When we got home, we put all the leaves on the kitchen floor and I had Trevor sort them by shape. This was a challenge, because his fist instinct each time was to match up colors, but by the end I could see him starting to put a leaf in one pile but correcting himself and putting it in the right pile. We ended up with three main piles of leaves. Then I showed him a page that I had made up earlier with a silhouette of a leaf on it and had him match it up which pile would go with that picture (and then again for the other two leaf types). Here is what we came up with...
I don't think that our birch leaves are right, but I'm pretty sure we got the elm and maple right!
Next we sounded out each word and he was excited to be able to read them with just a little coaching! It really amazes he how reading is just clicking since he has learned most of the phonograms. So far I highly recommend Writing Road to Reading and just teaching phonograms in general!
After that we did copywork and practiced writing in lowercase letters. In our writing this year so far we have only focused on uppercase letters, so there are many lowercase letters he has never even tried to write. I want to see if he can learn those by just doing copywork instead of taking one letter at a time.
Last we made rubbings of the leaves by placing a couple of the leaves under a white piece of paper and coloring over them with the long side of an un-wrapped crayon. I forgot to take a picture of this, and we gave it grandma and grandpa today, so its too late to get one now =) but I was happy with how easy this was for Trevor to do on his own. I expected that I would have to help to actually get the images to show up, but other than holding the paper in place, he was able to do it on his own!
I loved this lesson because it was many subjects all in one! It included science, math (sorting), reading, writing, and art.
If you would like to do something like this with you child, you can download the pages I created for your own use. Of course, it will only work if you have the same kind of trees in your area that I do =)