Happy thanksgiving! I am so thankful to you, my readers, for reading this blog and giving me a reason to keep going by hopefully helping a few of you. This thanksgiving was extra special, as Aria is a little older and now is of the age to start understanding how lucky she is and just how much she has to be grateful for, and man, am I so blessed that I get to stay home with her and do what I do. She tells me all of the time how much she loves homeschooling, so I am so blessed to have a supportive husband who has been pro-homeschooling from the very start! Anyways, rant over, and on to all of the details of the week…
Once again, I divided each day into categories. We covered Native Americans, Pilgrims, Gratefulness and turkeys, and a co-op craft day that incorporated bits of each hosted by my friend. Though I don’t have all the links to her activities, my friend did some awesome activities like a life-size board game where you pretend to be a pilgrim and have to avoid sickness and problems on the boat overseas to get to the new world. It was a really great way to teach strategies to the girls. Then, they made teepees with ice cream cones and icing (which was of course a big hit) and tried to make our own mini floating Mayflowers (see under Science). We also played a thanksgiving bingo from Target that was super fun. I love having creative friends that give me a bit of a planning break!
For Native American day, we dressed up and made our own headbands and played with our thanksgiving pilgrim and Native American toys in our teepee. We painted with Indian corn, made small foldable teepees and played with puppets. For pilgrim day, we also colored and played with puppets, made our own pilgrim hat, and did some good pilgrim worksheets.
For gratefulness and turkey day, the girls played in a thanksgiving sensory bin, added our turkey parts to the gratefulness pumpkin, made multiple foam turkey crafts, and did some fun worksheets. We also made our own gratefulness tree I found at Target, which ended up being our table centerpiece.
I always end up overplaying for thanksgiving because each year I seem to forget how hard it is to not just cook and plan for the thanksgiving meal but that I have to fit in the cleaning and prepping for guests at some point! But it never hurts to have extra things to use for next year, so I don’t mind that I had a number of things leftover. Plus, from time to time the girls wanted something to do and I was able to quickly pull a craft or worksheet out for them.
We ended our thanksgiving week transitioning into our Christmas season, which will be extra special this year (see my 24 days of Christmas Elf post) by going to a Christmas tree farm for the first time to cut down a Christmas tree. Now that the thanksgiving decorations are done, its time to really dive into winter and the Christmas season! I just can’t wait for the many fun things to come!
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Jessica and Ana
Our Homeschooling Mission Statement: We will strive to be patient, godly examples to our children, integrating biblical principles and morality into every subject. Learning should be fun. We will foster an attitude of lifelong curiosity and play while providing the best possible education we can through books, art, technology, food, tactile activities, and cultural experiences. Learning will not be dictated by hours on a clock but will be a way of life for our families.