Changes of the season

Fall colors

Fall colors along Barbur Blvd.

Leaves are changing color and falling (why? read Green to Red: Fall Foliage in the Pacific Northwest from the blog Wild Pacific NW). This year Patrick seems to have a grasp on how trees change through the seasons. He made this tree at his preschool last week:

Tree art

Interactive tree art

The carpet scrap that represents the leaves of the tree can be easily removed, and Patrick showed this to me, whilst saying, “Look, Dad, the leaves are falling off, it’s Fall.” Also, notice the cute little squirrel inside:

Squirrel in a tree

We went to Tryon Creek State Park for a story and stroll program, and the theme of this one was leaves. The children were read Fall Leaves Fall and then got on a trail to collect their own leaves and make some art with them.

Tryon Creek State Park, Portland, OR

Getting instructions

Tryon Creek State Park, Portland, OR

Leaf hunting

Tryon Creek State Park, Portland, OR

Collecting leaves

Tryon Creek State Park, Portland, OR

Listening

Tryon Creek State Park, Portland, OR

About the same size as his head

Tryon Creek State Park, Portland, OR

Describing what palmate means (the veins of the leaf diverge from the main point like the fingers of a hand)

Tryon Creek State Park, Portland, OR

The educator made sure that the children looked up, and not just down at leaves that were already on the ground, but to see leaves as they fall

Tryon Creek State Park, Portland, OR

Dew on leaf

Tryon Creek State Park, Portland, OR

Dried up fern = fish

After the class, we continued to walk around and have fun with leaves:

Tryon Creek State Park, Portland, OR

Leaf hat

I did not, however, put any on my head:

Tryon Creek State Park, Portland, OR

I love the background in this shot

You can view more photos from this visit to Tryon Creek State Park here.

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2 Responses to Changes of the season

  1. Debi says:

    Love Patrick’s tree (and the squirrel inside). I’m sorta jealous of this great program for kids – how lucky are they? 🙂

  2. darwinsbulldog says:

    Very.

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