This morning, we traced, and cut out 30 construction paper leaves.
Then, we wrote one item from our fall to-do list, on each leaf...
...and taped them up to a paper bag tree, I put up last night.
Now, instead of checking items off our list, we can remove a leaf from our tree, for each item completed, this fall.
Since fall overlaps with the Thanksgiving season (we're counting Thanksgiving as the end of fall, because after that our focus shifts to Christmas), we plan to also use this tree for our count-down to Thanksgiving, turkey tree, too.
So, as the leaves come down, our thankful turkeys can go up.
And, just in case you're wondering, here's what's on our list of hope-to-do's, this fall:
- Make paper bag owls
- See the leaves change on our mystery tree
- Spot a changing larch (more on that later)
- T's first hunt
- Celebrate Columbus Day
- Go on a hayride
- "Watch Toy Story 3" (we skipped the kid's movies in the theater this summer, and are waiting for their DVD releases, this fall)
- Watch "Ramona and Beezus"
- Watch "How to Train Your Dragon"
- Bob for apples
- Make apple donuts
- Rake leaves
- Jump in a leaf pile
- Celebrate Mom's birthday
- Pull the guts out of a pumpkin
- Roast pumpkin seeds
- Make candy corn
- Celebrate Dad's birthday
- Go to a fall festival
- Play in the first snow
- Make gingerbread men
- Do a scarecrow craft
- Make zucchini bread
- Do a squirrel craft
- Do a hibernation craft
- Make hot chocolate from scratch
- Make a pumpkin pie
- Do a pumpkin craft
- Go on a fall scavenger hunt
- Go to Starbucks for a Pumpkin Latte (this one is for the Man of the House, and I - but since the nearest Starbucks is 50 miles away, it ends up being a fall family outing).
It's great to be a homeschooler.