As you give thanks today, remember this…

With our own children now approaching “middle age” (admittedly still on the very low end of that arbitrary range) and our oldest grandchild now a teenager, I can tell you that of all the things I’m thankful for after 42 years of marriage, the fact that we chose “homeschooling” beginning in 1982 is right at the very top of my list. What a remarkable journey we went on as a family! The lessons we shared and the books we read and the places we went during those 17 years of homeschooling continue to shape who we are today- both as a family and as individuals. The goodness of that experience and the richness that was deposited in ALL of our lives by those shared experiences and memories continue to manifest themselves by blessing our grandchildren and someday, our great-grandchildren no doubt. As you give thanks today for all the good things in your life, give SPECIAL THANKS for the privilege of homeschooling your children- even on the challenging days. It is a blessing that will pay rich dividends for generations to come!!!

Wishing you and yours a truly blessed Thanksgiving holiday from the Five in a Row family,

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Thanksgiving Week – Including Children!

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Harvest bounty.

We Gather Together to Ask the Lord’s Blessing.

Turkeys and all the favorite trimmings.

Pilgrims and Indians.

Kindness and Hope.

Come, Ye Thankful People, Come!

At Five in a Row we are thankful for all these things. We are so thankful, too, for each of you who is committed to your families and faithfully nurturing your children. May the Lord bless you richly during this season.

As we begin this Thanksgiving week,

First Thanksgiving of All

Reading poems with children can be great fun. Snuggling together, listening to the rhythm and rhymes, catching an interesting image or giggling over a funny line, brings a sense of intimacy and richness to your family gathering. Reading good prose, enjoying together a great piece of art, music or dance are all wonderful, but don’t forget to add the enjoyment of good poetry. Here is a poem by Nancy Byrd Turner you can have fun with at Thanksgiving.

Cranberry Thanksgiving & Other Thanksgiving Titles to Share

I just wanted to make sure you knew that our beloved Five in a Row title, Cranberry Thanksgiving by Wende and Harry Devlin,  is back in print thanks to Purple House Press!  Purple House Press is a company that specializes in reprinting treasured books that have gone out of print.  They are faithful to work on the Five in a Row titles for these crazy Five in a Row mamas who really like to make sure we can get our hands on a title when we want to!

Head on over to Purple House Press to order your copy of Cranberry Thanksgiving so you’re sure to have it to row with your sweet ones this season!

(While you’re there, be sure to check out the entire list so you can see all of the Five in a Row titles that are available!)

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In addition, here are a few Thanksgiving books we enjoy reading each year.