November: Families and Generosity
November is a month of abundance as well as hunger; gratitude as well as generosity. We honor traditions of Indigenous people/Native Americans whose gratitude and generosity come from a deep tie to nature and the earth. Many people in America celebrate the family holiday of Thanksgiving, a time to show gratitude and generosity. We also bring our focus to elections and personal responsibility for the good of all.
Raise giving and caring kids with this conversation guide. Use these discussion prompts at the holiday table through November and December.
- Native American / Indigenous Heritage Month - Through literature and discussion, we build awareness of the culture and contributions of Indigenous people. Link to resources related to Indigenous people on LTG.
- Election Day (first Tuesday after the first Monday in November) - Empower youth to use their voice to be advocates and promote each person's voice.
- Veterans Day (November 11): Use this teachable moment to focus on the contributions of "real" heroes for the common good. Plan for a way they can become heroes in even a small way through community service and volunteerism. View the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. View the History Channel's Take a Veteran to School project. See Learning to Give lesson plans below.
- National Philanthropy Day (November 15): This day provides an opportunity to reflect on the meaning of giving – how it has enhanced our civic society, as well as what there still is to do. View Lesson Plans co-created with NPD and Learning to Give.
- Thanksgiving Day: In this season of giving, reflect on what they are thankful for and how they can "pay it forward" to others. It is also a great time to learn about hunger and take action to address the issues of hunger and poverty in the community.
- GivingTuesday follows Black Friday and Cyber Monday, redirecting attitudes to generosity and caring on the second biggest giving day of the year. See TeachOne lesson plans below.