“Whom will he teach knowledge? and whom will he make to understand the message? them that are weaned from the milk, and drawn from the breasts.
“For it is precept upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, there a little.”
Isaiah 28:9 & 10
If I’ve learned anything about motherhood in the past twelve years of parenting, it is this: raising children is a marathon, not a sprint.
And I’m a great sprinter. 🙂
I can get fired up about a great idea in a hurry, and go on to another great idea just as quickly. (Maybe you’ve noticed that little tendency of mine here at the blog? Ha!)
Building relationships and cultivating character is not a sprint-length journey, or a just another great idea; it is a lifestyle.
And a commitment to intentionally pursue high ideals and godliness.
This is especially true about teaching, and modeling, consistent thankfulness and gratitude before our kids.
“Here a little, there a little.” Over and over and over again.
The beauty of homeschooling is that I have 24/7 access to my children’s time, hearts, and minds, especially in these early, formative years.
Teaching and training definitely have their place in parenthood, but one of my favorite forms of discipleship is keeping excellent and inspiring reading material in front of my kids.
Right now, that means I have to do a lot of reading aloud, since only my oldest (11-year old) daughter is an avid reader.
Yes, I look forward to the day when my kids and I can all cozy up in the living room together, under quilts, and devour our favorite books and cups of hot tea or coffee.
But today, I try hard to keep Miss A in books, and read, read, read to my other kiddos.
This week, I hand picked about forty books and activity resources to share with you in this beautiful season of Thanksgiving.
These are books that I feel will inspire and instruct your children as they learn thankfulness and good manners, as well as help them explore the beauty and historical significance of Thanksgiving Day.
We are making many of these books a part of our learning time during this season!
Each of these titles is available at RainbowResource.com, and I hope you’ll take a little time to peruse this wonderful online site!
They offer hundreds of educational and faith-based books, games, and gifts for kids of all ages (and even resources for teachers and parents!).
Board Books for Little Ones
Books That Encourage Good Social Skills and Manners
Fun Books About Thanksgiving Day
Historical Books About Thanksgiving Day
The Thanksgiving Story (this one is part of our My Father’s World curriculum)
Chapter Books & Readers
It’s Thanksgiving! (I Can Read! level 3)
First Thanksgiving (Step into Reading level 3)
This is the Feast (early readers)
Molly’s Pilgrim (early readers)
Thanksgiving on Thursday (Magic Tree House)
Rush Revere and the Brave Pilgrims (grades 3-6)
Old-Fashioned Thanksgiving (by Louisa May Alcott)
Peter and the Pilgrims (grade 5+)
Three Young Pilgrims (grade 5+)
Adventurous Life of Miles Standish and the Amazing-but-True Survival Story of Plymouth Colony (National Geographic, grades 5-9)
Thanksgiving & “Thank you” Crafts & Projects
A Time to Keep (holiday picture book by Tausha Tudor)
You’ll find these, and hundreds of other wonderful books and resources, at RainbowResource.com!
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I hope you indulge in some cozy reading time with your kiddos this weekend, friends. Happy Friday!
Kristy Howard is a pastor’s wife, second-generation homeschooling mom of five, and a passionate believer in friendship, coffee, and quiet time! Kristy writes about motherhood, ministry and life at KristysCottage.com.