So things have been a little busy around here so I haven't gotten to blogging our Thanksgiving week lessons quite yet. We took a break from our usual and did a low key week on Thanksgiving and "Being Thankful" I went back to a more Before 5 in a Row approach for this. I found a book called The Story of Thanksgiving and everyday that week we read the book. It was great in that it was pretty detailed in giving her the story of the 1st Thanksgiving but perfect for her. Pilgrims, Native Americans, Squanto, the whole bit. It ended focusing on our own need to be Thankful for what we have and how Thanksgiving continues to be our reminder to be grateful to God.
In other news, Ashlyn began to do a few "big girl" things this Thanksgiving week! First she started drinking out of a open cup. It was crazy to watch her handle it herself. Later that same day she fed herself soup with a spoon. Both activities are still a little messy but regardless, she's doing them and she's stepping further and further away from babyhood. Proud and sad at the same time.
Back at home with Claire's preschool, I found a few fun Thanksgiving printables on Confessions of a Homeschooler. Focus for letters was upper and lowercase "T" which she did great with but since we haven't done "Th" sounds yet with her, it was a little difficult translating "T" with the work "Thanks" or "Thanksgiving." We are still trying to figure out when the best time to introduce these sounds to her since she has the basic ones, but haven't done it yet. She's still having fun with the basic letters and sounds and there's a glimmer of understanding that the letters, together, make words. This is appearing clearer everyday and this is exciting.
But one of my favorite things we did this month was Claire's "Thankful Tree" It started out with blank leaves and everyday before Thanksgiving she'd add a new thing she was Thankful for onto a new leaf. Some of the items were sweet, some were silly, some were funny and sometimes I thought she really wasn't getting the idea. But then I reminded myself that she IS getting it, her concept of what is important is just limited. So for her 2013 Thankful tree, 3 year old Claire was thankful for:
Tara (the cat)
Pull-Ups (my personal favorite)
Thanksgiving day we spent with my parents in the morning who made us a yummy, yummy breakfast and who took our family pictures for our Christmas cards! The following day, we went to Christian's parents' for a day with his family. I didn't get many pictures at either place, which is a huge bummer. I need to remember to take more. The girls are getting so, so big.