Each year I had my first and second grade students list what they’re thankful for the most. Not all but many wrote their favorite toy, friend, or vacation.
When they finished, we discuss the differences between wants and needs. We decided that everyone needs shelter, clothes, love, food, and water.
Reluctantly, they decided that they didn’t really need games, toys, and candy. However, they weren’t sure about education and books. As a teacher, I reminded them that they needed an education to earn money for food, shelter, and clothes.
Now that they understood the difference between needs and wants, they were able to focus on the thing that they really needed. Their new lists included parents, home, food, brothers, sister, family and a couple of toys thrown in at the bottom of the list.
What are you thankful for? Does your list have more needs then wants?