I am blessed to have a talented and creative assistant, because the artsy- crafty things are not one of my strengths, to say the least. Here's my kind of craft, purchased pre-cut with adhesive on the back. All I had to do was pass out one piece at a time, demonstrate where to stick each part, and -- voila! It's a turkey!! Thank you Hobby Lobby! The kids thought it was great, and I didn't have to cut out 27 sets of turkey parts.
Back to my precious assistant --- in her "free time" -- whenever that was -- she cut and folded all these Pilgrim girl bonnets and Pilgrim boy hats -- with a little bit of help from a parent volunteer.. They looked so cute! But if you want to see some fabulous costumes, click on Reagan Tunstall's link --- she is my inspiration --- for another year! Tunstall's Teaching Tidbits must have a LOT of volunteers!
And when I realized that I had forgotten about making the bracelets to help the children practice retelling the First Thanksgiving story, she got right on it and assembled 27 kits with the right color of beads and pipe-cleaners in each Ziploc baggy. She is incredible!!
They are wearing the bracelets in the picture, but I forgot to get a close-up, so I'm using a similar one from Pinterest.
I got our computer teacher to install Google Earth on my computer so we could see where the Pilgrims traveled. That was pretty cool.
I read several Thanksgiving books, including these, but just didn't have time for some of my favorites in these 6 days of celebrating.
Now that I see it all written here, I guess we covered it pretty well!!
We have more time for Christmas, and I've already put the Thanksgiving books away and replaced them with Christmas books. Can't wait to start on our gingerbread men -- we are doing an exchange with children in 26 classes across the country -- plus one class in Germany. That will give us another opportunity to look at maps and globes as we see where our gingerbread men will come from.
And I can't wait to share "Pete the Cat Saves Christmas."
But first I need to clean my house and cook a turkey for my family! Time -- slow down!!!
I am especially thankful this year for my blogging friends who have inspired me -- thankful that this huge class is finally starting to "get it" -- thankful for parent volunteers -- thankful for all the TPT stuff that I have bought -- and especially the freebies -- and thankful for the love of my family and their understanding when I work late many days, hog the computer, and don't cook for several days in a row. God has blessed me greatly, and I am SO thankful for 5 days to try to catch up during Thanksgiving break!!!