Okay, so everywhere I look, people are gearing up for Christmas–and right now,
I am drawing my virtual line in the sand here
to stop the craziness and to just say no to Christmas until after Thanksgiving!! lol.
I am going to relax, breath and just be thankful.
Thanksgiving is such a wonderful time to teach your kids about all of God’s blessings. And we all have so much to be thankful for. Agreed? Alrighty, then.
Don’t miss out on this great chance to teach some extra US History, too. We live about 20 minutes from Plymouth, MA, so our area is loaded with pilgrim history. I hope this post makes it a little easier for some of you moms out there.
A Mini Unit Study for Thanksgiving
Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all ye lands.
Serve the LORD with gladness: come before his presence with singing.
Know ye that the LORD he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.
Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.
For the LORD is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.
“Thus out of small beginnings greater things have
grown by His hand Who made all things out of nothing,
and gives being to all things that are; and as one small
candle may light a thousand, so the light enkindled here
has shone to many, yea, in a sense, to our whole nation;
let the glorious name of Jehovah have all the praise.”
—William Bradford. 1630
Image and Text of the The Mayflower Compact
Selected Portions of William Bradford’s Journal Of Plimoth Plantation
An Old Fashioned Thanksgiving by Lousia May Alcott (short story)
Stories of the Pilgrims by Margaret Pumphrey (free text via Baldwin Project!) – I have read selected portions of this book to my kids each Thanksgiving for I don’t know how long!
Excellent selection of Thanksgiving Poetry here (Thanks, Ambleside Online!)
Character Training :
Age specific ways to teach your kids thankfulness here
Martha, Martha, Martha. You did it again! Love these paper Pilgrim bonnets: easy instructions here
LOVED This beautifully simple art project: finger paints, glitter, leaves…what more could your kids want? here
And while your kiddos are crafting up a storm, you can make these adorable Thanksgiving Placecards, from, who else? Martha Stewart. here.
And if you are looking for a good read, try Choosing Gratitude by Nancy Leigh DeMoss. You will be blessed!