Episode 43: A Thanksgiving Unit Study

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Episode 43: A Thanksgiving Unit Study with background of pumpkins and notebook

It’s unit study time! Take a break from the hustle and bustle of the season with Christine Weller of In Episode 43 of the Hey, Mama! Homeschool Show—“A Thanksgiving Unit Study,” not only will you walk away with craft and activity ideas, but you will be challenged and inspired. 


Connect with God’s Word

Wisdom hath builded her house, she hath hewn out her seven pillars.” (Proverbs 9:1)

In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” (1 Thessalonians 5:18)

“And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by Him.” (Colossians 3:17)

“But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” (Matthew 6:33)

Connect with The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine 

Be sure to check The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine for Thanksgiving-inspired articles and meal ideas.

Bonus: A Fun Craft for Your Thanksgiving Table

Here’s a little craft you can make to encourage a grateful heart. Print one for everyone in your family to make while the turkey is cooking!

Here’s how to make it:

  • Print out your craft pieces on card stock. You can print your feathers on regular printer paper if you want lighter feathers, but you’ll need the cardstock to make sure your turkey and stand are sturdy enough.
  • Cut out your turkey (page one) and color him in.

  • Cut out the feathers (page two) and color them.
  • With markers, write down one thing on each feather you are thankful for. You can print more copies to get more feathers if you wish! 
  • Then, glue or tape them onto the back of your turkey.

  • Cut out the stand piece and fold it in half to get a crease down the center.
  • Set your finished turkey on top.

Everyone can make one—decorate your table with them all Your friends and family will have something to read and talk about while you enjoy your Thanksgiving dinner. Then, you can keep your turkey centerpieces as a reminder of the things you are grateful for all year round.

Connect with the TOS App

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“A unit study is a great way to take it down a notch, still have fun and still learn.” —Christine Weller

Connect with 

Use to study the history of Thanksgiving. Under the Holiday and Seasonal Resources in the Focused Learning Center, members will find Thanksgiving lessons to build their own unit study. Try the History of Holidays in America course or choose from a collection of lessons focused on art, language arts, and history, in addition to fun coloring and activity sheets for your little ones.  

Check out the Monthly Menu at (find it under the tools tab for parents). Try Pumpkin Rolls, Turkey Tenderloin with Stuffing, Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies, and more. Browse through all the months for more inspiration!

Connect with Schoolhouse Devotions

Today’s episode included a thought-provoking clip from Schoolhouse Devotions with Deborah Wuehler. Watch the full devotion here: True Thanksgiving – The Old Schoolhouse®

Connect with The Homeschool Minute 

Spend a minute with your friends from The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine!

The Homeschool Minute is a weekly eNewsletter for anyone homeschooling or considering starting. It’s brief yet packed with a powerful dose of encouragement to keep you going strong in your commitment to your family and to the Lord. Subscribe to the free homeschool newsletter.

Connect with Upcoming Episodes

New episodes of the Hey, Mama! Homeschool Show are released every Monday. Check back right here for show notes and links at Here’s what you can look forward to next:  

  • 11/27/23: Episode 44—“A Holiday Season of Rest” hosted by Heather Vogler of The Old Schoolhouse®
  • 12/4/23: Episode 45—“Homeschooling Through the Holidays with Games” hosted by Heather Vogler of The Old Schoolhouse® 
  • 12/11/23: Episode 46—“Christmas Recipes, Crafts, and Easy Gift Ideas” hosted by Stephanie Morrison of The Old Schoolhouse®

Questions or comments on the Hey, Mama! Homeschool Show podcast? We’d love to hear from you at

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