I'm always trying to find ways to teach my kids how to be thankful for what we have, so for the month of November I created a gratitude tree. I purchased green florist's foam and stuck branches in it to make a tree, then cut a supply of leaves out of card stock. On a leaf we write things we are thankful for and hang them on the tree to be read on Thanksgiving. I didn't want to put pressure on the kids to think of something every day, but so far they are quite eager to fill the tree. I am also not suggesting what they should write, so we have a few leaves naming favorite toys and TV shows, but that is their world and I don't expect a three year old to say "the economic stimulus package."
Everything is within their reach and it's sweet when one of them walks up to me with a leaf and pencil, asking for help to write something down. This may become our new November tradition.
Monday will start book week, so if you are interested, please leave me a comment and I will add you to the list.