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by Mary Ann Kelley

Homeschool resources about Thanksgiving

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Looking for a curriculum that makes learning fun? You'll find it in Time4Learning's PreK-12 grade online homeschool curriculum.

Thanksgiving Entertainment and Activities  (Y, M, O, T)
From Family Education.com

15 Activities to Make the Thanksgiving Kids' Table More Fun  (Y, M)
Kids will have a blast (and a friendly competition) with these fun Thanksgiving activities. From Country Living.com

First Thanksgiving  (Y,M)
From National Geographic Kids.com

Thanksgiving Traditions  (Y,M)
Some of the common traditions associated with "Turkey Day." from National Geographic Kids.com

Thanksgiving  (Y,M)
From Kids of Integrity; Tools for growing Godly character. Make a scarecrow, bake "manna" wafers, and hear how God provided for the Israelites when they were "pilgrims" journeying to a new land. You can use this lesson in connection with Thanksgiving, or at any time of year.

Thanksgiving Interactive: You are the Historian  (Y,M,O,T)
What really happened at the First Thanksgiving? Become a history detective and find out! From Plimouth Plantation

The Truth about The First Thanksgiving by James W. Loewen  (O, T)
Reproduced from Loewen's book "Lies My Teacher Told Me," this excerpt describes the original non-native settlers of what is now the United States and the impact they had on the natives.

Thanksgiving Ideas for the Classroom  (Y,M,O,T)

Hand and Foot Turkey Craft  (Y)
This cute turkey is made from your child's handprints and footprints, cut out of construction paper. It makes a very nice Thanksgiving decoration. From Enchanted Learning for the youngest ones.

The Pilgrims  (M)
Children's Literature in the Social Studies Curriculum. Mini-Unit for the Fifth Grade Level

Thanksgiving Printables  (Y)
Designed for preschoolers from Disney Family

24 Thanksgiving Games  (Y)
From Disney Family

DLTK's Custom Dominos  (Y)
Great tool for any holiday or unit study theme. Pick a theme for your dominoes and then choose color or black and white before printing.

Thanksgiving History Quiz  (Y)
Travel back in time and find out what the Pilgrims were really up to at their first Thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving Scavenger Hunt  (Y)
A themed scavenger hunt to get you off the couch on turkay day.

Annie's "Thanksgiving Just for Kids" Page  (Y)
Thanksgiving stories to read; Thanksgiving games to play; Family & Children's Thanksgiving Pages; Children's Pages to Color; Other Thanksgiving Crafts sites; Thanksgiving Icons. From Annieshomepage.com accessed through Wayback Archives

Thanksgiving Activites for Kids and teachers  (Y,T)
From KiddyHouse.com

Thanksgiving activities for kids  (Y)
Holiday games and crafts both you and your kids will be thankful for. From Mother Nature Network.

Happy Thanksgiving!  (Y,T)
From A Kid's Heart

Thanksgiving Day Crossword Puzzle  (Y)
From Sunnie Bunniezz.com

Thanksgiving Fun and Games  (Y)
From Apples 4 the Teacher.com

First Thanksgiving  (Y)
National Geographic Kid Stories in History pages.

Thanksgiving Printables  (Y)
Thanksgiving place mats, place cards, and paper centerpieces. From Parents magazine.

Happy Thanksgiving  (Y)
From Just 4 Kids electric magazine.

Thanksgiving Crafts for Kids  (Y)
From AllKidsNetwork.com

Thanksgiving Fun for Kids  (Y)
Fun Ideas for Kids' Activities on Thanksgiving. From Busy Bee Lifestyle.

Thanksgiving Games  (Y)
From Surfnetkids.com

Happy Thanksgiving  (Y)
From Lil' Fingers.com, a computer storybook, game, activity and coloring site.

Mrs. Turner's Pumpkin Pie   (Y,M)
A story for Thanksgiving from Judy's Neighborhood:A collection of short stories and poems by Judy Solomon.

The Case of the Missing Turkey Leg   (Y,M)
A story for Thanksgiving from Judy's Neighborhood:A collection of short stories and poems by Judy Solomon.

Plimoth Plantation programs for kids, scouts, and families  (Y,M,O,T)
Plimoth Plantation offers kids interesting facts and activities about the 17th-century.

Plimoth Plantation  (Y,M)
Plimoth Plantation offers primary living history exhibits, the 1627 Pilgrim Village, Wampanoag homesite and Mayflower II Exhibits. Visitors can experience what it was like that first Thanksgiving. Website offers a virtual tour.

DLTK's Crafts for Kids  (Y,M,O,T)
My kids love to decorate and plan activities for Thanksgiving. If yours are the same way, you will appreciate the coloring pages, crafts, games, puzzles, songs, recipes, and other printables from DLTK for the upcoming holiday.

Lincoln's Proclamation Establishing Thanksgiving Day  (Y,M,O,T)
A primary source dating October 3, 1863

An Old-Fashioned Thanksgiving by Louisa May Alcott, 1881  (Y,M,O,T)
Return to the perspective of giving thanks from a time before television, telephones, and the internet to keep us connected with the rest of the world

You are the Historian: Investigating the First Thanksgiving  (Y,M,O,T)
Plimoth Plantation's interactive, online learning center offers students insight into 'The First Thanksgiving.'

Enchanted Learning's Mayflower Quiz  (Y,M)
Best for elementary students who are reading well.

George Washington's Thanksgiving Day Proclamation  (Y,M,O,T)
A primary source dating 3 October 1789

Thanksgiving Blog Posts

Thanksgiving Family Traditions

Thanksgiving Family Traditions - Candle arrangement on table in background Turkey and stuffing might be the staples of Thanksgiving, but for many families the holiday means much more. Homeschoolers often seek to go beyond simply a festive meal to create a culture within the home that encapsulates a sense of belonging, security, and love. One important way families do this is through creating Thanksgiving traditions. Read More »

Fun Thanksgiving Unit Studies for November

Ready to Use Thanksgiving Downloads - Pumpkin background Well, it’s already into the first week of November, and I’m realizing that I am supposed to be doing something Thanksgiving-y with my kids. I mean, I even write for TheHomeSchoolMom on creative ways to celebrate the holiday with the family, fun Thanksgiving activities, and ways to express gratitude. You’d kind of think that I would have this whole Thanksgiving-focus-during-the-month-of-November thing down. But, here I am, already into November, and realizing I’m not prepared. Have no fear, Thanksgiving homeschooling procrastinators, all is not lost. Read More »

November Writing Prompt Calendar

November Writing Prompts for Homeschoolers This month’s calendar is full of autumn- and Thanksgiving-themed writing prompts, including menu planning for Thanksgiving dinner and leftovers. Each month we are offering writing prompts (you will be able to find them all on the main Homeschool Writing Prompts page), and you can download our November-themed starters here. Read More »

Home(schooling) for the Holidays

TheHomeSchoolMom Blog: Home(schooling) for the holidays Thanksgiving is almost here in the U.S., which means homeschooling may take on a different look in the coming weeks. When our family was young, normal homeschooling routines went out the window. We hung on through Halloween, but Thanksgiving was a clear line of demarcation: We’d squeeze in family holiday traditions, performances, programs, and service work — and a lot of our usual learning routines and classes were squeezed out or not even scheduled. Why should homeschoolers worry less about schoolwork during the holidays and embrace the season? Read More »

Thank You, Homeschooling

Thank You, Homeschooling There’s kind of a holiday about gratitude coming up, in case you haven’t noticed. You know that time when you give thanks for all of your blessings? Well, this whole home education list falls pretty close to the top of my gratitude list. The longer I do it, the more I love it, and the more I realize its value. Let’s be honest — homeschooling is a luxury very few people in this world can afford. Whether it is an issue of needing two incomes to make ends meet, single parents being the sole breadwinners, political opposition, or something else…home ... Read More »

I Choose to Give Thanks

TheHomeSchoolMom: I Choose to Give Thanks Thanksgiving doesn’t come for me, this year, as a natural flow out of living in a season of abundance. Instead, this time, it must be squeezed, drop by drop, out of a desert of loss. But the desert makes each drop so much more precious and worthwhile. And this year, I am so much more keenly focused on the source of that gratitude — my God, the giver of all blessings — rather than on the objects of my thanks. And while I certainly do not give thanks for everything, I am learning how to give thanks in everything. Read More »

A New Perspective on Thanksgiving

TheHomeSchoolMom: Giving Thanks (When you least feel like it) How does anyone give thanks in seasons seemingly defined not by what has been enjoyed, but by what has been lost? It is a lesson we are learning this year. Probably the most important one of our entire homeschool. For us, Thanksgiving this year will, ironically, be sweeter. It will be deeper, it will have more meaning. In past years, giving thanks became routine, expected. It was a nice ritual to do with the kids, and a perfunctory process that I knew helped to stave off self-sufficiency and selfishness. Thankful for home, thankful for health, thankful for family… I could ... Read More »

Confessions of a Homeschool Mom’s Thanksgiving

Confessions of a Homeschool Mom's Thanksgiving I wish I could say I basked in the glow of the warmth I feel from homeschooling my children every day. I wish I could write that I woke up energized and excited each morning to nurture their minds and souls, and that I creatively and enthusiastically gave the best of myself consistently toward the creation of the persons they are to become. But that would be someone else’s post. Realistically? Life happens. And when it does, it often takes my best and transforms it into “good enough”. Along this journey it is not uncommon for me to get bogged ... Read More »

A Homeschool Thanksgiving, Part 2

A Homeschool Thanksgiving Thanksgiving can easily become the bump in the road on the way to Christmas, but the holiday deserves special attention and effort in its own right. Part 1 of this series offered a variety of ways homeschoolers can prepare children for Thanksgiving, including teaching opportunities and fun activities. There are just so many great ways to enjoy this holiday! Read More »

A Homeschool Thanksgiving, Part 1

A Homeschool Thanksgiving One of the many joys of homeschooling is being able to prepare children for an upcoming holiday, rather than simply being swept away by it. November is the perfect time to take a break from regular studies, or add in some special activities by making Thanksgiving the central focus. With its focus on the character quality of gratitude, rich history, and wonderful family traditions, Thanksgiving lends itself perfectly to being a homeschool theme. Spend some time this month and help children fully understand the history, meaning, and traditions of this holiday, and they will gain valuable information about the beginnings ... Read More »

Resources for Teaching the History of Thanksgiving

Teaching History: Thanksgiving Turkey and stuffing, pumpkin pie, family gatherings, lists of that for which we are thankful…the warm and cozy harbingers of the Thanksgiving season are upon us. For homeschoolers, it is an excellent opportunity to teach children the history of those who first came to America, and to focus on the events and sacrifices the Pilgrims faced in coming to this new land. When making your Thanksgiving plans this season, check out these resources to make the history of the holiday meaningful. Read More »

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