A season of thankfulness

As you can see, I changed “morning time” to “tea time” We have officially moved from morning basket to afternoon basket. Here’s why:

It just wasn’t working for us. This year I’ve been adjusting to teaching two little boys full time rather than one and my older son’s work load is getting heavier the older he gets. Morning basket just wasn’t working in the morning for us. What was once a gentle and calm way to begin our day, was causing our academic studies to begin later and later. So I finally just stopped being stubborn and decided I was going to change our rhythm. It’s been such a breath of fresh air. We are beginning our morning with breakfast together, Bible reading and prayer then straight to our math and language lessons around 8:00-8:30 We have been finishing around 11:00 and break for lunch followed by science or history and then “tea time” Basically I drink coffee and the boys eat a snack. But I see afternoons by the fire this winter, with good books, poetry, art study, piano practice…so many afternoon options to keep us busy!

Our homes, imperfect as they are, must be a haven from the chaos outside. They should be a reflection of our eternal home, where troubled souls find peace, weary hearts find rest, hungry bodies find refreshment, lonely pilgrims find communion, and wounded spirits find compassion.” – Jani Ortlund

Here is what we’ve been up to this month so far.

Art Study – The First Thanksgiving at Plymouth by Jennie Augusta Brownscomber

PoetryWe Thank Thee by Ralph Waldo Emerson

For flowers that bloom about our feet,

Father, we thank Thee.

For tender grass so fresh, so sweet,

Father, we thank Thee.

For the song of bird and hum of bee,

For all things fair we hear or see,

Father in heaven, we thank Thee.

For blue of stream and blue of sky,

Father, we thank Thee.

For pleasant shade of branches high,

Father, we thank Thee.

For fragrant air and cooling breeze,

For beauty of the blooming trees,

Father in heaven, we thank Thee.

For this new morning with its light,

Father, we thank Thee.

For rest and shelter of the night,

Father, we thank Thee

For health and food, for love and friends,

For everything Thy goodness sends,

Father in Heaven, we thank Thee


Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever! – Psalm 107:1

18 Be filled with the Spirit,

19 addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart,

20 giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,

21 submitting to one another out of reverence for Christ. – Ephesians 5:18-21

And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. – Colossians 3:17

Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. – Colossians 4:2

Books to Read

Sleep Tight Farm // The Thanksgiving Story // A Turkey for Thanksgiving

Cranberry Thanksgiving // Bear Says Thanks – my youngest loves these book

Thanks for Thanksgiving // Squantos Journey // The Pilgrims First Thanksgiving

Brambly Hedge – Autumn

Activities to enjoy

Nature walk for mushrooms and leaves

Create a finger print thankfulness tree We use the print from Steph Hathaway Designs on Etsy.

We use acrylic paint to make fingerprint leaves on the tree. Then each day in November we write something we are thankful for. Then we display is on Thanksgiving Day

Create a felt pie piece banner

Make a paper turkey headband

Bake a pie together

Make a fall simmer pot

Take a treat to a neighbor

Collect acorns and make felted acorns…collect the caps of acorns and glue small felt balls to the acorn caps to create a sweet bowl filler or use them to make a garland or ornaments for a tree.

Study the state of Massachusetts. Research it’s history, capital city, state bird, state flower, etc.

In addition to the things I’ve shared above, we’re currently still reading The Pilgrim’s Progress for read aloud….we are almost done!! We read our Bible together each morning. Then in the afternoon we do catechism, read aloud, character cards, each kiddo reads to me and we’ll read some of the other books in our basket. Sharing the prints I created for our personal basket for ya’ll below.

Tea Time Download

Thanks so much for stopping by today, friends!



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