By Kristy Camp, Early Childhood Program, Hamilton Campus
I will praise God’s name in song and glorify Him with thanksgiving. Psalm 69:30
In this season of hustle and bustle, we pause to give thanks to God for all that He has created, given, and blessed us with. It is a time of preparation for the birth of that beautiful Savior, and also for gathering with family and friends.
During this month, my TAs Jan, Deb and myself have been speaking often to my class of preschool/preK-ers about giving thanks, being thankful and what it looks like to thank God for what he has bestowed upon us. We’ve read some books about the Pilgrims, Natives and the first Thanksgiving. We’ve read other books about what Thanksgiving looks like today in our homes and how we center around the table with family and friends. We’ve read passages in our Bible, stories about God’s people who give thanks for hardships, trials and also joys and victories. But most of all, we just talk to them about how blessed we are that we can come to school, worship and play with our friends, have good nutritious food to eat, shelter over our heads, and a beautiful campus that we can enjoy for its nature and green space. And they get it! The children may be young, but they show thanksgiving everyday in their actions toward one another, their kind words, or just the caring they have for each other and also us, the teachers.
As we closed out November, it was our great joy to share in a Thanksgiving feast with the children at school. Many wonderful parents helped set up and prepare a delicious spread of food for the children and each other to enjoy. I was truly thankful to see the children all sitting together and enjoying the special meal. They were kind, gracious and polite, all of the things you hope to see in your class. I was proud as well as thankful.
As we move into December my prayer for them is that they remember what being thankful is and feels like as we begin our Christmas season. We will continue to speak often of being thankful in the classroom. Happy Thanksgiving!