Throwback Thanksgiving, (Ep #49, 11/23/14), Homeschooling Thanksgiving in a Culturally Sensitive Way

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Savvy Homeschool Moms Podcast, Episode #49, Throwback Thanksgiving

In this episode, the moms chat about recent field trips and share their classic culturally sensitive Thanksgiving topic from 2012 just in time for the upcoming holiday.

The song that Tina referred to that she grew up listening to, that Harriet Tubman led at the Civil War Reenactment (She said the wrong song in the podcast.)

Tyren’s drumming performance


Links in this Episode:

Civil War Revisited
Forestiere Underground Gardens
Kearney Renaissance Faire
What is quilling?
Monterey Bay Aquarium, their Homeschool Days Program
Traveling Through History with Doctor Who
Pompeii: The Last Day BBC
Pre-Algebra with Math Mammoth
Life of Fred, Pre-Algebra
Steampunk Pirates Deck from Bicycle
Rummy Roots

Homeschooling Thanksgiving in a Culturally Sensitive Way, Thanksgiving and Native American Links:

American Indian and Alaskan Native Heritage Month
Kids Thanksgiving Books
Squanto’s Journey: The Story of the First Thanksgiving…Please note that we are no longer linking to this book, as I (Tina) have just discovered it on the list of NOT recommended books by  I should have thought to check the list before talking about the book. Not sure why it didn’t occur to me at the time. Please refer to the list on above to find appropriate books. Sadly, the list is very short.
Weetamoo: Heart of the Pocassets
The Journal of Jasper Pierce: A Pilgrim Boy
A Journey to the New World: The Diary of Remember Patience Whipple
Thanksgiving: A day of celebration or a day of mourning for Native Americans?
Beware of False History Books
Understanding Prejudice

Books in this Episode:


Together:  The Boy of the Painted Cave by Justen Denzel, Who Was Amelia Earhart? by Kate Boehm Jerome, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling, Torchlight by Carol Otis Hurst, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by JK Rowling

Me: The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien, Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan, Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman


Together: Flyte by Angie Sage

Dani (age 12): Matched by Allie Condie, Etiquette and Espionage by Gail Carriger, The Silent Stranger by Janet Shaw

Me: Storm Front by Jim Butcher, Lock In by John Scalzi, Memnoch the Devil by Anne Rice


Links of the Week:

Tina –
How to Accurately Teach Children about Thanksgiving
6 Ways to De-Stereotype Native American Heritage Month

Beckie –
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