School, Family, Community: How to Show Appreciation
Teaching children to be thankful is a delicate art. You don’t want to be forceful, but you also want to raise kind, appreciative children who will eventually grow up to become kind, appreciative teenagers and adults.
Teaching your children to show appreciation to others is no problem when you break it down into easy steps they can follow. Here’s a simple way for you to teach your children the skill of showing appreciation. Tell them to do the following:
- Look at the person while speaking to them.
- Use a pleasant, sincere tone of voice.
- Say “Thank you for …” and specifically describe what the person did for them that they appreciated.
“Thank you for teaching me how to learn new math concepts on my own.”
- Give a reason why it was so beneficial.
“I am happy I can now help my friends with their math work.”
- Offer to help or do a favor for that person in the future.
“Can I help hand out our math homework?”
Creating strong ties between your family, community and children’s school, helps keep your children aware of what is important in life. Parents bear the responsibility of developing and providing guidance on how to maintain these healthy relationships. Showing appreciation is one way to strengthen relationships with teachers, friends, and family.
May 6 is the official start to Teacher Appreciation Week. This is a great time to help demonstrate the importance of showing gratitude to your children’s school teacher, and their Kumon Instructor. Remember, any way that you show you appreciate them will be well received. A simple “thank you” goes a long way with your children’s educators.
Partnering with your children’s teacher and/or instructor is the best way to ensure their educational success. An enormous amount of hard work goes into educating children, and oftentimes the resources are limited. Having a wonderful teacher and/or instructor is truly a gift that can leave a lasting impression on children.