The afternoon breezes are picking up, the temperatures are finally beginning to drop, and I can just see the beginnings of changing leaves out my kitchen window. This is my very favorite time of year. I look forward to hot apple cider and pumpkin pie and watching the boys wrestling in the leaf piles. But, every year it feels like I’ve hardly had time to enjoy the fall and then it is Christmas and then January and I’m wondering where all the time went all over again. So we’ve decided to make the most of the coming season and all the impending holiday fun by getting an early start. For the next couple of weeks we’ll be posting about everything holiday and festive and fallish. Now is the time to rekindle old traditions and introduce some new ones – because the season will be gone before you know it.
Time to write thank you notes! (Shhh – My children think they are getting out of handwriting for the school day). That’s because it’s fun! When we compose thank you notes we are:
- pulling out scrapbook or construction paper to make note cards
- using stickers, paint, markers, crayons
- drawing, sketching
- being creative
Though they aren’t opening their handwriting books this day, writing thank you notes gives them their very best handwriting practice. Plus spelling and grammar. They also must be creative in thinking of how they are grateful or what they are grateful for. If notes are composed shortly after a field trip, my students are also practicing comprehension.
But most of all, writing thank you notes is polishing basic, good manners.
- Keep it brief. In the mail, we received a thank you from a cousin. “Thank you for the money. Now I’m rich!” – Short and sweet. And it sure made us laugh!
- Sample notes. I recently read about a great idea on this same topic. One family keeps a file folder full of examples of good thank you notes. If a child is “stuck” simply pull out the folder, thumb through the offerings and the task is no longer overwhelming.
Part two of What About the Little Ones?
My friend, Kellie, posed this question: I love, love, love this idea! I do have a question. Do you have a volume of CDs that you create? Say a few CDs with different content that you recorded?
Answer: Yes, we do. (So read on those of you that are past the preschool stage because there is more towards the end for you!) Many of us spend a great deal of time agonizing over curriculum for a school-aged child. Certainly we can focus on our preschooler and plan a specialized 45 minutes for him or her.
In part one, we talked about the benefits of a morning room time habit. Let’s review. Room time allows parents to: