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Hospitable Holidays
Volume 117, Program 59
11/21/2013
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You’ve done the seasonal unit studies, but what’s left? Focus on the holiday itself! Whether you’re baking pumpkin pie or reflecting on the blessings of the past year, take time to savor the slice of life that is Thanksgiving. So says Mike Smith, on today’s Home School Heartbeat.

Mike Smith:
This week, we’ve considered lots of ways to incorporate Thanksgiving themes into your homeschool. But this might also be a good time to take a break from your more structured academics, if your homeschool schedule will allow it.

A hands-on approach this week could include cooking skills, which is home economics. Discuss nutrition concepts as you plan your meal out. And all the measuring and timing in the kitchen make great teachable moments for math! For practical art projects, your children could make table centerpieces, hand-draw or design place cards on the computer, and arrange other seasonal decorations.

This Thanksgiving, consider reaching out beyond your family circle. Teach your children the heart of hospitality by including someone in your celebration who might otherwise not have a place to go. The originators of Thanksgiving, after all, were immigrants in a strange land.

There are people in your church who don’t have family in the area—invite them to share Thanksgiving with you. Do you live near a university or college with foreign students? Or perhaps you’ve met an immigrant family at the grocery store or the library. Your children could experience the joy of sharing an American tradition with international friends!

Next time, we’ll think more about the heart of the Thanksgiving holiday. And until then, I’m Mike Smith.


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