Here’s a wrap-up of the special meals we’ve enjoyed this holiday season, beginning with Thanksgiving, and going through the end of Christmas (Epiphany)!
The Christmas Tea (our one luncheon feast):
Christmas Eve (appetizers, dips, and desserts):
The English Christmas Feast:
New Year’s Day:
Epiphany (aka Ryan’s birthday)–a mini-Thanksgiving, with birthday cake for dessert:
The time of feasting is over, for a while at least. I am working on a plan for a Valentine’s Day tea, though!
This was a short school week for us, because of Thanksgiving…we only had 2 1/2 days of school. The bulk of our schoolwork naturally focused on Thanksgiving:
- Thanksgiving School 2012 Day Six
- Thanksgiving School 2012 Day Seven
- Thanksgiving School 2012 Day Eight
We also finished our “Thankful Tree” on Thanksgiving Day. Here’s a sample of what the children have found to be thankful for over the course of the month:
- Turkey–Legos, education, the military.
- Bunny–Reading, policemen, warmth in the winter.
- Ladybug–Clothes, our pastor, the Bible.
- Moose (who declined to be pictured)–Birthdays, Christmas trees, Chickadee.
I”m very proud of the things and people they thought of, and the fact that being thankful is so important to them!
Other than Thanksgiving School, we did a lot of review on Monday and Tuesday. We practiced our newest math skill, multiplying double-(and triple!) digit numbers by double-digit numbers, a lot. In the process, Turkey managed to find a mistake I made in solving a problem I had set up! At least I know he was paying attention! We reviewed regular and irregular verbs in grammar, and went over our “i before e” words a little more in spelling. We finished learning about the story of Joseph and his brothers in religion, and reviewed the respiratory system in science. We even had some special Thanksgiving Bible verses for dictation/copywork/handwriting (I was not popular for that, because there was so much tricky punctuation in the dictation)!
Next week, we’ll be back to our regular school schedule, but only for one week…then it will be time for our Jesse Tree and Christmas School!
All of our children have worn this onesie, on either their first or second Thanksgiving. It’s too big on Chickadee this year, but I didn’t want to take the chance that it would be too small next year, and she’d never get to wear it. And to be honest, it’s not as big on her as I was expecting…she’s growing so fast!
Her siblings still love holding her any chance they get…the novelty has definitely not worn off!
One of her favorite activities right now is sticking out her tongue. And not just sticking it out, but trying to touch her nose. So adorable!
Such a ham!
Our tree is complete! I suppose we could have kept going through the whole month of November, but I thought it would be nice to complete it on Thanksgiving Day. With so many people in our house thankful for so very many things, it’s a beautiful tree!
This week, I’m thankful for food (we have so very much of it in the house right now, after all!). I’m thankful that we have access to good, healthy food, and that we have never worried about where our next meal was coming from. I’m also thankful that we can indulge in the occasional junk food and dessert (five pies in our kitchen right now!), and that we can eat foods we like, and not just foods we can afford…it hasn’t always been that way in our house, and I’m extremely grateful that we have moved past that point in our lives.
I’ll be back next Thursday with one more “thankful list.” The tree may be done, but I’ll keep going until November is over!
Today was just a fun day of school. We had one craft…everybody’s favorite, the hand-and-footprint turkeys.
And we read all of our favorite Thanksgiving books (again). Each child got to pick one book for me to read out loud one last time. It was interesting to see what everybody chose!
- Turkey–An Old-Fashioned Thanksgiving (because Ladybug took his first choice!)
- Bunny–P is for Pilgrim (which she requested to read aloud to everyone)
- Ladybug–A Turkey for Thanksgiving (I think this was everyone’s favorite book this year…Moose thought it was hilarious!)
- Moose–Pardon that Turkey
- And, of course, the teacher got to pick one, too!–The Night Before Thanksgiving
That’s the end of Thanksgiving School for this year (other than hanging up one more set of “thankful leaves” tomorrow morning)…in another week and a half, we’ll be starting Christmas School!
Today’s Thanksgiving school was pretty low-key. We didn’t have any special crafts or projects, just three new books to read. These were some particularly entertaining books, though, because today was “fun and silly stories” day, which was a nice change after spending so many days learning about the history of the holiday!
First, we read Over the River and Through the Wood. I had considered using this book on the day we learned about Thanksgiving in the nineteenth century, as the poem was written in the 1840s. I decided to just save it for our fun day, though, because it’s been known as a fun Thanksgiving song, and best known by our children for being sung in the Peanuts Thanksgiving special.
We read another of my favorite books, as well: The Night Before Thanksgiving. It’s written in the same style as The Night Before Christmas, and tells the story of a typical family celebrating Thanksgiving in America, from food preparation to leftovers, and everything in between. The children’s favorite part of the story is when the dad loses control of the turkey…it’s rather comical, and something I could see actually happening!
Our last book was new to us this year (thankfully, no one else had checked it out of the library!), and was a huge hit with all of the children: A Turkey for Thanksgiving. This book tells the story of a group of animals getting together for a Thanksgiving meal, and a misunderstanding regarding the “guest of honor.” Of course, when Mrs. Moose tells me Mr. Moose that she “wants a turkey for thanksgiving” because that’s what everyone does, and she’s never had one, she means she wants a turkey to be their guest at Thanksgiving. Unfortunately, the turkey in question doesn’t understand that, and resists the whole way…at least he’s pleasantly surprised in the end!
Tomorrow will be a very light day of school…one craft, a few Thanksgiving books, and no other school work. We will be busy getting ready for the big day, though!