My students blessed me with many thoughtful gifts this holiday season. And then they blessed me all over again with their smiles of pure joy and happiness when I handed them a thank you card. Seriously, my students were so happy to receive a thank you card. But that's what gift giving is all about, right? Feeling good about brightening another person's day.
With the holidays now behind us, what better time to instill a sense of gratitude into children? And it's great for getting in a little handwriting practice, too!
Here are four basic guidelines to follow:
- Start with a greeting
- Say "thank you"
- Share how it made you feel or why you really like the gift
- End with a closing
A few more tips:
- Get your child involved. Fold a blank piece of paper in half and have your child decorate the front or write 'Thank You' on the front.
- If your child is not yet able to write, write the letter yourself, and then have your child sign his or her name (even if it's just scribbles).
- Make a card on the computer. Allow your child to type the thank you letter. This takes the pressure off of the physical act of handwriting.
It doesn't have to be complicated. A thank you note from a child can look something like this:
Thank you for the ____________________.
I really like _________________________.
Love, (or Sincerely,)
See how simple it can be?