I love Thanksgiving! It's my favorite holiday. I love how it's just about family and friends sharing a delicious meal and remembering our blessings. There's no pressure to find the perfect gift, no debate over how secular or how religious to be, no hustle and bustle. It's just enjoying your loved ones and a big hunk of pumpkin pie.
Last week I pulled out my Thanksgiving children's books and realized I've accumulated quite a collection. (By the way, if you can only buy one Thanksgiving book make it Thanksgiving: A Time to Remember by Barbara Rainey. It is the best book ever!!) As I looked at the pile of 18 books, and 1 CD set, I realized I needed a reading and activity plan in order to get the best use of my books.
Being a home school teacher, it didn't take me long to write out Thanksgiving lesson plans (linked to my plan) for the month of November. A couple of years ago I made a similar list of children's Thanksgiving activities and it really helped us stay on track throughout the month.
This year's Thanksgiving unit study includes a couple of craft activities (I'm not crafty so there aren't many), writing prompts, drawing ideas, a list of websites with more ideas and a list of the Thanksgiving themed books I own.
Please understand that my plan is geared for my family - our weekly schedule and personalities. It might work for your family as it is, or it might need some tweaking, but I hope you'll find something in it that you can use! You'll also notice that it's only Monday - Friday. That's because I'm using this study for our History/Civics curriculum this month.
edited November 5, 20011: If you look at the plan you'll see "Make hardtack" and a link to an online recipe. I do NOT recommend you make this recipe. Seriously. It was as hard as a hockey puck. Someone could chip a tooth!
Do you have a favorite Thanksgiving tradition or book that's not on my list? Please share!!
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