Monday, November 17, 2008

Thanksgiving for Free

I decided late last week to spend the rest of our lesson's days doing Thanksgiving activities.  For the past few weeks I have been receiving free downloads from various sources.  I saved them in a "Thanksgiving" folder on my PC.  So, on Friday, I printed out my favorite lessons plans pages and began writing out plans for the eight lessons days leading up to Thanksgiving.  I have a lot of lessons and activities for the boys and myself and I've downloaded all of them for free!

It may be too late for you to download some of these resources, but if you make yourself aware of them, you will have an abundance of downloads in the future.  Christmas is right around the corner!.

First, here is the link to those planner pages I told you I love.  They can be found at Hold That Thought's website:  http://www.holdthatthought.com/free.php  I love these free forms that Hold That Thought offers.  They also have a really great Father's Day card on their "extras" page, but I digress.

Of course, I've gotten many resources from www.homeschoolfreebie.com  We are currently reading Margaret Pumphrey's Pilgrim Stories which we downloaded last week at homeschoolfreebie.  We will also read An Old Fashioned Thanksgiving by Louisa May Alcott which was a download at homeschool freebie last week.

We are doing a three-day Thanksgiving unit study from Brandenburg which we received from The Old Schoolhouse Magazine's "Teaching Toolbox" ezine.  They send a themed ezine monthly with a terrific download, usually a unit study or a lapbook.  Last month's was the Thanksgiving ezine.  This is a free online feature for subscribers to The Old Schoolhouse magazine.

I also downloaded a free resource from www.currclick.com.  If you're not checking out their free downloads on Mondays, you need to add that you your list of weekly to do's.  One of the freebies you can take advantage of now is the free Thanksgiving notebooking pages.  Just hit the word "Free" on the left side of the screen and you will find it there.

Vision Forum has several cute Thanksgiving crafts as well as recipes and other activities here:  http://www.visionforum.com/thanksgiving/?&sc=501191

If you follow the happenings at The Old Schoolhouse Store's Spotlight blog they sometimes offer great discounts and even freebies.  I subscribed to this blog so that I get an email every time there is a new posting.  Last week, they offered a free activity pak from Hands of a Child.  Although this Fall/Harvest activity pack is a little young for my guys, I know I can adapt it to their age.  You can find this blog here:  http://www.homeschoolblogger.com/storespotlight

So, we're having a free Thanksgiving unit study.  And it's of great quality.  I just love the homeschooling community on the internet.  I get some great resources, many for free, but when I do buy something, I'm helping another homeschooling mother and therefore perpetuating our calling!  Go Homeschool Mom!

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