2019-20 School Year–Thanksgiving Week

Thanksgiving week is always a light school week for us…just two full days, plus some fun activities on Wednesday. We do manage to cram a lot into a short time, though! The main theme in our two regular school days last week (aside from our scheduled Thanksgiving reading about modern-day Thanksgiving celebrations, especially the Macy’s parade), was tests, tests, and more tests. It was nice to have so many of those out of the way before the holiday, though!

We always visit Cahokia Mounds around Thanksgiving (well, except for last year, when my ankle was broken), and this year, we went twice! The second time we went, later in November, was actually a more pleasant trip, weather-wise, than our first was…it was a beautiful day!

We also played a game based on one Native American children might have played. I made the pieces years ago, following the directions in More than Moccasins, and it’s still just as much fun to play!

In between helping me make pies on Wednesday, the children also found time to make their hand-and-footprint turkeys for the year. Well, except for Turkey, who discovered that the paper we use is now too small for his hands and feet, so he went with a Minecraft-style bird, instead…I love how creative he is!

Tomorrow we’re back to our regular schedule…I haven’t decided yet if we’re going to have two or three weeks of school before our Christmas break. I also haven’t figured out what ornament we’re going to make this year…I guess I should get started on that!

Christmas Crafts–General

In addition to making lots of cool ornamentsover the last few years, we’ve also had fun making other types of crafts. Not everything has worked the way I envisioned, (the wax paper/melted crayon “stars” are an example of that), and some things, even though meant for children, were so involved that I ended up doing most of the work, (the foam nativity, which is why we no longer do foam crafts!). Most of the crafts have been successful, though, ¬†and all have been enjoyed by the children, (even the ones that didn’t turn out as planned), and a few were so popular that they’ve already been repeated, even though this is only (only?!?) our fourth year of homeschooling!

Christmas Wreaths

Handprint Wreath

Tissue Paper Wreath

Christmas Trees

Handprint Tree

“Stained Glass” Tree


Pipe Cleaner Snowflake with Pom-Pom “Snow”

Q-Tip Snowflake

Another Q-Tip Snowflake

Basic Paper Snowflake


A variety of stars made with foil, glitter, and crayons

3-D Stars

Wax Paper/Melted Crayon Stars, appearing with limited success


Handprint Angel

Paper Plate Angel


The ubiquitous paper chain

Stick puppets of different varieties, (wise men shown here)

The dreaded foam nativity scene

Gingerbread House

Mexican lantern from a “Christmas Around the World” lesson

3-D Poinsettia

Christmas Greetings from Around the World

Stamped & Laminated Cardstock Bookmarks 

Santa Lucia Crown and Star Boy Hat