Monday, November 23, 2009

Let’s Learn About Pilgrims

My husband has given me a task to do this week before Thanksgiving. I am to teach the children all about the Pilgrims coming to America and the story behind the first Thanksgiving dinner. Sadly, I don’t remember much about this time period so I went on a google search – here is what I found:

The Pilgrims and Plymouth Colony 1620

Wonderful Thanksgiving Resource

Thanksgiving Printable

Let’s make a Pilgrim Hat

Let’s make a Turkey

Let’s make an Explorer Ship

We will be having our Thanksgiving meal circa 1620 – eating outside weather permitting by our fire pit. The children are very excited and I’m sure if this goes as my husband hopes will be a huge hit – and a lifetime memory for them.

Here’s a song to teach them the story too:

Tune= Oh Susanna

Oh they left their homes in England
And prepared to take a trip.
They climbed aboard the Mayflower
And sailed upon a ship.

The year was 1620 -
On a cold November day
By the shores of Massachusetts
They arrived in Plymouth Bay.

Oh the Pilgrims!
Seeking to be free!
They came here to America
For opportunity!

The first year was the hardest
But their neighbors helped them out.
They met Native Americans
With Squanto as their scout.

They helped the Pilgrims plant the crops
Of pumpkins, beans and corn.
They shared a feast...

Books about Thanksgiving:

Three Young Pilgrims by Cheryl Harness

M Is for Mayflower: A Massachusetts Alphabet (Discover America State By State. Alphabet Series) by Margot Theis Raven, Jeannie Brett

Tapenum's Day: A Wampanoag Indian Boy in Pilgrim Times by Kate Waters, Russ Kendall

On the Mayflower: Voyage of the Ship's Apprentice & A Passenger Girl by Kate Waters, Russ Kendall

Giving Thanks: The 1621 Harvest Feast
by Kate Waters, Russ Kendall

Squanto's Journey: The Story of the First Thanksgiving by Joseph Bruchac, Greg Shed

Wishing you and yours a blessed Thanksgiving! We all have much to be thankful for! God You are so good! Thank You Father for all that we have been given – may we be good stewards of the blessings in which You bring!


  1. Thank you for this post! I was wondering what materials to use to squeeze in some Thanksgiving teaching to my boys as I cook tomorrow!!! THANK YOU! And Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!

  2. We read the Kate Waters boks this week and loved them. The pictures really give an account of what a day during those times would have been like.


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