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Monday, November 12, 2007

Teaching Thanksgiving to Children



Since I am homeschooling, last week, this week, and next week, for Five in a Row, the girls and I have been rowing Cranberry Thanksgiving.
Last week we focused on just a few things, such as Onomatopoeia's, Similes, Coloring Thanksgiving pictures, etc. As I have been trying to explain the history aspect of Thanksgiving with the girls, it just seems to be going over their heads; just a wee bit.
For example. I tried telling the girls who the pilgrims were, and why they came to America. One night at dinner, Bean told her Daddy, that we were pilgrims too. When I asked her why, she said, "because we are good people."
I remember them asking me if Pilgrims were good or bad people, and I said, they were good people, that wanted to read the Bible and pray the way the Bible taught. But they were not allowed to read the Bible. If they did, they had to go to jail.
So, hence the question, were they good or bad people. Which then explains the misunderstanding, of Bean thinking we too were pilgrims because we were good and read the Bible. At least in her child like eyes we are good. ;) ( Technically she is right. We are pilgrims on this earth. Our true home is in Heaven; if we have have believed on Jesus as our Saviour by faith alone through grace alone. We are on a journey to Heaven, but that would way to over the top for her. :) )

I had a few Thanksgiving books besides Cranberry Thanksgiving, but they were not doing the trick. The girls think it is just a big feast, for good people! :)

So I went online, and looked in our library's system for any child's book or video that had to do with Thanksgiving. I placed what I could find on hold, and had them sent to our library. So this is what I got. There is a really great story type book of the whole Mayflower journey, a video of William Bradford cartoon style. A factual child's book on the history of Thanksgiving. Then there is a child's book, telling what life was like for a pilgrim girl using real photos.

Hopefully this will do the trick in giving them a better idea of what Thanksgiving is all about.

For more Thanksgiving ideas, please click on the button above my post. Have a great day! :)

12 comments:

mindi said...

What great ideas. I might just have to head over to the library!!

Lady_MSnow said...

I will have to see if our Library has that book. :D

Midlife Cycler said...

Thanks for coming to my kitchen today:)
From your blog, which is very impressive by the way, I can tell you have young children. There is never enough time to keep things clean and organized. Mine are 18 and 20 now so I have 3 hours without them at my feet. So, tend to the kids, clean another season!

Jody

Mrs. C said...

My kids love Cranberry Thanksgiving. Mr. Whiskers is a hoot!:)
Blessings,
Mrs. C

Day by Day said...

I too, have been trying to figure out how to teach Thanksgiving. More than, "We eat Turkey". Thanks for the book ideas.
We also enjoy our library. I recently shared a post of how we "packed up the kids" and went to the library when my little boy had questions that I couldn't quite articulate. Here is the link:
http://lisahertel.blogspot.com/2007/11/why.html
Hope that works,
Thanks again.

Mrs. Pivec said...

You know, I don't think we've ever read Cranberry Thanksgiving, but I recognize a lot of the other books on the table!

The girls will certainly "get it" over time. It's not really a bad thing that they think that there is a feast for good people! :) It's just good people remembering to say "thank you" to God for all the things He does for them every day.

Thank YOU for stopping by my blog and leaving the kind comment today. It's very nice to meet you! :)

~Java Mama~ said...

Great! I am going to find some things for my boys to do in preperation for THanksgiving!! I am heading to the library to see if we have that book...

JOYFully in Him,
Kelli

Becky said...

Hello...Thank you for visiting my blog today, and for your kind comments.

Thank you for sharing the Thanksgiving book ideas. They make nice ideas for reading to grandchildren too.

Have a wonderful day!

Jammy said...

Wow, that is so cute about it going over their heads a little bit. They will absorb a little bit each year, little upon little. I'm glad you found a book you are all enjoying. :-)

Jenn

Lori said...

We love to read too. Those all look like great books.

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Kelli said...

How fun! I will have to see if our library has those books. Happy reading time!
Kelli

Diane @ A Watered Garden said...

I loved looking at all your Thanksgiving books displayed. I think I'll go pull out my stash of books we read every thanksgiving when our girls were young and we were homeschooling. I especially loved Sarah Morton's Day... great photos! As a home school Mom, Thanksgiving was always one of my favorite times of year to read of our country's beginnings and so many fun crafts to do with the kids! Enjoy your little ones!