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Here’s What Makes a First Grader Thankful

In preparation for Thanksgiving, my 1st grade class had a discussion about what we’re thankful for this holiday. I wanted to share my student’s thoughts because their 6- and 7-year-old perspectives are sweet and innocent, yet surprisingly profound. 

  • Many children said:  “I’m thankful for my family.  They are so nice to me.”  “They care about me.”  “They love me, and I love them.”


  • “I’m thankful for trees because they are good to climb, and they give us oxygen, too!”


  • “I’m thankful for my little sister, because she’ll walk soon.”


  • “I’m thankful for the sun because it makes my face warm.”


  • “I like the sun, too.  It helps plants to grow.”


  • “I’m thankful for my kitty, because when I pat her soft fur it makes me happy.”


  • “I’m thankful for all the good food…except the carrots!”


  • “I’m thankful for my brother Corey. He’s a Marine, and he’ll be home for Thanksgiving…and I can’t wait to see him!”


One student’s thought really got to the heart of the holiday. He said, “I’m thankful for blessings…even though I don’t see them every day.”

So, here’s to hidden blessings!  Happy Thanksgiving, everyone.




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