Ah, the crisp days of fall have arrived! It’s time for october homeschooling!
Colorful leaves, cooler weather, shorter days, and pumpkin spice EVERYTHING! The weather this time of year often provides opportunities for both indoor AND outdoor activities that are perfect for October homeschooling!
October is the perfect month to focus on coziness and COMFORT!
I’ve got some great suggestions for activities that you and your children can enjoy together this October.
Quick Note: For my friends in the southern hemisphere, I realize this is your spring. So feel free to bookmark this post and return to it during cooler autumn days. Or, scroll through and see if anything looks appealing for your current season.
Here’s to a fantastic month of october homeschooling!
1. celebrate “National Homemade Cookies Day”
October 1st is National Homemade Cookies Day.
How awesome is that!?!
I’ve also seen October noted as National Cookie Month, so hey, go with whichever one gets you the most excited!
Whether you decide on peanut butter, snickerdoodles, sugar, or good ol’ chocolate chip, grab your favorite cookie recipe and enjoy doing some baking together.
If you’d like some inspiration for fall inspired cookies, check out the following:
- Oatmeal White Chocolate & Cranberry Cookies (Jeannine Rose from Sweet Humble Home)
- Pumpkin Spice Cookies with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting (Trish from Time to Change)
- Pumpkin Spice Homemade Vanilla Wafers (Nikki Wills from Tikkido)
- Italian Thumbprint Cookies with Fig Spread and Almonds (Angela from This Delicious House)
- Pumpkin Spice Cookies with Oatmeal (Angela from This Delicious House)
- Whole Wheat Caramel Apple Cookies (Heather from Bakin’ Care of Business)
- Pumpkin Spice Latte Cookies (Heather from Bakin’ Care of Business)
- Ginger Shortbread (by Kathleen from Life by Kathleen)
If you’re leaning towards making sugar cookies, have fun with seasonal cookie cutters and decorations!
And if you’re pressed for time, visit a local bakery or your grocery store and pick up some cookies. There’s no shame in this! The point is to make this FUN so if buying cookies means you’ll enjoy your time more, PLEASE celebrate this way!
Here a few of my favorite store-bought finds:
- Trader Joe’s Maple Leaf Cookies (SO deliciously dangerous!)
- Tate’s Butter Crunch Cookies
- Archer Farms Pumpkin Cheesecake Creme Sandwich Cookies
Celebrating National Homemade Cookies Day (or National Cookie Month) is a great way to kick off the month!
2. Visit a pumpkin patch
Nothing feels quite as fall-ish as visiting a pumpkin patch.
It definitely feels like fall is in the air!
Do you have a local pumpkin patch you can visit?
Whether you go a bit crazy with fall displays, (like I tend to!) or simply purchase one or two pumpkins to enjoy, consider venturing out as a family to your local pumpkin patch. And if you don’t a pumpkin patch nearby, swing by the store and buy one, then pay attention to signs of fall out in nature as you head back home.
If you have one available in your area, consider visiting a pumpkin patch.
3. Make art with leaves
Use leaves to paint, decorate, hang, and create just about anything you can imagine!
Glittery leaf garlands, crowns and animals masks, banners, animal drawings, and lanterns…
There are SO many simple and fun projects you can do with leaves!
Get creative with your leaf hanging and let your inner artist have full reign in creating!
4. Send a “just because” card
Why not send a “just because” card to someone you care about?
Not a text, email, or message on social media.
A good ol’ fashioned hand-written card!
Grab a card (or make one) and write a little note letting this specific person know you’re thinking of them. You may want to include one or two specific things you love about the person or simply let them know they’re on your mind.
Ask your kids who they’d like to send a card to. If they’ve made some fall-inspired art with leaves, they might be excited to show off their creative work and send along to a friend or relative.
Put a smile on a loved one’s face by sending them a “just because” card.
5. celebrate “National Popcorn popping month”
Yes, it’s true!
October not only contains “National Homemade Cookies Day” on October 1st but it is also “National Popcorn Popping Month“!
For fun, why not take every opportunity you can to incorporate popcorn this month?!?
You can learn about the history of National Popcorn Popping Month, eat it while watching a movie or reading together, and look up different recipes using popcorn.
Use this as an excuse to incorporate popcorn as much as you can this month!
In summary, here are five fun ways to celebrate October:
- October 1st is National Homemade Cookies Day
- Visit a pumpkin patch
- Make art with leaves
- Send a “just because” card
- Celebrate National Popcorn Popping Month
And make sure you check out the following blog posts to help you with homeschooling throughout the entire year:
- January Homeschooling
- February Homeschooling
- March Homeschooling
- April Homeschooling
- May Homeschooling
- June Homeschooling
- July Homeschooling
- August Homeschooling
- September Homeschooling
- November Homeschooling
- December Homeschooling
I’m sure you’ll find seasonal encouragement and inspiration in each of these posts!
Are there any cozy traditions and activities you and your family do together to focus on comfort during the month of October? I’d love to know what they are!
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