November is one of my favorite months – the colder temperatures, the crisp air and falling leaves that crunch under my feet, the birds coming to the feeder, the wonderful hiking, bonfires and hot chocolate. Yay for November!
This month we will be celebrating:
November 1 – The Feast of All Saints
November 2- The Feast (Commemoration) of All Souls Departed
November 8 – The Presidential General Election (We already early voted but will be watching the returns and perhaps we will even make an Election Cake!)
November 11 – Martinmas
November 24- Thanksgiving Day
November 30 – St. Andrew the Apostle
plus this month marks my husband’s birthday!
Wonderful things to do this month with the children:
- Tell favorite Autumn stories!
- Make Autumn crafts – dipping leaves, making beeswax candles, leaf and bark rubbings, splatter painting around leaves
- Read the book Cranberry Thanksgiving and make Cranberry Bread
- Go hike and be outside
- Rake leaves, fill bird feeders and bird baths, take care of the all the winter gardening chores
- Start deep cleaning the house in preparation for the holidays
- Stock up on all the woolies for warmth – If you need a re-fresher as to why warmth is important, try this back post on “Warmth, Strength, and Freedom”
- Make lanterns for Martinmas! Even teenagers enjoy making a new lantern. You can even buy the biodegradable sky lanterns as a twist to the traditional Martinmas Lantern Walk for teens. This can be wonderful for older children who have done a lantern walk for years and years and who would like something different to mark the season.
- Have a coat drive; collect food for your local food bank.
- Start traditions of gratitude for the month of November . Some have a gratitude tree where the leaves become a gratitude for each day.
Homeschooling this month:
- Our first grader is deep into drawing, painting, and modeling the alphabet. More on that to come!
- Our sixth grader is finishing up mineralogy and moving into European Geography and Roman Studies. This promises to be a fun time that will carry us until Christmas.
- Our ninth grader is studying High School Spanish II, Biology, Algebra I, and a block on Comedy and Tragedy. We are following the Christopherus book, “Comedy and Tragedy” and just finished with Sophocles’ Electra. This week we will be moving into Noh Theater. I ended up switching biology textbooks and hope for going through the basic concepts of biology that we already covered in our eleven weeks of school and move into our new material soon. I feel confident this is going to work out well for our ninth grader.
I am already starting to think about making gifts. And I am thinking about a post-holiday get-away. 🙂
- I have been attending a series at our parish regarding dismantling racism by a reknowned professor. It has been wonderful and also the focus of a Bible study I am persuing right now. My head is full. 🙂
- I am finding it difficult to get up super early to head to the gym at 5:30 , so hope to get back into the swing of things this week.
- Feeling gratitude for all the local farm fresh food available in our area.
I would love to hear about your plans for November.
Blessings and love,