Tips, advice and resources for parents and teachers
Note to parent or teacher: Here’s a 20- to 30-minute class plan on thankfulness and overcoming whining and grumbling. (note that this plan is geared to children ages 2 to 6.)
Watch “Way to Wake Up.”
Discuss how it’s not fun to be around someone who whines or grumbles. Compare grumbling and whining to a smelly sock, or anything very unpleasant that your child dislikes being around. Highlight what kind of attitude people do like to be around.
Watch “Look on the Bright Side.”
Talk about how it can be easy to focus on the things that go wrong, but that happiness comes when you choose to focus on the good instead.
Read and/or memorize the rhyme on “Poster: Think on the Good.” A coloring page for this poster is available here.
Read “Bright Pebbles: So Much to Be Glad For.” Do the action activity on the last page of this article.
Memorize 1 Thessalonians 5:18 (TLB): “Always be thankful!”
Read “Poem: My Happy Sunbeam.” The coloring book for this poem is available here.
Play the song “Sunny Sunbeam” while the children get up and dance to it (and/or enjoy it throughout the day while doing other activities).
Watch “Video: The Power of a Smile.”
Optional activity: Take a piece of cardboard or stiff paper, and cut it into a large circular shape to represent a sun. In the center of the circle, write “How to Get to the Bright Side”—and list ideas of things your child can do when he or she is feeling down. String a hole at the top of the circle, and hang it in a place where this craft can be easily seen.
Lesson plan courtesy of My Wonder Studio. Image by Grant Cochrane, www.freedigitalphotos.net