Gratitude is defined as “a strong feeling of appreciation to someone or something for what the person has done to help you.” However, gratitude is more than saying thank you. It is a social emotion: fostering it in children can lead to benefits for the greater community.
From a very young age, children can develop the ability to see beyond themselves and their individual concerns. Through practicing gratitude, children can experience how we are all interconnected and sustained by others. It can help children nurture and strengthen relationships, develop greater social support, and serve as a buffer during difficult times. This translated to increased resilience over time. (Teaching children gratitude: why it is important and how to do it”, Motherhood: The real deal, July 2018).
Some of the strategies teachers may use to teach gratitude include:
- Engaging students in daily gratitude reflections
- Encouraging students to donate to the Fall Dinner Food Drive
- Creating gratitude journals
- Writing thank you notes
- Providing opportunities for students to help out
While at home, families are encouraged to read books with their students about gratitude. Books such as “Thanks a Million”, “Just So Thankful” and “The Blessings Jar” celebrate the feeling of gratitude.
The Week Ahead
Monday, November 4
- FUN RUN Prize Day
Tuesday, November 5
- SAC Meeting @ 4:15 pm (Room 114)
Wednesday, November 6
- Holiday Spirit Wear Sale at 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm (Cafeteria)
- Dream Dinners Spirit Event
Thank you for partnering with us to provide the best educational experience for your child(ren).