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October 30
Attitude of Gratitude

“Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow” – Melody Beattie

 

It is the wise person who understands the power of gratitude.  We have been encouraging students to look and live beyond themselves and recognize their responsibility to make a positive impact on the people and world around them.  It truly is big work for our young learners! Our children live in a world so vastly different than when we were young yet so many similarities remain.  It is our hope that Killarney students have opportunities to grow their capacity to learn through working with others and developing healthy relationships that support their progress.

Gratitude has a strong presence in our Montessori classrooms. Beginning in Kindergarten, children learn about Grace and Courtesy which supports a positive social behaviour and helps children to develop how to work with others.  The 5 Great Lessons in the Elementary program highlight that someone or something worked very hard in the past to give us what we have today.  Our Upper Elementary students have the privilege to experience service work each month.  It brings us great pride to hear of their experiences and how their connections to our community bring authentic joy to their learning. Gratitude also fosters empathy and compassion for others as well as an appreciation for what others do for you.  There is much research that indicates an attitude of gratitude positively impacts our emotions and neuropathways leading to a decrease in depression and anxiety.  We are reminded of a quote from Oprah, “be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more.  If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.” 

Ways to encourage gratitude at home:

·        Model being thankful to others:  notes of thanks, common courtesies, and knowing small gestures go a long way.

·        Keeping a Gratitude Journal to record something to be thankful for each day

·        Asking your children one thing they are thankful for each day.  This builds an awareness of all the good in their world

·        Encourage your child to help out with chores both at home and for others

·        And most importantly, remember the best things in life….aren’t things!

Thank you for continuing to stay informed by reading our weekly updates and teacher blogs!

 

With gratitude,

Bonnie Caldwell and Christine McCrory

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