Gratitude is an abstract concept, particularly with young children. So how can we make the concept concrete so that our children practice an attitude of gratitude? These Reggio-inspired, hands-on invitations to create for kindergarteners and early learners are a beautiful way to teach and practice gratitude this Thanksgiving, and throughout the year.
Gratitude feels good! When we feel good, we do good! Having a positive outlook is good for our spirit, body and mind.
Gratitude helps create a positive chain reaction, minimizing our negative perspective: worry, overwhelm, anxiety. When we focus on the good, the good grows! What we magnify with our thoughts and feelings GROWS! Gratitude also builds resilience in us: when we look for the silver lining in dark clouds, when we can find the good - even amongst the negative circumstances (like a cancelled birthday party!), we are able to build a resilient foundation...
Gratitude is an abstract concept for many children, but books and art make it so much more concrete and experiential. The following is a booklist to support your children's examination of what it means to be grateful, and the video includes a beautiful art invitation through the language of clay.
There’s an old adage that says if the only prayer you say in your life is Thank You it will be enough. As a child I remember my grandpa standing at the head of a long table, 30+ people waiting to eat, waxing eloquent about his full heart and giving thanks that each of us kept showing up. Now, as an adult, I am constantly looking for ways to teach my young children about such an abstract concept as gratitude.
What does gratitude look like? How do we best show it? And more importantly, when does teaching basic manners like “please” and “thank you” translate to helping children have full...
What is an atelier?
How does the atelier foster our kids' creativity and self expression?
How can we create our own mini-atelier in our own home, and what materials should be included?
In Reggio Emilia, Italy, the atelier is like the beating heart of the classroom.
A dedicated space for art-making, long-term projects and creative exploration through a variety of rich art media, accessible to children to represent their ideas, provoke creative thinking, and show understanding through their one hundred languages.
How might we bring the magic of the Atelier home?
What kinds of tools should we include, and how can they be organized to foster independence and creative exploration for our own children?
Designating a dedicated space for creating sends a message to our children that art is valued, and that they are valued as artists.
This can be a special nook, corner or area of...