Saturday, November 24, 2012

Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf

Fall is such a beautifully sensory time of year.  I love the smell of the leaves, especially when wet from dew in the early morning. The sound of leaves crunching underfoot or rattling together as they're blown in a gusty fall breeze.  The feel of drying leaves as you run your fingers along the center vein.  And of course the gorgeous, vivid colors of the changing leaves.

It took until November, but we finally have colorful fall leaves on the trees and falling into our yard.  To celebrate the season, we took one of our favorite fall books - Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf - onto the back porch to read outside.  Then we took a through our neighborhood and collected red and yellow leaves.

My preschooler loves this book for the rhythmic story and the colorful leaves on each page.  My older children love to read along and pour through the detailed glossary soaking up detailed information about the tree's life cycle.

With Thanksgiving and Christmas upon us, it feels strange to just now be celebrating fall's colorful leaves.  But I feel so blessed to live in a temperate Southern state where outdoor activities are feasible, and even easy to enjoy year round.

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