I know much of the Northeastern United States is currently buried under snow and even some power outages, so I feel almost bad for saying that fall is finally here in all its glory in the Southeastern US.
I love fall; I always have. Crunchy leaves of many splendored colors, smoke rising from chimneys, crisp air and sunshine, squirrels and chipmunks scurrying about, fall foods such as apple, squash, greens and pumpkins! Oh yes, my favorite time of year! I am gathering up Thanksgiving recipes and getting ready to start on some holiday crafting as well.
So, in that vein, I wish to bring some fun poetry, verses and movement about squirrels to our homeschooling this week, especially for my sweet little toddler who has finally figured out that not every four legged animal is a doggie like his giant Leonberger!
Here are some squirrel ideas for this week if you would like to play along with me:
- Make a moving picture. I made one from a wet on wet watercolor painting, where the wheel behind turns and little things pop up in the hollow of the tree and in different spots of the paper. This would be lovely for a small child to manipulate and play with whilst listening to a verse about a squirrel.
- How about squirrel finger puppets, to really bring the gesture of the squirrel? Suzanne Down has instructions in her handy book, “Around The World With Finger Puppets” http://junipertreepuppets.com/books/ Squirrel Nutkin, the classic Mother Goose rhyme, could be lovely here….and there are a few other verses about squirrels in Suzanne’s book.
- As far as movement to verses about squirrels, I thought of the verses from “Autumn Wynstones” such as the Waldorf kindergarten classic of “Whisky frisky hoppity hop”. Variations of this verse abound, here is one such version: http://www.slatersoftware.com/Whisky%20Frisky.pdf
- This would be a fun time to just sit outside quietly and observe the squirrel; you could also make treats for the squirrels and leave them out!
Many blessings for a wonderful week,