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Volume II, Number 20 (Thanksgiving Issue)    Nov. 19, 2002

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Table of Contents

  • Bible Unit Study for Thanksgiving Week
  •      Praising God for Who He Is
  •      Thanking God for What He Has Done
  • Links for Thanksgiving
  • Start a New Thanksgiving Tradition
  • Recommended Home-School Products & Services
  •      Rick and Virginia Fugate's books
  •      The Latin Road to English Grammar
  • Sunny Side Up (Humorous Anecdote)


         Have you noticed that the stores have moved directly from the commerically profitable Halloween time to the Christmas holidays -- almost skipping Thanksgiving altogether?

         Yet for the Christian, this is a rich celebration, both spiritually and historically. Therefore, we interrupt our 15-Part Series on Basic Skills to bring you this special Thanksgiving issue to help and encourage your family to take this opportunity to consider our national Christian heritage and spiritual blessings -- and to praise and thank our wonderful Lord for His goodness to us.

         Would you please pray with us that we can raise the funds necessary to resume publication of The Teaching Home magazine? Buying back issues (see below) is a great help. Thank you!

         May the Lord richly bless your family for His glory.

    Sue Welch
    for Pat, Sue, Heather, Holly, and Brian Welch
    The Teaching Home is a home-school family business produced in our home since 1980.

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    Thanksgiving Bible Study and Activities:
         Praising God for Who He Is;
         God for What He Has Done

         This Thanksgiving Bible study uses Psalm 100 and the hymn based on that psalm, "Old Hundredth."

         The goal is for your family to be able to hold hands around your Thanksgiving table and quote Psalm 100 and sing "Old Hundredth" from memory -- with the understanding and gratitude that comes from the study of who God is and what He has done.

    Psalm 100
    A Psalm for Thanksgiving

    1. Shout joyfully to the Lord, all the earth.
    2. Serve the Lord with gladness;
    Come before Him with joyful singing.

    3. Know that the Lord Himself is God;
    It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves;
    We are His people and the sheep of His pasture.

    4. Enter His gates with thanksgiving,
    And His courts with praise.
    Give thanks to Him; bless His name.

    5. For the Lord is good;
    His lovingkindness is everlasting,
    And His faithfulness to all generations.

    "Old Hundredth"
    Also titled: "All People That on Earth Do Dwell"
    (Sing to the tune of the Doxology)

    1. All people that on earth do dwell,
    Sing to the Lord with cheerful voice.
    Him serve with mirth, His praise forth tell;
    Come ye before Him and rejoice.

    2. The Lord, ye know, is God indeed;
    Without our aid He did us make;
    We are His folk, He doth us feed,
    And for His sheep He doth us take.

    3. O enter then His gates with praise;
    Approach with joy His courts unto;
    Praise, laud, and bless His Name always,
    For it is seemly so to do.

    4. For why? the Lord our God is good;
    His mercy is forever sure;
    His truth at all times firmly stood,
    And shall from age to age endure.

    Hear tune at
    Print score at

    1. Praising God
    Memorize Psalm 100:1, 2.
    Memorize first verse of "Old Hundredth."

    A. Talk about what praise is and how we praise God.
    * Point out the difference between:
    Praising God for Who He is and Thanking Him for what He's done.
    * See article about praise and thanks at

    B. List things to praise God for and do so together.

    C. Read Psalm 19:1-6.
    * How does the earth and all creation praise God?
    * Write a poem or paint a picture of nature praising God.

    2. Who God Is
    Memorize Psalm 100:3.
    Memorize second verse of "Old Hundredth."

    A. What is God like?
    * In addition to God being holy, loving, just, and true, older children can learn the meaning and implications of terms such as omnipotent, omniscience, omnipresent, and immutable.
    * Write a character description of God based on Scripture.
    * Praise Him together for Who He is!

    B. Read Psalm 139.
    * Did God make each of us individually?
    * Who knows us, our character, our thoughts better than anyone else? What does this mean to you?

    C. Psalm 100:3 tells us that we are God's flock.
    * Psalm 23 gives us a picture of what it means to have God as our Shepherd.
    * Read Psalm 23 and think of how this description makes you feel (e.g., secure, cherished).
    * List things to praise God for from Psalm 23.

    3. Thanking God
    Memorize Psalm 100:4.
    Memorize third verse of "Old Hundredth."

    A. What are some things we can thank God for?
    * Make a list or do one of the following.
    * Write things for which you are thankful on cut-out paper leaves and attach to a large sheet of paper with a tree drawn on it.
    * Write things for which you are thankful on pieces of paper cut in shapes of leaves, fruits, or vegetables and place in basket or box.
    * Thank God together, using your list.
    * Keep adding to your list and thanking God all year long!

    B. Have your children close their eyes and imagine the courts of the Lord while you read Revelation 4:1-6.
    * Discuss what it would be like to enter heaven's gates and come into God's courts.
    * Why would you do it with praise and thanksgiving?

    C. List some of the names of the Lord (e.g., Jehovah Jireh - The God Who Provides).
    * What names would you give God, based on your personal or family relationship with Him? (e.g., The God Who Gave Daddy a Job).
    * How do we "bless His name"?

    4. What God Has Done
    Memorize Psalm 100:5.
    Memorize fourth verse of "Old Hundredth."

    A. What is lovingkindness?
    * Read Psalm 136 and using it as an example, write a family Psalm telling about God's lovingkindness to your family.

    B. What is faithfulness?
    * Read Lamentations 3:22, 23.
    * Sing "Great Is Thy Faithfulness."
    * How has God been faithful to you?
    * Thank God for these specific examples of His faithfulness.
    * Write one or more verses to the above tune praising and thanking God for what He has been and done for your family.

    C. Recite all of Psalm 100.
    * Review the things you have considered and discussed.
    * Do all these things make you want to "serve the Lord with gladness"?
    * What other responses are called for in Psalm 100?
    * Give specific examples of how we do each of these things and make plans as a family to follow up on them.

         (Expanded and adapted from a Teaching Tip by Alyce-Kay Garett in the Sept./Oct. 1995 Teaching Home.)

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    Thanksgiving Links

    Caleb Johnson's Mayflower Web Page
    Scholastic Mayflower Site. Virtual tour of the Mayflower.
    Key Pilgrim Facts: Account of First Thanksgiving, Pilgrims Reject
         Communism, Treaty with the Indians.
    Plymouth Rock Foundation. Links to virtual tours of Plimoth
         Plantation, Plymouth Rock, Plymouth Waterfront, Mayflower II.
    First Thanksgiving Proclamation: 1676
    George Washington's 1789 Thanksgiving Proclamation
    Abraham Lincoln's 1863 Proclamation of Thanksgiving
    Christian Answers. Origin of America's Thanksgiving Day.
    "Come Ye Thankful People, Come"
         Words and music to this hymn on beautiful background with art.
         Print score at
    Annie's Thanksgiving Home Page. Christian. Also in Spanish. Many
         very well done pages of arts, crafts, games, activities, history and
         traditions of Thanksgiving, plus more related links.
    Harvest Blessings. Crafts, activities, stories, and links. Christian.
    All About Thanksgiving. History, recipes, and links. Christian.
    Thanksgiving Recipes from America's Past.
    Free Thanksgiving E-Cards

    The Latin Road to English Grammar
         A complete 2-year high school Latin language course and English grammar study in one 3-volume curriculum. Start as early as 5th grade. Textbook, worksheets/tests, lesson plans, answer keys, charts, vocabulary cards, audio pronunciation tapes. Schola Publications.

    Start a New Thanksgiving Tradition:
         Lest We Forget: A Pilgrim Legacy

    A Message from Richard "Little Bear" Wheeler

         Whenever the Thanksgiving season approaches, for the sake of my own family, I earnestly seize the opportunity to remember, recount, and re-teach the Christian legacy of our nation, forged some 382 years ago by the Pilgrims, a faithful people of Christ Jesus.

         Theirs is a stalwart example, for even after their first meager harvest of 1621, they did not hesitate to set aside a Day of Thanksgiving to Almighty God.

         "Therefore I will give thanks unto Thee,
         O Lord, among the heathen,
         and I will sing praises unto Thy name."
         II Samuel 22:5

         What was to follow, though, in the second winter of this struggling infant colony of settlers, was a season of horrendous hardship, as a boatload of unexpected newcomers joined the original Separatists -- without the foresight and preparedness of any life-sustaining provisions amongst their cargo -- "not so much as a biscuit-cake."

         Tradition has it that when provisions were depleted, a measly five kernels of corn became everyone's daily rations. In God's mercy, however, not one of them died of starvation that bleak winter of 1621-1622.

         Lest they forget -- even after a plentiful, surplus harvest, on their second celebrated Day of Thanksgiving in 1623, each Pilgrim was served an empty plate for their first course with only five kernels of corn.

         During Thanksgivings past, our family has recounted the Pilgrims' sacrifices and the Lord's blessings by beginning our first course of the feast with just five kernels of corn -- lest we forget.

         (Mantle Ministries offers Christian historical, educational, and character building books, audio and video dramatizations, and historical accessories.


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