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  • Thanksgiving, Spelling, and Structured Word Inquiry
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    Thanksgiving, Spelling, and Structured Word Inquiry

    Learn more about Structured Word Inquiry (SWI) by studying the spellings of some vocabulary words related to the Thanksgiving holiday: Thanksgiving, gratitude, turkey, cranberry, Thursday, squash, cornucopia, delicious, acorn, and potato. Structured Word Inquiry English spelling is rule-based. There are no exceptions, just more rules to uncover. I have yet to find a word whose […] More

  • Simple Food Ideas for Hosting a Thanksgiving Party
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    Simple Food Ideas for Hosting a Thanksgiving Party

    Thanksgiving is my second favorite holiday of the year! Unfortunately, the day to give thanks often gets overshadowed by the Christmas season, which seems to start the day after Halloween, if not sooner. Although I do start putting up some Christmas lights at the beginning of November (especially outside when the autumn weather is still […] More

  • Tablecloth Strip Thanksgiving Wreath Craft
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    Tablecloth Strip Thanksgiving Wreath Craft

    The Thanksgiving season is upon us! While I have put up many of my Christmas decorations already, I refuse to leave poor Thanksgiving out in the cold. I thus also decorate my home with red, orange, yellow, and brown and many turkeys. Last year I created two Thanksgiving wreaths using red, orange, and yellow plastic […] More

  • A Is for Acorn Paper Plate Craft
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    A Is for Acorn Paper Plate Craft

    A is for acorn! Make a fun acorn craft to help your preschooler learn about the letter Aa using paper plates and construction paper. Materials White paper plates Orange and brown construction paper Scissors Glue Instructions Cut the orange and brown construction paper into small squares. Cut curved notches from the sides of the paper […] More

  • P Is for Pumpkin Paper Plate Craft
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    P Is for Pumpkin Paper Plate Craft

    P is for pumpkin! Make a fun pumpkin craft to help your preschooler learn about the letter Pp using paper plates and construction paper. Materials White paper plates Orange and brown construction paper Scissors Glue Instructions Cut the orange construction paper into small squares. Glue the orange squares all over the front of the paper […] More

  • Pony Bead Indian Corn Craft
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    Pony Bead Indian Corn Craft

    From the beginning of fall on September 1 through Thanksgiving, I decorate my home with autumn-themed decorations. I love making crafts with my two young children to place around my house. For a recent homeschool activity, my kiddos and I made Indian corn using pipe cleaners and pony beads. Threading the small beads on the […] More

  • Pony Bead Pumpkin Craft
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    Pony Bead Pumpkin Craft

    From the beginning of fall through Thanksgiving, I decorate my home with pumpkins. I love making crafts with my two young children to place around my house. For a recent homeschool lesson, my kids and I made pumpkins using pipe cleaners and pony beads. My kindergartener made hers all by herself while my toddler practiced […] More

  • Paper Plate Thanksgiving Wreath Craft
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    Paper Plate Thanksgiving Wreath Craft

    Thanksgiving is almost here! Handmade wreaths for each holiday are a particularly favorite craft in The Parenting Patch household. During a recent trip to the craft store, I picked up some foam Thanksgiving craft materials. I also had some fall-colored jewels already at home. My kids and I therefore recently made some simple but adorable […] More

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