Jumping In the Leaves

Fall in Michigan mean lower temperatures, shorter days and piles of leaves to deal with. While we aren’t busy cutting the lawn once a week (only a few times a month until the first hard frost), there is still yard work to be done. I’ve mentioned before that my kids like to help with yard work in the summer. This also holds true for the fall. A new season bring a different set of activities. It is another opportunity to teach life skills, both activity based and character based.

Activities

There are plenty of activities that need to be done around our house during the autumn season. Raking the leaves, piles and piles of leaves, needs to be done multiple time before the snow files. They also need to be bagged up or put on the compost heap. The flower beds and garden area need to be cleared of dead plants, fertilized and mulched. There are plenty of other tasks that need to get done before winter. Some of the tasks also need to get done while it is wet, cold and not so pleasant outside. Character based skills like hard work, patience and fortitude are learned by working through the not so nice cold and wet weather too. Different things also need to be done around the outside of the house to get it ready for the winter too.

Fun

Part of taking care of yard work is the fun that goes along with it. Each season has different activities that go with it and also unique fun too. Since there are plenty of colorful trees in our neighborhood, we have tons of leaves that need to be raked up. Part of the fun of raking leaves is … jumping into them after they are raked into piles. Since we also have an apple tree there are apples to be picked … then baked into apple pies, apple cake and apple crisp.

Do your homeschoolers have any special yard work that needs to be done during the fall? I’d love to hear about them in the comments below. Also, don’t forget to sign-up for the Homeschooling With Tea’s mailing list. Receive the free, exclusive “Life Skills Planner” now and tips, resources, how-to’s and extras in the future.

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