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I love Thanksgiving! My husband and I were discussing this the other night. There is so much controversy and commercialism surrounding holidays. We don’t celebrate Halloween at all, but even Christmas and Easter are said to have Pagan roots. Thanksgiving, however, is a more “modern” holiday, and we know exactly how it originated–it is a fully Christian holiday, began as a day to give God the thanks and glory for His provision. Amen!
Because the history of Thanksgiving is so accessible, I’m excited to focus on that in our homeschool in the days leading up to Thanksgiving. We have several great Thanksgiving books, but will be focusing on this one: Squanto and the Miracle of Thanksgiving by Eric Metaxas.
I love this book because it focuses on the miracle of Thanksgiving. It’s such a beautiful story to me and one that exemplifies the verse: “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” (-Romans 8:28). The way the Lord orchestrated so many things, and worked through so many things for the Pilgrims and their survival is truly amazing to me! So, we will be discussing the many aspects of this book. We will also be watching A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving.
We made a fall thumbprint tree last week, and I’m looking forward to lots of great Thanksgiving activities over the next few weeks. My friend Jill has this great Thanksgiving School pinterest group board with tons of fantastic ideas.
Also, and this is pretty exciting, if you have older students (or are interested yourself). It has just been announced that Michael Medved will be speaking at all 3 Great Homeschool Conventions locations for 2014! So, he is partnering with them to offer his bestselling history audio download, The First Thanksgiving ~ Pilgrims, Puritans and the Founding of America for FREE! (It usually sells for $14.95 in his shop).
PS–if you are interested in attending Great Homeschool Conventions, they have extended the early bird rate of $45 through the end of November! So, if you thought you’d missed the 11/15 cut off, you get a second chance at it. And, I just found out that the session with Gianna Jessen is FREE this year, included with your registration (open seating).
And, because I love designing printables, I just had to make a free printable pack for Thanksgiving :) In this packet, you’ll find:
- Coloring sheets w/ writing practice (Thanksgiving Vocabulary)
- patterns, counting, same/different, and sizing practice
- A simple Thanksgiving mini-book
- My book of Thanks–lots of “I am thankful for….” cards, some are blank and some have pictures to indicate blessings, such as “parents,” “family,” “food,” etc.
Click the link below to get the download. My facebook community has grown to nearly 5,000 members! Can you believe it??? So, this is a little thank you for all of you :) I hope you and your children enjoy it. (just click the image below)
So, this is basically what we’re doing for the history aspect of Thanksgiving. I’m going to try to post again to share some of our resources and activities to focus on the thankfulness aspect of Thanksgiving, so hopefully I’ll be able to share those either later this week or early next week.
PS–did you see my Fun & Frugal gift guide for boys? I’m pretty excited about the ideas there, and would love to hear yours as well!
What Thanksgiving activities are you doing?