describe their drawings, or to tell a story about themselves.  

Choose books that support these skills based on the age of the child.  For instance, board books with photos or illustrations of everyday things, or with animals are great for babies and early talkers.  Books with a repeated phrase or repetition in the plot, or that tell a cumulative tale are great for toddlers.  Books with simple plot lines and with vivid illustrations, or with strong characters are wonderful for preschoolers and older.  

We love highlighting vocabulary words in ASL during story time to ignite children’s dual memory storage and increase recalling.  Dual memory storages in a nutshell is the brain’s storage pattern, what a person hears gets stored in one area and what they see in another. Bringing the story alive using ASL enhances the storage capability and increases the opportunity for children to recall details from the story.

Remember early literacy begins at birth and the goal is for every child to be ready to read when they enter Kindergarten.  

We have lots resources around American Sign Language help support narrative skills by highlighting visual literacy, making books, and providing children the opportunity to interact with text & vocabulary.  To view our abundant resources please visit one of the teacher resources sites like Teachers Pay Teachers, Syllabuy or Teacher’s Notebook and have fun incorporating ASL into your reading program!

Here are some fun ones to consider!

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For more information on the Early Literacy Initiative visit their website at

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For the Love of Reading ~Part I Print Motivation

February is all about love…the Love of Reading. This month we are dedicating our blogs to the enjoyment of reading.Love

Early literacy can be broken into six pre-reading skills that need to be developed for young learners to be ready read. Our focus this week is on Print Motivation, one of the six pre-reading skills outline by the Early Literacy Initiative.

According to the Every Child Ready to Read literature print motivation is defined as being interested in and enjoying books. One way to develop and nurture this skill is by reading to children starting at birth. As an Early Childhood Professional and family member it is important that we make book sharing (story time) a special time and it becomes a regular part of our daily routine. For instance, in my classroom we have story time at least three times a day. As I read I engage the children in the story by directing their attention to what I’m reading through questions, American Sign Language, and showing them the pictures in the story. I encourage them to ask questions about the story and to think critically about what is happening in the story by relating it to something they have experienced before.

Last week I read various stories about Goldilocks and the Three Bears, to help the children take an active part in the stories I had the children sign the word ‘bear’ whenever they heard the word bear as I read. ABear IIlso, the children in my classroom demonstrated print motivation by reading to their teddy bear. Another demonstration of print motivation happened during afternoon outside time a group of children were acting out the Three Bears story.

There is nothing more enjoyable for a child than to sit in an adults lap while being read to. This activity creates a special bond between the young child and adult. Letting young children see you reading is another way to develop this skill. To support the development of print motivation create a cozy reading area where young children can explore books of all kinds. Keep in mind young children who enjoy being read to will want to learn how to read.

Remember early literacy begins at birth and the goal is for every child to be ready to read when they enter Kindergarten.

Every Child ReadFor more information on the Early Literacy Initiative Every Child Ready to Read visit your library or click on the their logo.

Our resources around using American Sign Language help support print motivation by highlighting environmental print, making of books, and providing children the opportunity to interact with text they create are available abundantly at one of our teacher resources sites.
Please visit one of the teacher resources sites like Teachers Pay Teachers, Syllabuy or Teacher’s Notebook and have fun incorporating ASL into your reading program! 

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Happy New Year 2015!

Happy New Year!!! Over the past year we have had the great opportunity to share our love of literature with children. So we thought we would share some of our favorite children’s stories that we’ve read this past year with you. These stories are not only entertaining, but also wonderful stories to sign to using American Sign Language (ASL).

You're WonderfulYou’re Wonderful by Debbie Clement
This book is a positive and beautiful book to share with children. It emphasizes that we are all wonderful and magical people. This is a beautiful book to read and sing to while adding in ASL. See it being performed by Debbie on YouTube: “You’re Wonderful” by Debbie Clement



Pete the CatPete the Cat, Old MacDonald Had a Farm by James Dean
Children love animals of all type and there are many stories around farm animals, zoo animals and more. This year, Pete the Cat, Old MacDonald Had a Farm is one of our favorites. The Pete the Cat series is popular with young children and has many books you can easily add ASL to. For this book our focus was on farm animals.



Bear Says ThanksBear Says Thanks by Karma Wilson and Jane Chapman
The focus of this book is sharing and caring with friends and gratitude. This is a great book for introducing the ASL word ‘Thank you’ and teaching about the importance of gratitude and appreciation for our friendships.



Goldie LocksGoldie Locks and the Three Bears
Fairy Tales are wonderful for building phonemic awareness, sequencing skills, and introducing new vocabulary both for oral development and ASL vocabulary. Children need many opportunities to listen and read fairy tales.



My Daddy SnoresMy Daddy Snores by Nancy H. Rothstein
This is a funny book about how everyone in the family deals with dad’s snoring problem. The story takes you through the days of the week as each night the problem gets worse. This story is a wonderful book to highlight family words and sign the days of the week.


My M BookMy ‘m’ Book (A series of alphabet books) by Jane Belk Moncure
This series highlights each letter individually. Providing an opportunity to introduce ASL and emphasize each letter and it’s sound. Using literature to introduce the letters of the alphabet while including ASL enhances the learning experience and deepens connections for the learner.


I Love it When You SmileI Love it When You Smile by Sam McBratney
This is a sweet story about a mother and her son. Her son is in a grumpy mood and she tries many different things to get him to smile. In the end she gets him to smile. It is a wonderful story to talk about feelings and add in new ASL vocabulary like the word, ‘smile’ and ‘love.’

Fred Rogers once said, “I have always called talking about feelings “important talk.” Knowing that our feelings are natural and normal for all of us can make it easier for us to share them with one another.” This is a valuable skill and life lesson that our children need to learn in order to be successful in life.

Sleepy BearsSleepy Bears by Mem Fox
Sleepy Bears is a beautifully written and illustrated book about the adventures of dreams. Each bear in the family has a special rhyme that Mama Bear tells before they fall fast asleep that expresses their individuality. It is also a great book for introducing hibernation. We focused on the ASL vocabulary, ‘bear’ and ‘sleep’ while reading this story.


Ten LittlTen Ladybugse Ladybugs by Melanie Gerth
Counting, ASL, and literature are a wonderful combination. This is a fantastic book for counting backwards from 10. It also emphasizes rhyming patterns and is easy to sign to. You can add ASL number vocabulary and the word ‘ladybug’ to enhance the story.


Just Say PleaseJust Say Please by Gina and Mercer Mayer
Manners, manners, manners…these are important skills for young children to learn. Using literature is a fun and supportive tool for learning and using manners. Through this entertaining story children can begin to learn good manners. Our favorite phrase from the story is, “You dropped your good manners.” said Little Sister. This book is easy to read and easy to sign to using ASL manner words like, ‘please’, ‘thank you’, and ‘share.’


Pigeon Needs a Bath IIThe Pigeon Needs a Bath by Mo Willems
This is one of Mo Willems newest books and it is just as funny as his previous stories about Pigeon. It is a great story about personal hygiene and the fun of taking a bath. Add in the ASL vocabulary word ‘bath’ to enhance the story.



We hope you enjoy reading these stories with the children in your life in the upcoming year as much as we did.

As we ring in the New Year we’d like to say Thank You to all of you for impacting children’s lives!  Remember, “Learning is a treasure that will follow its owner everywhere.” Chinese Proverb

Please download Free our Over Plus 100 Books to Read Before Age 8 too from our new Syllabuy store as our New Year’s gift to you.

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Tis the Season…. to Capture the Moment!

The holidays bring a time filled with hustle and bustle, but also provide many opportunities to create rituals with our children. Whether it is baking cookies, crafting a memorable project, or singing Christmas carols, spending time creating these rituals instills comfort and unconditional love in young children. Creating holiday memories and rituals with your children provides them many learning opportunities to support their literacy and social-emotional skills.

One of our favorite projects is to capture little hands. This can be done in a variety of ways. Little hands can be traced, stamped, or pressed in plaster or dough. Then you can decorate your creation to make memorable holiday gifts. Let your imagination guide you and engage your creativity!

We have capture lots of ideas on our Pinterest boards, so stop by for some fun tips!

Along with rituals and special moments, holidays include a lot of time spent with family. Introducing family vocabulary in ASL is a great way to increase vocabulary during your routines and rituals. Stop by ASLPRO for videos on all the family signs….

Some of our favorite ASL signs are~

  • Family, Mom, Dad
  • Grandma, Grandpa
  • Cousin, Aunt, Uncle
  • Baby, Sister, Brother

And to make it fun here are some other ASL signs from our ASL Kids to learn for the holidays~

  • Bear, Box, Happy
  • Toy, Train, Please
  • Family, Good, Cookie

Bear, Box, Happy Toy, Train, Please Good, Cookie, Family

“Blessed is the season which engages the whole world in a conspiracy of love!” ~Hamilton Wright Mabie

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A Time for Gratitude…

“Gratitude is the healthiest of all human emotions. The more you express gratitude for what you have, the more likely you will have even more to express gratitude for.” ~Zig ZiglarThank You

November is a time of gratitude and remembering the many things and people in our lives that make our life amazing. It is important to model gratitude and being thankful for what we have to young children in order to support their self-awareness and self-confidence. Thanksgiving gives us a wonderful opportunity to begin to model these important concepts to children.

A great circle time or dinner time activity to support the understanding of gratitude is to have the children pass a ball or some other type of object, around the circle while telling what they are grateful for that day. Each child will get a turn as the object is passed around the circle. This activity supports oral language development, turn taking skills, strengthens a child’s attention span, and is great for sensory input when you include a fun object to pass around, like a cute fuzzy turkey or a squishy ball. You may choose to model this activity by being the first person in the circle to hold the object and share what you are thankful for.

A Grateful Activity…
Creating a Gratitude Book is both fun and educational! All you’ll need is:

  • Paper typed with: I’m thankful for___________.
  • Pencils
  • Markers
  • Crayons
  • Colored pencils

Give each student the thankful paper then have each child dictate or write what they are thankful for…. Then have each child illustrate what they wrote. Once every child has completed their page, bind the pages together to create a book.

Another fun activity is to make a friendship chain. What you need:

  • Strips of construction
  • Markers

Give each child a paper strip and have him/her write their name on the paper strip and one thing they are thankful for. Then staple or glue the paper strips to make the friendship chain and hang up in the classroom or around the house. To promote the development of ideas brainstorm a list of ideas first with the child(ren).

Some more inspiration quotes –

As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.  ~John F Kennedy

‘Thank you’ is the best prayer that anyone could say. I say that one a lot. Thank you expresses extreme gratitude, humility, understanding. ~Alice Walker
Gratitude is the sign of noble souls.  ~Aesop
Happy Thanksgiving!
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Making Choices!

Choices are great ways to support self-help skills and social-emotional development as well as cognitive development.  Choices empower children and provide opportunities to problem solve and apply critical thinking skills necessary for life success.  In our last blog post we talked about ways to support self-help skills in young children, so with that note we would like to also add the following to support choices. 

Activities to promote choices:

  • Using the ASL word “WHICH” whenever you provide two acceptable options.

  • Give simple choices to your child and work up to more challenging ones as they mature and develop, i.e. which color shirt would you like to wear?  The blue one or the yellow one?  Depending on your child’s age you can even incorporate the color words in ASL.
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  • Also provide opportunities to make choices about food and activities or games to play, letting your child take the lead in making choices enhances independent skills, self-confidence, and builds self-esteem. 

Another way to provide opportunities to practice self-help skills is by helping children learn to get dressed by themselves.  A great way to support this development is by talking them through the process and telling them what is happening, i.e. let’s put your shirt on, first your right arm and now your left arm.  Provide lots of opportunity to learn how to get dressed in play or for real and don’t forget to add in the ASL signs for clothes.  Have young children practice self-help skills that lead to developing fine motor skills such as:

  • ZippingSigning Smart
  • Buttoning
  • Putting on coats to keep warm
  • Pulling up pants/shorts
  • Putting on shirts

And a fun song to sing while you get dressed adapted from Signing Smart with Babies and Toddlers by Michelle Anthony & Reyna Lindert

 This Is the Way…”
(Tune: Mulberry Bush)

This is the way we change the diaper,
change the diaper, change the diaper,
This is the way we change the diaper,
In the bedroom (or) on your changing pad (or)
Right before your bath

Shoes, Shoes, Put On Your Shoes

 Shoes, shoes, put on your shoes,
Put on your shoes like mommy,
Shoes, shoes, put on your shoes,
Put on your shoes like daddy

You can change the word to the song to make it match what you are doing, i.e. putting on your shirt, etc.  This song can also be used for other routines such as clean-up time and brushing teeth too.

Remember that combining ASL signs, spoken words, and the objects will reinforce the understanding and build a strong vocabulary.  So go enjoy yourself and have fun teaching about making choices!

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The Wonderful Colors of Fall

As we start heading into Fall it is a great time to go outside and explore the wonderful world of nature with young children.  Take time to play in the dirt, pick up rocks, leaves, or pine cones (especially if you live or travel up north) and go for a hike or walk.  This is a great time to explore colors and connect them to nature. 

Some of our favorite Fall signs are:Fall Colors

  • Tree
  • Rock
  • Wind
  • Rain
  • Play
  • Red
  • Brown
  • Green
  • Orange
  • Yellow


Activities to enhance your Fall vocabulary:

  • Make a book about colors, choose your child’s favorite objects, i.e. foods, nature, toys and have them connect the color of the object to the color word.
  • Go on a nature hike and collect colorful items in nature.  Talk about what you see, feel, smell, hear, and taste (if applicable).  Connecting nature to the senses and the colors is a wonderful way to make an in-depth connection to vocabulary.
  • After your nature hike have your children bring back their treasures from nature and add them to an exploration center with magnifying glasses for a continued experience.
  • Paint outside with color water.  Use food coloring in water to make the water your child’s favorite color.
  • Collect leaves and use them for leaf rubbings.
  • Read stories about Fall and the changing of the leaves, i.e. Leaf Man or Red Leaf Yellow Leaf by Lois Ehlert or We’re Going On a Leaf Hunt by Steve Messenger.

Leaf Man

Also, don’t forget to visit Teacher’s Notebook or Teacher’s Pay Teachers for great color lessons and writing activities to support developing literacy skills. 

The Colors of Fall Dance

Here is a fun activity for you to do… Just gather us some colorful streamers of orange, yellow, red, green and brown crepe paper and then get out your music player and make sure you have some inspirational Fall classical music. Some suggestions include Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons” or Tchaikovsky’s “The Seasons”, here is a link to The Seasons, The Hunting Song for September.

Now follow these directionsRed Leaf Yellow Leaf

  • Give each child a different color streamer and tell them use their imagination and pretend to be leaves falling from the tree.  You may say to the children, “Watch out here is a strong wind and now little leaves we are twirling and floating to the ground.”
  • Before you get started you may read a story about leaves and fall colors such as Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf by Lois Ehlert.  Then ask the children how do you think leaves fall to the ground fast, slow …?  You may also say, “Can you show me how leaves fall to the ground with your streamers”?
  • Now turn on the classical music and have fun watching your little ones dance around being falling leaves!

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