|The puppers, last fall|
Special Dates to Celebrate
*September 6th ~ First Day of Homeschool*
I have been hard at work the last few weeks pulling together plans for our new year. I hope to share lots about our homeschooling and how it's all going in the next few months.
*September 16th ~ The Full Harvest Moon*
Fall full moons seem especially lovely, so I try to make a point of noticing them.
*September 22nd ~ First Day of Autumn*
We don't typically make a big deal of this day, but I do like to point it out to the kids and plan a seasonal dinner - a stew or chili, something nice for a cool night. I also try to plan a Sunday outing around this time to pick apples, have a picnic, buy chrysanthemums for the front porch, and maybe try a corn maze. These things get harder to fit in as the kids get older and busier, but I already have a proposed date penciled in on the calendar and I plan to guard it jealously.
Things to Notice & Do This Month
- Get back into a routine of school and activities (easier said than done!)
- Pick apples and make a crisp, pie, and applesauce
- Sort fall clothes and purchase any necessary new items
- Begin planning Halloween costumes (some of my kids have already started)
- Register for the National Mythology Exam
- Take a fall hike
- Have an outdoor picnic
- Do art projects outside when possible - in fact, do as much schoolwork outside as possible!
- Encourage the kids to choose a fall-theme poem for memory work
- Pick the last tomatoes from the garden - we did not have a good tomato year, but there are still a few out there
- Look for whirling maple seeds, fluffy milkweed pods, and acorns
- Clean the woodstove and light the first fire
- Put up fall decorations
- Start lighting a candle at dinner again
- Buy apple cider and cider donuts
- Put the swimming pool to bed for the year
- Plant spring bulbs