Wednesday, November 27, 2013


Make Thanksgiving about friends and family

Many teachers are wondering how to talk to their students about Thanksgiving; how to make the story about kindness and thankfulness.

Talk to young preschoolers about family and friends and make Thanksgiving about that, discuss how other countries celebrate Thanksgiving and the things that they do with their families.

Don’t impose your own beliefs on them.

Take this opportunity to discuss healthy and not so healthy foods that they eat during the holiday season and the enjoyment of both.

Make a two column chart, one labeled healthy foods and the other labeled unhealthy foods. Then talk about all the foods your students eat for Thanksgiving and put them under the corresponding column.

Explain how healthy foods build them up to be strong and how unhealthy items are okay in moderation.

Discuss family members; ask your students who they are looking forward to seeing this year, do they have a favorite cousin that they play with? Will they go to their grandparent’s house for Thanksgiving or see a parade?  Or, will they stay in and play games, eat and enjoy family time.

You can even involve the parents by asking them if they have any special traditions that they do yearly and share those with the class.

I hope everyone has a family filled Thanksgiving!

Here are a few additional books that talks about Thanksgiving and Family.

Round the Turkey A grateful Thanksgiving, by Leslie Kimmelman
This book starts out about Thanksgiving and ends up in another direction, but stills talks about Thanksgiving. 
I think the students would enjoy the rhyming, but it’s a fairly long.

Thanksgiving is Here! By Diane Goode
 This books talks about an old fashion Thanksgiving at Grandma and Grandpa’s house with family, it’s about working together and enjoying family. 

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