Saturday, November 28, 2015

What's in Your Cart?

Wow!  The holidays are quickly approaching, and so are sales!!! Teacher's Pay Teacher's is having a HUGE sitewide sale November 30th, and December 1st, and many stores will be participating.  Woohoo!  My entire store will be 20% off.  So go shopping , and while you are there, don't forget to use the TpT promo code provided on TpT for additional savings, (that's 28% off at my store and many other stores too)!

I'm linking up with Jenn from Speech Room News to share three of my products, and three other products that I have my eye on buying during this sale.  So here it goes...

On Sale in My Store:

While I aim to count my blessings all year long, this time of year seems to be particularly appropriate for thinking about thankfulness/gratitude.  With November focusing on Thanksgiving, and December focusing on gift giving and receiving, it's the perfect time to teach the concept of gratitude to children.   This Gratitude Packet is filled with activities, printables, awards, posters, and more, and is on sale now!

I'm really excited about these new Respect Task Cards I just made!  They make a perfect edition to any character education program and may be used in groups, by themselves, or as a class.  Teaching suggestions, a list of all 40 questions, and a teaching guide are also included.   They are also on sale now!

Reward coupons are a fun way to recognize positive behavior.  These Holiday Reward Coupons are colorful, festive, and work well during the month of December.  They come in color and black and white, and are on sale now!

I hope you find these resources useful.  My products are intended to be used by teachers, parents, homeschooling parents, SLPs, SPED, counselors, social workers, and other specialists.

What's on My Wish List:

This is the fun part!  There are some talented TpT Sellers/Stores out there, and I can't wait to check them out.  Here are a few items calling my name...

I just love Educlips!  They have such great clip art which covers so many subjects.  I've had my eye on this Character Qualities Clip Art Set for some time.  Aren't these little guys great?  If you like these, you might also enjoy, the Manners Clip Art Bundle too.  I own it, and it's one of my favorites!

Whimsy Clips is another is another one of my favorite Clip Art TpT Stores.   This Good Choices Clip Art speaks to me, and I can't wait to use it!   If you are looking for clip art to compliment this, check out the Bad Choices option too.

Have you seen Kelly Workman's store yet?  I love her products!   Her Emotions Photo Cards teach students to identify emotions in a fun way.  You can check them out here.  She also has a wide variety of Dice Decks available, complete with teaching suggestions, answer sheets, and more, so be sure to take a look around her store, while you are there.  You can check out her Dice Decks Growing Bundle here.

So, what's on your wish list?  If you would like to share your wish list, and link up too, head on over to Jenn from Speech Room News.

Hope you have lots of fun at the sale!

Teacher's Pay Teachers Cyber Sale!

Have you heard?

Teacher's Pay Teacher's is having a HUGE sitewide sale November 30th, and December 1st, and MANY TpT Sellers will be participating!   My entire store will be 20% off, so stop by and enjoy the savings. While you are there, apply the TpT promo code for additional savings.

These 55 amazing and new Teacher-Authors will be participating in this sale, (myself included).  Be sure to check out their great stores!  Click the picture to download the PDF for quick and easy access to everyone's store.   Happy Shopping!

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Teaching Children to Be Grateful People

Feeling gratitude and not expressing it, is like wrapping a present and not giving it. -William Ward

Thankfulness, appreciation and acknowledgment are concepts that come to mind when thinking about how to teach children to be grateful people.  In a world that sometimes lacks patience, and is focused on attaining instant gratification, it's sometimes hard to stop and smell the roses.  It may seem easier to do the fast thing, rather than do the thing that makes one feel most grateful.  For example, it may seem easier to go through the drive-thru for a meal, rather than go shopping (with your children), and then go home to prepare a longer, yet healthier meal as a family.   We are a society that moves quickly and doesn't have a lot of patience for even the simplest of things, like watching a commercial.  I mean, why watch it when we can record the show and fast forward through the commercials instead?  Life is about choices, and sometimes we choose instant gratification.  Is that such a bad thing?  I think it depends on the circumstance being considered.   Regardless of our desire to have our needs met yesterday, gratitude should be expressed, valued, and taught to children.

Being grateful leads to a sense of happiness, contentment, and understanding.  It eases our troubles, relaxes us, and decreases our stress.  It's easy to get trapped inside our own bubble of day to day struggles.  Choosing to be truly grateful, has great effects on our overall well-being.   When we are at peace with what we have, we are able to give back to others in a genuine manner.

Teaching gratitude begins at a young age.  As soon as children can talk, they are taught to be thankful.  Teaching gratitude should be taught repeatedly in many different ways.  Teaching a child to say thank you once is a good, but the child will likely not retain it.  Teaching a child to say thank you each time something nice is done for them, and to understand why they are being thankful, will teach the child to be grateful over time.

Here are a few tips to get you started on how to teach children to be grateful people:
  • Teach children to write thank you notes to friends and family after receiving gifts.
  • Go through your child's clothes and toys on a regular basis, and donate items to those in need.  Do this with your child, and don't wait for an unfortunate circumstance to arise before donating.  There are always people less fortunate than others, so give what you are able.
  • During the holidays, adopt a child or family in need and provide food or toys to the family.  Go shopping with your child and let them pick out the items they want to donate to the child/family.
  • Visit a nursing home with children.  Bring baked goods or pictures for the residents.   Have children visit and read books to the residents.
  • Plant an edible garden to show gratitude to the earth.  Share fruits and vegetables with neighbors, friends, and family.
  • Go through a Starbucks drive-through with children, and pay for the person's order behind you. 
  • Expect children to work for their desires (toys, etc.).  Provide opportunities for children to make money.  Once they have made the money needed, allow them to purchase their desired items with their own money.
  • Model gratitude. 
The list is truly endless.  Ask children what they think are good ways to give back/express gratitude. Children always have the best ideas!

I have prepared a Gratitude Packet on activities that can be used by teachers, parents, school counselors, social workers, speech therapists, and other specialists.  Included in this packet are activities, printables, posters and awards.  To see full details, click here.

What are you most grateful for in life?