A Social Fake lesson or how to handle disappointment and the meaning of giving and receiving gifts using utensils.
Should we Think it or Say it?
Every year before the 'real' book exchange and my gifts to the students, we practice saying thank you and thinking about ours & others' intentions with regards to gift giving.
This is a BIG topic.
We start out with the read aloud titled, You Get What You Get. I was surprised at how many knew of the phrase I have never used but have heard - "You get what you get so don't throw a fit. " My students can and do have big reactions to disappointments, the unexpected and can be defeated by Glassman or what many would call 'a fit.'
To help the children practice the social acceptable manner when we accept a gift we don't want, like, need etc. I place each utensil set into a bag and passed them out.
The reactions ranged from puzzlement to over the top THANK YOUs !!!
We talked about feelings of disappointment, the unexpected vs expected and why we give and receive gifts. We talked about how lucky we were to have others take the time to think of us, get a gift, wrap it and get it to us.
I asked them how they felt as they had thought about their secret person assigned to them for the book exchange and how it felt to give.
The book exchange was heartwarming and it was evident that most had thought about each other and enjoyed the exchange.
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