Here at the Creekside Atelier, changes are afoot. The mornings are crisper, and there is a lovely misty rain falling over the distant hills. The creek is flowing again and the trees are just starting to turn.
In the garden we are still harvesting tomatoes, zucchini, basil and last last few summer crops. The pumpkins are getting bigger.
All of which signals the end of the heat, and the beginning of my favourite season: Autumn.
Autumn is a great time for crafting, so I am starting to arrange my materials ready to go. Here in the Adelaide Hills we are lucky enough to have an endless supply of Autumn leaves for crafting with, as well as acorns and other assorted Autumn-y materials. This makes Autumn crafting so much easier!
This season my oldest is nearly 8, so it is time for the two of us to start knitting with needles. We are going to try to knit some of these adorable apples. The younger children might be interested in dipping leaves in wax or hearing the story of the star in the apple and doing some apple print t-shirts or experimenting with the mixing colours on leaves.
If you are interested in your own Autumn crafts, I have some lovely links on my Autumn Pinterest board.
After we spent the last few weeks learning about the introduction of agriculture, and how and why people started sowing crops, it is natural for that to flow on to harvest festivals. Keep an eye out for an upcoming post about that.
Ever season we pick one aspect of nature we are going to focus on, and we keep an eye out for opportunities to look at that area. In Summer, we went creek dipping and discovered some of the fascinating creatures in our creek. Last Autumn we examined and collected leaves. This Autumn we are going to focus on seeds. My starting point for this will be this lovely post.
In the coming term we will be exploring different bases in maths, and exploring some chemistry for science, and later we will get lost in Ancient Egypt. Don’t worry, I will tell you more about that later.
The Creekside Atelier’s new courses start this Sunday – I am really looking forward to that! I am also developing courses for the school holidays and for term 2. Sign up by email to stay in touch for these new developments.
What are you doing this Autumn, at home or school? Please share your ideas in the comments below, and if you find these ideas useful, share them around using your social networking links.