The days are crisp and there is a different feel in the air. The leaves start to change, almost unnoticeable at first, as the green of Summer gives way. The restless wind begs you to walk through the crunchy leaves and
golden grasses. You really, really want a juicy apple. Then, one day, you hear it. The first geese are singing their unmistakable chorus.
Autumn is here.
If you love fall as much as I do, Autumn Treasures is one unit you do not want to miss! What is there to learn about Autumn? Well, how about Johnny Appleseed, (history) migration (science and geography) and, of course, harvest! Void of the expected 'Pilgrims-and-Thanksgiving' theme, this unit focuses on Autumn itself- what causes it, what it is, what it effects.
I thought that this Download-N-Go was more of a FUN based unit, personally. It didn't go into great depth into the various topics, and had a lot of fun projects- nature walks, leaf rubbings,
lots of pictures to draw. This is perfect if you want a relaxing week to just enjoy yourselves and celebrate the new season.
Since I keep saying that these units can be used longer then one week, I thought I should actually bite the bullet and try it. :) Autumn Treasures was a perfect Download-N-Go to do that way, since there is no animal, person, or place of the day- it could be broken up anywhere. We did it really informally, without planning each day ahead. I just stopped when I thought we had done enough, and we ended up having 3 extra days. It worked out really great!
We had a lot of fun with this, collecting leaves, watching movies, and drawing a LOT. Now Bop wants to tag Monarch Butterflies after learning about their migration. While watching one of the gorgeous slideshows of autumn landscapes set to music, CJ said in a solemn voice, "It's so beautiful it makes my heart hurt."
The lapbook pieces for this unit were almost all in black and white, so it is a good choice if you don't have a color printer. There are a lot of subjects here that could be used as rabbit trails for more in-depth studies, if your kids are interested in them. Things like the Monarch migration and Johnnie Appleseed could spin off into units of their own, later!
We got a wonderful and timely gift from my sister-in-law.....
dozens of ears of sweet corn!
This tied in great with Day 5. Talk about hands-on! :)
We enjoyed doing Autumn Treasures, and taking a few more days for it made it more relaxed. This is a great time to buy this unit- the Autumnal Equinox (And the beginning of Autumn) is next week!
If you want to read more reviews for this product,
you can find them at the DNG blog.
Hurry over to the Download-N-Go Store
You can get this unit 20% off until September 24th,
to celebrate the beginning of the season.