September October 2011

Autumn by
Alphonse Mucha, 1896

I can hardly believe that summer is already singing her swan song. In Massachusetts the night air is already tinged with the crispness of fall and it won’t be long before the leaves begin to dress themselves in the vibrant colors of autumn.

Soon it will be time for school, pumpkins, scarecrows and Halloween! Believe it or not, September is also National Chicken Month! I have listed stories, curriculum and more to keep you clucking along!

In September I will take part in the first Teller to Teller conference call, courtesy of LANES on September 15 from 7:00 P.M. – 8:00 P.M. This is a free service and the topic will be Story by Story - Building a School Storytelling Troupe; there will be time for Q & A. I will share my nine years of experience directing a student troupe; the good, the bad and the interesting! There will be other  storytellers and teaching artists who will be sharing their expertise on a variety of topics in the coming months. Registration is free; the only requirement is that you be a LANES member. Questions? Contact Yvonne Zinicola, Executive Director at or go to to become a member. Feel free to ask me any questions about the upcoming teleconference call as well.

Remember, if you need websites for other special days don’t forget to search the newsletter archives. I have also listed a few below at the end of the newsletter so you just have to point and click. A Google search box is available on the main newsletter site at I also offer more resources on my blog as well. You may find it here:

If you have any comments or suggestions please drop me a note at . Wishing you an autumn filled with the last rays of summer, crisp, cool night air and the comforting scent of home fires burning in the distance. See you in November!

Warm wishes,
Karen Chace

"Some day you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales again." ~ CS Lewis

September is National Chicken Month. Here are some tales of our fine feathered friends!


Black Snake and the Eggs – Liberia
Blue Hens Chicks – USA
Why Does the Hawk Carry Off Chickens - Africa

Why the Kite Eats Chickens - Africa
Why Chickens Scratch the Ground - Phillipines

September 23 is first day of fall; here are some stories to celebrate the new season.

Why the Leaves Have Many Colors in Autumn – Native American
The Big Leaves – Nigeria
The Magic Pumpkins - Ukraine

Silly Sanu’s Story - India
Jack O’Lantern - Ireland

One of my favorite pumpkin stories is The Pumpkin Child, a folktale from Persia. It can be found in Persian Folk and Fairy Tales by Anne Sinclair Mehdev.


Sue BlackStoryteller, Teaching Artist and Bully Prevention Specialist, Sue offers insight on a wide variety of topics. Her writing and information is always spot on!


Differentiate and Dominate:10 Ways to Make Your Business Stand Out by John Jantsch

How to Target a Local Audience Online by Hostway

Top 10 Things Customers Don't Want to Hear, And What You Should Say Instead

by Bill Lampton, Ph.D.


How to Make a Fairy Tale Pumpkin
Pumpkin Crafts and Activities
Autumn Leaf Placemats
Creative Nature Notebook Craft - Lots of chicken crafts her from preschool to high school.
Hen (Chicken) Paper Craft - Handprint craft in the shape of an egg. - Cute chicken craft with a video to help you along.

"Tell me and I'll forget; show me and I may remember; involve me and I'll understand.
~ Chinese Proverb


Teach Kids With Chickens
Chicken Facts

Autumn Leaves Curriculum Connections
Education World – Wonderful resources on fall, pumpkins, weather, apples and more.

Pumpkin Folktale Reading Lesson Plan
Pumpkin Unit for Grade Two – Many, many links to bring a patch of pumpkins into the classroom.
Scarecrow, Scarecrow – From Kinder Korner – Extension activities, songs, book suggestions and more on scarecrows and all things related to autumn.


I have moved this section to my blog. Every issue the old information will be deleted and new events will be listed. If you have an upcoming event I will be happy to list it for free. Please go to this link for the specific directions and format then email it to me at with the subject heading “Education Highway.”


The Apple Dumpling

The Pumpkin in the Jar


Alphabet SoupAlphabet Songs and Fingerplays - Fall Songs and Fingerplays


I have also moved this information to my blog. You may find it at this link. Also, if you have any regular spoken word and storytelling venues such as guild gatherings you would like to list send them to me at and I will be happy to add; this is a free service. Directions are at the above blog link.

Additional resources from a few of my previous blog post to help you greet fabulous fall in style!

Apples - Fall brings us an abundance of apples. This is a blog post I wrote in September of 2008. It is filled with stories containing apples as well as lesson plans, history and folklore.

Chinese Moon Festival – Celebrate with stories of the moon.

Curriculum Connections – A compilation of all the curriculum links from my blog gathered in one spot!

Ghouls, Ghosts and GoblinsFall brings us Halloween as well. This blog post from 2010 is filled with stories, lessons plans, crafts and more will help you woo the spirits right to your door…in you dare!

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