This week was back to school for us and since the girls will soon be celebrating their very first Thanksgiving we decided to incorporate a preschool Thanksgiving theme into our lessons this week.
Literacy and Language Arts:
We continued with Webbing Into Literacy, this week’s rhyme was “Cross Patch” and the girls had a blast acting it out, they especially enjoyed playing the cross old lady. We also did some really cute Thanksgiving themed prewriting pages from 3 Dinosaurs. Kooks did the tot sheets and Boo did the sheets from part one of the free printables packet.
Cognitive Skills and Math:
We used the 3 Dinosaurs printable packet for math too, it was such an easy way to slip back into homeschool this week and tie in Thanksgiving. We chose the “which one is different” and the “what comes next sheets,” as well as the “count and clip cards” from part one of the packet. We don’t do many worksheets and the girls took a lot of pride in showing off their school work when Dada got home.
Science and Nature Studies:
We dissected a pumpkin. We did this before on week six, and it was still a lot of fun the second time around. We spent much more time discussing what we were doing this time. We talked about the weight of the pumpkin and differences between the outside and the inside – what did it feel like, what color was it, was it hard or soft? We also identified the different parts of the pumpkin before cooking it up to use for our Thanksgiving pumpkin bread. As you can see in the photo below, Kooks wasn’t all that sure that she liked the feel of a pumpkin’s insides.
Learning about Thanksgiving:
We watched the Charlie Brown “Mayflower Voyagers” episode from the This is America Series. Boo enjoyed it for a while but, she was a little young for it and it was too long to hold her attention. I don’t think Kooks even lasted two minutes watching it, but it is a sweet program, Boo retained some of it, and we’ll probably come back to it again next year. We also spent a lot of time talking about gratitude and made a gratitude turkey. There are tons of these floating around the internet at the moment but I liked the variety at Little Family Fun. I think ours looks more like a fall colored peacock but it’s the sentiment that counts right? In case you can’t read the feathers, Boo said she is thankful for breakfast to eat, watching animals at the waterhole, all the trees she loves and painting. Kooks is thankful for leaves to play with, warthogs, baboons and (after a little bit of prompting) her family. I loved that what they came up with spontaneously had a lot to do with their environment but I have to admit that I was a little disappointed that I had to prompt them to add our family to their list!
Focusing on Thanksgiving (and leaning on some free printables) was an easy way to ease ourselves back into homeschool and we are now looking forward to doing more. However, we have some friends visiting this week from Zambia so will be taking another week off so that we can spend all of our time enjoying them and overindulging in our Thanksgiving feast. We also have two more leopards arriving on Friday from South Africa so we’ll be busy preparing for that. If you celebrate Thanksgiving, I hope it is a happy one with family, friends, good food to share and lots to be thankful for.
And if you are celebrating Thanksgiving with kids I would love to hear how you are teaching them about the holiday.