November Tot School Plans – T Is for Turkey and Thanksgiving!

I can’t believe that October is already over, but I am super excited to begin our November unit. I’m basically taking last November’s unit and adapting/adding to it since the girls are capable of so much more this year than they were last year. (Also, I can’t believe I’ve been doing this for over a year?! These girls are growing up too quickly!!)

Also, starting in November, Emma will be attending another school during the week, so I’ll only have her on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, but I don’t want that to keep Fairley and me from doing activities the other days of the week. This “new plan” will be a work in progress, but isn’t everything always that way with me? (Making plans for T/W, but will do things we don’t get to (or we like a lot and want to do again) with Fair on M/Th/F.)

This month, I really want to use our theme as an opportunity to talk a lot about being thankful. I want the girls to practice having a thankful heart, even at such a young age (which means I need to practice it, too!)

Most of my plans came from the Thanksgiving packet on this website.    For He is good Bible Verse: 

“Give thanks to the LORD, for He is good…”
Psalm 107:1
I'm A Turkey!

By Arnosky, Jim(Book – 2009)

Over the River

A Turkey’s TaleBy Anderson, Derek, 1969-(Book – 2005)

This First Thanksgiving Day

A Counting Story By Melmed, Laura Krauss(Book – 2001)

Turkey Trouble

By Silvano, Wendi J.(Book – 2009)

Thanksgiving Rebus Story (from packet)

Tuesday: Color Focus: Orange and brown and review yellow

-Mix orange and green to make brown and paint a turkey. 

OrangeThe Big Orange Splot book and activity

Yellow: Scratch and Sniff watercolor from last month (to review yellow) (extra)

Tuesday: Letter Focus: Tt

-T Painting – Cut out a “T” from white paper or cardstock. Use something that starts with the letter “T” as a tool to paint the letter. (toothbrush)


-Cover our T page with turkey stickers

-Color vanilla pudding to look like pumpkin pie. Put in a pie tin and practice writing letter T.

-T riddles and T flashcards

Tuesday: Art Exploration:
Corn Painting – Use a corn cob as a paint roller to create paintings.
Hand and foot turkey- Stamp child’s hands in red and orange paint and then onto paper’s center in a fan shape. These are the turkey’s feathers. Trace child’s foot on brown paper. (You could also stamp in brown paint.) Cut out and glue on top of feathers. This is the body of the turkey. Draw eyes, beak, and face on turkey as desired.

Wednesday: Shape Focus: Triangle

(Tune: Jingle Bells) Triangles, triangles, Triangles I see. Count the points and count the sides, Count them 1, 2, 3. Triangles, triangles, Just for you and me. Count the points and count the sides, Count them 1, 2, 3. By Liz Ryerson

Activities: Triangle Collage (using fabric scraps)

Triangle Formation practice (with craft sticks, pretzels, etc.)

Pointing out teepees in books (extra)

Do-a-dots (extra)

Wednesday: Number Focus: 3 and 4

-Complete the Numeral 3 and 4 papers (with items and colors of paint)

(Numeral 4 is included in the packet – see link at top of blog page.)

Wednesdays: Math

Turkey Feather Activity- Use attached turkey bodies with numerals 1-6. Have child place correct number of feathers on each turkey. You could do this with real feathers or paper feathers.
I also have the M&M tree, Leaf Sort, and Halloween pasta sort left from last month. (extra)
Science/Sensory (Every day – afternoon calming activities):
Turkey Baster Water Table- Place 2 pans on a table. Fill one pan halfway with water. (You could also add some food coloring!) Give your child a large turkey baster. Demonstrate how to use a baster. Tell your child that the game is to transfer water from one pan into the other pan using the baster. This is excellent practice for developing fine motor skills!
Fall Sensory Bin – popcorn kernels, pumpkin seeds, leaves, acrylic apples, acorns, pine cones, etc.
Music (Every day): – Grooveshark Playlist
(tune:  Ten Little Indians)
One little, two little, three little turkeys, Gobbly, wobbly, bobbly turkeys, It’s Thanksgiving Day!
Gobble, Gobble Turkey
Use this activity to get out some wiggles!
Gobble, gobble turkey standing up so straight (Stand up and flap arms.)
Gobble, gobble turkey running through the gate (Run in place)
Gobble, gobble turkey running all around (Run in a circle)
Gobble, gobble turkey sitting on the ground (Sit down
Dramatic Play (All week): I might make a felt turkey where they can add various colored feathers. Or we might go back to the fall tree or stick with the jack-o-lantern.
Snack: Apple Turkeys
You will need: Whole apples
Stick pretzels
Use toothpicks as skewers to attach a line of grapes, then a line of marshmallows, etc. Pierce the bottom of the toothpick into the back of the apple. These are the turkey’s “feathers.”
Extra Activities:

Turkey Hunt:
Hide pictures of attached turkeys around the room and have child find the turkeys and bring them back to you. You could also play this game as a group and have one child look for one turkey like the Hot/Cold game. The other children could start gobbling as the turkey hunter gets closer to the hidden turkey.
-Turkey and pilgrim hats (set purchased at dollar store)

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