Dear Berry Patch Families,
“Thank you!” Just two little words that make us feel appreciated, respected, and loved. Instill the virtue of gratitude in your home through modeling an attitude of gratitude. Set the expectation bar high for your children to express thankfulness in words and actions.
This month, students are focusing on gratitude in their classrooms. Children express thankfulness through sharing, taking turns, and being kind to others in both words and actions. Use the tips listed below to enhance the lessons at home. As a family, plan to take part in The Berry Patch School’s Children Serving Others (C.S.O.). During the month of November, we are collecting art supplies for the Washburn Center for Children.
Tips for Raising Grateful Kids
- Make thankfulness a habit in your home. A grateful heart is a happy heart.
- Expect children to express gratitude.
- Model this virtue to your children at the grocery store, family gatherings, school, and other times you and your kids are out and about.
- Take part in The Berry Patch School’s C.S.O. by shopping together as a family.
- Catch your children being thankful. Praise kids for expressing gratitude.
- Make a “We are Grateful for…” poster. The work of art will be a great conversation starter for Thanksgiving.
- Create a Gratitude Journal. Use a small notebook to record what you’re thankful for each day in words and pictures. Dinnertime is a great time to have a quick gratitude conversation.
- Recommended Books
Twirl by Emily Lex
1,2,3’s of Thankfulness by Patricia Hegarty
Apple Cake: A Gratitude by Dawn Casey
The Blessings Jar: A Story About Being Thankful by Colleen Coble
Thank You, Omu! by Oge Mora
Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good. His love endures forever.
Becky Danielson, M.Ed.
Licensed Parent & Family Educator