Thankful for Thanksgiving

Last week we read stories about what we are thankful/happy for to gear up for the holiday season. In “Thanks for Thanksgiving” by Julie Markes children think of all the people and things they are thankful for in their lives. Interchanging the word thankful for happy (and vice versa) is a great way to expand toddlers vocabulary and make the term thankful more relevant to them. As a little girl helps her mom prepare for Thanksgiving Day she says thank you to all the things around her in David Milgrims, “Thank you, Thanksgiving.”

A great Thanksgiving story we did not get to do this year, but highly recommend is, “One Little, Two Little, Three Little Pilgrims” by B.G. Hennessy. Not only does this book have counting, it touches on the historical events of Thanksgiving featuring the Wampanoag’s and pilgrims.

 We rhymed with colorful turkeys as the kids showed off purple, yellow and green turkeys. Wednesday we had a special story telling guest, Miss Tara from the Perry library, who brought a turkey friend to help us sing “I know a turkey.”  Taking a page from the stories we read kids got to draw and write what they are thankful/ happy for on a die cut shape and pin it onto our storytime cornucopia-see below.  Happy Thanksgiving!