Today I want to share a quick idea for this time of year! Many kiddos have a hard time understanding the difference between WANTS and NEEDS. I see this most during the holiday season, when my students of opportunity and means say that they "need" the latest computer game or American Girl Doll. I understand their excitement and I don't want to take away from it. However, I think it is very important that children are able to distinguish between wants and needs. Although some students are all too familiar with the distinction, it's a great reminder for everyone as the holidays approach.
I find that my students often don't know how fortunate they are that they have a home, a family that cares for them and keeps them safe, and that they get to attend school. I like to start the discussion by reading the book Beatrice's Goat by Paige McBrier.
This is the story of Beatrice and her family living in Uganda. Thanks to the Heifer Project International, her family receives the "lucky gift" of a goat. The goat not only provides them with milk to feed the family and sell for profit, it also has two babies that they can also sell. Before the goat arrived, life was very hard for Beatrice and her five brothers and sisters. The family could not afford to send Beatrice or her siblings to school. However, it shows how one small animal given to a family can be of such a help. Beatrice's dream of going to school is realized and her family is able to move to a sturdy house.
I find that this book to helps students move beyond their (often) limited experience and gives them more of a world perspective. I then ask them to work independently or with a friend and think about "wants" versus "needs". It is an important lesson that I enjoy reinforcing at this time of year. If you would like to give it a try, just click on the image below.
Wishing you a wonderful December! Thanks for stopping by!