This can be a difficult concept for young students to wrap their head around. At a young age it is hard to have a clear picture of the outside world, and realize the things they have to be thankful for. I was embarrassingly old before I realized that some children don't have enough food to eat, money to heat their house, healthy loving parents, or even just a safe place to sleep at night. I want to raise my children to appreciate and realize it is the simple things that make your life great..not the newest video game system, a fancy house or designer clothes. The Connections Academy Blog has great ideas for things to try in your classroom to help your students better understand what it means to be thankful. You may want to try some of these with your family too! Afterall, "It is not happy people who are thankful. It is thankful people who are happy."