Reading Response Fall Art for Children: Book of the Week GIVEAWAY

November 2, 2011

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Book of the Week GIVEAWAY: A Busy Year by Leo Lionni

Why we love this book:

In honor of the “Fall” season we are giving away A Busy Year by Leo Lionni. In A Busy Year, Willie and Winnie love their tree, Woody, all year long! We like to begin the school year in September by reading aloud the entire book. As the year progresses, you can change your calendar each month and revisit what is happening season by season to the beloved tree Woody.

It is a wonderful project to have a class tree that changes with the different months. A Busy Year is just the book to read aloud throughout the year as your class tree changes. Haven’t started a class tree? It’s never too late . . . start with Fall.

Reading Response Art

In August, we introduced Reading Response Journals. Likewise, we often engage our children in Reading Response Art activities. This is especially effective with young children who are not reading and writing independently. However, we would also like to encourage teachers and parents of older children to allow them time to express themselves through the arts. Today, we will be sharing Reading Response Fall Art from children ages 2 – 8! Over the next few weeks we will run a series on Reading Response Art.

A Few Tips for Planning Reading Response Art Activities

  1. Start with a great read aloud.
  2. Keep the art experience low maintenance for the teacher!
    • The emphasis should be on the children not the teacher. If it takes a great deal of preparation from the teacher it is not child centered.
  3. Keep it simple!
    • We’ve all done art projects we regret. Keep it simple enough for the children to complete independently.
  4. Keep it hands-on and open ended.
    • Hate is a strong word, so we really, very much dislike those cookie-cutter art activities, in which every child’s art looks exactly like the teacher’s. Yuck! How artistically expressive are those experiences?

All Reading Response Art activities begin with great children’s literature. Here are three favorites from our 4-year-old preschool class.

Reading Response Fall Art: Preschool, Age 2

This is a closeup of the painted leaves on our 2-year-old, Welcome to Fall, tree. Teachers cut out different shaped leaves and the children experienced the paint by using paint brushes and finger painting. As the children painted with the Fall colors, the teachers engaged them in conversation about the colors: orange, brown, yellow and red. Each simple leaf is as different and unique as the children who painted them.

Reading Response Fall Art: Preschool, Age 4

Our 4-year-old class follows the changes of a tree throughout the year. Visit Ms. Trisha’s class for samples and a step by step guide on creating Inspiring Fall and Winter Scenes with your children.

Reading Response Fall Art: Third Grade, Age 8

Last Fall, Grandson # 3 used leaves to create his own Leaf Man and Giraffe Reading Response Art after reading Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert. Some excellent tips in the post on how to work with real leaves.

Reading Response Leaf Art: Preschool and Second Grade, Ages 3 and 7

Last year, we taught the children how to draw and paint Pen & Ink and water color leaves. We’re looking forward to trying this with fall leaves. The Fall water colors will be just gorgeous!

Reading Response Motor Skill Activities:

  • Go on a nature walk and collect leaves. Have children bring leaves from their home. Press the collection of leaves in a book (or copy the leaves on a color photo copier).
  • At the end of the week invite the children to make a leaf collage on blue paper.
  • Pile the leaves onto a blanket and let the children use gross motor skills by bouncing the leaves up and down.

Life with Joyce

We’re GIVING AWAY one copy of  A Busy Year by Leo Lionni.

To enter this contest, just answer the following question in the comments section of this post.

What is your favorite season? Why? (Or just say “Hey.” We’re flexible around here.)

The Rules:

One entry per person, please.

No entries after 8:00 pm Central Time, Thursday, November 10, 2011

The winner must be a resident of The United States.

The winner will be selected at random and announced Friday, November 11, 2011. Check back to claim your prize. It might be you!

And after Fall, comes Christmas! Let us help you get a start on your Christmas shopping . . . Enter our Christmas Toy Review  and GIVEAWAY!

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{ 17 comments… read them below or add one }

Tara November 3, 2011 at 12:20 pm

Fall and Sprng are both strong contenders for my favorite season! I love fall because of the beautiful colors and the end to the hot, humid GA summer! But the spring is also wonderful because of how everything starts to come alive after the winter months. I love how perfectly God’s design works!

Tiffany November 3, 2011 at 5:03 pm


Jennifer Freeman November 3, 2011 at 7:22 pm

Fall is my favorite. I love all of the leaves, cool temps, the smell of fires in fireplaces, football and more :)

Jessica November 3, 2011 at 8:48 pm

I have always liked Spring because of the new life and all the beautiful flowers, but I am really liking Fall this year! It is refreshing after the drought we had this summer in TX!

Brandy November 3, 2011 at 11:01 pm

I really can’t choose one! Summer is amazing because life is so carefree (or as carefree as can be, anyway). The smell of fall fills me with a million of the best memories. Winter is just great because I get to see my friends and family more during this time than any other time of the year (almost like living with them again). And spring always fills me with such motivation!

Shauna November 4, 2011 at 8:02 am

I love all the changing seasons because each has something wonderful about it. My favorite is spring because of the renewing of the land and the spring flowers, lilacs, and apple blossoms. It reminds me how we are renewed in Christ.

Karrie Flanagan November 4, 2011 at 9:26 am

My favorite season is FALL :) I love the changing weather that brings on homemade Chex Mix, Fireplaces, Snuggling and all the great Holidays with the fun they bring!!

My son would love this book ;)

Natalie November 4, 2011 at 3:12 pm

This is a great post, and I will pin it both for ideas and for books. My favorite season is spring. By the way, we just got Rails and Roads game and love it.

Ellie November 5, 2011 at 1:45 pm

I love the depths of winter because I love snow, but I’m not so fond of snow when it turns to sludge! But really, it’s difficult to choose just one favorite season. I’m happy to live in a place with four solid seasons!

Lexi November 5, 2011 at 10:01 pm

What fun ideas! Love the tree and the leaf pictures! My kids adore Lionni and I can’t believe we haven’t seen that book yet!
My favorite season is autumn. However, where we live now, the autumn is not cool enough for me to classify it as autumn weather. I love changing leaves, crisp air, and being outside in sweaters exploring the leaves and pinecones. Here it’s still warm so I very much miss autumn!

Anissa November 6, 2011 at 5:47 pm

Hands down, without a question…SUMMER! I am a misplaced Texan in the cold Northeast!

Alice November 6, 2011 at 10:08 pm

I LOVE fall!!

Robin November 7, 2011 at 7:32 pm

I love Fall too! So many colors and fun activities, when the air turns cool after a hot summer it seem to relax me.

Amy {A Faithful Journey} November 10, 2011 at 8:02 am

My FAVORITE season is the one we are in right now! I love Fall and then the beginning of the holiday season. Greatest time of year in my opinion! :)

Thanks for the chance to win!

Brooke Patrick November 10, 2011 at 6:53 pm

fall love the crispness in the air and all the leaves changing.

Sara E November 11, 2011 at 1:37 pm

I can’t ever decide if I like spring or fall better. I love when the weather first starts to warm up and the spring flowers are blooming. But, I also really love when the weather FINALLY cools off (we live in the deep south) and the leaves are changing colors. Lots of nature walks during those two seasons. :)

Natalia November 11, 2011 at 4:01 pm

My favorite season is winter!!

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