September: Time for Change

September is a time of change. In the Northern Hemisphere, we move from summer to fall. The days are getting shorter, the nights are getting cooler and the leaves are starting to change color. It's traditionally time to go back to school, which can be a big change. Some changes are fun—like wearing jeans instead of shorts or drinking hot chocolate instead of lemonade. Other changes are less fun, like outgrowing your favorite shirt or when a friend moves away.

Changes of all kind happen all the time, even if some changes are too small to see. You're probably growing a little bit right now. That's a fun change!

This month, we've put together some books and activities to help you think about all kinds of change. Maybe they'll inspire you to make a change for the better!

Books

The Book of What If...? What would change in your life if dinosaurs still lived? Would you ride one to school? What if broccoli tasted like chocolate? Explore weird and wild questions and see how other kids’ thought these changes would impact their lives. 

Writing Radar: Using Your Journal to Snoop Out and Craft Great Stories: Award-winning writer Jack Gantos wants to help you become a writer. Grab your journal and start looking at the world in a whole new way.

Activities

  • Change a simple sheet of paper into a mini journal using scissors and these easy instructions. Use your journal to write or draw about what's going on in your life.
  • Turn a used can or jar into an attractive pencil holder. Watch the short video, then grab your supplies to make your own. Be careful of any sharp edges!
  • Your mood can change from day to day, or even hour to hour. Make an emoji mood spinner to tell others how you're feeling. If you don't have foam, you can use paper and markers to make yours.
  • Make your own color-changing invisible ink!

This post is part of the September Learning Journey. Try at least 4 activities on the Learning Journey page this month, tell us what you did and you could win a prize!

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