We begin our month long theme of gratitude with a book. This sweet simple book is about a tree who is feeling rather down, ordinary and lonely until a small bird arrives and wants the strong branches to hold the nest for the babies. This book and project is written and developed by Stacy Peters. I simply modified the leaves.
As the tree begins to look for the good her leaves become more beautiful and she notices more and more and feels gratitude. This book is a wonderful metaphor for children on how looking for the good does change how we feel about ourselves, others and events in our loves.
I also spent time talking about our brains ( negative bias) and how this daily practice impacts it & helps us shift our mood, focus and perspective.
Because we have been practicing gratitude daily ( sharing our great green thoughts) in our opening circle , the shift to making a daily leaf for the tree was easy for the children and one they enjoyed. Our tree is growing and others outside the class are joining in.
Welcome to my classroom!
I am passionate, a little bit quirky ( some may say a little bit more) and dedicated to serving children with Autism. These young people have touched me deeply and have made me a better teacher & hopefully person. I want to share what I have learned that allows these beautiful children to grow & sometimes thrive in my class.