Our Thanksgiving unit was so much fun! We read " Thanksgiving Is" by Gail Gibbons. We talked a lot about the Pilgrims and the Native Americans. We watched the Learn Our History DVD about the first Thanksgiving and the Mayflower.
After we talked about the first Thanksgiving, Lily ran upstairs to get her toys. She came down and recreated the first Thanksgiving feast, complete with a butterfly and alligator. :)
We talked a lot about how the Native Americans helped the Pilgrims learn how to grow foods, including corn. We made some corn muffins to go with our dinner that night.
After dinner, we watched Pocahontas, and had another corn product as a snack: Popcorn! Lily LOVED the movie, and talked about Pocahontas for the rest of the week. She even wanted to wear her hair down, because it was "Pocahontas hair."
We learned a lot about turkeys this week. Lily was actually pretty interested in learning about them. She made a "Fact turkey", where all the feathers are actual facts that she learned about turkeys.
We talked about the Mayflower, and how the Pilgrims didn't have a smooth voyage while coming over here. Lily made a Mayflower out of a butter tub, and we put some water in a bin. I added some blue to it. Lily spent some time making wind and waves, and seeing how that affected the way the Mayflower sailed.
We talked about Abraham Lincoln, and how he was the president that declared the last Thursday of November to be a National holiday-Thanksgiving! Lily made an Abraham Lincoln mask.
We did a little bit of Thanksgiving baking-we made some pumpkin muffins. Lily had one for breakfast the next morning, and gave them a thumbs up!
We did a little feather counting for our math.
Arriving at the settlement. Lily refused to say "cheese" for pictures on this trip-it was "Mayflower" and "Pocahontas."
The entrance to the Powhatan village.
Learning how the Powhatan Indians made their clothing.
The houses that they Powhatan Indians lived in.
There were animal furs/skins everywhere.
Lily was scraping the fur off of this deer skin-this is how the Powhatan Indians made clothing.
Grinding some corn.
Lily wanted to know how they made the baskets that she was seeing everywhere. This lady was in the process of making one.
Practicing her marksmanship! (I love her face in this picture) There were hoops hanging from a branch, and an "arrow" made of a corn cob and a feather.
At the settlement, we got a Powhatan Indians TOOB. We put in in a bin with some sand, and Lily played with that for a long time. She loves sensory bins.
This was an awesome week! Lily learned lots, and is having a blast with her schooling this year. Next week, we are taking a break from MBTP, and doing a FIAR book-Cranberry Thanksgiving.