November Word of the Month – Gratefulness

November Word of the Month – Gratefulness
31 Oct 2018

“I AM HAPPY BECAUSE I’M GRATEFUL. I CHOOSE TO BE GRATEFUL. THAT GRATITUDE ALLOWS ME TO BE HAPPY.” – WILL ARNETT

WHAT IS GRATEFULNESS?

Gratefulness is to be APPRECIATIVE and show gratitude. It is being THANKFUL for all you have and not taking things for granted. While we should be grateful every day, THANKSGIVING is the perfect time to share what you are most thankful for.

Ask Your Students:

  1. What are you grateful for?
  2. Why it is important to be grateful?
  3. What does being grateful mean to you?
  4. What in our class are you grateful for?

“CHOOSING TO BE POSITIVE AND HAVING A GRATEFUL ATTITUDE IS GOING TO DETERMINE HOW YOU’RE GOING TO LIVE YOUR LIFE.” – JOEL OSTEEN –

IT IS VERY IMPORTANT TO SHOW YOUR GRATITUDE.

Not only is it important to be grateful, but also to show gratitude. It is always nice to let people know how much you appreciate them and how grateful you are for all they do. Showing gratitude helps us to earn respect from those around us and helps us keep a positive attitude.

Ask Your Students:

  1. Why is it important to show gratitude?
  2. How do you show gratitude to people in your life?
  3. How does showing gratitude help us earn respect from others?
  4. What other ways can you show gratitude?

“I AM GRATEFUL FOR WHAT I AM AND HAVE. MY THANKSGIVING IS PERPETUAL.” – HENRY DAVID THOREAU –

A LITTLE GRATITUDE GOES A LONG WAY.

It is not hard to show gratitude. It can be as simple as SMILING at somebody walking down the street. We can show gratitude verbally by thanking somebody for a KIND GESTURE, or we can express gratitude through writing a THANK YOU note. There are several other ways to show gratitude like doing something NICE for somebody, volunteering for those in need and taking the time to acknowledge somebody who has done a great job. It is very simple to show gratitude, and it goes a long way.

Ask Your Students:

  1. How do you show gratitude?
  2. What do you think is the best way to express gratitude?
  3. What does showing gratitude mean to you?
  4. When was the last time you showed gratitude to somebody?

“FOCUS ON THE POSITIVES AND BE GRATEFUL.” – KATRINA BOWDEN –

WHY IS IMPORTANT TO BE GRATEFUL?

It is important to be grateful so we never take things for granted. Being grateful helps us to see all of the wonderful things we have in our lives and helps us to be happy. It also helps us to have optimism and keep a positive attitude. Being grateful can also make us feel better about ourselves and improve self-esteem.

Ask Your Students:

  1. Why do you think it is important to be grateful?
  2. How does being grateful make us happy?
  3. How does being grateful help us keep a positive attitude?
  4. How does being grateful help in our class?

Dear parents and/or guardians…

GRATEFULNESS

This month we are learning about gratefulness and why it is so important to not only understand what it means to be grateful, but how to express gratitude. In our class, we encourage our students not to take things for granted. We want our students to understand the definition of gratitude, find ways to show they are thankful, know why it is important to be grateful and realize all they have to be thankful for.

HOW CAN YOU HELP?

  • Ask your kids what they are grateful for. Have them compile a list to share with you.
  • Tell your kids what you are grateful for in your life.
  • Make “thank you” a big part of your kids’ and your own vocabulary.
  • Be a role model and show appreciation to your children.
  • Make giving and volunteering a regular thing in your house.

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