Character Lesson for Mondays - THANKFUL-GRATITUDE

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What is Gratitude?

It’s an affirmation of goodness. We affirm that there are good things in the world, gifts and benefits we’ve received.”


Book I am using with this lesson:

The Thankful Book by Todd Parr

How I used this book to teach about Gratitude

Book: Read or listen to the book with your child.

Discuss: Make connections with the examples in the book to your own life. Encourage your child to do the same and give examples of what they are thankful for.

Craft: Thank you notes with cute turkey designs.

Activity: A Gratitude Box

Product I’ve created to go along with this lesson: Thankful Bookmarks.


Video to teach Gratitude – Sesame Street


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