Fall Learning Activities

Fall is my favorite time of the year. I love the beauty that surrounds this season, and one of our favorite things is to enjoy the evenings as the temps die down. As homeschoolers, we can take the fall season and turn it into learning activities. Here are some of our favorite Fall Learning Activities.

Fall Scavenger Hunt

This is something I enjoy doing with my kids each year. You can create a printable list of items found in nature during fall. Or, you can find one on the internet and print it out :). Ours includes different color leaves, acorns, blades of grass, and other misc items. This is a great activity for preschoolers and early elementary students.

Leaf Hunt

Take your kids on a walk and pick up leaves. Let them find ones with different colors, shapes, and sizes. This is great for all ages!

Leaf Identifying

Once you have found some leaves bring them home and see if you can identify them. I have an old book I made in middle school that has all kinds of leaves from different trees in it, so we use it. You can find websites that help identify leaves, and even apps if you have a smart phone.  This is great for older elementary and middle-grade students.

Leaf Sorting

Preschoolers and early elementary students can sort their leaves by color, shape, and size. You can count the leaves, group them and teach  more and less.

Fall can be a great time to enjoy things together as a family. Cookouts, hikes, and hay rides are all symbolic of Fall. You can also take this time to learn and teach your homeschooled children. Hands on learning can happen anytime, and Fall is just another wonderful example of that!


Misty Bailey is a wife to Roger and a homeschool mom to three. She loves helping new homeschoolers and has a free Homeschool 101 eBook for those getting started. She shares her struggles with time management, becoming unglued and finding joy in the everyday moments on her blog Joy in the Journey.

Not Just My Way!

One of the beauties of homeschooling is the opportunity to tailor education to each child.  Everyone learns differently…some absorb through reading while others by doing, some grasp concepts just by listening, others need to ‘see’ it.  In a home education setting, we have the flexibility to cater to preferences and strengths.  In so doing, though, we must be careful to exercise our children’s weaknesses or we will deceive them into thinking things must always be done ‘their way.’

Embracing challenges is a key to successful living, yet eliminating difficulties is the natural desire of a mom.  Furthermore, as a homeschool mom, it is easy to grow weary of the battles.  All parents bear the weight of guiding children to do what they do not naturally desire to do:  clean their rooms, learn self-discipline and sacrifice self for others.  In home education, we also have the weighty responsibility of academic success.  It is tempting to smooth the difficulties for our children so that we have just a little bit less stress as well.  It is wearying to ‘nag’ about EVERYTHING!  Truly the key is to remember we are not nagging, we are preparing our children for the future.  When it comes to our children’s studies, we must help them accept that learning is not always easy.  We can facilitate their understanding with various approaches, but we must be careful not to let them coast through their studies or always follow their own ways of doing things.  Creativity is divine—but so is order.

Every subject helps us shape our children’s character but math is the one that gave us the best lessons.  Procedures are repetitive and boring—and in the early years unnecessary.  Yet those procedures lay a ground-work absolutely necessary to advanced math.  We used kinesthetic learning…hopscotching answers to addition and subtraction problems, which gave us enjoyment in the work of education.  But the boring math fact sheets and memorization work are still bearing fruit.

Beyond the academic truth is the life truth that ‘my way’ is not the only way.  It helps our children understand that there is benefit in reaching beyond ourselves. With the exception of eternal salvation, there is always more than one way to do things.   One of my favorite quotes reminds me to “Never deny the right to be right to anyone but you.” We always want to be right, but being right is not always useful nor is it always necessary.  While we live in a world that says it values individuality, this world really tells us to conform.  We can use home education to help our children appreciate diversity while enjoying their own uniqueness!

-BJ