Today has been a good day. We did our normal routine. Keeping things in a routine is important to children EVEN MORE on holidays. Those tend to be the days adults let children skip naps etc… raise your hand if you have ever regretted getting out of routine. You thought it would help. It had the opposite effect.
We did sing some songs about turkeys and listened to thanksgiving stories.
We also had a fancy dinner by candlelight. We had turkey and cornbread dressing , sweet potato casserole , corn on the cob , green bean / bacon bundles , rolls , homemade cranberry sauce and beautiful cupcakes. It was delicious.
The concept “ thankful” is hard for children to grasp. I usually say who / or what are you happy you have. It’s still hard.
The best way to teach thankfulness is to model it. Use the terms thankful and grateful over and over in context- eventually they will feel it in their heart. That’s where thankfulness begins.
I’ll model for you.
I am thankful for my family. They are everything to me
I am thankful for my job and the opportunities I have been given to advocate for children.
I am thankful for Avery – Especially when he tells a story about tickling and he jiggles his whole body
I am thankful for Hinslee and the way she is so eager to help others
I am thankful for Rowan and how excited he gets to show me something, “ Debbie ! Come look.”
I am thankful for Royce and the way he says “ hey teacher. Hey teacher “ when he needs something.
I am thankful for Nayomi and her eagerness to learn.
I am thankful for Jazmine and her sweet spunky smile .
I am thankful for BB and his love of music.
I am thankful for Jillian and her ability to love others so well
I am thankful for Brantley and his love of our little delta.
I am thankful for Rosemary and her mothering instinct.