My kids are 4, 2, & 1, so we really haven’t talked about Thanksgiving and its meaning a whole lot. But that changes this year.
We went to the library one day for story hour and in addition to 17 other books, we brought home this classic.
During school time, we snuggled up on the couch to read it. My kids love Berenstain Bears, but while my daughter is used to being able to read the BB early readers, she’s not able to read this one on her own yet. No matter. She enjoyed hearing it from mommy.
The story is about the Berenstain Bears’ family celebration of Thanksgiving, but part of the plot involves the younger bears putting on a play to act out the original Thanksgiving. When we finished, we talked about the story a bit more and then I gave the kids coloring sheets of leaves to start our Thankful Tree.
Act it Out
The next day, to help my kids understand the story of Thanksgiving, we talked about the story again. I asked them to sit in their rocking chairs in the living room and pretend they were on a boat called the Mayflower. We talked about their reasons for leaving their homes and what they would find when they landed in America. The kids had fun pretending they were sailing on rough waters. We continued to reinact the story until we were finished, and they immediately asked to play again.
Simple? Yes. Effective? Absolutely. That fits my style.
I love homeschooling.