Thanksgiving has really snuck up on us this year! As my children get older, I want to share with them not only the historical significance of Thanksgiving, but also the spiritual beauty this holiday has to offer and what makes it my very favorite time of the year. This year we are focusing on gratitude and contentment because, honestly, we’ve had a good deal of grumbling & complaining around here — myself being the prime culprit.
Instead of our usual Bible Road Trip study during Bible time, we’re going through this free Family Thanksgiving Worship Service from Amy at Raising Arrows. It’s short & to the point — perfect for families with little ones. Each day there’s a scripture related to God’s goodness and a hymn of thanksgiving to sing (plus links to Youtube videos) and that’s it.
After reading the passage and discussing it, we’re talking about how God has blessed us today. Usually, we make a Thankful Tree, but this year, I found this really cute Thankful Turkey Wreath from Mom Inspired Life. Every day each child shares something she is thankful for, and she (or I) jot it down on a turkey feather. The site links to another site where you can get a template for the turkey and feathers. Then, you just print them out on card stock. I actually printed mine on construction paper because that’s what I had.
Here’s what ours looks like right now . . . Pardon my crooked turkey.
My oldest is also doing the copywork from Rebecca of Mom’s Mustard Seeds. I love these verses on thanksgiving, and copying them is such a wonderful way for my daughter to hide them in her heart. Copying scripture is her handwriting practice this week. The “Give Thanks to God: Copywork for all Ages” is available in ESV and KJV, and it’s FREE!
I am also taking advantage of Rebecca’s lovely Mother’s Prayer Journal with verses to read, copy, meditate on, and apply to my life. I’ve been thinking about areas I want to improve on in my walk with God and one is spending time each day meditating on His Word. Really chewing on a scripture or passage and trying to dig deeper with it. Rebecca’s journal is my jumping off place for that.
We are also joining our friends and fellow homeschoolers on Friday to “talk turkey.” What would Turkey Day be without this fun craft. I do it every.single.year. It’s just so fun and easy–perfect for non-crafty moms like me 🙂
Two years ago we made these Thanksgiving Story bracelets. Basically, using a pipe cleaner and pony beads you can retell the story of Thanksgiving. Each bead represents a different aspect of the Pilgrims’ first Thanksgiving.
Books We’re Reading
This year we are also memorizing Lydia Maria Child’s Over the River and Through the Woods. Did anyone else learn this poem/song growing up? Well, my girls are learning it this year, and it’s been so much fun!
What’s YOUR favorite Thanksgiving activity?
As you prepare for Thanksgiving and all the work that goes into it, don’t neglect to thank God for the blessings He’s granted you this year. I know we have A LOT to be grateful for.
Looking for a Bible study to do with your children that really digs deep into the Word? My kids and I have LOVED Bible Road Trip. Here’s how we do Bible Road Trip with little ones.
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And for those of you looking forward to Advent and Christmas and wanting to do something FUN with your kids, Truth in the Tinsel is a great way to share Christ’s birth with them. This will be our third year doing it, and I can’t wait! Right now you can buy the ebook for $7.99. Use Coupon Code: GROWING20 for 20% off.
Plus, on Black Friday, you can get the Truth in the Tinsel printable ornaments for only $2.99 (no coupon necessary). With a newborn this year, I already plan to print off the ornaments for my kids in lieu of some of the crafts. My kids love to color them!
This time of year can be so busy and stressful. Slow down a little and find something you’re grateful for this year. Kiss your husband, hug your child, invite someone lonely over for Thanksgiving dinner. Show the love of God to others in the special ways He reveals to you.