|Guest Blog Author Dr. Jean Feldman|
As we approach the season of Thanksgiving, here are some tips for nurturing gratitude in your students:
Model GratitudeMake it a habit to include things you appreciate into daily conversations.
What does it mean to be thankful? Write children’s responses on the board. What are some synonyms for thankful?
Gratitude JournalMake a special journal for each child to use during the month of November. Several times a week ask them to draw, list, or write sentences about things they are grateful for.
*I used copy paper and wallpaper cut in 9” x 12” rectangles to make my journal. Take five sheets of paper and fold in half. Center on the wallpaper and sew down the middle. (You can do this by hand, or maybe there is a parent or grandparent with a machine who would do this for you.) It makes a lovely book.
Thankful BoardDesignate a bulletin board or poster in the hall as your “thankful board.” Children can attach sticky notes or draw pictures of things they are thankful for throughout the month.
Children write things they are thankful for and place them in the box. When you have a few extra minutes, select notes and read them to the class.
Tell Me Something GOODStart the day by going around the room and asking each child to say something they are thankful for.
End with Something GOODClap and slap thighs as you say this chant to end your day:
Hey, hey, what do you say?
What happened good at school today?