November 2012 Holidays and Activities


November– The Education Cafe began at the end of October beginning of November three years ago averaging a few hundred views per month. Now it is averaging 7,000-9,000 views per month! Thanks for visiting! If your country has a special holiday in November that is not stained glass, stained glass window, church windowlisted below, please leave a comment and let us know.

November 1–All Saint’s Day. Click on country to see how it is celebrated in these countries:

Philippines, .Eastern European Countries, .Spain

Also on November 1 Kerala Foundation Day in Kerala, India. — Kerala coloring pages for kids.

November 2 – Daniel Boone born, 1734

November 3 – Robert Louis Stevenson born, 1850 (Treasure Island unit study.)

November 4 — Orphan Sunday (and the whole month is National Adoption Awareness)

November 11 – Veteran’s Day in America; Remembrance Day in Australia–traditions and info; Remembrance Day Canada.

November 12–Constitution Day in Azerbaijan–check out this fun map, flag and facts page

National Children’s Book Week, third week–activities on Education World;

–See also an article on this site called Better Together about the We Both Read series of books.

November 15–Beginning of the new Islamic year

November 16, 1952 – Lucy first holds a football for Charlie Brown in the Peanuts cartoon strip.

November 17—National Adoption Day; Or, choose your state for events. Delana’s family is celebrating 5 1/2 years with the daughter they adopted from Thailand. Delana wrote a book about their adoption journey — Nine Year Pregnancy: Waiting on God–Our Journey of adoption.  For  articles and poetry about their adoption journey, check this out.

November 29 – Thanksgiving Day, last Thursday (activities & lessons); Lincoln Proclamationpilgrim boy, native american girl, indian, pilgrim, thanksgiving, harvest, first thanksgiving

Thanksgiving Blessing Tree (scroll down to see the details of this idea)

November 30– St. Andrew’s Day in Scotland; Click here for kids’ activities and coloring pages

I ran across this idea. Thought you might want to use it:

Make a tree out of construction paper and hang it on the wall. Every day put leaves on it with things you are thankful for. By Thanksgiving you should have it completely filled and running over. Just a way to help the kids and grownups to remember what God has done for them. You can make your leaves out of colored construction paper like fall leaves.  Or, trace your child’s hand on different colors of construction paper.  Hang each “leaf” upside down on the tree.  Curl the fingers slightly by rolling up over a pencil.  Write the thankful statement on the palm of the hand.

Note: I posted the above idea in 2009; in 2010 I found another wordpress blog with a similar idea. Check it out:


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