7 Days of Gratitude and Resources to Teach..
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Teaching my son gratitude is one of my top priorities this year. Thankfully, there is an aboundance of resources out there this Thanksgiving!
And its not that I don’t think he doesnt know what being truly Thankful feels like.
Rather, I wondered how well he could explain what being thankful IS. So, I asked him and he told me a list of all his favorite toys and activities. Close but not what a mom wants her child to remember most about gratitude. He did try:)
That afternoon we watched videos of kids answering questions like “What are you thankful for?” and looked up Graditude Activites for children. I asked more questions trying to reword them so that he could give better answers. I could tell we needed to work on connecting the feelings and emotions of being thankful with acts Gratitude, too.
Day 1 Making Connections
Books are one sure fire way to connect with PJ. So, we headed to the library to check out books about Gratitude. That night we read 3 great books!
Art Garfunkle’s song was made into a children’s story book here. We read the words and were able to talk about so many other words that describe being truly grateful. This book tells how grateful thoughts can make you feel happier than keeping score of what you want.
“Thank You, Thanksgiving” is a simple story about a little girl’s Thanksgiving Day. She makes a trip to the grocery store pointing out all the simple things we take for granted from day to day like clouds, wild animals, warm clothing, and even whipped cream! It was perfect for reminding us to be grateful of the simple things in life.
“A Thanksgiving Wish” by Michael Rosen was sniff* sad. I’m glad we read this together because it covered another topic I’ve been wanting to teach PJ about and that was grieving the loss of a family member. How many of us miss a lost loved one during the holidays?? Perfect book for reflecting upon how grateful we should be for family!
For a list of more helpful books…
10 Gratitude and Thanksgiving books for Preschoolers –Totschooling.net
Teachers first give yourself the gift of gratitude with 35 Ways to Celebrate Your Children –ABountiful Love
More Ideas to help Teach Kids Gratitude..
- 5 Keys to Raising Grateful Kids –One Time Through
- Gratitude When We Don’t Feel Like It –Frugal Fun 4 Boys
- 10 Simple Activities to Teach Gratitude –Moments A Day
- Teaching Gratitude in Our Home With Kids –The Educators Spin On It
- Teaching Children About Gratitude –The Happy House Wife
- 30 Days of Giving Thanks -3Dinosaurs
- How to Help Your Kids..Gratitude –Bits of Positivity
- Teaching Gratitude Montessori Values –NAMC
- Free Leaf Writing Printable – Homeschool Den
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