Sunday, November 18, 2018

5 Books to Teach your Child about Thanksgiving


Teaching children about Thanksgiving is not all about the holiday. The goal is for children to learn about giving and sharing and develop an understanding of how doing nice things for others can make you feel better about yourself. Perfect for story time or hours of reading alone, this selection is perfect for readers ranging from preschool up to around grade 5.

1.     Clifford's Thanksgiving Visit By Norman Bridwell
The Big Red Dog is back for another adventure. This time, Clifford has been left at home while the family goes on a holiday trip, and he decides to visit some family of his own. This is the story of how Clifford visits the big city and learns some important lessons about being grateful for what we have.
2.     The Pilgrims' First Thanksgiving by Ann McGovern
Designed for young children, this book explores the first Thanksgiving. It presents readers with some of the problems faced by the original settlers and looks at how the Native Americans stepped in to help ease the burden. This is the story of Plymouth Rock interpreted for eager young minds.
3.    Thanksgiving in the Woods by Phyllis Alsdurf
Written for grades Pre-K to 2, this book tells the true story of a family who takes the Thanksgiving holiday in a different direction. All about sharing, caring, and being grateful for what we have, Thanksgiving in the Woods will delight small children while providing them with important life lessons to learn from.
4.     Giving Thanks: A Native American Good Morning Message by Chief Jake Swamp
Designed for ages 4 to 8, this is an entertaining look at Thanksgiving told from the perspective of the Iroquois tribe and told by a Mohawk chief. The link includes lesson plans which parents and teachers can use to build on the concepts of sharing and caring.
5.     10 Fat Turkeys by Tony Johnston
This book for small children incorporates a rhyming look at Thanksgiving with learning to count backward. Small children will be thrilled at the antics of these turkeys as they get into all sorts of fun activities as part of turkey life during the Thanksgiving season.

The discovery of Thanksgiving does not have to end at the books listed above. Instead, use these books as an opportunity to teach your children the joys of libraries and book clubs and an endless supply of books covering everything imaginable.  At the Montessori School of Fremont, our teachers and staff use books and activities to instill knowledge into our students, including those of various holidays and traditions.  We celebrate the diverse backgrounds of our students and families.  To see a Montessori classroom first hand, contact us today to schedule a tour.

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