During October, we followed along with our preschool at home plans and focused on Halloween, scarecrows, and pumpkins. For November, we are turning our focus to Thanksgiving and all that the day involves- pilgrims, Indians, turkeys, the Mayflower, and giving thanks.
I took advantage of the 4-for-3 promotion on Amazon and ordered some new books for November. I’d love to visit our local thrift stores, because those are always overrun with books, but until I’m comfortable taking both kids out again, Amazon will have to do. Here are the books we’ll be reading this month:
I searched some of my favorite homeschool blogs and Pinterest for free printables to use. You can find them all on my Thanksgiving Pinterest board. Bryson was so excited to get started with our Thanksgiving theme. The second day, he came to me early in the morning during his cartoon time and said “Mom, I’m ready to do preschool!” I replied “Really!? Right now?” He answered “Yeah! I like to learn about Thanksgiving.” That made my heart to happy, because sometimes it’s all I can do just to get him to sit at the table with me for 10 minutes.
He really likes “I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Pie” by Alison Jackson but I do not like the “Perhaps she’ll die.” phrase, so I leave that out when reading it to him. He doesn’t know the difference and the book is cute. After the year we’ve had, death is a sensitive subject for all of us and I don’t want to introduce death anymore to my children unless I have to, ya know? That said, my favorite is definitely “Thanks for Thanksgiving” by Julie Markes. It reminds me of our own family and is an all around sweet book that I would recommend to any family.
Bryson surprised me when he sat down and colored this turkey. He has only recently started paying attention while coloring, trying to stay in the lines, and using different colors. I was so proud of this one that I turned it over and asked him to write his name on the back. Have I mentioned he’s doing that too? Writing AND spelling his own name! Then, I dated it and it’s one of those that I’ll keep forever. You can find this turkey coloring page and many other Thanksgiving coloring pages free online.
November is looking like a fun month full of learning and crafts. It’s a great opportunity to talk to Bryson about the people & things we are thankful for and how blessed we are. We’ll be participating in Operation Christmas Child which I’m hoping will also lead to great conversation and maybe even a little understanding on his part. I can’t believe he’s going to be FOUR next month!
Today, I am thankful for the opportunity to stay home with my kids, to “do preschool” with them, and encourage a love of learning in them.