Seven Days to Celebrate in September

Yes it’s coming. Only a few more weeks and it’ll be September … ahhhhhhhh. But now is a great time to start your autumn planning. I know the super organised have done this already but most of us are only moderately organised if not ‘OMG is that the time’ sort of organised.

Checking back on some of our previous blogs I see that September is a busy month for celebrations including:

  1. International Literacy Day – 8th September
  2. Roald Dahl Day – 13th September
  3. International Talk Like a Pirate Day – 19th September
  4. International Day of Peace – 21st September
  5. First Day of Autumn – 23rd September
  6. European Day of Languages – 26th September
  7. Harvest Festival – End of September

Some of these are quite serious and others just a bit of fun. But hopefully they’ll help get you thinking about activities for your EYFS plan.

Determining the First Day of Autumn

The Autumn Equinox, or the first day of autumn, is on 23rd September this year. But how is autumn time determined? Well, that all depends on who you talk to.

For the weather men and women, it’s fairly simple – each season is a three month period like so:

Summer – June, July and August

Autumn – September, October and November

Winter – December, January and February

Spring – March, April and May.

This method makes it easy for the meteorological office to compare weather from one year to the next.

The astronomical method is using the position of the earth relative to the sun giving us dates for the equinoxes and the solstices. This is  based on the number of daylight hours. The Autumn Equinox is when the day and night are of equal length.

The thing that these two methods have in common is that they have fixed dates in the calendar.

However, nature has her own way of defining when autumn starts with the leaves falling off the trees and the ripening of berries. So a third method can be used based on phenology – the process of observing signs of change in plant and animal behaviour.

You could use this to help the children develop their observation skills. Pick a tree near the nursery, preferably one with berries or nuts and leaves that change colour, and talk about the changes that happen to it over the autumn period. You can then make pictures or models based on that tree.

Autumn at Artful Dodgers

We’ve just sent our autumn leaflet to the printers with some great project ideas on including leaf sprites, leaf printing and Halloween ghosts, spiders and bats. This will be coming to you at the end of the month but here’s a sneak preview. The calendar tabs will be in next week and we already have most of the autumn stock in – so we’re ready for you!
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