Looking for Thanksgiving resources for your homeschool? I’ve found ten great options to help you explore the holiday with your kids.
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Some of these Thanksgiving resources are made to last for a couple of days, while some are designed to use throughout the month of November. Better yet, some of these resources are better used here and there as needed in your homeschool plans.
Whether you’ve got an entire month, a few days, or only a few hours to devote to the holiday, hopefully you’ll find something to help your family learn about and celebrate Thanksgiving.
for Your Homeschool
1. Thanksgiving on Thursday
I love using Magic Tree House books to sneak learning into my kids’ reading time. Not surprisingly, Thanksgiving on Thursday and the non-fiction Pilgrims Fact Tracker are great for teaching kids about Thanksgiving.
The great thing about these books is that they can be used as a family read-aloud or as the foundation of a Thanksgiving unit study.
You could read the books and enjoy the free activity ideas from the Magic Tree House site, do a Thanksgiving on Thursday lapbook, or use the Pockets of Time companion to help with comprehension. And, if you’re feeling ambitious, you could use all three of these extras with the books to make it a well-rounded study!
2. Picture Books
Picture books are a great way to teach younger children about holidays. Here are some reading choices that will help with teaching the origins of Thanksgiving:
- It’s Not About You, Mrs. Turkey (I reviewed this one here.)
- The Story of the Pilgrims
- The Very First Thanksgiving
- Sarah Morton’s Day
- Samuel Eaton’s Day
- Squanto’s Journey
Looking for some just for fun Thanksgiving books? You’ll want to add some of these Thanksgiving books for kids to your cart or library list.
3. Thanksgiving Books for Big Kids
Picture books make great Thanksgiving resources for younger kids, but older kids may want something a bit more challenging. Here are some options to consider:
- What Was the First Thanksgiving?
- Dear America: A Journey to the New World
- If You Sailed on the Mayflower in 1620
- The Journal of Jasper Jonathan Pierce, A Pilgrim Boy
4. Thanksgiving Unit Study
Need a one-stop shopping approach to learning about Thanksgiving in your homeschool? A unit study might be exactly what you need!
This Thanksgiving Unit Study from Homeschool Learning Network includes lesson plans, activities, menus, and pretty much anything needed for teaching your kids about the Thanksgiving holiday.
5. TV Shows/Documentaries
Want to include Thanksgiving into your TV time? Here are some good viewing options to help you homeschool through the Thanksgiving holiday:
- Thanksgiving Shared: Native Americans*
- The Mayflower Pilgrims*
- William Bradford: Inspiring Animated Heroes
- Squanto and the First Thanksgiving
- Charlie Brown Mayflower Voyagers (Episode 1 in the series)
- A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving
*These two are currently available for rent and free streaming through Amazon Prime Video. Not a Prime member? A 30-Day Free Trial is a great way to see if it’s a good match for your family.
6. Thanksgiving Art
Don’t forget to include art into your Thanksgiving learning! You can find easy-to-implement ideas from Art for Kids Hub, chalk pastel projects from Hodgepodge, and lots of great fall and Thanksgiving projects through the Art of Fall Mixed Media Workshop.
Need some fall art ideas that aren’t Thanksgiving-specific? Don’t miss these Fantastically Fun Fall Art Projects. We’ve had a great time working through them!
7. SQUILT’s Classical Music Fall Playlist
Want to incorporate music into your Thanksgiving homeschool plans? I can’t think of a better place to turn than this Classical Music Fall Playlist from SQUILT. It includes video links for five musical pieces and, better yet, a download link for an entire SQUILT lesson for one of the pieces. (PIN it here)
Not familiar with SQUILT? SQUILT is an open and go approach to music appreciation that teaches students to listen for musical elements. If you want to include music appreciation in your homeschool but aren’t sure where to start, you don’t want to miss this curriculum.
8. Thanksgiving Learning Packs
Explore Thanksgiving and its traditions through lapbooking. This Thanksgiving Mini Lapbook from Knowledge Box Central is designed for elementary age kids and contains lapbook pages, activities, and a quiz for review once the lapbook is complete.
Want to explore Thanksgiving with your preschooler or early elementary kiddo? This Turkey Time pack might be a better match. It’s designed to last one week and includes a guide to the holiday, explanation for its traditions, and hands-on activities.
9. Thanksgiving Resources
from Library of Congress
There are lots of historical documents and images available for viewing from the Library of Congress archives. These, along with the free teachers guide, are helpful for understanding how the celebration of Thanksgiving started and how it’s evolved over time.
Additionally, this self-paced History of Thanksgiving activity from PBS Learning Media would make a great compliment to the Library of Congress Thanksgiving resources.
10. Thankfulness Activities
The history of Thanksgiving is important, but what does it matter if we don’t have thankfulness in our hearts?[clickToTweet tweet=”The history of #Thanksgiving is important, but thankfulness in our hearts matters more. #ihsnet” quote=”The history of #Thanksgiving is important, but thankfulness in our hearts matters more. ” theme=”style7″]
We can know the facts and quote the trivia, but the heart of holiday is giving thanks for the abundant blessings we have. That’s why I love incorporating thankfulness activities into our homeschool and family time, especially during the month of November.
There are lots of great activities out there to do, but my favorites are all listed here: Count Your Blessings – Thanksgiving Activities for Families. (PIN IT)
It’s your turn now: what are your favorite Thanksgiving resources for homeschool? Share them in the comments below so I can check them out!