Learning the details about the origins of holidays we celebrate is a goal in our house this year and with Thanksgiving fast approaching I thought I would share my ideas for some family field trip ideas .
I normally start by reading a picture book or two with my son to plan the seeds of learning and give him context to build on.
1. Visit a local farm to see turkeys and other animals that were included on the first Thanksgiving table. Talk about farming and giving thanks for these animals and what they provide for us.
2. Visit a local Indian Reservation and spend time at their museum or learning center ( most ever reservation has one). It's so important to learn history from all perspectives.
3. Visit a local historical or pioneer village. Seeing history , touching history and feeling it is so different from just reading about it.
4. Go to a local marina , port or jump on a ferry ride. We live near the ocean and visit the marina and ride the ferry often but this time ask your children if they would like to be on a boat for months not knowing what was on the other side.
5. After going on one or more of these trips go back to your library and find more books about boats, farming, pioneers and explorers and Native Americans.
Remember children enjoy learning about holidays before but reading and learning doesn't have to end after the turkey is swallowed. Ride the wave of their experience and keep learning after Thanksgiving too.