This month will be a combination of Thankful Thursdays and Thoughtful Thursdays!
Every week, I usually include some thankful thoughts on my Thoughtful Thursdays posts; but this month, I want to focus more on thankfulness.
Last year, I wrote several posts on being thankful. Our family worked through the printables that I did for those posts the whole month of November. The kids had fun writing down their answers, and we made a paper chain out of the strips. That paper chain is still hanging upstairs in our hallway! Those printables are also one of my highest viewed posts on Creative K Kids at this time of the year. You can go HERE to see the printables.
When we consider the printables from last year and meditate on the verses of how God is good, merciful, loving, and righteous; when we consider all the good things He has given us, the natural response is thankfulness!
However, children often are self-centered. This is natural. We are all selfish creatures. One way to combat self-centeredness is to think of others and to give thanks for them. This takes thought and work!
Last week, I shared some printables about being thankful for others who serve the Lord. We are now working through them for the next two weeks. Sometimes, we only do one verse a night. One child reads the verse; another will look it up in the study Bible and read the notes that go with the verse. If we need help with the context, we just have to ask my husband. That’s the perks of having a pastor in the house!
Then after we finish those verses, we will write Thank You notes to some of the missionaries for which we pray for often. The children will write Thank You Notes to their Sunday School teachers and teachers at school. (Printable notecards are below!)
This exercise will help them think of others and realize that they need to be thankful for those who serve the Lord whether or not they always “like” everything they do in the classroom.
Thanksgiving is a perfect opportunity to actively encourage thankful hearts in our children! What are you doing to encourage thankfulness this year in your home?
Here is a visual from Written Reality on different ways that shares 7 easy ways we can give thanks!
You can click HERE to print any of the pictures below! Each picture is on its own page. When you click the icon to print, all 10 pages will come up to print, and then you can choose to print all or to print just the page you want. You can cut them to be 4″ x 6″ in size; and then they can be use as postcards or you can use them as notes on the front or inside of a card!
Click HERE to print one of these Thank You Notes!
This month, Thankful Thursdays is combining with the Thoughtful Thursdays that are normally hosted here on Creative K Kids. Many bloggers are writing Thankful posts this month and are hosting the linky on their posts as well.
You can link up any Thoughtful or Thankful post that you have written to the linky below!
If you would like to grab the button to put on our sidebar or on your party page you can! It is not a requirement, but if it helps you to remember where to go every Thursday in November, then here it is: