Happy Monday , Happy Homeschooling, and Happy Thanksgiving!
At the start of each month, I show the boys the list of special days and let them put a check by the topics that interest them. And, being boys, of course they both checked November 19 – World Toilet Day! Though I didn’t exactly try to talk them out of learning about toilets, I did remind them that we were in the middle of our Thanksgiving studies. Z said, “Mom, aren’t we thankful for toliets?”. Yes, very thankful for toilets! So, a “Toilet” study has begun.
Below are our resources for learning about toilets. Or they will be once we can get passed the jokes. “Feeling a little flushed?” “School work sure is crappy today!” and such.
Who invented toilets? How long have toilets been around? What is an “s-trap? Answers to these and even an experiment http://wonderopolis.org/wonder/who-invented-the-toilet
History and Timeline for the Toilet http://www.edinformatics.com/inventions_inventors/flush_toilet.htm
How toilets work http://home.howstuffworks.com/toilet.htm
35 Toilet videos (I think the ones from “Dr. Know” and “G-Word” will suit us best) http://home.howstuffworks.com/toilet-videos-playlist.htm
How to say “Toilet” in 80 different languages http://www.indifferentlanguages.com/words/toilet
Proper Toilet Etiquette http://www.a-to-z-of-manners-and-etiquette.com/toilet-etiquette.html
Weird Toilets From Around the World http://blog.hostelbookers.com/travel/free-things-to-do/toilets-of-the-world/
Recipes for Homemade Toilet Cleaners and Why You Should Make Them http://www.diynatural.com/homemade-toilet-cleaner/
And as the big finale to our World Toilet Day study, Flushed Away is on Netflix!
I guess today is one of those days when our school work is supposed to go down the drain!
There are wonderful opportunities for learning from the November calendar! Here’s a BiG resource list for teaching and learning with November’s themes, holidays, and special days. Be sure to check back occasionally throughout the month, for I’ll be adding to this collection as more resources become available.
List of Nov. Themes, Holidays, Historic Days, and More – http://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2015/10/28/special-days-in-november-2015/
Nov. Bulletin Boards, Lesson Plans, Activities, Thematic Units, Writing Prompts – http://www.theteacherscorner.net/monthly-resources/november.php
Nov. Daily Resources – http://www.se7en.org.za/se7ens-november
Discover November – http://www.franw.com/2015/10/a-world-to-discover-november-volume-1.html
Nov. Prayer Calendar for Children – http://cherigamble.com/2015/10/28/november-2015-prayer-calendar-30-days-of-giving-thanks/
Nov. Science Calendar – http://thehomeschoolscientist.com/november-science-calendar-download/
Nov. Algebra Calendar – http://denisegaskins.com/2015/11/03/november-math-calendars/
Seasonal and Thanksgiving Themed Bible Based Activities – http://www.christianitycove.com/
Nov. Holiday and Themed Art Projects – http://kinderart.com/seasons/nov.shtml and http://www.artistshelpingchildren.org/craftsbyholidays.html
Nov. and Thanksgiving Themed Math – http://www.yummymath.com/
Nov. Authors/Illustrators/Events Almanac – Librarian Resources K-12 – http://www.schoollibrarymonthly.com/almanacs/index.html
Nov. and Thanksgiving Themed Vocabulary Lists and Word Games – https://myvocabulary.com/
Nov. Themed Elementary Printables and Activities – http://www.apples4theteacher.com/
Nov. Facts Copywork Cards – http://www.currclick.com/product/65943/November-Facts-Copywork–Mini-Cards?term=november+fact+cards+
Nov. Stargazer’s Guide – http://farmersalmanac.com/astronomy/2015/10/26/looking-up-a-stargazers-guide-to-november-2015/
Fall and Thanksgiving Interactive Games – http://www.primarygames.com/seasons/fall/games.php
Seasonal and Holiday Themed Notebooking Printables – http://www.teacherfiles.com/teaching_resources.htm
Adopt a Turkey – http://www.franw.com/2011/11/wild-turkeys.html
Native American Heritage – http://www.franw.com/2015/10/native-american-resources.html
Aviation – The study resources we used during August’s “Aviation Week” are great and will work just as well in November. http://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2014/08/17/aviation-week-learning-resources/
Diabetes – Pre-K – 12 Teacher Guides, Worksheets, and Quizzes – Just enter “diabetes” into the search bar to pull up which level you need – http://classroom.kidshealth.org/index.jsp?Grade=0&Section=welcome
Music – “SQUILT” is a super way to learn music and composers http://www.homegrownlearners.com/squilt/ We also go to this site often for theory and free sheet music printables http://makingmusicfun.net/
NaNoWriMo (National November Writing Month) – http://ywp.nanowrimo.org/
Sweet Potato Awareness – http://www.franw.com/2015/09/sweet-potato-resources.html
World Communication – Communication Course http://www.e-learningforlife.org/Courses/EK-8057/8057start.html
Presidents With Nov. Birthdays:
Resources and Activities – http://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2014/02/14/resources-for-presidents-day/
Nov. Statehood Anniversaries – State facts video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vyYy7dmAnM8 and state unit study and lapbook printables http://www.homeschoolshare.com/connections__usa.php
November, 2015 Daily Specials
Nov. 2 – Alternate birth date for Daniel Boone 1734 http://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2013/10/22/daniel-boone/
Nov. 3 – Election Day (US) – http://www.franw.com/2011/11/voting.html
Nov. 4 – Common Sense Day – Read the Thomas Payne Publications http://www.pagebypagebooks.com/Thomas_Paine/Common_Sense/ and watch this episode of Liberty’s Kids http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=awlBeITstkE
Nov. 5 – Guy Fawkes Day and Bonfire Night http://www.activityvillage.co.uk/guy-fawkes
Nov. 7 – Evangelist Billy Graham born 1918 Facts and timeline http://www.cnn.com/2013/01/11/us/billy-graham—fast-facts/
Nov. 7 – Tongue Twister Day How fast can you say these? http://www.funenglishgames.com/funstuff/tonguetwisters.html
Nov. 11 – Origami Day http://www.franw.com/2013/12/holiday-and-winter-origami.html
Nov. 11 – Remembrance/Veterans Day – http://www.franw.com/2013/11/veteransremembrance-day.html
Nov. 12 Reformer Elizabeth Stanton born 1815 – http://www.franw.com/2013/11/womens-suffrage-research-resource.html
Nov. 15 – America Recycles Day – http://www.franw.com/2013/04/make-your-own-crafts-from-repurposed.html
Nov. 15 – Geography Awareness Week begins – this is our “go to” site for all things geography and country information http://www.mapsofworld.com/ and interactive games http://sheppardsoftware.com/Geography.htm
Nov. 16 – Fast Food Day lesson plans and nutrition study http://www.fastfoodnutrition.org/lesson-plans.php
Nov. 17 – Explorers Lewis and Clark reached the Pacific Ocean 1805 Try this interactive game and find out if your family can succeed on the trail with Lewis and Clark http://www.nationalgeographic.com/west/
Nov. 18 – Mickey Mouse Debut 1928 Watch the first Mickey Mouse cartoon http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H6c_WgxTsMo
Nov. 19 – World Toilet Day – Learning Resources – http://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2015/11/19/world-toilet-day/
Nov. 21 – First Hot Air Balloon Flight 1763 – http://www.franw.com/2014/06/hot-air-balloons.html
Nov. 25 – Author/Illustrator Marc Brown born 1946 http://marcbrownstudios.com/school/educators-faq/
Nov. 25 – Woody Woodpecker debut 1940 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4vCbkwSS-qE
Nov. 26 – Cartoonist Charles Schulz born 1922 – Peanuts resources http://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2014/10/02/peanuts/
Nov. 26 – Thanksgiving (US)
Nov. 27 – Native American Day – http://www.franw.com/2015/10/native-american-resources.html
Nov. 29 – Author CS Lewis born 1898 – http://homeschoolgiveaways.com/2014/04/chronicles-of-narnia-free-printables-and-unit-studies/
Nov. 29 – Chocolates Day – http://www.franw.com/2013/12/chocolate-activities.html
Nov. 29 – Nov. 29 – Author CS Lewis born 1898 – Huge list of resources http://homeschoolgiveaways.com/2014/04/chronicles-of-narnia-free-printables-and-unit-studies/
Nov. 30 – St. Andrews Day http://www.activityvillage.co.uk/st-andrews-day
Nov. 30 – Author Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain) born 1835 Biography and printables http://gardenofpraise.com/ibdtwain.htm , tour Hannibal, MO http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iaZsjG1bork , and literature study resources (you’ll need to scroll down towards the bottom) http://www.sparknotes.com/lit/index_author_t.html
Happy and Thankful November Learning!
Here’s the list of November, 2015 special days, holidays, observances, food themes, awareness days, historic figures and authors birthdays, science and historic based anniversaries, and more! There’s much to learn about, celebrate, and eat all November long!
November Food Themes
November Daily Specials (the * following the special day means that it may fall on a different date each year)
I make my monthly special days calendars by using several sources including old calendars, holiday books, newspapers, and the web. If you know of a special day that I do not have listed, please comment and let me know what it is so I can add it in. Below are the links to my favorite online calendars.