Toddlers are a bit young for the whole first Thanksgiving history lesson, but there is still a lot you can teach your toddler about Thanksgiving! Thanksgiving is a wonderful time of year to celebrate with family and friends, but it is also chock full of learning opportunities for your little ones!
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Literacy Related Thanksgiving Learning
I did say that toddlers may be too young to comprehend the history behind this American holiday. However, there are some great picture books that explain the history in a fun way. Picture books are also a great way to build your toddler’s phonemic awareness and letter recognition. If there is one thing I can tell you to do to help your child learn to read, it is this. Read aloud to your child and read to them often!
I love this author more than I can say. Gail Gibbons has a great way of explaining concepts in a very kid-friendly manner. This book gives an overview of the history of the holiday, as well as explaining modern day traditions. Plus, the illustrations are fun and colorful!
Happy Thanksgiving, Curious George
My toddler is obsessed with this infamous curious little monkey, so this book was an instant buy-in. What I love about this book is that George shows how much fun it is to watch the Thanksgiving Day parade and cook a large meal to share with family. I also love that the text includes rhyming couplets which is perfect for building phonemic awareness!
T is for Turkey
This book explains the history of Thanksgiving through rhyming alphabet poems. It is fun to read aloud and perfect for letter recognition. The artwork is very cute and it does introduce some higher level vocabulary words. Words like “elation” , “opportunity”, and even “proclamation” are used throughout the book. Do not be afraid to use advanced vocabulary with your toddler. An article in the Daily Mail even cites research that claims that your toddler’s vocabulary development can predict their future success in college!