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Gratitude Journal for Kids is a great way to allow children to express and feel gratitude. This journal is a great practice during the Thanksgiving season and a perfect way to start the New Year.
The journal contains 36 weeks (an entire school year) of pages. There are 3 entries on each page. If you want your students to do an entry a day, extra pages are available at the end. Each week contains a quote about gratitude. Reflect on this quote or use the ideas page to come up with prompts for students who are having a hard time generating thoughts of gratitude. This journal comes lined or unlined depending on the age. Younger kids can draw their idea, as older kids can write.
Gratitude is a practice. It results in positive thinking. In a difficult time and world, the one true factor that can make the most impact is exercising gratitude. It is complex, yet very simple. The cause of resentment and poor behavior is a direct result of feeling undervalued, not worthy, not heard, and not cared about. When we focus on the things in which we do value and are the most grateful for, we can change resentment into gratitude and love. Recognizing and expressing gratitude towards children can change everything. Expressing gratitude is a simple answer for a complex problem. We need to stop thinking about gratitude as an emotion, and begin to live it as an action. Living your life as an expression of gratitude is the greatest give you can give a child and yourself.
When children thank while they think, they think better and deeper. Thankfulness teaches children to be in the present, and they want to give back. This journal is meant to help children begin to walk in gratitude. Remember that gratitude practices are not about smiling more and being positive, it is about recognizing the hard part and focusing on the things for which we are grateful.
How can we start? We can live by example. We need to thank our students more. We need to share specifically what we are thankful for about them on a daily basis. If not, we are missing the daily practices that can change EVERYTHING.
I’ll start. Thank you for your interest in this product. Thank you for the job you do each day. Thank you for making it your life’s work to change the world one student at a time. I am grateful for your support. I am grateful to work among you.
Trina Deboree (Dralus)