National holidays are a great way to incorporate some new and interesting ideas into your home school routine. Today, we are going to check out all the fun activities from the National Holiday Ideas Calendar – November.
This month we are continuing with some more fall fun, of course, because it’s still fall ya’ll. We’ll also be talking about ways to practice self-care, showing kindness to others and much more.
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NATIONAL HOLIDAY IDEAS CALENDAR – NOVEMBER
A MONTH OF GRATITUDE
First of all, I should mention that a lot of people, myself included, take the 30 days I am Thankful Challenge in November.
Basically, it’s just posting on social media something you are thankful for every day of the month.
I am taking the challenge this year and if you want to check out the things I am grateful for, head over to my Instagram and follow me.
If your kids aren’t on social media, crazy thought I know, but if not, have them write down what they are thankful for each day.
Have them share it with you.
The simple task of having to sit down and think about all they have to be grateful for will help them understand all that they possess.
Another fun way to write down your thankful thoughts is by starting a Thankful Tree.
I have created a simple printable tree and a page of colorful leaves that you can grab for free from within the National Holiday Ideas Calendar – November.
Just write what you’re thankful for on a leaf and glue it to the tree. You can even display it as a Thanksgiving decoration if you wish.
November 6th – Stress Awareness Day
Stress can be really unhealthy. Many of us are bombarded with stress all the time. From simple decision making to major concerns, stress is something most people deal with daily.
Our kids have stress in their lives too. Stress from getting into college, growing up, fitting in, maybe getting their first job, can be tough on them. If they are on social media, trolls and even friends can cause them stress.
Don’t think that just because you home school your kids that they don’t have stress. Supporting their mental health as well as your own is vital.
So why not use National Stress Day to start a conversation about mental health? Discuss things that cause them stress and why. Then share ways to practice self-care to arm them with ways to help themselves when times get especially stressful.
You can download my list of ways to relieve stress and self-care activities from within the calendar for free.
November 8th – STEAM/STEM Day
What Do The Acronyms STEAM And STEM Stand For?
Basically they are the same thing, just that STEAM adds in the arts as well.
S – Science
T – Technology
E – Engineering
A – Arts
M – Math
You can find some amazing STEAM/STEM activities on Amazon for purchase or just search the web for some cool free ideas as well.
These activities usually take hours and sometimes a few days to complete. I recommend focusing at least one entire day on the activity to really get all you can from it. I mean, it covers such a wide range of subjects that it could easily count as completing those subjects for the day.
Here’s a cool robot building one if you need an idea.
November 11th – Veteran’s Day
Spend the day talking about why it’s important to celebrate and appreciate our veterans.
In this country, especially with our youth, it can be difficult to fully understand what our armed forces do for us every day. Before 9/11, I struggled to understand it myself. I think that until you experience terrorism or war close to home, it can be a hard concept to grasp.
I mean we all feel safe, right? Nothing ever happens in our town, therefore it never will.
To help celebrate Veteran’s Day, many cities across the nation hold events from parades to presentations. Check with your city to find out what events are happening where you live, then plan to attend with your kids.
If nothing is going on, you can still celebrate by visiting a Veteran Cemetery or Museum in your state.
November 13th – Kindness Day
What does it mean to show kindness?
Webster’s Dictionary states the following:
1. : the quality or state of being kind – treating people with kindness and respect
2: a kind deed: FAVOR
They did me great kindness.
Spend some time today discussing what kindness means and ways you and your kids can show kindness to others. The calendar comes with a printable list of simple ways we can all show kindness to our loved ones and to perfect strangers.
The world can use a little more kindness, let’s do our part to help make that happen
November 17th – Homemade Bread Day
There’s nothing quite like the smell of freshly baked bread! It definitely ranks in my top five favorite smells. I love bread! It’s basically my kryptonite along with anything potato. I could live on freshly baked bread with butter, french fries, and water alone. I’m not kidding!
Today you should discuss the science behind bread-making – check out this video from ES333 to learn it all.
If you’d rather just view a PDF presentation – here’s a pretty good one from www.grainchain.com
Of course, no homemade bread making celebration would be complete without the making of the bread.
Need a recipe? Check out my board over on Pinterest for some yummy recipes ideas.
November 19th – Play Monopoly Day
The classic game of Monopoly has been around since 1935. Many versions have been created since it’s original, but if you want to make it a learning experience, you need to play the basic version.
Monopoly can really take a long time to play, so be sure to set aside at least 3 hours, especially since you will be stopping to explain the things your kids are learning about.
Don’t own Monopoly? Grab a copy here.
Here’s a list of skills that can be learned through playing monopoly. A full-size download is available through the calendar.
November 26th – National Cake Day
“Let them eat cake!”
Marie Antoinette has been quoted many times for saying this in response to starving French peasants, but did she really say it?
Check out this informative video from Today I Found Out to find out all about Marie Antoinette and all that she endured when becoming the queen of France. Caution – this video is meant for high school students, the content may be inappropriate for younger students.
Of course, you must also eat some cake, I mean you have to right? Be sure to buy a cake, make a cake from a mix, or if you’re feeling especially motivated, make one from scratch. All these options will taste just like yummy!
November 28th – Thanksgiving Day
Oh my Gosh, that food looks so tasty!
Now I’m going to make a pumpkin pie and eat it topped with an entire can of whipped cream. Then complain about how the whipped cream killed my stomach and be double over in pain the rest of the day.
Oh well, it’s totally worth it!
Anyway, what were we talking about?
To be honest, we don’t actually do any school on Thanksgiving. We’re way too busy preparing food and welcoming guests into our home. Although, I do like to throw in a little learning where ever and whenever I can.
So, why not offer a super fun acrostic poem for your kids and guests to complete and share? They won’t even realize they are doing school work. Maybe they will even tell you how much fun they had writing it and sharing it with everyone else.
You can grab your free printable Thankful Acrostic Poem through the calendar too. Here’s a peek at what it looks like.
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I hope you and yours enjoy celebrating with the National Holiday Ideas Calendar – November.
Let’s all commit to spending this month taking care of ourselves and each other, and being thankful for all the blessings we have in our lives.
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