One of our favorite themes is gratitude. You might be thinking, “How in the world do I teach gratitude to a 3 year-old?” Truth is, it’s pretty simple. Here are some of our favorite ways to incorporate gratitude into your preschool dance classes this month of Thanksgiving.
- Music: We incorporate themes of gratitude and thankfulness into our playlist. The kids are having fun without even realizing they’re learning.
- Roll: For the month of November, when calling roll, ask every student one thing they’re thankful for. You’ll get the occasional funny/self-fulling answer, but overwhelmingly, you’ll get more “Mama,” “Daddy,” or “Family” than anything else. ❤️
- Technique: When doing pliés, you can say, “Thank you knees for bending.” When doing relevés, you can say, “Thank you legs for stretching,” etc.
- Reverence: We end all classes this way, but you can really hone in on this during the month of Thanksgiving. At the end of each class, all students say, “Thank you, Mrs. Leah.” Teacher says, “Thank you, ballerinas,” and everyone says, “Thank you, friends.” Talk about the importance of being grateful for your instructor teaching you dance. Talk about the importance of thanking your body for doing these hard steps and your brain for being able to learn new moves, and finally, talk about the importance of thanking our friends for sharing the fun of dance with us.
- Activity: Cut out leaves in different colors. When calling roll (suggested above) write the child’s name and what they’re thankful for on a leaf. Have a cut-out of a tree outside your studio door, glue the leaves to the tree for everyone in the lobby to see. Parents will think this is adorable.
- Take-home activity: Our students love our coloring sheets they get each month. Snag our gratitude coloring sheet in our shop for only $5. A coloring sheet might not seem like a lot, but I’m telling you, it adds value. When I go to my son’s friend’s houses for playdates, they all have their dance coloring sheets on their fridges. For an easy $5 investment, your dance families will be thinking about dance class (and your studio) each and everyday when they glance at the fridge. Quick note: we don’t color them in class. These are something they color at home.
These are quick, simple, and easy ways to incorporate the theme of gratitude into your preschool dance classes. I hope you find them helpful and that your kiddos enjoy them. As for me, there is so much to be thankful for. I’m grateful for my family, my people, to get to do something that I love, and for each of you. Thank you for taking the time to read this and be a part of our community!