Classroom Lessons

Counselor classroom lessons are a way to systematically assist ALL students in developing the skills they need to enhance their personal, social, educational, and career development.

November virtue of the month: gratitude

Stop. Think. Give Thanks.

As you are reading this, you may already be thinking about the next thing you need to do today. Your mind is busy. You are busy. Most people are pretty busy, including me. That is a fact. Somewhere, in the midst of these busy days, it is beneficial us to stop, think about the blessings we have in our lives, and feel grateful to have them. This changes our perspective in a very positive way.

Thank you all for being wonderful and supportive parents!

~Mr. Nate

Students at CMIS (grades 3-5) did an experiment this month to see how busy they were. They were asked to list the activities they usually do each day of the week; this would include school lessons, homework, extracurricular activities, daily routines, and even things they do for fun. One class listed a combined amount of nearly 1,000 activities! When students realized how packed their weekly schedules were, they were also reminded of the importance of taking small "breaks" to think about and appreciate what they have. Life only gets busier, so it is good to for students to get into the habit of allowing themselves time to stop, think, and be grateful.


Grades K-2 followed a presentation about gratitude (above). They learned new ideas about thinking deeper and being appreciative.

tips: teaching your children To be grateful

Shannon Lambert, Big Life Journal

Say please and thank you.

Our manners show that we do not believe we are entitled to anything, and that in fact, we appreciate whatever comes our way.

Help someone less fortunate.

This could be your neighbor down the street, grandma, or someone you know who is in a tough spot.

Look for awe-inspiring moments in your day.

If the sunset is particularly beautiful, comment on it. If the sound of the baby’s laughter warms your heart, tell your children. Encourage them to look for their awe-inspiring moments and share them with you.

Share your gratitude at bedtime.

Take five minutes at the end of the day to ask your child what he is thankful for that day.

Share your gratitude at the dinner table.

Take a moment at dinner time to share what you are thankful for. Go around the table, allowing each family member a chance to vocalize their gratitude.

Compliment others.

Encourage your children to do the same. Share the things you appreciate about another person.

Create a family gratitude list.

Post it on the fridge. Add to it when necessary.

Always look for the positive.

Find something positive in frustrating situations and discuss it.

Practice turning complaints in to praises.

Coach your children to reword their complaint in to something that they appreciate instead.

Take gratitude walks.

While you walk, look for the simple pleasures in the day, such as the warm sun or the birds singing and express appreciation for them. Use this time to ask your kids what they are grateful for.

Ask why.

As your child gets better at expressing gratitude, dig deeper. Ask why he is grateful for something and how it affects his day.

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