I love the story of Frederick by Leo Leoni. While all the other mice in his family are gathering supplies for the winter and Fredrick looks like he is sitting around being lazy. When he is asked at various times what he is doing, Fredrick replies that he is gathering colors and words. During the winter the family eats through their food and asks Fredrick about his supplies. Fredrick weaves word pictures that fill them with warmth and joy.
As we begin fall, I think it is a good time to start recording fall memories on paper and in our children’s minds. We can talk about the colors of fall. Colors like ones we see in leaves, pumpkins, and the sky. We can talk about the sounds of fall. Sounds like the honking of geese, the whoosh of the wind, and the crackling of leaves when we walk on them. We can talk about the clothes we now wear and the foods that are now in season. JDaniel is too young to write about fall in a journal. Your children could be just the right age. If they are, I hope you will take a few moments and record memories of fall. JDaniel and I are going to be taking pictures of fall to put in an album. During the winter we can take out the album walk through our memories of fall.
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