10 Living Books for Thanksgiving

There are SO MANY good books to read during the holidays.  One of my favorite things each year is unpacking some of holiday books that have been hidden away during the warmer months. 


1. Sarah Morton's Day This book tells the story of Sarah Morton as she goes throughout getting dressed, her chores, and other aspects of daily life.

2.Samuel Eaton's Day Similar to Sarah Morton's Day, this book tells the story of Samuel Eaton, a pilgrim boy in 1627.  Samuel is old enough to help with the difficult task of the rye harvest. 

3. Squanto, Friend of Pilgrims This book is geared towards slightly older children or younger kids on a more mature reading (listening) level.

3.A Thanksgiving Turkey Join the hunt for an old tom turkey as a grandfather and grandson determine to find a bird for Thanksgiving.

4. Cranberry Thanksgiving Ahhh, Mr. Whiskers and Grandmother. The characters of Cranberryport are so likeable. Be sure to make the recipe on the back! (If you ever find any of this series at a book sale, be sure to grab it up!)


5.Sharing the Bread I love the syncopation as we read through this book. This story tells how a family works together to create a feast for Thanksgiving.

7. The Pilgrims of Plimouth This picture book is fascinating for all ages!

8. The Thanksgiving Story Written by the same person who wrote The Courage of Sarah Noble, The 4th of July Story, The Columbus Story and other amazing living books, this book tells the story of a brother and sister aboard the Mayflower and their first year in America. 



9. North American Indians Another fascinating picture book!

10. Draw and Write Through History: Pilgrims, Patriots and Pirates This isn't necessarily a living book, but an awesome resource for your read alouds.  It's helpful for keeping tiny hands busy.

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Want to add more poetry to your day but don't know where to start? Look no further! This list below features some amazing poetry resources for the early years of a charlotte mason inspired education. It also includes a special choice just for you,  Mama.

poetry resources for a charlotte mason inspired education

There are so many fantastic anthologies and authors that we can't possibly list them all. Below are a few of our favorites. Note: links to these are affiliate links. I may receive compensation if you purchase these books.  Read our full disclosure here.

1. A Child's Garden of Verses by Robert Louis Stevenson. 

There are many different illustrators of this book, including a version done by Little Golden Books that is lovely. 


2. A Child's Book of Poems by Gyo Fujawa

I love the illustrations in this one and that it features so many poems by Christina Rosetti, one of my favorite poets.

poetry resources for a charlotte mason inspired education

3. Carver: A Life in Verse

This one is just for you, Mama. I found out about this book from Ma and Pa Modern. This is a biography in verse of George Washington Carver, so good!

4. Falling Up by Shel Silverstein

Really any of the books by Shel Silverstein are good for a laugh. They're full of nonsensical, whimsical poems; these are a family favorite.


(Side note- can you imagine having a ladder like this in your home library?!)

You can also add more poetry to your day by listening to it.  Here is a great resource to do so.

What poets and poetry books do you love to read? Share in the comments below!



Y'ALL! My boys absolutely love Jan Brett books. And I'll admit-so do I! These books feature rich stories and AMAZING, intricate illustrations. Her books and illustrations range from snowy scenes, to Carolina ponds and everything in between. She's even got a few baby board books.

 A New York Times Bestselling Author, Jan Brett now has a BRAND NEW book out on Amazon and other sites. The Mermaid is a retelling of Goldilocks and The Three Bears, set undersea off the coast of Japan. 

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Go check out Jan Brett's brand new book (and if you're an Amazon Prime member, get it in just two days!)


Many businesses outsource certain aspects of their day to day tasks in order to save time and money. Both motherhood and home education are full time roles in and of themselves, combining the two makes for an even larger workload.  That doesn't even include any house cleaning, side jobs or work from home opportunities, paying bills, errands and appointments, volunteer or church work, or caring for a sick friend or friend that may need help. We've all seen various studies from Fortune, and others that list a mother's salary between $65, 000 and $143,000 annually.

As home educators we are also responsible for curriculum research, lesson planning, cultural enrichment, and more. We are the Art Teacher, the Music Teacher, the History Teacher and so on. We've got our hands (and hearts) full, Mamas.

But there are some things we can go ahead and write off our to-do lists. We can choose to say no in order to free up more time to say yes to other things! You don't have to accomplish every single thing at the end of the day, it's choosing the right thing that is most important.


1. House Cleaning

Don't misunderstand, there is something to be said for teaching your kids life skills, responsibility and house work. These are necessary and right skills to cultivate in our kids. But (!!) for those of us who love a freshly clean house, outsourcing a house cleaning is the way to go. If your budget allows, a monthly or biweekly cleaning offers just a small pick me up and saves you from doing a lot of deep cleaning when you could be focusing on other things! (House cleanings work well as gifts too, if you're wanting to gift a homeschool mama something special!)

2. Yard Work

Admittedly, I draw the line halfway here.  My husband commutes an hour each way to work and we have (almost) 3 young kids. I adore working in the yard, getting my hands dirty in rich soil.  It draws me in to a deeper communion with my Creator.  I also love teaching my kids the joy, patience and responsibility of growing a garden. What I don't like is the time spent on mowing, edging, bush and limb trimming and general yard maintenance. At this season in my life, I'm not willing to lose out on quality family time while I or my husband mow our yard and so we choose to outsource that. 

3. Groceries

Again, teaching your kids money management, good health habits and other valuable life lessons is important.  But so is sanity i.e. not taking a group of crying and pinching brothers into Target (ask me how I know). Save yourself some embarrassment and get your groceries delivered (we love Instacart!!)  for this season of life.  If you so choose, there are other ways to include your kids in this aspect: look up prices online, cut coupons from local newspapers, or consider using a CSA and make your pickup trips into a field trip each week.  In our family, we do a combination of our local CSA for weekly ingredients, and then a standard grocery order for anything we might need in bulk. 

As a thank you for reading this far, I'd love to offer you a $10 credit toward your grocery delivery. What other things, if any, do you outsource as a home educator? Do you see this as a worthwhile investment for your family?

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