You can’t be angry and grateful at the same time. And you can’t be bored and grateful at the same time either.
So Thanksgiving isn’t just for the American holiday, it’s a powerful tool you can use any time of year.
😃 Use it anytime you need to make your kids happy!
You can find it throughout the Advanced (C1/C2) level Genki English course ( VIPs can find how to teach it in the VIP menu at the top of this page!) and in the main beginners A1/A2 curriculum we have a full Genki Thanksgiving song and lesson.
The VIP Printables are on this page here, the talking flashcards, animation, mini lesson, computer game etc. etc. are in the Teacher’s Set for teachers and in the iPhone/Android web app for kids and the song is free for everyone on Youtube as a special token of our gratitude for supporting Genki English throughout the years!
P.S. And I wrote this a while back but it was so popular I’m writing it for you again this year. Enjoy – Richard
We all want our kids to be happy.
Truly, really happy.
Some of us try things like fun and games in class.
And that helps.
For a little while.
And I’d always trade “bored in class” for a smile.
Some try to give presents and unconditional attention.
That rarely works.
And just makes them crave it more.
But … there is one, true way to be happy.
And it is easy to do.
We could all do it tomorrow.
The happiest people are doing it today.
“I want that car.”
“Why does she earn more than me?”
“Why don’t I have that?”
These are the reasons you get unhappy.
So just flip it around.
Just look at what you *do* have.
Then be super, utterly, truthfully grateful for it.
Don’t believe me?
Just try it now.
Pick something you are grateful for.
It might be the computer or phone you have.
The friends you have here.
The one kid in class who always makes everyone laugh.
That feeling you have is happiness.
And we need to bring it to schools.
I didn’t write the “Thanksgiving” lesson for Thanksgiving.
I wrote it because I want the kids to have at least one chance today to think and say…
“I’m thankful for ….” plus something.
Even something small.
This could be the biggest lesson you ever give your students.
And if they remember it, it will make them happier than anything in the world.
Truly, really happy.
So we can all do it I’ve made the song free on Youtube.
The game is simple.
1. Draw a picture of something you are thankful for.
2. Present it to the class.
I’m always thankful for each one of you.
I hope soon your children will be too, because you showed them at least one light of happiness in whatever problems they have today.