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Oct. 16, 2009 at 2:31pm Fall Thoughts

Fall is definitely in the air.  The trees are turning beautiful colors, leaves are falling to the ground. 



As I was driving to work, looking at the pretty leaves, I remembered doing leaf crafts when I was young.  I would find a beautiful leaf, and Mom and I would iron it between two pieces of waxed paper to preserve it.  We would cut a shape around it, and hang it in the window.  I loved to do leaf rubbings, too.  I'd take a leaf (maple leaves were my favorite) and place it under a sheet of paper, then watch as the vein pattern appeared when I rubbed my crayons over it.  Seeing that pattern emerge is a lot like learning to read.  At first, letters don't mean anything- like the scribble of a crayon.  Then you recognize letters and sounds- the pattern emerges.  As the letters turn into words, and the words into sentences, and the sentences into books, you can see the beauty- like the finished leaf rubbing.  Enjoy a good book today--and maybe a leaf rubbing, too!

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