Thanksgiving Dinner Speech ~REPACK~
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You can get a bit personal with your speech if you prepare a bit ahead of time. Think of everyone that will be sitting at the table and prepare a few words specific to each of them to make them feel special and welcomed to your feast.
The idea at the heart of thanksgiving celebrations is that we pause to take time to fully appreciate, and acknowledge all that is good in our lives. For instance: our families, our friends, our homes and the means to sustain ourselves.
- gratitude or thanks for all that is good, wholesome and sustaining in our lives. For example the food we eat, the love we give and receive, our family, our friends, the country we live in, the air we breathe, the parks we play in, our work, freedom of speech, an education ...
Like many traditions, the origins of thanksgiving have been blurred by time. Not only are there contradictory accounts, and differing interpretations of events dependent on viewpoint but there's also the inevitable, and ongoing, introduction of other cultural and religious celebrations. Today's Thanksgiving celebration is an evolving fusion of them all.
Our classrooms have lots of food centers set up so when this little fellow came over to speech wearing his chef attire I had to snap a picture! He is tapping the salt shaker into his biscuit recipe while we created a yummy Thanksgiving dinner!
After your students finish their crafts, you can laminate them to send home as homework for the Thanksgiving break. Your students can have it at their dinner table to remember to practice their speech or language targets.
If you are not wanting to use Thanksgiving videos, you can always use alternatives such as videos about gratitude, families gathering for dinner, or learning about turkeys. Here is a blog post about turkeys and ideas for therapy.
In this video about Thanksgiving dinner, a woman keeps bringing out the dishes, and the people around the table cheer every time she comes in the room. You can discuss what she could be thinking when they cheer. At the end of the commercial, you discover that behind the door is a TV and everyone is watching a football game.
For those of you SLPs that have dog-loving students on your caseload, this video will definitely perk their interest! In this video, the dog cooks Thanksgiving dinner. Here are some skills you can target with this video:
What Thanksgiving videos do you use in therapy? I would LOVE to add to my list. Share in the comments. If you are needing winter videos to use in speech therapy, check out this BLOG POST. It has a FREE Google Slide with all the winter-themed videos organized for you. When things get busy, it is great to have some videos on hand that you can pull up with ease!
Or, you can highlight turkeys in your therapy sessions to discuss a type of animal, specifically a farm animal with your students. One of the most versatile things to cover is a farm theme. You can highlight different animals each week to work on the category group of farm animals, but in that sub-category, you can also cover a lot of speech and language goals talking about individual farm animals. If you need digital therapy resources for a farm theme, I have a blog post filled with great recommendations you can read HERE.
Whether you are in-person or doing teletherapy, you can use turkey videos to help frame your therapy sessions with engaging content. In this blog post, I will be sharing some of my favorite turkey videos you can use in speech therapy.
Following Congress' recommendation, President George Washington issued a proclamation naming Thursday, November 26, 1789 as a day of public thanksgiving, the first time Thanksgiving was celebrated under the new Constitution.
The tradition of pardoning White House turkeys has been traced to President Abraham Lincoln's 1863 clemency to a turkey, although this is likely apocryphal. This was recorded in an 1865 dispatch by White House reporter Noah Brooks who noted, "a live turkey had been brought home for the Christmas dinner, but [Lincoln's son Tad] interceded in behalf of its life. . . . [Tad's] plea was admitted and the turkey's life spared."
A large Thanksgiving dinner gathering included President Rutherford B. and Mrs. Hayes, Colonels W.K. Rogers and O.L. Pruden, the president's private secretaries, William H. Crook and Charles L. Chapman, executive clerks, and the doormen with their families. After the conclusion of this dinner, the Hayes retired to the Red Room to sing hymns and invited their cooks and the African-American staff to enjoy their own Thanksgiving meal in the State Dining Room.
First Lady Ida McKinley directed the White House chef to prepare a plain Thanksgiving dinner that included a 26-pound turkey from Rhode Island stuffed with oysters, new potatoes from Idaho given to the McKinleys by a friend, cranberry, celery, and mince, and a pumpkin pie.
After a vigorous morning horseback ride out into northwest Washington with First Lady Edith Roosevelt and a party of six friends, President Theodore Roosevelt spent a quiet afternoon at the White House before a 7:30 p.m. Thanksgiving dinner in the State Dining Room. On hearing that workmen building the new west wing annex could not take off the holiday because of their tight work schedule, the president insisted that the men be served an early afternoon turkey dinner.
President William Howard Taft anxiously awaited the arrival of a big mince pie from his favorite aunt, Delia Torrey, of Millbury, Massachusetts. It arrived in plenty of time for a Thanksgiving dinner featuring a turkey from Horace Vose, the Rhode Island "Poultry King," who had been sending turkeys to grace the presidential Thanksgiving table for years.
President Woodrow Wilson spent Thanksgiving at the Williamstown, Massachusetts home of his daughter Jessie and her husband Francis B. Sayre. Upon arrival at the train station, Wilson was greeted by students from Williams College and the first snowflakes of the season. On Thanksgiving morning, Wilson sharpened his appetite for Thanksgiving dinner by taking a sleigh ride.
President Woodrow Wilson's first wartime Thanksgiving dinner was a fairly economical one: cream of oyster soup with slices of hot buttered toast; turkey with trimmings and vegetables (albeit without cranberries); and pumpkin pie. First Lady Edith Wilson wanted to abide by food conservation programs spearheaded by Herbert Hoover, head of the U.S. Food Administration. In the evening. the Wilsons attended the D.C. Auxiliary of the Navy Relief Society's ball at Rauscher's at Connecticut Avenue and L Streets, N.W., a catering establishment featuring an upstairs ballroom.
The Hoovers enjoyed a quiet Thanksgiving dinner at home with their son Allan, on break from studies at Harvard University. The president started the day exercising with his "Medicine Ball Cabinet" and attending church with Mrs. Hoover. It was a big sports day in Washington as crowds flocked to a football clash between Catholic University and George Washington at Brookland Stadium (Catholic won 48 to 6) and to the $10,000 Thanksgiving Day Handicap at Bowie Race Track.
Franklin D. Roosevelt became the first president to celebrate Thanksgiving outside the United States when he had Thanksgiving dinner in the south Atlantic on board the U.S.S. Indianapolis on his way to the Inter-American Peace Conference in Buenos Aires. The turkey had been raised in Utah and flown to Washington before a train trip to Charleston, South Carolina and a rendezvous with the president on board the ship. President Roosevelt shared the feast with the captain, executive officer, navigator and chaplain of the Indianapolis.
After reading the first wartime Thanksgiving proclamation in 25 years over the radio, President Roosevelt led the nation in prayer for a return of the days of peace. The White House dinner menu included clam cocktail, clear soup, roast turkey with chestnut stuffing and cranberry sauce, Spanish corn, small sausages and beans, sweet potato cones, grapefruit salad, pumpkin pie and cheese, coffee, and ice cream.
The Bush family enjoyed a quiet Thanksgiving at Camp David in Maryland and tucked into a traditional turkey dinner with jellied cranberry molds, whipped sweet potato soufflé, and pumpkin mousse trifle. From Camp David President, Bush called U.S. military personnel in Afghanistan, Iraq and aboard the USS Eisenhower, extending Thanksgiving greetings and thanking the soldiers, sailors, Air Force personnel, and Marines for their service and dedication.
Everyone knows that the stars of turkey day are the delicious Thanksgiving recipes spread across the table. Granted, they truly are something to be, well, thankful for! But if you're like us, the gratitude doesn't end there. Between quality family time and reflecting on the last 12 months, how could you not count your blessings? There's one Thanksgiving tradition that truly celebrates the meaning of the holiday: saying grace. It's a moment to slow down, express gratitude for the food you're about to eat, and reflect on why we gather on this day. "Food and family are what Thanksgiving is all about," Ree Drummond says, and who can disagree with that? Here, you'll find meaningful Thanksgiving prayers and blessings that you can read before dinner with your loved ones. These Thanksgiving quotes touch on bounteous feasts, amazing friends and family, our health, a roof above our heads, and many more things that we can be thankful for. 2b1af7f3a8