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Leaf Colors of the Seasons in Picture Book With Counting Skills for Young Readers

Cindy Hewitt is a retired teacher with a passion for children's literature. Read-aloud stories add quality to a child's life experiences.

Count Along With Seasonal Leaves

Count along with the seasonal changes in trees and the colorful leaves of the fall season

Count along with the seasonal changes in trees and the colorful leaves of the fall season

Leaves, Seasonal Changes, and Beginning Counting Skills

John Micklos's One Leaf, Two Leaves, Count With Me! is an engaging picture book and story along with beginning counting skills for young readers. Clive McFarland contributed his talents as an illustrator to show trees and leaf changes through each season. The fall season is always a fun time to notice the deep colors of the leaves.

One leaf begins the spring season. Two, three, and four leaves gradually appear in the spring in their green colors. Spring has sprung when the trees are full of green leaves. Young readers will count all the way to 10 in counting the leaves that appear in spring. Fall comes and the leaves begin to change color. Young readers can practice the skill of counting backwards from 10 to 1 leaf as the leaves change color during the fall season and begin to fall from the trees. The trees are left with no leaves furing the winter season. The cycle begins again when new green leaves start to appear after a long winter and the spring season is back.

The text is written in easy to read large print and the numbers are in large print for easy recognition and counting. The text is written in rhymes to practice the language skill of rhyming words.

One Leaf, Two Leaves, Count With Me! was published by Nancy Paulsen Books, a division of Penguin Young Readers Group and is recommended for ages 3-7. It has an ISBN of 978-0-399-54471-2.


Colorful Illustrations Engage Young Readers in Noticing the Seasons and Counting

Spring begins with one green leaf

Spring begins with one green leaf

Two green leaves appear for beginning of spring

Two green leaves appear for beginning of spring

Celebrate Fall with jumping in a pile of colorful leaves

Celebrate Fall with jumping in a pile of colorful leaves

Fall leaves fall and become a bed for little animals

Fall leaves fall and become a bed for little animals

Leaves turn brown in winter and fall from the trees when winter begins

Leaves turn brown in winter and fall from the trees when winter begins

Skill of counting backwards from 10-1 when leaves fall during the beginning of winter

Skill of counting backwards from 10-1 when leaves fall during the beginning of winter

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Bring One Leaf, Two Leaves Into Your Early Childhood Classroom

The Fall season was one of my favorite times of the year to teach concepts in my early childhood classrooms. Introducing the changing leaves was a fun concept to teach with a variety of skills incorporated into my curriculum for my young students. I taught in the South and fall was always somewhat late, but I still celebrated the beginning of the season at the time when the rest of the country was celebrating the changing leaves. Bring this engaging picture book and counting book into your early childhood classrooms for engaging learaning activities with the changing leaves of fall.

*Read One Leaf, Two Leaves, Count With Me! in a story time session. Call attention to the first leaf of spring as Number 1 and the recognition of the number. Count through the Spring pages to 10 green leaves.

*Call attention to all of the little animals that inhabit the trees in the spring.

*Call attention to the summer tree with a full tree of leaves.

*Fall brings the change in leaves with the colors or red, yellow, and orange. Call attention to the Fall tree. Bring in a collection of changing leaves when you can begin finding them this fall season. Take the children on a walk to gather fall leaves.

*Engage your students in a sorting math activity after collecting your fall leaves. Sort the leaves by colors-red, yellow, and orange fall leaves.

*Create a math activity to construct a number graph of the number of red, orange, and yellow leaves. Fall leaf stickers can be purchased to construct the counting graph. This activity introduces young students to reading a graph.

*Call attention to the acorns on the fall tree. Bring in a collection of acorns. Take the students on a walk to collect acorns in your community.

*Call attention to the falling leaves when winter is beginning in the story.

*Introduce students to counting backwards from 10-1 when the leaves are falling at the beginning of winter.

*Call attention to the rhyming words in the text. Provide the opportunity for young readers to recognize the rhyming words. Play a clapping game when reading and when the students hear the rhyming words.


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