QEP Bi-Monthly Blog: December 3
Susan Okoga, QEP Director
Happy Thanksgiving!!!
 
I hope all of you enjoyed Thanksgiving with your family, maybe in a different way this year, but still you were able to celebrate with those you love. Even during these challenging times, there is so much to be grateful for. We are grateful for our family, our health, and the relationships we have with each other. We are grateful for the children and families of Queen Emma Preschool who come together each day to learn how to play, to learn how to treat others with kindness and respect, and to build strong life skills with caring and nurturing adults.   
 
Preschool-age children are still very self-centered, but when they learn to be grateful, children become sensitive to the feelings and needs of others. Adults can model grateful behaviors by saying “please” and “thank you” in your discussions with children. You can also include times in the day when everyone shares the good things that happened that day and what they are grateful for.
 
When we appreciate what we have, we will be happier and feel more satisfied. Especially during this holiday season, we can model words of gratitude, and celebrate what we have and the people in our lives whom we care about. These words of appreciation and love will teach children to celebrate what they have instead of only what they want -- an important lesson we can all carry with us throughout our lives.