The First Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving books

This year we spent the whole month of November immersing ourselves in the history of the first Thanksgiving.  It was somewhat familiar to Ian because we did touch on it last year, but this year I wanted him to be able to connect more with the story of the Pilgrims who were willing to sacrifice so much for the opportunity to follow their hearts in worshiping God.  We got off to a strong start, but then our house got hit with sickness so things didn’t go exactly the way I had planned.  I do think we accomplished my objective, however, so I’m not too upset.

We read lots of “living books” and watched several videos throughout the month.  My plan was to spend each week focusing on a different part of the story, and although that got a bit disrupted by illness, for the most part it’s what we did.  So here’s what we did week-by-week:

Week 1 – Setting out for the New World

Week 2 – The First Year/Squanto

Week 3 – Colonial Life

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P1020212Two other books we enjoyed this year were This First Thanksgiving Day by Laura Krauss Melmed and Three Young Pilgrims by Cheryl Harness.

We also created a Thanksgiving notebook over the course of the month that included Ian’s copywork from the hymn “For the Beauty of the Earth,” some writing prompts, coloring pages, and a printed copy of Psalm 100 (which we read each day and worked on memorizing all month).  And we culminated our Thanksgiving study by feasting at the park with some homeschool friends (complete with homemade costumes)!

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For more Thanksgiving ideas check out my Cranberry Thanksgiving post and Thanksgiving Devotional from last year.