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It’s Autumntime & Autumn Day

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Camille's Primary Ideas: It's Autumntime & Autumn Day Singing Time Lesson Plan Ideas

Looking for one last fall singing time before delving into Christmas music?  Try this easy activity for learning these 2 fall songs…

I was at our local storytime when they passed out these leaves to all the kids which is where I got this idea from:

Camille's Primary Ideas: It's Autumntime & Autumn Day Singing Time Lesson Plans
 
I knew they would work well with a few of our fall primary songs, It’s Autumntime and/or Autumn Day.  The leaves are really simple to prepare – laminated leaf die-cuts with a hole punched into them and about a 8 inch string attached.
 
When we used them in storytime, each child got a leaf and held it by the string up high (while standing).  As we sung, the leaves started falling downward, in a back-and-forth motion.  We ended with the leaves resting on the ground.  The kids LOVED it!  What a great fall wiggle song!
 
To learn the words of the songs, you can do the following:
 
     Write the words on the chalkboard before primary.  As you and the primary come up with actions, erase phrases as actions are learned.
 
      Repeat having the kids mimic the actions while you sing, or while they listen to the songs on CD.
 
      Sing each phrase to them while they echo it back while still mimicking your motions.  Then put it all together without the echoing.
 
       Also ask questions as you sing each phrase:
 
For It’s Autumntime:
vs. 1
  • How many times did I sing “It’s Autumntime?” [4]
  • Where are the leaves falling? [down]
  • Where is autumn all around? [the town]
vs. 2
  • What color of leaves are mentioned? [yellow, red and brown]
  • What can be found? [bright colors]
  • This is such a beautiful time of year.  The things that make it so beautiful are the colorful autumn leaves falling.
There are some simple actions you can do as well with this song:
  • It’s Autumntime: bounce the leaf on a string to the right the first time, then to the left the 2nd time, in rhythm every time you sing these phrases
  • The leaves are falling down:  Make the leaves fall down to the floor
  • It’s autumntime: repeat above actions
  • It’s all around the town:  Turn around in a circle with your leaf
  • It’s autumntime: repeat above actions
  • There’s yellow, red and brown: The kids hold up the color they are holding when we sing their color
  • It’s autumntime: repeat above actions
  • Bright colors can be found: shake the leaves to show off their colors
For Autumn Day:
  • Who should we not forget? [God, who gives]
  • Each child should be happy with all that lives.  The song doesn’t use the word happy.  What word do you hear? [glad]
  • What does God give us when autumn comes our way? [richest gifts]
  • If we look on every side, what will we see? [pleasant things for you and me]
  • We sing six words that describe the apples.  What words do you hear? [red, yellow, round, juicy, sweet, mellow]
  • Round, juicy apples load the trees until the trees do what? [bend over and their branches brush the clover – which is a type of green grass]

You can come up with some simple actions for this song as well using the leaves on a string:

  • Autumn Day: sway left and right to the rhythm of the song as you sing “autumn day”
  • God gives richest gifts today: hold the leaves out as if giving a gift to someone
  • Look on ev’ry: bounce leaves to the rhythm then turn to the right when you finish singing ev’ry
  • side and see: bounce leaves to the rhythm then turn to the right when you finish singing see
  • Pleasant things for you and: bounce leaves to the rhythm then turn to the right (facing the back wall) when you finish singing and
  • me: bounce leaves to the rhythm then turn to the right when you finish holding the word “me” so you are facing the front for the next phrase.
  • Apples red and apples yellow: red and yellow leaves hold up their colors when they are sun
  • Round and juicy, sweet and mellow: turn in a circle
  • Load the trees till they bend over And their branches brush the clover: gradually bend over so the leaves touch the ground, then drop the leaves on the ground
  • Child, be glad with all that lives, But forget not God, who gives: Slowly pick up the leaf as if it’s growing and raise it up high toward heaven.
Download my To-Go Lesson Plan below which includes all of the above information using the access button below.
 
**This could also be a fun activity to incorporate into Nursery!
 
I also have bell charts for both of these songs.  You can check out more details for those HERE
Camille's Primary Ideas: It's Autumntime using Handbells

All my printables are free and can be downloaded from my Resource Library.  To gain access to my Resource Library, simply click on the below:

These printables are filed on my Resource Library page under Song Title > Autumn Day & It’s Autumntime.

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6 thoughts on “It’s Autumntime & Autumn Day”

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    We do the same thing! I also do the "Rain Is Falling All Around" song substituting "leaves" for rain. Nursery kids especially love these songs/leaves. Thanks for sharing all your ideas!!

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