Monthly Activities

NOVEMBER, 2020    FLOWER:  CHRYSANTHEMUM              BIRTHSTONE:  YELLOW TOPAZ

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1 “FALL BACK” DAY

U.S. daylight saving time ends and standard time resumes at 2:00 am on the first Sunday in November.  Don’t forget to change your clocks and enjoy an extra hour of sleep!

 

2  MEMORABILIA MONDAY

We will solve a spelling memorabilia puzzle today, watch Antiques Roadshow and talk about items you might have collected.  Did you collect stamps, spoons, baseball cards?

 

3   ELECTION DAY &      CLICHÉ DAY

We will share some trivia today and see who can finish the most clichés today.

 

4  USE YOUR COMMON SENSE DAY

Celebrated on the birth anniversary of Will Rogers, who said, “Common Sense ain’t all that common.”  We will share more of his quotes and talk about his life.

 

5  DOUBLE MEANING DAY

The word march can mean “the act of marching,” or it can be the name of a month.  We will make a list of other words that have more than one meaning today.

 

6  HAPPY BIRTHDAY, SALLY FIELD!

Sally Field, who played the Flying Nun, was born on this day in 1946.  Her acting career has spanned over 50 years and we will talk about some of her most famous roles…and watch one of her movies, too!

7  RAILROAD DAY

The Canadian Pacific Railway was completed when the last spike was driven in at Craigellachie in British Columbia in 1885.  The transcontinental railroad started in Montreal, Quebec.  We will take a virtual train ride today!

8  DAYS OF OUR LIVES 55TH   ANNIVERSARY

This soap opera premiered on this day in 1965 and is one of the longest-running scripted tv programs in the world.  Do you remember how the show opens?  “Like sand through the hourglass…”  We will make some sand art this afternoon!

9  NUTS ABOUT PEANUT     BUTTER DAY

It is Peanut Butter Lovers’ Month.  We will make some treats for our bird friends and enjoy some peanut butter fudge in the afternoon.

 

10  VANILLA CUPCAKE    DAY

In celebration of this classic cupcake, we will enjoy vanilla cupcakes in the afternoon.  We might take a virtual tour of a bakery today, too.

11 VETERANS DAY

It is the day that World War I ended on this day in 1918. 

We remember all those who have served and are currently serving in the Armed Forces.

Thank you for your service!

 

12  MOCKTAIL DAY

 Mocktails are non-alcoholic cocktails.  We will enjoy a “mocktail” this afternoon and a healthy snack.

 

13  WORLD KINDNESS DAY

 There are many ways to share kindness on this day.  Smile at 10 people; write a thank you note; leave a gift at someone’s door, and the list goes on!  Your small act of kindness may have a huge impact on someone’s day!

14  FRENCH       IMPRESSIONIST DAY

 Claude Monet, the French Impressionist painter, was born on this date in 1840.  We will have an “art” page to paint and take a virtual tour of the Impressionist art at the National Gallery of Art.

15 WHERE IN THE    WORLD?  DAY

Today begins geography awareness week and we will see on a map all the great places you have traveled to and enjoy a snack in the afternoon.

16 DUTCH AMERICAN      HERITAGE DAY

We will try our hand at Netherlands-inspired tulip art, learn about famous Dutch Americans and maybe learn a basic Dutch phrase or two.

 

17  HOMEMADE BREAD   DAY

Did you know there is a whole day dedicated to bread?  We will try a recipe in a bread machine and enjoy a slice in the afternoon!

18  HAPPY BIRTHDAY MICKEY & MINNIE MOUSE

We might learn how to draw a Mickey & Minnie Mouse, reminisce about the “Mickey Mouse Club” and show one of their movies today.

19  GETTYSBURG      ADDRESS        ANNIVERSARY

Abraham Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address on November 19, 1863.  We will do a virtual tour and learn more about it today.

20 HAPPY  ANNIVERSARY,       QUEEN ELIZABETH &      PRINCE PHILIP

Today is their wedding anniversary and they wed on this day in 1947.  We will watch some famous royal weddings and enjoy a tea social in the afternoon.

21  UP, UP AND AWAY       DAY

On November 21, 1783, French brothers Joseph and Jacques Montgolfier constructed a hot-air balloon that rose 84 feet into the air with the 1st human flyers!  Have you ever flown in a hot air balloon?  We’ll watch the movie Around the World in 80 Days too.

22  WHERE WERE YOU?

On this day in 1963, President John F. Kennedy was assassinated while riding in a motorcade in Dallas, Texas.  Where were you when you heard the news? 

23  THAT’S LIFE DAY

The first issue of LIFE magazine was published on this day in 1936.  Did you enjoy this magazine?

 

24 LET’S TALK TURKEY TUESDAY

We will share some history and trivia and maybe make a centerpiece for a Thanksgiving table.

25  TIE ONE ON DAY

Tie one on and celebrate the humble apron and the women of earlier generations who wore aprons.  We celebrate this day on the day before Thanksgiving.  We can wear our aprons today and enjoy some cookies in the afternoon!

26  HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

We will talk about what we are thankful for enjoy a wonderful turkey dinner with all the trimmings!

 

27 IS IT SOUP YET? DAY

This is a great day to make some soup in our crock pot…and enjoy it in the afternoon, of course.

28  GRAND OLE OPRY’S    BIRTHDAY

The Grand Ole Opry was first broadcast on this day in 1925.  We will enjoy some classic performances today.

 

29  LEMON CREAM PIE DAY

According to culinary historians, people have been enjoying lemon-flavored custards & desserts since the Middle Ages!  We will enjoy some this afternoon.

30  FULL BEAVER MOON

The full moon tonight is called Full Beaver Moon because it is when the beavers begin to take shelter in their lodges, having laid up sufficient stores of food for the long winter ahead.

 

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