A Family Attitude of Gratitude: Shared Writing

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Writing with your kids is an authentic way to teach them many concepts of  reading and writing. I have a “shared writing” spot in our playroom and you’ll see this in most early childhood classrooms. I now use a giant notebook from a teacher store, but you could use a whiteboard, or easel chalkboard/whiteboard, a poster board…etc. You don’t have to go big either, just write together in a small notebook. We don’t write here every day…maybe once a week, or a few times a month. But it’s there…waiting for our attention when we’re ready.  Sometimes we do “Family News” or other writing prompts, but back in November, I wanted to focus on gratitude!

Helping my kids have a grateful heart is high on my list of Things to Do each day. Stopping and literally counting our blessings helps keep my family in balance. I also think, like literacy skills, it takes practice, modeling, and learning from others. Using gratitude as a theme for a few months on our shared writing, helped my kids practice using valuable words like “appreciate, acknowledge, honor, praise, thankful, and grateful.” In our experience, activities like this also help with the whole sibling rivalry/fighting thing. I’m a big believer in proactive parenting (before a fight/issue/event/etc)  vs reactive parenting (after a fight/issue/event–aka a lecture), which I know is easier said than done;)

Look for other integrated family writing ideas under Literacy. Even though our writing on gratitude has stopped for  now, it continues in their conversations…and for that, I am grateful. -Shelisa

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  1. I love this! we do it every year at Thanksgiving and Valentines day but i think we are going to start up again this summer. I tried to post a picture of our latest, but ended up almost posting yesterday’s paper about the government in The Netherlands restricting the marijuana trade. Worlds collide again!!

  2. LOVE this! We’ve started going around the table at dinner time stating our best and worst parts of our day. The kids love it, but I think we might try to switch to something like this instead and each state what or who we appreciate from our day instead. Thanks for the inspiration!

    • You are so welcome, Krissy! We call your “Best and Worst” talk “Highs and Lows…and now my girls have added in “Mediums!” My kids are in a routine of telling me about their day at school this way on the drive/walk home. Seems like switching things up is a great strategy for us all;)

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