Next week is Thanksgiving in Canada which means that in class we are talking about this holiday: what it is, why we celebrate it, and what it means to us.
One of the tasks I usually set is for the children to copy a sentence from the board onto a colouring page and which they then work on when their tasks are done and we are waiting for everyone to finish the activity. Today a number of children completed filling in the lines with colour.
These turkeys may have the physical form of ones seen in reality but their feathers have been filled in with an array of colours. I kinda like the look of them! 🙂
What colours would you use to colour in your turkey?
Today it is Thanksgiving in Canada – a day that has been set aside to give thanks. Originally this day was set aside for Canadians to give thanks for the harvest and for all the blessings the people in the country had experienced during the past year. Now, as I celebrate the holiday with so many other fellow Canadians, I reflect on what I personally have to be thankful for.
Thanksgiving is not a holiday I grew up with; instead it is one I adopted when moving to this country so far north from where I was born. I like that it is a reflective one that encourages people to spend time with family and close friends. For me, it has also come to mean a time when Fall truly begins and people’s attention is focused on certain celebrations (Thanksgiving, Halloween, Christmas). It is the beginning of a time of year, and of a season, that I particularly enjoy.
When I reflect on what I am thankful for I always think of my needs and the fact that I have a place to call my home, that I am never hungry, and that I have a loving and caring family. I am always grateful, as well, for my own health and the health of my family. Each day as I walk to work, I am grateful to have the opportunity to work at the school that I do, and to have the chance to work with a wonderful group of children. I am really lucky to work where I do at a school that is so close to home.
This year I am also grateful for the fact that I have made a connection with the people at the Harper Collins Canada Publishing House. Through them, I have been able to attend author events, and have been introduced to so many authors – many of them Canadian. As I am reading the books that I do, I am grateful to the authors that write their stories and bring me so much joy. I do prefer reading the hard copies of books, and am thankful that the digital versions have not swept away the bookstores and the feel of turning over a physical page of a novel.
As I sit here typing my post, I feel contented with what I have and experience in my life. There may be more for me around the corner and in the upcoming year but, for now, I am thankful for where I am.
If, like me, you live in Canada, I wish you a wonderful Thanksgiving with family and friends. May your celebrations warm you from within.
Last weekend Thanksgiving was ceclebrated in Canada. Even though we were not brought up celebrating this holiday, my husband and I take the opportunity to spend some time with our children. On Sunday afternoon my stepson came over and the five of us had dinner together (which is our usual Sunday ritual). The Sunday routine was extended, however, by a few hours as my daughters and I did not have to go to school the next day. After dinner we settled in to continue watching “The Legend of Korra”, an anime series that we are currently watching. The family time together on the sofa reminded us of a Christmas we had spent together watching the series that comes before this one: “Avatar: The Last Airbender”. (For my post on this gripping series, click here.)
The family time continued on Monday as we lunched together, watched more of Korra’s Story, and ate dinner as a family. It is not often that the five of us are able to spend so much time with each other. I am grateful that we had the opportunity to do so this weekend.
On Monday Canada celebrated Thanksgiving. Turkeys were cooked and families sat around the table to eat together. On Sunday we went over to my cousin’s for a double celebration: for his birthday as well as for Thanksgiving.
His attempt at cooking turkey was successful: it was moist and tasty. What I enjoyed most, though, was the chance we had to talk about a range of topics. I was grateful that while sharing a dinner made especially for the occasion, we had the chance to connect and talk about current issues as well as reminisce on the past .
Today is Thanksgiving in Canada – a time to reflect on what we are thankful for in our lives. Today I share with you what I am thankful for:
When I think on what I am thankful for, the first thing that comes to mind is my my small family: my husband and children. Their love surrounds me each day, often making me smile or just giving me comfort with their presence. I bask in their unconditional love and look forward to seeing them at the end of each day. I am thankful for a husband who loves me completely and who treats me with respect. I am thankful for children wish to spend time with me and who acknowledge the wisdom of their parents.
I am grateful as well for my home and the haven it offers me at the end of each workday. It is a space that we have made comfortable for ourselves, a space that we all wish to spend time in. I am pleased that we live in a safe environment and that I need have no fear of being attacked. I am grateful that our home is warm during the winter and that it contains everything that we need to be comfortable. I am thankful that we live near all that we need: supermarkets, a fruit and vegetable shop, the library, the post office, public transport.
I often give thanks for my health and the health of my family. I see people struggling to walk, or looking unwell, and my gratefulness increases. I am still able to walk and run, breathe in deeply and live everyday without taking any medication. My children have no health issues and my husband still has all his health.
Lastly I am thankful that we have enough: enough to eat, enough to pay the bills, enough to do things from time to time that give us enjoyment.
We are so caught up in our own lives, moving from one moment to the next. We rush. We scurry. We pay no attention to the soul next to us. We move as if in our own bubble, unaffected by those around us.
And we pay no attention to the kind actions done to us: the opening of a door; the unobtrusive help given to us by a colleague; the simple gesture of a stranger that helps us along in our day. In our rush to keep up with the rat race, it seems as if we have forgotten to say thank you. With words, and with gratitude in our hearts.
Two simple words which can form a bond of humanity between two people .Two simple words which can heal a rift. Two simple words which can help to begin a sense of community within a group of people.
Let us pay attention to those around us. Let us look them in the eyes and acknowledge their act of kindness. Let us not take for granted the gift that they give us.
Thanksgiving in Canada is coming soon and in preparation for the holiday, I did an activity with my grade 1 class: we spoke about what it means to give thanks, what we are thankful for – and of course what we eat for the Thanksgiving dinner.
For the holiday craft I chose to help the children make a turkey. (If you are interested in doing this craft you can visit enchantedlearning.com which is where I found the instructions). Using colourful pieces of construction paper, I traced their hands (three times) and their feet (amidst some giggles). They were excited to create the craft as they had seen what mine looked like:
Once the feet had been traced, the children practised their cutting skills:
And then the gluing got underway:
Once the turkey had been assembled, I asked the children to write at least five words on the bird which expressed what they were thankful for. Previously we had brainstormed and written the words on the board. I helped them find the words once they had told me what they wanted to write. The result? Beautiful turkeys that were similar to mine, and yet had their own individual characteristics:
An even closer view of some of the turkeys:
And I could not resist recording the outcome from another angle:
When I compare the children’s result to mine, I find they did a good job. And I know they will proudly carry their turkey home on Friday in time for Thanksgiving.
Do you enjoy making holiday crafts?
This post was inspired by the Weekly Photo Challenge at The Daily Post. The prompt this week is Mine)