Happy Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving SproutNovember is a time of gratitude and remembering the many things and people in our lives that make our life amazing.  It is important to model gratitude and being thankful for what we have to young children in order to support their self-awareness and self-confidence. Thanksgiving gives us a wonderful opportunity to begin to model these important concepts to children.  

A great circle time or dinner time activity to support the understanding of gratitude is to have the children pass a ball or some other type of object around while telling what they are grateful for that day.  Each child will get a turn as the object is passed around the circle.  

This activity supports oral language development, turn taking skills, strengthens a child’s attention span, and is great for sensory input when you include a fun object to pass around, like a cute fuzzy turkey or a squishy ball.  You may choose to model this activity by being the first person in circle to hold the object and share what you are thankful for.

Another fun way to highlight gratitude is to make a Gratitude Book.  All you’ll need is:

  • Paper with a sentence stem:  I’m thankful for___________.
  • Pencils
  • Marks
  • Crayons
  • Color pencils

Give each student the thankful sentence stem, then have each child dictate or write what they are thankful for, and then have each child illustrate what they wrote. Once every child has completed their page, bind the pages together to create a book.

Another fun activity is to make a Friendship Chain.

Materials needed:

  • Strips of construction
  • Markers

Give each child a paper strip and have him/her write their name on the paper strip.  Then staple or glue the paper strips to make the friendship chain and hang up in the classroom or around the house.  

Remember to integrate ASL into your Thanksgiving activities too.  You can sign:

  • Thank you
  • Friends
  • Family
  • Turkey
  • I love you

Are you looking to learn more ASL?  Check out the Sprouting New Beginnings YouTube site and feel free to join the fun and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest. Or find us on one of our teacher resource stores.  Please visit Teachers Pay Teachers, Syllabuy or Teacher’s Notebook and have fun incorporating ASL into your reading program!

We love sharing the gift of ASL with others.

We wish you all a blessed and joyful Thanksgiving!

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