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How to Create a Gratitude Jar


gratitude jarIt is the time of year when most families take the time to reflect on being grateful. Here is a fun way to get your children engaged in writing while learning gratitude. Sound too good to be true? It really is pretty simple.

To get started, choose a jar or bowl as your Family Gratitude Jar.

Each day, each family member takes a piece of paper and writes down one reason s/he is grateful. The piece of paper is added to the gratitude jar.

Continue each day through the holidays.

Then, starting in the new year, choose one piece of paper from the jar each day. Read it aloud to remember each thing that a family member is grateful for. Breakfast or family meal time is a wonderful time to think about gratitude.

Once you get your family started on thinking about gratitude, you can encourage them to keep adding to the jar all year long. Gratitude can change the attitude, right? Plus, it is a quick and easy way to get your children engaged in purposeful writing!

If you would like to encourage your child to write more about the reason s/he is grateful, Evan-Moor’s has a gratitude writing activity to try.

How do you encourage your family to show gratitude? Please share in the comments section!

Amy Michaels ProfileAmy Michaels is a certified teacher with 11 years of elementary classroom experience who is actively homeschooling her own children. Her mission is share the best teaching methods and resources with all homeschoolers. Amy supports parents through her podcasts, webinars, and online training for homeschoolers on her website

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