“Okay, Declan,” I said and put the large feather on the table, “What are you thankful for?”
“Yes, at Thanksgiving we think about the things we are thankful for. What are the things you are thankful for?”
I put the large feather to the side and pulled out the next page of homework. We would work on the feather later.
The Feather of Thanks
When assignments come home I look at the project to determine how I can get Declan to do as much as possible. Like most kids, he is not a fan of homework. And he does not have an attention span to sit long enough to focus on something without someone beside him, talking him through each step.
And for projects like The Feather of Thanks, we have to help Declan think about things in different ways.
So with my husband and I coaxing and asking different questions,
“What makes you really happy?”
“What makes you feel good?”
“What do you like?”
“What do you like to do?”
We were able to complete Declan’s Feather of Thanks.
This Thanksgiving, Declan is thankful for (in order):
The Birth of Jesus –
(Declan’s special education teacher read Declan a story of Christmas about the birth of Jesus. I do not mind that she read him this story – but for the past 2-3 weeks Declan has been very focused on just the BIRTH of Jesus and churches).
Declan will be eating his favorite container of macaroni and cheese, but will be with family, so he is super excited.
His dog, Molly
Drinks and water
We let Declan know, that these things – the things that he loves, the things that make him happy, the the things that make him feel good, the things he likes to do – these are the things he is grateful to have in his life. These are the things he is thankful for.
I collected the pictures and cut them out. Declan got his glue stick and put the pictures on his feather to turn in for his Feather of Thanks project. It went on display with all of the other Kindergartener’s feathers in their classroom hallway and was returned to us yesterday. Tomorrow, on Thanksgiving we will look at Declan’s feather again. And give thanks!