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November’s Character Trait: Gratitude

Gratitude is our character trait this month and November is an easy month to think about and display gratitude in many forms.  Let's allow this month to be the springboard to teaching and practicing our character traits at home. Maybe post the character traits somewhere in your school area or just post the one we are focusing on that month.

Here are some suggestions to foster gratitude this month:

  • If your computer is on all the time, set it to automatically play your photos in a slide show.  Without saying anything, this can remind your family of the special people and places in your life.
  • Practice saying “thank you” in specific circumstances (i.e. saying thanks to whomever made dinner before eating).
  • Make a thank you board by having family members hang pictures of people, words, times or places they are thankful for.  Or, make a gratitude tree by hanging the pictures or words from a branch and placing in a prominent place.
  • Incorporate thankfulness and gratitude into literature conversations about what it was like to live during other times–keep it light and fun and don't let it be guilt-inducing.
  • Hand-write or draw thank you notes for gifts received. 
What are ways you foster gratitude in your home?  Share an idea or leave a comment and be entered in a drawing to receive a $10 credit to the school store!

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