Thanksgiving isn’t a traditional holiday in the UK, but it is a welcome pause before the full onslaught of Christmas. My kids first started the annual Thanksgiving activities when they were at nursery school, so I suppose I’ve just kept up with it. I rather like the whole “let’s be grateful for stuff” concept, although I concede our actual historical knowledge and grasp of American culture is fairly limited.
With that in mind, I love this I Am Thankful colouring sheet, from Whimsy Workshop Teaching, which helps organise thankful thoughts. It’s not grade specific, so it could be used for any age – colouring is a calming activity, for most people, and there’s space to jot down additional ideas.
We used the I Am Thankful sheet to brainstorm ideas for a Thanksgiving Turkey Writing Activity by Ms Makinson. It is so cute, and artwork invariably produces a sense of accomplishment that isn’t readily scaled by any other subject. We didn’t exactly follow the template to the letter. (My younger child added some extra feathers.) However, we really like our finished efforts.
To aid us with some historical context, we also did some Thanksgiving comprehension worksheets: KS1 Thanksgiving Differentiated Reading Comprehension, and KS2 Thanksgiving Differentiated Reading Comprehension. I love that Twinkl offers differentiated levels, so I can choose whatever seems best suited to my children’s interest and ability.
I’m not a fan of roast dinners, so Thursday was actually pasta at grandma’s home. My mom is a great cook, and I’m more than delighted to forego any turkey or pumpkin pie. On reflection, there are many things of which I can be thankful; I’m thankful for the years spent on this crazy homeschool experience, and the freedom to change it as and when I have the need. I don’t know what the future holds, or where it will take us. However, I’m thankful that we’ve had this opportunity. As the old Head at my children’s former prep school once told me, it doesn’t really matter how or where a child is educated; what matters is that it’s done with love. Whether you live in a castle or an apartment, attend a state comprehensive or a private prep school, what you will remember the most is your family life. So, I guess – in a very long-winded way – what I’m mostly thankful for is: family.