Part One-Appreciation

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"Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things."

                -Robert Brault 

In 2016, we had a Word of the Month series that coincided with Joy's travel adventures. In addition to exploring a different country and culture every month, we also wanted to share a discussion about different emotions with parents, caregivers, teachers and kids. Read on to learn more on about the topic of appreciation.

In the month of April, Joy Sun Bear visited Japan for the hanami (flower viewing) cherry blossom festival that takes place all over the country.  Cherry blossoms represent how beautiful life can be and how quickly it can pass, serving as a reminder for us to appreciate whatever precious moments we are blessed to have.

Appreciation is defined as the ability to be grateful for something and to understand it’s quality or worth. Learning to appreciate life, the challenges and the blessings from a young age is very important and can help us live to our best potential.

Young children are prone to living in the moment, experiencing and cherishing all the little things that some adults generally to take for granted.  When adults take these moments for granted, they tend to become impatient with a child’s spontaneity. However, while there are priorities that adults understand that children may not, a child’s appreciation for the moment, something that may seem impulsive and unfocused to an adult, can serve as a reminder for adults to appreciate every little thing.

What does Appreciation Mean to your Family?

There are so many facets to modern life that we can’t possibly be aware of our appreciation of everything. Some things are easier to remember to appreciate than others, like loved ones, prized possessions or special opportunities. It is always good to take a moment and think about the parts of your life that you could have more appreciation for.

A Tip from Joy: A great way to discover and celebrate what we appreciate is making a collage! You can start a conversation with your children and students about the things that you appreciate.  Then ask them to share what they appreciate. After making a list together, you can decorate a poster board with pictures and words of what you appreciate. You can use magazines, pictures from the internet, or draw your own pictures to decorate your collage. This creative and reflective bonding time will help encourage more appreciation for everything in your life and theirs!

We would like to know, what are some things that you and your children appreciate and why?

Share your response with us in two ways:

  1. Comment on this post below.

  2. Post your answer(s) on our Facebook page, Joy Sun Bear, or tag us on Twitter, @JoySunBear, and use the hashtag #appreciation.

Thanks for reading and hope you catch the next blog to share more about appreciation with your family and classroom!

Have a great week! 

-Joy Sun Bear Family


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