Reading a Great Thanksgiving Book
...If You Sailed on The Mayflower in 1620 by Ann McGovern. This classic Thanksgiving book really is a cute. It begins by explaining why the Pilgrims wanted to relocate to the New World. After that we learn about their difficult voyage, hard winters and first Thanksgiving feast.
It's a bit long for my 3 year old to sit through so we are dividing the reading over the next few days. He might not enjoy all the wordiness but my preschooler likes the illustrations by Anna DiVito. The pictures give him a good feel for the shape and size of the Mayflower as well as Plymouth Village without being too cartoonish or too realistic.
Overall ...If You Sailed on The Mayflower in 1620 is an quality children's book, but then, you wouldn't expect anything less published by Scholastic.
How to make a Homemade Journal
While I read ...If You Sailed on The Mayflower in 1620 my children worked on their Thanksgiving journals. The journals are where we will draw and write each day as we learn about Thanksgiving. I love having a record of their thoughts and reactions. Plus, my mommy heart knows how precious their childish handwriting and drawings will be in a few years.
Here's a tutorial for simple homemade journals so you can make them too.
All you need is a sheet of card stock, blank printer paper and 2 brads or brass fasteners. Even those things are flexible. Construction paper, cut down notebook paper and string would work just as well.
- Stack one sheet of white card stock on top of 6 sheets of printer paper.
- Fold papers in half.
- Use a hole punch to make 2 holes through the paper close to the folded edge.
- Insert brads, rings, string or ribbon to hold the pages together.
I always allow my children creative freedom for their cover page. Ellie chose to turn her book sideways. Then she used Draw. Write. Now Book 3 to draw a picture of a Pilgrim house. I think the thing on the right is a turkey but I'm not 100% sure about that.
Ben chose a traditional book arrangement and also used Draw. Write. Now Book 3 to illustrate his journal cover. For the record that's Squanto, bushes and clouds. I love how creative and differently each of my children accomplishes the same task!
Well, we're off to a good start in our home school Thanksgiving unit study. Do you use homemade journals with your children? For holiday celebrations, vacations, or something else?
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