The Thanksgiving Script on lapbooking

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I realized I never put up the script for the Thanksgiving lapbooking webcast.  So I thought I would do that.  This webcast did use Thanksgiving to show how to lapbook, but it is really a lapbooking 101 type of lesson.

Good Afternoon, my name is Colette Stanley and today we will be doing a lapbook about the first Thanksgiving.  This is my first webcast, so please be patient with me as I learn all the ins and outs of web casting.

Our supply list for today is:  scissors, stick glue, one file folder (either colored or plain), colored card stock, crayons or colored pencils, tape and themed stickers.

The first order of business is how to fold your file folder.  It’s very simple.  Just open up the file folder and fold in both sides to the middle.  Now you have three areas to place your mini-books.  You can also add an extra flap to your lapbook that will give you even more room and for this Thanksgiving lapbook you will probably need it.

Now what information do you want to go into your lapbook?  I’ve broken up this lapbook into three sections.

I.  Who were the Pilgrims and what is their history?

II.  What happened after the Pilgrims landed?  And what was the first Thanksgiving like?

III.  How did our modern Thanksgiving come to be?  And what are our families traditions?

In order to complete a lapbook, you need to have a plan.  The first step is to brainstorm questions you want answered for each section of your lapbook.  I have questions ready for each section of this lapbook and if you would like a copy of these please feel free to email me at  As you find the answers to the questions, find a mini-book that fits your answers (type of information, how many pieces of information and so on) and then write the answers in the mini-book you have chosen.  Then you can put the mini-book into your lapbook.

A lapbook needs to be put together in some order, so as you answer your questions, put them in chronological order.  Today we are going to answer a copy of questions from the first section and put them into the lapbook. I would to show you a couple of mini-books that can be used.

Anything that is going to be a complete page such as a map or coloring page can be folded either once or twice and then put into the lapbook like this.

Another fun mini-book is a shape book.  Here is one in the shape of the Mayflower.  You can cut extra pages in the same shape and answer multiple questions, staple them together and then put into the lapbook.

When I was learning about lap booking I put together a lapbook of all the types of mini-books I had found.  Now I use this as a reference that I go back to many times.  And I have found that children like using many different types of mini-books.  I have this Lapbook Resource for sale for $15.  If you are interested in it, please email me at and I will send you the paypal information.  This is a great reference tool.

The last step in completing our lapbook is decorating it.  The front can be decorated however your child would like.  One requirement I usually have is that it does have the title, child’s name and the date on the front.  Inside decorations can be added after all the mini-books have been put in.  We like to find stickers that go along with our theme.  Another great place to find decorations is the scrap booking section.  We have also found that the card section has some good pictures that can be added.



Section I:


Who was Martin Luther and what did he do to protest the church?

Where is Plymouth, England?

Why did the Pilgrims want to leave England?  How would you feel if you were forced to attend the government’s church?

Who were the Separatists?

Where did the Separatists go to from England?

Why did they decide to leave Holland?

How did the Separatists fund their trip to the new world?

Who sailed on the ship?

What did the Pilgrims bring with them on the ship?

What was the ship’s name?

Why did they have to turn back?

Who were born on the ship?

Did anyone die on the ship?

What was life like on the ship?

What food did they eat?

When did the Mayflower set sail?

When did the Mayflower arrive in America?

Section II:

What’s the difference between Saints and Strangers?

Where is did they land?  Maps of Massachusetts and Plymouth and Cape Cod.

Who was Samoset and what did he do?

Who were the Wampanoag Indians?

What words in our English language come from words borrowed from the Wampanoag?

What happened during the first Winter in Plymouth?

Who was Squanto?

How did Squanto help the Pilgrims?

What crops did the Pilgrims plant?

What did the Pilgrims wear?  Labeling sheet.

New people coming to the colony would need to bring what supplies?

Who was Massasoit?

Why did the Pilgrims and Indians celebrate?

(make sure children understand the difference in the first year and the second year in Plymouth)

What types of food were served at the first Thanksgiving? (corn, oyster, hasty pudding, turkey, venison, succotash, johnnycake, fish, squash, quail)

Section III:

Who set aside a day to celebrate Thanksgiving?

What day was set aside?

What happened in October 1921?

Who attended this big celebration?

What foods were served?

What is the date of Thanksgiving this year?

Thanksgiving is observed on the fourth Thursday of November.  Who signed this into law and when was it signed?

Whom shall we thank for America’s blessings?

Name four Thanksgiving traditions that your family celebrates?

Write a Thank You note to someone you are especially thankful for.

If you would like a copy of these questions, please email at  And remember the Lapbook Resource is for sale for $15 and if your interested just email and I’ll send you the paypal account information.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!




Advent Booklet

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The Advent Readings Booklet is for sale for $5.  If you are interested in this booklet, please email me at  And I will send you the paypal account information.  I will then send you the Advent booklet.

Also both videos are up.  You can go to The Homeschool Channel and view them.  There will be no Webcast today, November 29th, due to the Twitter Party, but I will be back next week.  Next week’s subject will be “Christmas Around the World” and we will be doing a lapbook.

Thanks and Merry Christmas!


Advent Webcast Script

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Good Afternoon, I’m so happy you are here. 


I would like to let you that last week’s video is up for viewing. There were technical difficulties, so I’m sorry about that.  At one point I say good bye, but there is more to the video, so keep watching.  All the content is there, its just a little out of order.


Last week someone asked for a study on Advent.  I thought I had more time, but when I looked at when Advent started, I realized I would need to do this study today.  Advent actually starts this Sunday, November 27th. So here we go!!


My family has never done Advent.  We have done a thing called, “What Jesus Wants for Christmas” from Family Life.  We have loved doing it, but this year I’m very excited about doing Advent.  I have learned so much this week doing my research.


I would like for this study to be for both the teachers and the children.  But if you would like a copy of my script, just email me and I’ll send it to you. 


The first thing I would like to look at is all the symbolism that is present in Advent. 


First lets look at the circle that the candles sit in.  This symbolizes God Himself, His eternity and His endless mercy, which has no beginning and no end.  The greenery around the circle of candles represents hope.  The hope that we have in God, the hope of newness and renewal in Christ, and of eternal life.  The light of the candles symbolize the light of God coming into the world through the birth of Jesus Christ.  The candles represent the period of waiting during the four Sundays of Advent, which also symbolizes the four centuries of waiting and silence between the prophet Malachi and the birth of Christ. 


The colors of the candles vary with different traditions, but there are usually three purple or blue candles and one pink or rose candle. Purple represents penance and longing as we wait for the birth of Jesus.  We can also bring in the second coming here.  The Purple can also represent our waiting for Jesus to come again.  The Rose color represents Joy and Hope in the coming of the birth of Christ and the second coming.  The Rose candle is lit on the third week of Advent during which we read about the Host of Angels coming to the shepherds. 


Each candle is representative of a part of the Christmas story.  The first purple candle is called the Prophecy or Preparation candle.  During this week, we read about the prophecies about the coming of Christ.


The second purple candle is the Bethlehem or Proclamation candle.  This week we look at the prophecies of who Jesus is.  Part of the readings for this week are John 1 and Mark 1.


The third candle, the rose candle, is the Shepherd’s candle or the Exhortation candle.  During this week, we will look at the time before Christ birth in Luke. 


The fourth candle, the last purple candle, is the Angel candle or the Expectation candle.  We will read much of the Christmas story.


Now let’s look at the “how to” of Advent.  One of the purple candles is lit the first Sunday of Advent, a Scripture is read, a short devotional or reading is given, and a prayer offered. Then the candle is relit each night of the week during the devotion. 


On the Sunday starting week 2, two candles are lit and those two candles are relit every night during the devotion time.  Both of those candles are purple.  Starting on the Sunday of week 3, three candles are lit, the two purple from the previous weeks and the rose candle. These are relit every night.  Then on week 4 all four candles are lit every night. 


During the devotion time, you begin by lighting the candles, prayer, scripture reading, devotion, discussion if needed and then prayer. This is done every night through Christmas eve.   Then on Christmas day the Christ candle is brought out.  It is the white candle that goes in the middle of the circle.  This candle is not brought out until Christmas day because the true light of the world did not come into the world until Jesus was born.  The central location of the Christ Candle reminds us that the incarnation is the heart of the season, giving light to the world. Many families continue to light all five candles through Epiphany (Jan 6) to show that Christ‘s light shines all through the year, even after the Christmas season has past. 


I have put together with the help of the squidoo website, a devotion reading book for the entire Advent season.  If you would like this devotion book it will be for sale in the AFR/AFA store for $5.00.  I’m proud of this book.  It is for families with both younger and older children.  And I hope it will bring about some discussion about the Christmas season, as well as Christ’s personhood. 



Advent Websites


I also have some more websites that have additional readings for Advent.


Focus of the Family –


This lady has some great recommendations for Advent on her Catholic Advent site.  –


This site is very picture heavy, but a really good site.  –




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I have started doing webcasts on The Homeschool Channel website.  So I’ll be putting ups links to the recordings soon.  So please check back!!