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Creating Thanksgiving Memories: Family-Friendly Lessons for the Holiday Season!

Tiffany Robinson   •  November 14, 2023 

As the Thanksgiving season approaches, families everywhere are gearing up for warmth, gratitude, and togetherness. I’m Tiffany Robinson, and I’m thrilled to share some delightful Thanksgiving lessons that you and your kids can enjoy right in the comfort of your home.

Lesson 1: Thanksgiving and Family Traditions

Kickstart your Thanksgiving journey by exploring the history of this special holiday. Gather the family around for an educational BrainPop, Jr. video that delves into the roots of Thanksgiving in the United States.

Brain Pop Jr. Thanksgiving

After the video, engage in a lively family discussion about how different cultures celebrate the harvest and express gratitude. Have a conversation with your children about your family’s unique traditions, whether they are tied to Thanksgiving or moments of gratitude throughout the year.

Following this heartwarming discussion, invite each family member to jot down their thoughts about your family traditions. It’s a wonderful way to capture and cherish how your family comes together to celebrate and give thanks.

Lesson 2: We Are Grateful (all year long)

Embark on a storytelling adventure with your family by enjoying the read-aloud of WE ARE GRATEFUL, OTSALIHELIGA, narrated by Traci Sorell, a proud citizen of the Cherokee Nation. Experience the touching story by clicking here.

Read Aloud: We Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga by Traci Sorell | Stories with Star

Following the story, gather together for a family discussion and a special activity. Reflect on what each family member is thankful for during each season of the year. It’s a heartwarming opportunity to appreciate the blessings and navigate the challenges that come with each changing season.

I’m genuinely excited about these at-home lessons and the chance for families to create lasting memories together. If you have any questions or would like to share your experiences, feel free to reach out. Your participation and engagement are key to making these lessons a memorable part of your family’s Thanksgiving celebration.

Get ready for a Thanksgiving filled with joy, connection, and the creation of beautiful family traditions!


Tiffany Robinson is an elementary school teacher at Community School of Davidson in Davidson, NC.

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