The education of even a small child, therefore, does not aim at preparing him for school, but for life. –Maria Montessori
For many, the holiday season is a time for giving. Perhaps more than ever, it is so important for our children to understand that giving does not have to be a materialistic gift. Simple and heartfelt words of love and friendship will last much longer than most anything that can be bought on a shelf. It can be an amazing and powerful gift to our children, if in all the hustle and bustle of the holidays we take time to slow down and model being grateful.
It was the perfect week to talk about St. Nicholas. St. Nicholas was a Bishop who inherited a lot of money from his family. He was also a very gentle, kind man who lived by the virtues of personal generosity, charity towards those in need, and taking care of the young and the most vulnerable. We learned that St. Nicholas loved to perform random acts of kindness for those in need. Many people around the world celebrate St. Nicholas Day by leaving a pair of boots outside their door. So, we left boots outside our classroom door and, to our amazement, the boots were beautifully decorated and filled with candy canes the next morning.
This week we asked each child to share what they are grateful for. While their messages will make you smile and warm your heart, there is beauty in their simplicity.
Beau–I’m thankful for farms because they give us food.
Blake–I’m thankful for trucks because they are so funny and make everyone laugh.
Cora–I’m thankful for the sun because it shines on my face.
Eli–I’m thankful for my friends, my family and my pets because my pets are really, really cute and I really love my family.
Ellia–I’m thankful for my mom, my dad, and my sister because I love them.
Elliot–I’m thankful for my brother because he likes to play in the snow with me.
Everly–My mommy and my daddy because I love them so much.
Gianni--I’m thankful for the Earth because all of my friends live there.
Gregory–I’m thankful for my teachers and friends at school.
Grace–I’m thankful for the trees because they give us oxygen.
Harper–St. Nicholas because he brings us presents and candy.
Lily–I’m thankful for my mom and my sister, cute little Annie, and my dog Peanut. I’m really thankful my daddy fixed my dishwasher.
Luca C.–I’m thankful for my mom because she loves me a whole lot.
Luca F.—I’m thankful for my friends and my family because I love them all.
Mia–I’m thankful for my cat because I love him.
Michael--I’m thankful for my dog because he is nice to me.
Mya–I’m thankful for flowers because they are so beautiful.
Nina–I’m thankful for the snow because it is so nice.
Parker–I’m thankful for the whales in the ocean because they teach people to be happy.
Quin–I’m thankful for the snow that falls because my mom and dad love when it snows.
Simrin–I’m thankful for my sister because she is cute and plays with me. Sometimes she puts small things in her mouth too!
Wilder–I’m thankful for being happy and loving my mom.
Xander–I’m thankful for Dante because he plays with me all the time.
Miss Jeanine and I are grateful for our relationship with each of you as well as your support, time and effort to help in any way. We are all truly blessed to walk this journey together!
Wishing you a warm and wonderful week!
Michelle & Jeannine