School-age 2

What Are We Thankful For?
October 2019



Thanksgiving is right around the corner, so this month, the children were asked to reflect on what they are grateful for in their lives. One afternoon, Kara set up an invitation table with colourful construction paper and a survey sheet which had all of the children’s names. With a small group, the children had an opportunity to talk about the topic and express it with painting and drawing. Eun Hee shared that this year, she was very happy to have the children and great co-workers. Then, she asked the children whether they had anyone or anything they were thankful for. Madison and Dina were the first to demonstrate interest in the conversation. When Dina heard the question, without any hesitation, she said, “I feel so grateful to have my baby brother, Maximos.” She looked up her name on the survey sheet and wrote down her brother’s name beside. Then, she drew her brother with oil pastels using different colours and shapes. While we were conversing, Anastasia joined and said, “I am thankful for nature. Without it, we can’t have a fun time outside.” Then, she began to write her answer. She recognized the first sound of the word but was not sure how to end it. Anastasia wrote the word on her own and showed it to one educator, asking, “How do I spell nature?” Anastasia and the educator completed the word together, enhancing literacy skills.


When the educators asked the question to Wyatt, he thought for a while and said, “I feel grateful for the world.” Eun Hee was surprised by the broadness of his answer and asked his reasoning. He added, “God gave us the world. People and nature are living together.” Then, he drew a big globe with different continents on it. In the meantime, Everett answered, “I feel thankful for chocolate.” Kara, Eun Hee and the other children agreed and laughed together.


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While sharing what we are grateful for, the children had an opportunity to reflect on the many blessings that contribute to their well-being. They were also able build a better connection and understanding with their peers and educators. Jean Clinton explains in her famous article, The Power of Positive Adult Child Relationships: Connection Is the Key, that “healthy development cannot happen without good relationships between children and the important people in their lives, both within the family, and outside of it.” Building connections and understanding is the key to healthy development, as it supports the four critical foundations: engagement, expression, well-being and belonging.




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Shannon Bell, RECE

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Deb Wintrip, RECE
Assistant Supervisor