DECEMBER

GRATEFULNESS: Letting others know by my words and actions how they have benefited my life.

Vs. Unthankful

  • SUGGESTED READINGS:
    My Dad is Really Something
    The Whipping Boy
    Where the Red Fern Grows
    Thanks
  • SONGS:
    Thankful Heart
    When Johnny Comes Marching Home
    Gratefulness Song

FAMILY ACTIVITY:

  • Parents can talk to their children about the importance of always saying thank you and being grateful for all they have.
  • Take time to tell your children how grateful you are that they are part of your life.
  • As a family, discuss the things you are grateful for.
  • Thank your children for something kind they have done for you recently.

CLASS ACTIVITY:

  • Have your students write thank you notes to their parents or to a community member who has donated time or other resources to the school.

HIGH SCHOOL ACTIVITY:

  • At a school assembly, publicly thank the school's support staff. They do so much work behind the scenes to keep the school functioning.
  • Abraham Lincoln decreed Thanksgiving during the Civil War, have a class discussion or assign a short paper on things our country should be grateful for.

"I've learned that although it's hard to admit, I'm secretly thankful my parents are strict with me." -From Live and Learn and Pass It On by H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

"There is as much greatness of mind in acknowledging a good turn, as in doing it." -Senecca

"Gratitude is a duty which ought to be paid, but which none have a right to expect." -Jean Jacques Rousseau

"Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all others." -Cicero

 Perform a Random Act of Kindness Each Day

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