Thursday, November 12, 2009

Preparing for Thanksgiving

In a couple of weeks we'll be celebrating Thanksgiving. Here are a few of the things we're doing to prepare:
The matching cards are printed from Montessori For Everyone. I laminated the cards so we can use them for years to come. You can find them here.

The big book is "Don't Know Much About the Pilgrims" by Kenneth C Davis. This book is more for my own information at this point but I think in a year or two it will come in helpful when the little guy starts asking more questions.

"The First Thanksgiving" by Dana Stewart is a cute and easy book that tells a simplified version of the Thanksgiving story. It is easy enough to use in English classes too so this book gets loaned out a lot!

The animal book is one from when I was a kid. It matches the color scheme of the other books so I thought this might be a good time to introduce it.

I also feel that Thanksgiving is a good time to talk about the Native Americans. "Hawiwatha" by Longfellow is a classic in every sense of the word. I love to expand on the book with pictures of places we've been that Hawiwatha could have visited. Reading it can easily make you long for the shinning big sea waters of Gitche Gumee (Lake Superior).

For a treat we'll also watch A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving スヌーピーの感謝祭 特別版.

Our first Autumn/Thanksgiving art project is an oldie but a goodie!
We traced the little guy's hand onto a piece of paper to serve as the tree trunk, cut it out and then glued on some leaves.
Next time I'll make the leaves a bit bigger so they are easier to handle. Also, a few less leaves probably would have worked better.

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