Are you ready for a unit that will deepen the character of your children? That will bring them into a whole new world of history where they feel connected and not only want to learn more, but they want to grow into better individuals? Do you want to see gratitude and understanding like they’ve never had before when it comes to our own nation’s history and Thanksgiving? And… do you want it all disguised in a way that they don’t even realize they’re learning (but they think they’re just having fun)? Then YOU WANT THIS UNIT.
Just a FEW of the concepts and learning that are covered by our utilization of over 40 PRIMARY sources (while keeping it INCREDIBLY fun and engaging) include: Pequot Natives and their ways, Narragansett Natives, Wampanoag, Mohawk, Mohegan…living off the land, the actual writings of the treaty with Massasoit, the journal entries of the Pilgrims, the terms of the hostage swap, the feud between Tisquantum and Massasoit, the Mayflower (as recorded by the Pilgrims, not modern history books), the feast!, the difference between Separatists/Puritans/Pilgrims, King James and the Church of England, the Netherlands, the Speedwell, John Oldham, rich culture, Captain Stone, the styles of Pilgrim (and Native) homes and how they were made, a really incredible twist (we won’t spoil it), weir fishing, John Carver, the Winslow family (governors of Plymouth)… basically, the list goes on (and on) and includes all things “Thanksgiving.”
…And the unit never once feels like a history book. The richness of this unit and the depth of information included are unmatched as far as we have ever found in a unit study. And yes, we carry you all the way through to the actual Thanksgiving proclamation by Abraham Lincoln.
PS: It’s filled with hands-on activity options (OPTIONAL) to reinforce the lesson in a fun way. It has a few recipes, as well, with games and amazing Think Tanks and Faith Talks. And, it’s still open-and-go (pre-reader lessons may require some prep, though, as is usual with that age).
We also set it up in such a way that those who want to end at happy ending may do so; those who want to continue on may do so. This way, each family may customize it to fit THEIR family (setting aside even deeper learning for future years) and will still be teaching the truth based on primary sources.
As the unit already covered social studies, geography, and history, our Core Connections also bring in science/health and language arts in a way that ties directly into each lesson.
We think you are absolutely going to love it!
****IF COMPARING OUR TWO DIFFERENT THANKSGIVING UNITS SIDE BY SIDE, SEE BELOW:***