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HS: Thanksgiving Unit Study December 12, 2013

Filed under: Books,Homeschooling,Life — Lacey @ 2:50 am

I hadn’t planned on doing a unit study in thanksgiving for our homeschool this year. But when I found this free study in my Free Homeschool Deals email (if you don’t subscribe, you should!!! Lots of free worksheets, unit studies and kindle books!!) I spontaneously decided to add it to our lessons. (A total positive side of homeschooling, btw!)


You can get it here.

I had planned on doing it leading up to thanksgiving, but I didn’t plan well enough. I didn’t request the books early enough from the library, I didn’t print out the materials soon enough and I didn’t take our busy schedule into account, so we didn’t start until thanksgiving day. And since I had the books I couldn’t just not do the whole study! So we did the majority of the unit study the week after thanksgiving. Unconventional, I know, but we learned nonetheless.

The books used in the study were good. Easy enough to understand, yet lots of new facts and interesting stories. I learned a ton myself about all different aspects of thanksgiving story (and all the events that led up to it).





We didn’t do all the activities listed in the materials (which have handy website links in the PDF), but we did a number of them, including color by numbers and mayflower math:



We also watched some of the videos linked to the unit study. They were a little long for H’s attention span, so we skipped through parts of the videos. I look forward to using this material again next year and seeing how much H remembers from this year’s study. There is plenty to be able to expand further once she get older, too.

In addition to the unit study we did a few other thanksgiving/fall themed crafts:

We did hand print painting (the ideas came from some of my creative fb friends):
This is K’s


H took more of a free hand method.


We made fingerprint turkeys (idea from Pinterest):


H expanded and made a pilgrim on her own (although not with her fingerprints, obviously):


We collected leaves from the yard (we don’t have much variety since we have one tree and other couple are palms), brushed paint on them and then stamped them to make leaf prints:


H also painted some leaf pictures I had printed out:

I had planned on using these (a few other ones) leaf templates to do some other fall crafts but ran out of time and energy.

We did some other fun thanksgiving worksheets I found on Pinterest:



Finally, we also made a thankful tree at the beginning of November:

My lame dollar store construction paper packets didn’t have any brown paper, so I cut out the trunk and branches from plain paper and we colored them brown (should have painted them if I had thought more about it). Then we taped them to the back of our front door (we don’t have much open wall space in our house). The goal was to have each of us write one thing we’re thankful for each night on a different leaf, then tape it to the tree. The one rule was that we couldn’t repeat what anyone else had already written down (gets quite challenging!). Of course we weren’t always consistent, so sometimes we had to do it in the morning, other times we did two at a time to catch up. And sometimes we missed it altogether. We even had K did it a few times (if we got to it before she went to bed). It really is a great reminder of how many things we have to be thankful for and a challenge to have to think of things we may not always thank God for, but should!

For our leaves, we used a packet of dollar store precut fall multicolored leaves, pumpkins and acorns. I also tried to find more another store trip, but couldn’t, so we settled for green doily leaf cut outs. Not my favorite, but they got the job done and saved me from cutting out tons of leaves!

So, that’s what we did for thanksgiving this year. I plan to do a lot of the same again next year and probably add in a few more crafts since the girls will be older and able to handle more. And since I will now already have done the material, I won’t need to prepare so much ahead!


Dressember December 3, 2013

Filed under: God thoughts,Life — Lacey @ 8:58 am

If you follow me on Facebook or Instagram you have probably been wondering, what’s up with your dresses and the pictures each day?


Well…here’s why my girls and I are wearing a dress everyday in December…

On the last day of November, I saw a Facebook post about the Dressember challenge that a friend was taking. I was curious so I read the links she posted and researched a little further.


Here’s the official Dressember page:

I thought it would be fun to join in too, but the thought of wearing a dress everyday was a bit daunting. I didn’t have many dresses, especially not very many casual ones. And did I really want to wear a dress even when I was staying home? I was kinda afraid my nice dresses would get all messed up and stained up from household chores, having a toddler, cooking and cleaning. And honestly, I’m not very ladylike. I like to sit cross legged and obviously you can’t do that in a dress! Even at home!

But it’s for a good cause! I was shocked to find out that there are more people held in slavery today than over the course of the entire trans-Atlantic slave trade? We hear so much about the history of slavery in the US but barely anything about those that are suffering today! There are millions being held against their will and made to work for their masters’ profit. And many of these individuals are children who are being abused in incomprehensible ways. Because this is happening in many third world counties, those who are supposed to defend and bring justice typically turn a blind eye or are even part of the problem!

The purpose of Dressember is to bring awareness to these faceless victims and to raise money to defend and save them. Dressember is partnering with International Justice Mission and asking that those participating get sponsors to help raise support to further IJM’s work. I’m asking that any of you interested, feel free to sponsor me during Dressember and support IJM. Here’s my sponsor link: https://www.ijmfreedommaker.org/campaign/2445/Dressember-for-IJM/

However, I am also going to tweak the sponsorship opportunity. I am very happy with all the work that IJM does in freeing those trapped in slavery, persecuting the abusers and working to change the laws in the affecting countries. But I am also a big fan of Rapha house’s ministry. They do work closely with IJM and other international groups, but they take it even further. They rescue victims, provide safe houses for them, help them to heal, train them vocationally to be able to earn a living in healthy ways and most importantly they do it all in Jesus’ name. They don’t just rescue them in this life, but also for the life beyond. It’s great to rescue slaves here and now, but it’s so vital to give them hope beyond this life! Here is Rapha house’s website if you want more information: http://www.raphahouse.org/
If you’d like to donate to Rapha house instead, you can send me a check made out to Rapha house and ill send any checks I get together at the end of the month (email me for my address p31jewelry@gmail.com). Or you can make a donation directly to Rapha house on their website: https://www.raphahouse.org/take-action/donate
If you do make a donation online to Rapha, would you kindly let me know how much, so I can keep track? (Comment on this post or email me p31jewelry@gmail.com)

Ill be posting more about our dress adventure later. Stay tuned!