Learning Through the Days of the Year
There are historic, important, and even fun and silly events to commemorate nearly every day of the year. You can use some of these dates to boost your young child's knowledge of the world in a fun and playful way. We have compiled information, books, websites, lessons, DVDs, and other resources to help you do just that in our Universal Preschool Learning Calendar.
Here is a sample of what you will find for the month of November...
Note: If your preschool-age child has older siblings at home, you may be interested in our comprehensive Homefires Learning Calendar with suggestions for every day of the year.
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November Learning Calendar
1 — Cave Painting Day!
In 1940, four boys were playing in a meadow in Lascaux, France, when their dog fell into a hole in the ground. The boys climbed down the hole to rescue the mutt, and discovered prehistoric cave paintings! Ancient people used dirt, rocks, and plants to create paints in order to draw simple pictures - and you and your child can too. Visit KinderArt for complete instructions!
4 — King Tut Day!
The Tomb of Egyptian boy-King Tutankhamun was discovered in 1922 by legendary archeologist Howard Carter.
Read these books:
- Read: King Tut's Tomb (First Facts) by Doering Tourville (ages 4-8)
- Watch: Disney's Little Einsteins: The Legend of the Golden Pyramid This DVD is designed to take little kids on a virtual trip to see Egypt and much more!
- Play: Here's an online game of Hieroglyphic Concentration designed especially for young children!
- Create: Exploring Ancient Egypt Fun Kit
12 — Auguste Rodin's Birthday!
The master sculptor best known for his work The Thinker, born 1840. Here are some activities to do:
- Children ages 4-8 may enjoy the book, Little Sap and Monsieur Rodin by Michelle Lord.
- Take a virtual tour of the Rodin Museum collection (designed for adults, but children may enjoy seeing the pictures of sculptures).
- Here's a thought-provoking article for parents and educators titled, "Clay and Kids: The Natural Way To Learn" by Marvin Bartel, with some great suggestions for how to help kids express their creativity with clay.
22 — Thanksgiving Day!
Check out UniversalPreschool.com's The Three Sisters: A Native American Curriculum for Thanksgiving designed especially for preschoolers by Fran Wisniewski!
28 — Red Planet Day!
Celebrate the planet Mars! You'll find terrific ideas for playful exploration of the planets, sun, moon, and stars that include activities, songs, fingerplays, nursery rhymes, recipes and more at this website!
Bonus! See Scholastic's interactive lessons and activities about The First Thanksgiving. Take a virtual field trip of Plimouth Plantation and learn the history behind the first Thanksgiving. Find all kinds of terrific suggestions and free resources for learning about Thanksgiving from Preschool through High School at Annette Hall's LocalHS.com!
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Note: If your preschool-age child has older siblings at home, you may be interested in our comprehensive DVD Schooling Calendar with learning suggestions for every day of the year.