Thanksgiving is next week. Where did the year go? It seems like we just finished the holidays, and now here we are getting ready to celebrate again!
Jonah is old enough this year to understand a lot more than ever before, and I am enjoying teaching him about different aspects of the holidays. One of Jonah’s favorite TV shows is Blue’s Clues. I often let him watch it while I’m preparing dinner. We have Netflix on Demand, so I can pick which episode to let him watch. We’ve been watching the “thankful” episode. Steve created a “Thankful Book” and goes around to all of the characters asking what they are thankful for. Then he reads the book at the fall feast.
I decided that this was a great way to teach Jonah about being thankful! I have been talking to him a lot about what makes us thankful. I started by telling him that when we are thankful for something, we mean it makes us happy. Then I talked to him about all of the things that make me happy. I used the ASL signs for “happy” and “thankful” during our conversation, since he seems to absorb more when we use signs, even though he is becoming more verbal.
Then we talked about things that make Jonah happy: basketball, football, Gigi and Papaw (my mom and dad), Grandma and Grandpa (Daryl’s mom and dad), his gorilla Hank, books, and the leaves outside. I wondered when I was talking to him if he was getting anything out of it, but he seemed engaged, and later in the day he picked up his basketball and said “Thank you! Basketball!” and signed “thankful” and “happy,” so I think he understood at least the concept of what I was talking about. (more…)