Wednesday, October 17, 2012


Autumn is my favorite season and is particularly welcome and beautiful in Virginia.  Our summers are just too hot and humid to really enjoy our time in nature.  Here are some photos of how we marked the changing of the season in our home.

Our Nature Table

A little shelf in our hallway

Our dining room table
We also transformed our barn into a haunted house and have been practicing trick or treating with our wooden figures, this will be the littles first year going trick or treating to collect lots of sugar for the sugar fairy of course!

Our ooky spooky haunted barn!

The Squirrel
(From Wynstone Press's "Autumn")

Whisky, frisky, hoppity hop,
Up he goes to the tree top!
Whirly, twirly, round and round,
Down he scampers to the ground.
Furly, curly, what a tail!
Tall as a feather, broad as a sail!
Where's his supper?  In the shell.
Snappity, crackity, out it fell.

The littles have been very interested in the squirrels recently, often asking to look out the window when they first wake, to see what the squirrels are up to, laughing in delight watching them run up and down the trees and bury their acorns in the ground.  Luckily at any given time our yard has squirrels to watch.

We have been telling a simple story at night about father squirrel playing in the woods, when the cold wind blows (I gently blow the children's hair) and he knows Father Winter is coming so he must collect all of his acorns to eat during winter.  I throw up a handful of felted acorns and have the children help collect them and bring them back to Father Squirrel so he will have plenty of food to eat this winter.
We usually repeat this story a few times before bed, they have great fun gathering the nuts and it helps to get the last of their energy out as we settle in for bed time.

A few more photos of Fall in our playroom.

A shelf in the playroom
the bookcase in our playroom

The children's table with their felted fall harvest

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