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Fall is approaching--can you tell?

I LOVE the change in the seasons. Sure enough, I like to point it out to my son. I look for any excuse to take him outside on a walk with me. Today, we noticed that there are more leaves on the ground. Some leaves are turning yellow on the trees. The robin is gone. The squirrels are on overdrive picking at the acorns (or dropping a few on our heads) as well as leaving us a few half eaten tomatoes from our garden.
Our neighbor has an apple tree, and I showed him how they are much redder now (ready to pick) than the previous month. The smallest details are so important to children and we really need to take the time to just walk and talk with them. It is the best way for them to understand the seasons by experiencing it with you. From wearing long sleeves to planning the Halloween decorations, we are just like those squirrels, scurrying around getting ready for change.
Walk outside! Doesn't matter if it's around the block. Kids make up their own fun while it's picking up a stick, watching squirrels run by, jumping over a hole in the sidewalk. They need fresh air and so do you!

Wax Paper
This one my sister told me she did in her preschool classroom.
Cut two big squares from wax paper. Put one underneath each foot, and slide away! Best with some music like Justin Roberts, The Wiggles, or whatever is on the radio that is peppy. Remember, you have to do it too. It's a workout and you will all end up on the floor laughing.

Board games-
Candyland or Shutes and Ladders. No nonsense games that kids love and love that you are playing with them.

Nurture Your Child's Scientific Curiosity

Visit the nearest public library. They have puzzles and board games besides books. They even have computers set up with games for kids to play like Finding Nemo or Dora the Explorer. Pick up some magazines for you to read while the kids play or look through books.
Charitable activity:

As I was wondering what to do with a couple of my son's prescription eye glasses (though the metal arm was broken, I didn't have the heart to throw them away), I found this website:

http://www.charityguide.org/volunteer/fewhours/eyeglasses-donation.htm

I immediate thought of students who want to do something charitable (like the collecting of cell phones for veterans) and thought this was a great idea. It even includes a downloadable kit with a sample poster, fact sheet and more. Spread the word!!

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Some ideas of what I do that might help you come up with some of your own.

Around Christmastime, my son and I volunteer at church to deliver gifts to the homebound parishioners. The elderly women get a kick out of seeing my son and he likes to see how happy they get to see him.

He also helps me bake banana or cranberry bread and we drop it off at our local public library and post office as a "thank you" for their service. The US Post Office sometimes has genuine letters from people needing certain gifts (single mom in the need of diapers &/or formula) and you can pick one up and take your child shopping for someone other than themselves.

When a friend of mine is sick or their kids, I like to cook food or soup for them. So I will tell my son that we need to make soup and he helps me wash the vegetables and put water in the pot. Later, he comes with me to deliver the food to our friends.

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