Checking In & Thanksgiving Links

I’ve been rather lackadaisical in posting lately, huh?  🙂  We’ve been busy with little things– company on Saturday (and the return of the kids’ computer), ice skating and shopping yesterday, library books, Netflix movies, art projects and general life.

I didn’t even post an Unplug Your Kids project this week, even though we did a thankful project (watercolor leaves with thanks on them for hanging).  It seemed rather predictable anyway!  Doesn’t everybody do that project several dozen times over the course of motherhood?  🙂

It has been dreadfully cold but snowless, leaving us in a sort of winter limbo.  It’s too cold to want to go outside but it doesn’t look at all like winter.  I am not a fan of snow, but if it has to be this chilly I wish it would just dump a few feet on us so at least the kids could play and it would look pretty!

(Okay, after Thanksgiving so we can still travel to the in-laws.)

The kids have been tag-teaming us at night, skillfully interfering with any hope of getting nearly enough sleep. My children are perfectly suited for college cramming or medical internships, because of their remarkable abilities to exist on hardly any sleep.  I found myself wishing I could spike the apple cider with Benadryl last night.  😉

I’ll post some pics and fun stuff soon.   In the meantime, here’s an interactive Thanksgiving lesson from the Plimoth people (involving children who are descendents of the Wampanoag and colonists), here’s a great lesson plan for “The Legend of the Indian Paintbrush,” and Susan shared these great pages– a unit study she wrote for “Across the Wide, Wide Sea: The Mayflower Journey,” a page for Mayflower history, a unit study she wrote for “Sarah Morton’s Day:  A Day in the Life of a Pilgrim Girl,” a unit study she helped write for “A Lion to Guard Us” about Jamestown, and this site about Jamestown.

And for another Thanksgiving perspective, here is information about the National Day of Mourning that some native people hold on Thanksgiving.   The page is well written and offers a lot to think about as we’re educating our children about our nation’s history.  Here’s a snippet:

History is not a set of “truths” to be memorized, history is an ongoing process of interpretation and learning. The true richness and depth of history come from multiplicity and complexity, from debate and disagreement and dialogue. There is room for more than one history; there is room for many voices. 

And with that, I’m off to read a pile of library books to some disheveled sweetie pie children.


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