Once the gratitude tree ( here ) was started we listened to a song titled Gratitude all week noting the adult songwriter's list and compared it to the Kid President's list from you tube.
We talked about these differences and noticed how we were grateful for different things. I think the children enjoy looking at the tree because it is a reflection of the diversity of ideas in our class.
'There is so much to be grateful for.' one child commented.
For the walk, we broke into three small teams and went on a quiet gratitude walk with our iPads. Snapping pictures of items we saw along the way that touched us in some way. We then returned and built our thankful mind Looking for the Good G.O. chart by sharing the items we were most thankful finding as well as how we felt during and after the walk.
The smiles, ease and interest in each other's ideas was very noticeable. Many wanted to go home and try it again in their back yards, local parks etc. I suggested a rainbow walk and going for a hike with a family member. A rainbow walk is looking for items in a specific order- by the colors in the rainbow. First, find a red item, then an orange item, yellow item etc.
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.