I always try to do SOMETHING extra to focus on Gratitude/Thankfulness in November.
This year, with Little Bit being involved in school more, I wanted to focus on helping her see the importance of being thankful.
At the beginning of circle time, we always do a couple Brain Gym exercises to help the kids concentrate. For the month of November, I found a series of "Thanksgiving Yoga" poses. We only added a new one after everyone had figured out the last one, and I changed the wording to be giving thanks to God. So, what we have so far is (doing the poses mentioned in the link):
Thank You God, for Sun and Sky
Thank You God for Birds (stand on one leg) that fly (stand on the other leg)
Thank You God for Trees (stand on one leg) so high (stand on the other leg)
Thank you God for the rain . . .
Beyond that, I made some changes to our circle time poems to include some about thankfulness and we've been reading some Thanksgiving stories interspersed with our regular circle time stories.
The last couple of years we've used our special Thanksgiving table cloth (just a cheap solid tan tablecloth) for Thanksgiving dinner and use Sharpie markers for each person writes something they're thankful for, and their name and the year, on the tablecloth near their place. It's fun to see what people have written different years, so that's a tradition we definitely plan to continue.
There are lots of other great ideas out there, but these are a few of the ways I help my children remember to show gratitude during the month of November, and not just think of Thanksgiving as a day to eat tons of food :)
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