This months books and activities were centered around our families favorite season Fall. Our children have gotten older but a good leaf pile jump in is still one of their favorite past times. Both of our children have books that they are reading on their own time but we still enjoy getting together for our afternoon reading time. And the past three Falls we have read the My Side of Mountain Triology.
My Side of the Mountain written by Newberry Award-Winner Jean Craighead George is one of our favorites. This is an amazing book, full of convincing, captivating detail and characters you can’t help but fall in love with. Author Jean Craighead George based some of the story on her own childhood travels she spent camping with her entomologist/ecologist father, and her falconer brothers. The main character Sam Gribly is resourceful and his spirit to survive is inspiring.
My Side of the Mountain presents an idea of wilderness that might be a little to adventurous for us mom’s. But for kids reading it on their own, this book can ignite a host of interests, in areas ecology, animal husbandry, birding,survival skills(one of Logan’s favorites) etc. Our children spent hours trudging through the woods pretending they were living in the Catskills and til this day they still ask if we found a place they could learn Falconry. We all gave this book 5 Stars!!!
Now, that we have shared our book it is now time to share a few of our favorite Fall activities:
1. The Corn Maze and hay-rides at the Shelby Corn Maze. Look for one in your area; they usually have events for all ages!
2. Annual Scarecrow Contest in Rutherfordton, NC here is this years entry; if you don’t have a contest in your town this makes for a wonderful Fall decoration for your front entry/yard.
3. Collecting Fall leaves is another super way to spend they day. We are blessed to have a ton of colorful leaves drop right in our front yard. But a leaf collecting field trip is another wonderful way to spend a Fall day. A great exercise after you collect all your leaves is to sort them, categorize each leaf giving its proper name( you may want to use a leaf book for help; lastly total all of your leaves. This teaches children the basics of science, botany as well as math.
4. One of my favorite traditions is picking our families pumpkins(of course we each need one of our own) and bringing it home to carve. I just love roasting the pumpkin seeds.
Pumpkin Seed Roasting Recipe:
Clean all of your seeds, make sure to remove all the slimy stuff.
Let the seeds dry should take about an hour or so.
Preheat the oven to 300 degrees
In a large bowl combine pumpkin seeds, teaspoon of salt(more if you would like), a pinch or two of garlic powder and 1 tablespoon melted unsalted butter.
Stir making to sure that each of seeds is covered
Place your seeds on a large cooking not allowing them to overlap
Roast for approximately 45 minutes( I keep an eye on them for last five because they can burn up fast)
5. Finally, we watch The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown; while eating our roasted pumpkin seeds.
What are your favorite Fall books or activities? We would love for you to share below♥
Checkout my co-hosts post from September:
Kersandra from Our Adventure Story
Christa from Little Log Cottage School
Christina from Classroom to Homeroom
Jennifer from Faith & Good Works