November 2022 Family Fun Adventures

Hello Families,

This month we are focusing our classroom curriculum on fall, harvest, and farm life. We are very excited to also have our very own workbooks with resources to help you and your preschooler investigate at home. You will find some books that you can either order off the website or check out in the library, some activities in our new workbook, and some articles to help you learn more about how to share what farm life is all about. (Don’t forget to fill out our FORM to submit your books for our 30-day reading challenge.) Our hope is that you have a terrific November Family Fun Adventure!

Happy November!

The Staff of Casa Montessori Preschool


Weekend Family Fun

November is typically a harvest time month, especially for farmers! We have chosen books, and articles to help them learn more about farms, farm animals, and fall harvest. You can check the books out at your local library or build your library by purchasing the books below. You can enter to win a FREE book by using our Google Form or simply download our PDF version and keep track at home.

CASA- NOV 2022- 30 Day Reading Challenge
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In order to learn more about fall, farms, and harvest, we have compiled a FUN workbook of activities & games that you can play with your preschooler too! Download the worksheet and have a family fun adventure this month.

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Reading Challenge

BOOK #1: The Leaf Thief: (The Perfect Fall Book for Children and Toddlers)

by Alice Hemming (Author), Nicola Slater (Illustrator)

Perfect for fans of Fletcher and the Falling Leaves, The Leaf Thief is a funny picture book that teaches kids about autumn, adapting to change and the seasons.

Squirrel loves counting the leaves on his tree--red leaves, gold leaves, orange, and more. But hold on! One of his leaves is missing! On a quest to find the missing leaf, Squirrel teams up with his good friend Bird to discover who the leaf thief could be among their forest friends.

With vibrant art and captivating characters, the magic of autumn is captured beautifully on each page as readers tag along with Squirrel's forest adventure. Is there truly a leaf thief afoot, or is something else going on in Squirrel's forest? A perfect exploration of change--both seasonal, and the anxiety that change sometimes causes. Bonus material explaining the changing of the seasons. Poised to be a new fall classic.


BOOK #2: Taylor Thankful Turkey: A children's book about being thankful

by Sonica Ellis (Author), Nejla Shojaie Shojaie (Illustrator)

Taylor Thankful Turkey is an easy-to-read children's book about giving thanks and being grateful.

The goal of this book is to teach kids that being thankful is more than just being grateful for what you have, but also showing others your appreciation. This helps to build self-esteem and confidence and makes you a positive and uplifting person.

After all, gratitude is the best attitude, and there is always something to be thankful for.


BOOK #3: Turkey Trouble

by Wendi Silvano (Author), Lee Harper (Illustrator)

Turkey is in trouble. Bad trouble. The kind of trouble where it’s almost Thanksgiving…and you’re the main course.

But Turkey has an idea―what if he doesn’t look like a turkey? What if he looks like another animal instead?

After many hilarious attempts, Turkey comes up with the perfect disguise to make this Thanksgiving the best ever! Wendi Silvano’s comical story is perfectly matched by Lee Harper’s watercolors.


BOOK #4: Little Critter: Just a Special Thanksgiving

by Mercer Mayer (Author, Illustrator)

Little Critter is going to have a Thanksgiving he'll never forget! This 8x8 storybook is perfect for story time and includes a sheet of stickers!

From the school play to a surprise dinner for all of Critterville, celebrate along with Little Critter and his family as they give thanks this holiday. Starring Mercer Mayer's classic, loveable character, Little Critter: Just a Special Thanksgiving is a funny Thanksgiving book for kids that's sure to be a hit.

Bring it along for the car ride or for boys and girls to enjoy while the grown-ups watch Thanksgiving Day football!



Helpful Articles and Resources

10 Ways to Teach Your Kids Gratitude This Thanksgiving


Thanksgiving is a favorite holiday for many—and with good reason. It’s a time to gather with loved ones, share a hearty meal, and give thanks for all the good in our lives, large and small. Not only is the holiday enjoyable (and delicious!) in so many ways, but it's also a great opportunity to teach our children what the holiday symbolizes: gratitude.

We all want to raise children who are kind, responsible, successful, and loving. Teaching our kids to practice gratitude is one of the best ways to foster those qualities.


Why is teaching children about Thanksgiving important?


Thanksgiving is a special holiday: a whole day focused on spending time with loved ones and being thankful, without much of the commercialism that has crept into many other holidays. But before you pull up to the table to enjoy your delicious Thanksgiving feast, consider the opportunities this day presents to teach children about the important values of Thanksgiving, such as thankfulness, gratitude, and family.


Teaching Young Kids About Gratitude


The upcoming holidays are the perfect time to teach young children a very important life lesson about gratitude that will last well past the season.

Gratitude is a high-level concept that can be tricky for toddlers and preschoolers. They are naturally self-focused in their early ages an