How to teach preschoolers to be thankful.
What does it mean to be thankful? That is a big word for preschoolers. How do we teach them to say thank you, show thankfulness and mean it? From the time that children can speak we teach them to say thank you. It becomes expected and automatic but does it mean anything?
I think that in order to teach children to be grateful we have to model it. Just like everything else in their world they have to see it to believe it.
generic but as the month goes on it becomes much more specific and thoughtful. We also have love letters in February. Each of my children has a mailbox by their door. Through out the month we write love letters to each other and put it in their boxes. The letters start out with I love you because.... It is a fun way to show why we appreciate each other.
I hope these simple steps to gratitude will help you focus on what is important this year and maybe remember it for years to come. Have a blessed holiday with your families and friends!