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I love Thanksgiving! It is a more “modern” holiday, and we know exactly how it originated–it is a 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. I especially love the Mayflower Voyagers bonus feature–a very fun and accessible way for kiddos to see the Thanksgiving story.
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.
We will also be using our Gratitude Cards (a free printable for YOU to use as well!) And you can see all of my favorite gratitude based Thanksgiving resources there. My post was getting super long, so I split it up into two–the giving thanks resources and the more history based resources.
Our favorite Thanksgiving books
A Free Thanksgiving Printable Pack
And, because I love designing printables, I just had to make a 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.
Simply use code Thanksgiving14 to get this pack for FREE in my printable shop.
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! (I know it says 2013, but the ideas are still great this year!)
PSS-If you enjoyed this post I’d love for you to share it with your friends via twitter, pinterest, or facebook. I spend a lot of time on my printable packs and I’d love as many people as possible to benefit from them. Thanks!
What Thanksgiving activities are you doing?