November is one of my favorite times of the year. It is fall. The leaves are changing colors. There is a crisp breeze in the air. It is a time for sweaters, bonfires, and s’mores! But, most importantly, it is the month we celebrate Thanksgiving. I LOVE this holiday! It’s not about candy, presents, or getting more “stuff.” It’s about focusing on the good in our lives, counting our blessings, and being grateful instead of being greedy. This packet is something I use to spread the real flavor of the season. It is inspired by Erica Bohrer, first grade teacher. She created a free "Your Teacher is Thankful For You..." packet, which can be found at:
http://ericabohrer.blogspot.ae/2011/11/thanksgiving-free-your-teacher-is.html. I love her blog! You should definitely download her freebie, explore her blog, and visit her TPT store.
My friend and coworker, Ali, shared Erica’s activity with me last October and suggested that we combine the packet with a prayer calendar for our students. For an entire month each day of the week was devoted to praying for a different student. If you are like me, you pray every day for your students, but sometimes it is easy to fall into a pattern of praying for the entire group collectively or for the same specific students. This was a great way to make sure I spent time covering everyone in my class in prayer. The organization of the calendar ensured that no one was unintentionally left out. After praying for the student, we filled out a card with a message tailored to that specific student and left it on their desk. The card told the student why we were grateful they were part of our class.
This year, I am in a new position, out of the classroom, and working mainly with teachers instead of students. To expand on Ali’s idea, I decided to make a prayer calendar to pray for my coworkers. This led to the creation of this packet. It combines a calendar with cards
suitable for adults, instead of students. If you have students, I encourage you to download Erica’s activity, because I did not make student cards. Her student cards are super cute!
This packet aides you in devoting each day of the week to a different person or small list of people for one month. For example: each day you could write down the name of one student, one coworker, one family member, and/or one friend. After covering that person in prayer, leave a card for them, letting them know you are grateful they are part of your life.