Thanks and Gratitude

It’s almost time to put away the pumpkins and start hanging twinkle lights. But in between the two biggest kid celebrations of the year, Halloween and Christmas, we get a day to pause and give thanks. Thanksgiving has always been my favorite holiday. It’s a time to get together with the people you love most, and celebrate with a big, delicious meal.


At CSK, every year we make paper leaves and have the kids write down what they are thankful for. This year, we made pretty watercolor ones. 





The things kids are thankful for are usually not what we, as adults, would likely count as our blessings. Kids are thankful for things like video games, pokemon cards, pizza, American Girl dolls. Grown ups of course, would like our children to say they are thankful for the "important" things: family and friends, a warm coat, a cozy bed to sleep in, a warm dinner, a safe school. And, with a little discussion about gratitude, they always do remember to say how much they love their parents and siblings, and how thankful they are for their school and friends.






Isn't there also something so wonderful though, about simply being thankful for your favorite food or game? This seems to be in the true spirit of childhood.

Did you hear the news? Gratitude is good for the heart! Something we should all remember, going into busy December.


At CSK, we are so grateful for our terrific staff, and our caring, supportive families. We wish you all a wonderful Thanksgiving!







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