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Sep 19, 2010

Autumn Treasures Week in Review

This week, we spent some time exploring the outdoors and learning about the changes that occur in the Fall using Download N Go's Autumn Treasures. We are blessed to live in a part of the country where we fully experience the changing seasons. Real Autumn isn't here quite yet, but some trees are starting to change their clothes.The daily objectives for Autumn Treasures were:
Day 1: What Is Autumn?
Day 2: Science Secrets of Autumn
Day 3: People and Places of Autumn
Day 4: Time for Tips and Treasures of Autumn
Day 5: Goodies and Gadgets of AutumnWe had a nice nature walk and found the last of the summer colors around the yard before the leaves change. Notice the bee on the sunflower?We enjoyed tasty foods harvested locally, including a pumpkin and caramel apple pies. The apple pie is shown here, in progress.Our cut-out cookies really had to be shaped like pumpkins for this time of year. We frosted them with orange and gave them a thorough coating of leaf sprinkles.And just for the fun of it, we had some Butterfinger brownies. Sadly, most of our kitchen treasures went to the Harvest Festival in town for a Friday School fundraiser. Not so sad, really, we were happy to do it and kept some for our family to enjoy! :)

And since you will rarely see a picture of me on this blog. Here I am after baking all those treats. Micah loved my 'do rag. Now that my hair is too short for a quick pony tail, I had to do something to keep it out of the food. Am I right? Rightrightrightright.One thing the littles asked for, but I somehow haven't gotten to yet is popcorn. Maybe tonight.

We painted a fun fall picture on the computer too. Malachi took the photo himself.After discussing migration, we saw a flock of geese fly overhead and I tried a bit of review with the boys. At first, Xav said they were flying into the geese airport, but he pronounced it GEEKS! Later, after some clarification from mom and dad, he told Grandma Wendy the geese were going to the beach. I guess that's close enough for a three year old.

We also really enjoyed reading, among others, Leaf Man and Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf, both by Lois Ehlert.

Autumn Treasures is normally priced at $7.95. During the Autumn Equinox Special, it's 20% off through September 24!

Download N Go is a unit study/lapbooking series created by Amanda Bennett and The Old Schoolhouse for grades K-4 and is intended to take one week to complete, though with all the resources available it would be easy to expand that. They are bright and colorful and loaded with information. DNG studies have five daily objectives with components for a smart little lapbook, clickable links to videos and websites, vocabulary, history, geography and more.

I spent a little time looking through the entire study before working on this with the boys. You could use this time to decide how many pages you will print, what household objects you will need for the week and what library books to reserve.

Check out this Download N Go blog hop for more Autumn Treasures reviews.

There's no giveaway this time, but I'd love it if you'd leave a comment telling me your favorite thing about autumn.

*** I received a copy of Autumn Treasures at no charge in exchange for my honest review. ***


Wendy62 said...

Looks like ya'll had fun with Autumn Treasures, too!! ;-)

Jenny said...

I just might have to pick this one up for myself :) My favorite part of Autumn is the crisp cool air, colors of the leaves and pumpkins.