We’re focusing on American history this year in our homeschool.
I don’t waste my kids’ time forcing them to write gratitude journals or notebooking through thankfulness lists. We practice being thankful all the time. I write Scripture each month with the handy calendars from Sweet Blessings. We read the Bible together every evening and my kids do morning devotionals and Bible workbooks together every day. So, I think I’ve got all that covered and don’t feel the need to squeeze anymore in for the month of November.
We live far from family, so we don’t really look forward to a huge meal and football or whatever the typical Thanksgiving tradition is. We used to spend Thanksgiving at church – a huge potluck dinner. Now, we tend to travel over the long Thanksgiving weekend. We have the turkey and fixings over Rosh Hoshanah, so we get our fix then. No worries. The last couple years, we’ve traveled to Prague and Porto. We will be going to Venice this year.
The timing has been perfect in our history studies to read about The Mayflower, Pilgrims, and colonizing the New World.
We snuggle up on the sofa and read together in the mornings and evenings.
We get through these cold, dreary days when it gets dark at 4 PM with warm tea and cider, baking delicious cinnamon-scented goodies – like pumpkin scones, trying new soup concoctions, diffusing essential oils, and wearing fuzzy slippers. We take our cod liver oil and have on our happy light at least 20 minutes every day.
Books we Love:
I go to the library and request all the books I can on our topics of study. We also have Draw Write Now Book 3: Native Americans, North America, Pilgrims and others on our shelf at home.
- FREE Thanksgiving Notebooking Pages
- Makahiki – Thanksgiving in Hawaii
- Countdown to Thanksgiving eBook from Amy Peutz
- Redhead Mom Thanksgiving and Pilgrims Unit
- Early Elementary Unit from Ed Snapshots
- The Homeschool Mom Thanksgiving Resources
- Amanda Bennett Unit Study
- Thanksgiving Lessons from Meet Penny
- Thanksgiving Activties from Joy-Filled Life
- Real Life at Home PreK and K Thanksgiving Unit
- The History of Thanksgiving for Little Ones from The Modest Mom
- Pilgrim Unit Study from In All You Do
- First Thanksgiving Unit Plans from Scholastic
- Harrington Harmonies Jamestown Unit Study
- Blessed Beyond a Doubt Cultivating Thankful Hearts Unit Study
- Thanksgiving Build-a-Unit from Homeschooling in Detroit
- Oklahoma Homeschool Pilgrim/Thanksgiving Unit
- Fun Family Ideas for Thanksgiving from LaCelle Family Ministries
- Bible Unit Study for Thanksgiving Week from Teaching Home
- Hubbard’s Cupboard The Pilgrims’ First Thanksgiving
- A History of Thankfulness from The Road to 31
- Turkey Talk from The Road to 31
- Moms with a Blog The Night Before Thanksgiving
- Just Mommies Pilgrims Unit Study
- Thanksgiving Turkey Unit Study by The Homeschool Scientist
- Give Thanks! A Unit Study About Gratefulness from Crosswalk
- Fields of Daisies Old Fashioned Thanksgiving
We used to do fun crafts and activities when the kids were younger, but now that they’re older and no longer interested, we often just read and discuss and bake and watch movies together. We discuss being grateful and content in all circumstances.
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