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Supersisters Great Day of Gratitude: Creative Thank You Ideas

Posted by Patience on April 23, 2010 at 7:30 AM in Great Day of Gratitude
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The Supersisters Great Day of Gratitude planning is in full swing at our house. The kids and I wondered if it would be fun to make our expressions of gratitude and kindness for our teachers and caregivers delightfully sneaky.

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Here are a few ideas we came up with for May 5, 2010 to tell our teachers we see all they do and honor their contribution in our lives:

Pass a note. Write a note or draw a picture telling your teacher how much he or she means to you and then fold it into an awesome shape like a heart. Here are the instructions. Some time during class or before/after school, quietly drop it on his/her desk or leave it on top of your own when you leave school to be found. You can sign or name or make it anonymous, either way it will make your teacher smile.

Post-it Play! Grab a pad of post-its and a bunch of friends to do a group expression of big thanks! Have each student write a little note of thanks and post-it on their on individual worksheet. When you pass your papers to turn in, you instantly have 20, 24, or even 30 messages of love for your teacher to go through as he/she grades your papers.

Grab an accomplice. Ask another teacher to help you pull a kindness mission off. Make a plan with the teacher in the next door classroom to leave a potted plant (the perfect eco-craft is right here), a bouquet of flowers, chocolates, basket of goodies with a note for your teacher in his/her classroom after hours. Maybe you'll even get to meet a teacher you'll have in the future and make a new friendship.

Make a wish. Wishing is fun and can even be more fun when we extend or imagine our wishes for others. Make a small book, kind of like these. Fill them with your wishes for your teacher. Do you hope she has more flowers in her life, or a fruity drink on a beach vacation, more time with his/her family? This is really fun to ask kids and hear their wishes and blessings.

Widen the circle. After you cover your teachers, why not thank a few other folks who do their jobs to help you be able to learn? Janitors, the lunch lady/man, school secretary, the librarian could all use a note of thanks for all they do to help our schools and kids. Their jobs often go unseen yet they play an important role in our children's growth.

What creative ideas do you have for our collective Great Day of Gratitude? Tell us in the comments or better yet write your own blog post and leave us the link here. Help us spread the word to make this gratitude reach far and wide for every teacher.

You can also include your pictures of teacher love projects on our PBS Supersister Flickr Pool here.

Now go get your gratitude on!

4 Comments

Vanessa writes...

I just read your fantastic post here. I am re posting it on Facebook Fan Page. It seems like we are both fans of the attitude: “Gratitude is good for you.” Grateful Nation is an online community that gives grateful people the opportunity and resources to connect, give back, and be thankful. Jump into the unending cycle of gratitude here at Grateful Nation Thank you, Vanessa

PatienceAuthor Profile Page writes...

Thank you so much Vanessa for including us on your facebook page, we really appreciate it. Thank you for all the work you are doing to spread gratitude in the world, it's so important. Going now to check out Grateful Nation!

diggydaddy writes...

Thanks for the post. Gratitude can be so easily forgotten during these difficult economic times. Someone asked me the other day how my life has changed because I write about my children. I told them my life is richer because I get to regularly reflect on the blessings and struggles, frustrations and joys I have in my life because of my boys. In the end I am ever grateful for the opportunity to be their father. In a world of instant gratification, gratitude is also something my wife and I constantly work to instill in the boys.

PatienceAuthor Profile Page writes...

I agree, children do gives us new opportunities to embrace gratitude. Thank you for sharing such wise words. I also think this is a great opportunity during these harder economic time to teach kids that gratitude doesn't have to cost us very much either. Thanks for weighing in diggydaddy! Off to check out your writing and work. :)

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