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Fall Cleaning- Learning Lessons Inside and Out
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Fall is finally in the air, and with it comes distinct tastes, sounds, and fragrances! It’s time to put away the summer clothes and bring out the sweaters and warmer clothes. Apple cider and fall fruits and vegetables have replaced watermelon and lemonade in our fridges. We start to feel more family-oriented and cozy this time of year. Time to take a break from all the summer activities and focus on other things.

As we tend to spend more time together as a family and prepare for holidays, we also tend to focus on cleaning up our yards, landscaping for the cooler weather, and making them look more festive for the holidays. So while we are digging out our sweaters from storage or raking leaves, how about making some memorable family time?

Playing outdoor games while cleaning up your yard makes the chores get done quicker. Notice your neighbor hasn’t been able to take in the trash cans or rake leaves? How about pitching in as a family to help your neighbor? This is a great time to invite someone you’ve been meaning to get to know over for a bonfire in the back yard!

It’s time to start stocking up on baking items and foods your family enjoys for the holidays. Now is the perfect time to clean out the cupboards and make a donation to the local food bank as you find good deals on canned and boxed goods. Baking pumpkin flavored treats or making some spiced cider or hot cocoa? Make a batch or prepare the dry ingredients in baggies or jars to take to nursing homes, police officers, or to anyone who would enjoy a fall treat and an act of kindness from a sweet homeschooling family. This also counts as a math and writing lesson if your kids write a note along with the gift!

Putting away clothes that are too small or no longer appropriate for the upcoming season? How about donating to someone who can use them, or even having a yard sale and donating the proceeds to a nearby children’s home or women’s shelter? Now there’s room for the thicker sweaters and warmer clothes. Don’t forget to organize those hats, scarves, mittens, and boots! They tend to go missing just before you head out into the cold!

As school is well underway, do you find you have accumulated some clutter inside the house? Take a break from homeschooling to reorganize things- and take a break over some freshly baked cookies or treats. Add a leaf collection and identification activity to your studies. Which animals have gone into hiding and which are more prevalent since the colder weather has set in? Do a habitat study- and one again in the spring to see the differences that occur with the temperature changes. Have you considered planting a fall or winter garden? What a great time to learn how things grow in the cooler months!

Before the holidays overwhelm us- let’s take time to smell the... well the pumpkin spice, apple cider, and raked leaves this fall. Cleaning, organizing, and education often go hand in hand and make the fall season memorable for your family. Check out the Fall Family Activities Pinterest board we have created for you. It has ideas for fall lessons, crafts, experiments, organization, field trips, food, games, and more! Let us know which activities you have enjoyed from our Pinterest board or from the activities in the lessons you are teaching using BJU Press materials!

On behalf of the HomeWorks team,
Sharon Fisher

Manager | Curriculum Specialist, Speaker Coordinator, Social Media
HomeWorks by Precept


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