Since Anna could only recall big dinner and grandparents from prior Thanksgiving celebrations, we read many books on Thanksgiving history this year. I wasn’t sure just how well she will take them, but she was quite interested and reread The First Thanksgiving by herself many times. I learned quite a lot myself from reading these books. I don’t expect her to retain most of it, but now we own half of these books, so we can read them next year as well.
In addition to reading about Thanksgiving and playing Thanksgiving, Anna enjoyed her “Thanksgiving activity book” from Enchanted Learning. Some of the pages were intimidating to her, but she gave each of them a few tries by now (I put contact paper over pages). She seems to be more interested in printables when they are bound in a book or presented as a lapbook.
And here is a Thanksgiving story from Anna. I helped her get started by providing the very first sentence.
I am a Pilgrim girl. I sailed on the Mayflower across the wide sea from England. I wear purple shoes, white and purple dress and a white hat (dress colors clearly came from her paper doll). When we first came, we didn’t meet anybody. In winter we didn’t have much food, so many of us died. Only 51 of us survived this terrible sickness (she really said this, I didn’t correct this sentence in any way. But after this she kind of lost focus on the story and I had to return her to it a couple of times with And then? questions). We met first two friends. Then we met more friends. They taught us how to plant corn, and hunt food and catch eels and sea otters. (Me: Sea otters? Anna: Yes, sea otters, and also whales). We hunted wild turkeys and deer when the cold weather came again. And then we celebrated Thanksgiving. The end.
Happy Thanksgiving to my American readers! Come and share your adventures in time and space at History/Geography exchange hosted by Children Grow, Children Explore, Children Learn.