Thursday, November 10, 2011


Gratitude is our character trait this month and November is an easy month to think about and display gratitude in many forms.  Let's allow this month to be the springboard to teaching and practicing our character traits at home. Maybe post the character traits somewhere in your school area or just post the one we are focusing on that month.

Here are some suggestions to foster gratitude this month:

  • If your computer is on all the time, set it to automatically play your photos in a slide show.  Without saying anything, this can remind your family of the special people and places in your life.
  • Practice saying "thank you" in specific circumstances (i.e. saying thanks to whomever made dinner before eating).
  • Make a thank you board by having family members hang pictures of people, words, times or places they are thankful for.  Or, make a gratitude tree by hanging the pictures or words from a branch and placing in a prominent place.
  • Incorporate thankfulness and gratitude into literature conversations about what it was like to live during other times--keep it light and fun and don't let it be guilt-inducing.
  • Hand-write or draw thank you notes for gifts received. 

What are ways you foster gratitude in your home?  Share an idea or leave a comment and be entered in a drawing to receive a $10 credit to the school store!


Susie Theule said...

One of my kids suggested reading Pollyanna. She is persistent in challenging complainers to practice gratitude. Yep, it's fiction, but she puts all of us to shame!

We also like to do service projects that involve those less fortunate. We need to do it more often, but when we do, it grows us in all sorts of ways.

pennymalley said...

Having an attitude of gratitude doesn't come naturally. At least not in this family. It's easy to take kindnesses for granted. From whispered reminders to say "please" and "thank you" to making the writing of thank-you notes into a handwriting assignment, we are training our children to notice and acknowledge the kindnesses given to them. Sometimes at the dinner table, we'll ask the kids what they are grateful (thankful) for and hear answers that range from "my blankie" to "having a brother that's my best friend." Moments like that make the daily training worthwhile. We are cultivating an attitude of gratitude in our home, and the fruits of our labor are sweet.

Heather Tucker said...

Our family has a memory box (simply a recipe box with 3x5 cards in it) that we use to write those "precious moments" things our kids say and do on. We often ask thm what they are thankful for or what they have done that others show them gratitude for and put their replies on the cards. We all get a dose of how blessed we are when we review those cards every once in awhile. We have a lot to be thankful for. Our kids remind us of that daily.

~The Tucker Family

Jill Richert said...

My sister shared an idea she's trying with her family this year. They live in Washington state and during a trip to Hood Canal last summer they collected a variety of rocks and she put them in a big glass jar she had sitting around. This fall she has been encouraging the kids (and parents!) to pick a rock and write on it something they are thankful for each day. They serve as a beautiful table center piece and I think she plans to read them all before dinner on Thanksgiving Day.