Nov 2011 Monthly Interest-Led Learning Resource Guide

by ChristinaPilkington on November 26, 2011 · 2 comments

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I love reading homeschooling sites and blogs. It’s fun getting a peek into other families’ lives, but the main reason I love to read them is to steal their idea. We’ve never before lived in a time when we have access to so many great ideas and resources at our fingertips at any time of the day or night.

I’ve come across so many wonderful ideas for resources and activities just by scanning my blog feeds on Google Reader and reading e-mails. We learn through our interests, so it’s important to us to have a ready supply of rich ideas and a variety of different resources and activities to choose from each week.

I’ve learned so many wonderful things from the readers of this site. So, today I’d like to propose an idea. I’d like to share each month the resources and activities I’ve done with my family that month. It’s my hope that some of these ideas might spark some interest in your family or lead you to another great idea that would work well in your family.

But I’d like you to participate, too. Please leave suggestions for great resources and activities in the comment section below. I’d like to make these monthly posts a rich resource for everyone that visits and reads the site. I will make a place for them on the sidebar so you can back whenever you need to for inspiration and ideas.

*I want to note that none of the links below are affiliate links. I’ve included them so you could get an idea of what the resource looks like and to read reviews. If any of these resources look interesting, I’d suggest you check first at your library or buy them used on Amazon or Ebay.


Our Resources and Activities for November 2011



Good Morning, Gorillas (A Magic Treehouse Book)

Panther Dream: A Story of the African Rainforest

Breakfast  in the rainforest: a visit with mountain gorillas

Stage Fright on a Summer Night (a Magic Treehouse book)

Hamlet for Kids

McBeth for Kids

A Midsummer’s Night Dream for Kids

A Child’s Portrait of Shakespeare

Romeo and Juliet for Kids

The school skeleton

A Street Through Time (I highly, highly recommend this book- Awesome!)


Dem Bones

Scooby-Doo and the Deep Sea Diver

Scooby Doo and the Scary Skateboarder

Scooby Doo and the Mean Green Mystery Machine

Scooby Doo and the Headless Horseman

Sooby-Doo and the Thanksgiving Terror

10 Turkeys on the Road

The Missing Mummy (an A to Z Mystery book)

Sleepy Hallow Sleepover (an A to Z Mystery book)

The Talking T.Rex (an A to Z Mystery book)



Garfield: Holiday Celebrations (Thanksgiving episode)

Totally Tropical Rainforest

William Bradford: The First Thanksgiving (Animated Hereos Classics)

The First Four Harry Potter Movies

Squanto: A Warrior’s Tale

A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving



BBC Animated Shakespeare Tales: Taming of the Shrew, Romeo and Juliet & Midsummer’s Night Dream.



Music of the rainforest pygmies

Shakespeare for Children by Jim Weiss (great CD!)

A Turkey for Thanksgiving


Kits/Experiement Books

Magic Schoolbus Germs (great, great resource)

Kitchen Science



We went to Kansas City and Branson Missouri the first week of this month. Some of our favorite activities included:

A fish hatchery

A ride on the D.U.C.K.S.

Paddle boat rides

Silver Dollar City (watching a glassblower, going on rides, watching a parade, taking an hour and a half tour or Marvel Cave, watching the plays A Christmas Carol and A Live Nativity, going on a train ride, and lots of treats!)

Visiting Anita B.Goodman Conservation Discovery Center

Making art at Kaleidoscope

Visiting Science City


Other things we did this month were:

Visited the Cernan Space Center and watched a film on the visible constellations in the November sky in our area.

The kids got a good (if not gross!) look at the insides of my nostrils on a TV monitor at the sinus doctor

Swimming lessons

And lots and lots of pretend play!

Every year on the day after Thanksgiving, it’s our tradition to pick out our tree, decorate it while listening to Christmas music and then watch our first Christmas movie of the season.


Photo Credit: gordasm

I’d love for you to list some of your favorite resources your family has used this month or favorite activities in the comments below. It will greatly add to the value of this post for all readers. Thank you!

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  • Susan

    I realized that I forgot to pop over here and say that this is a great list, and a great idea. As you know, I post my favorite resources every week :) You’re welcome to link this post up, if you’d like to. It’s great to read what works for other families!! I get so many good ideas that way!

    • Anonymous

      I was thinking of linking up this post. I love reading what other people are doing, and I was hoping to have a way every month for everyone to share here, too.

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