Tuesday, November 4, 2008

November Themes

November isn't my favorite month (that has to be October I think) but I'm starting to enjoy it more. The weather is getting cool, but not as cold as winter yet, and there is so much good food to be eaten in November. I always have a big Thanksgiving feast for preschool, and I look forward to it all year. We even sometimes get "alumni" that come and it is wonderful to see children from years past. We have a pear tree out in front and we still have many leaves left on the tree, but they are finally turning colors. I'm sure that all the leaves will be off by the end of the month, or even more likely, by the end of next week. Anyway, here are the themes and activities that I have planned for the month.

NOVEMBER

From the Latin word, novum, meaning “nine”. November was the 9th month of the Roman calendar.
Flower: Chrysanthemum
Birthstone: Topaz
Zodiac Sign: Sagittarius (November 22-December 21); Sagittarians are good-natured and friendly. They are interested in everything and everybody.
Weather Report: On November 20, 1979, a blizzard struck Cheyenne, WY, producing 19.8 inches of snow in 24 hours.

Iroquois Prayer
We return thanks to our mother, the earth
Which sustains us.
We return thanks to the rivers and streams,
Which supply us with water.
We return thanks to all herbs,
which furnish medicines for the cure of our diseases.
We return thanks to the bushes and trees,
Which provide us with fruit.
We return thanks to the wind,
Which, moving the air, has banished diseases.
We return thanks to the moon and stars,
Which have given to us their light
When the sun was gone.
We return thanks to our grandfather He-no,
That he has protected his grandchildren from
Witches and reptiles, and has given to us his rain.
We return thanks to the sun,
that he has looked upon the earth with a beneficent eye.
Lastly, we return thanks to the Great Spirit,
In whom is embodied all goodness, and who
Directs all things for the good of his children.



Nature:

  • grey skies
  • frosty, brown grass
  • bare trees
  • rabbits
  • geese
  • crows
  • cut cornfields
  • squirrels
  • mice
  • wind
  • dark afternoons
  • turkeys
  • the Full Beaver Moon (13)

Food:

  • apples
  • winter squash
  • pears
  • oatmeal
  • hot cider
  • hot chocolate
  • pies - apple, cherry, pumpkin, berry
  • turkey and all the trimmings
  • homemade cranberry relish

Special Days:

  • National American Indian Heritage Month
  • Daylight Savings Day Ends (2)
  • Election Day (4)
  • Martinmas (11)
  • Veterans Day (11)
  • National Homemade Bread Day (17)
  • World Hello Day (21)
  • National Game and Puzzle Week (23)
  • Thanksgiving Day (27)

Home:

  • verify that the pantry and 3 month supply of food/supplies are stocked
  • verify that there is an adequate (perhaps 3 month! LOL) of Swiss Miss Milk Chocolate with Mini-Marshmellows Hot Chocolate
  • prepare the car for winter and holiday travel
  • inspect/replace holiday decorations
  • finish Christmas gifts
  • clean carpets
  • write/assemble Christmas cards
  • clean dining room and clean crystal, silver and table linens
  • stock medicine cabinet with cold and flu medications


Stories:

  • In November by Cynthia Rylant
  • Apple cider making days by Ann Purmell
  • My goose Betsy by Trudi Braun
  • Squawk to the moon, little goose by Edna Mitchell Preston
  • The way home by Nan Parson Rossiter
  • Catching the wind by Joanne Ryder
  • Black crow, black crow by Ginger Guy
  • Mousekin's Thanksgiving by Edna Miller
  • The Turkey Girl : a Zuni Cinderella story by Penny Polluck

Field Trips:

  • nature center
  • polling center

Crafts/activities:

  • sewing
  • crocheting
  • paper weaving
  • lanterns for Martinmas
  • pinecone people
  • clearing out the garden and planting fall/winter plants
  • a grateful tree

1 comment:

The Lee's said...

Andi - I love this entry. It's making me want to work on my relationship with November, LOL - or at least accept it and make the best of it! I love the lists you shared...just a really fun entry to read! Thanks for sharing!