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Sunday, November 27, 2016

Peek at our Week: November 21-23

You'll notice the shortened week. I'm sure quite a few of you take off the entire week and we have done that before. Recently on our off weeks we have been learning, just not with the intensity of study we do the rest of the weeks. I have collected all sorts of wonderful books, unit studies, and activities throughout the years so I'm finding ways to utilize them better. This was the perfect week to really delve into the lives of the pilgrims! There are some great resources we used. I'll list the books here and some links if I can find them, but no affiliate marketing is contained within those links! Click on the pictures of the books to see where you can purchase them.

All week we listened to Adventures in Odyssey through the Odyssey Adventure Club app which were themed to Thanksgiving. This is such a great program that I listened to when I was a kid in the 80s and now my kids can enjoy it as I did! We are huge fans of this production and we absolutely LOVE being part of the Odyssey Adventure Club! If you want to give it a try they have a 2-week free trial offer.

Easy Make & Learn Projects: The Pilgrims, the Mayflower & MoreOne of my favorite places to find unique activities for elementary and middle school is Scholastic Teacher's Express. I have purchased quite a few pdf books from them and use them frequently to supplement our regular curriculum or for units like this. This week we used this book. The girls made fold away Mayflower ships, maps of the Mayflower's journey, and a comparison of old world and new world life. You'll want to get on their mailing address because there are periodically $1 ebook sales. That is how I've amassed my collection from this company!

Here are some of the books we enjoyed during the week

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Magic Treehouse Research Guide: Pilgrims

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The Pilgrims of Plimoth

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Three Young Pilgrims
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Giving Thanks: The 1621 Harvest Feast
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On the Mayflower
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...If You Sailed on the Mayflower in 1620

These  have all been given to us by friends, grandparents, and retired teachers. What a blessing it is when people give us goodies like these! I have several others, but this is what we used for this year.

We also used several wonderful resources that I pieced together to complete our unit of study!

Draw to Learn Psalms

While I read the girls worked on their project by coloring, cutting, or taping.

They loved the detailed coloring of their projects and Grace only needed a little help with the cutting.

  Learning in this creative way is so much fun. All three girls have studied the Pilgrims extensively through Heart of Dakota so much of what we talked about was review. Still, there were some new things the girls learned especially about how difficult the voyage really was, that surprised them. 

We had an enormous Thanksgiving feast with my parents and then decorated the tree. My girls are so sweet to pose for me! I couldn't get a good picture in action because there was soooo much action with the decorating! So they very sweetly posed and giggled for my picture! 

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving week and are excited as we head into this most joyous season of celebrating Christ's birth!

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