Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Thankful trees (revisited)

Written on the 1st of November- 

Last year, I bought these cool cardboard cut out trees from Target for cheap and decided we would hang "Thankfuls" from the trees. It worked a little for last year but then our trees got too full and we didn't have enough room to finish.

This year, I saw that Scholastic Teacher Express was having a 50% off sale on some of their November bulletin board decorations and splurged ($2.50 each) on two giant card stock paper sets.  One is a plain tree with different leaves. The idea is for teachers to write each child's name on a leaf. And the other is specifically themed for Thanksgiving.  It has a pilgrim girl, a turkey and leaves and acorns that all say "I am thankful". 

On our big wall I decided to hang up our tree and use the set of "I am thankful" leaves first. We might end up needing the other set too. I love that you can write on them with dry erase markers and they wipe right off. 

Tonight, I explained a little of the origins of Thanksgiving and how we celebrate it now. How we need to remember to be thankful for all that we have and everyone around us, because we have been blessed to live in abundance.  I explained that children all over Michigan don't have things that they take for granted. 

Gabe decided that he is thankful for our furniture and beds, because some families have to sleep on the floor. Zander said he was thankful for all of our books and Calla was thankful for our crayons.  This is going to be a great investment (of $5) and am looking forward to what the kids think of to be thankful. 

Here are our Thankful Trees from last year and the freebie download so you can cut out and make your own!
Thankful Trees tutorial and Freebies!

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