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Wants versus Needs

For real people! Where is the time going?  I still had so many things to do in November, but I wake up today and it's somehow December already!  Please tell me I'm not the only one!

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!

14 comments:

  1. Jillian~I love what you're focusing on with your students. Thank you for your freebie! I hope you're feeling better soon!

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    1. Thank you so much Carol! I hope your foot heals quickly too! Wishing you a very happy holiday season!

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  2. Your blog is so cute! Love the name. I live in Texas now, but grew up in Massachusetts. After 5 years in Texas, I am used to the weather and so do not miss the cold anymore! I hope you feel better soon and have fun choosing colors for your kitchen!

    Jessica
    Literacy Spark

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    1. Oh thank you, Jessica! I can't imagine a winter with no cold, but when the snow starts piling I may be asking you for a job recommendation :)

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  3. Hope you feel better soon! I hadn't heard of the book Beatrice's Goat until now. It sounds like a wonderful story! I'll have to check that one out. Have a wonderful holiday season!

    ❀Bethany❀
    Learning is a Journey

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    1. Oh it's such a goodie! Heiffer International is a great organization and it's one that children can really understand! Happy holidays and thank you for stopping by!

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  4. Mel and I love Heifer! Feel better soon!
    Always nerdy,
    Gerdy

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    1. I loved your post today! It perfectly complimented what I was trying to get across about Heiffer and global perspective :) Thanks so much for stopping by and making that connection! Happy Holidays!

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  5. I am filling up my cart on TPT - I think I'll make round one of purchases tonight! I got a cold for my birthday too (back in September) it was no fun - so I hope you feel better soon! My kitchen also needs a major overhaul - however it is way beyond my husband's and my handiness to DIY. So for now it sits. Thank you for sharing - Michelle

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    1. Oh yes! I'm making my first pass tonight and having a second go of it tomorrow! DIYing takes a lot of watching youtube videos and visits with your local hardware stores, but it can be done :) Hit me up if you ever decide to give it a try!

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  6. I just love everything about this post! Love the freebie!
    -Sarah
    A Rocky Top Teacher

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    1. Oh you are SOOOO welcome! Thank you for your kind words! Love this Linky!

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  7. I love what you're listening to! =) and feeling a little jealous...

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    1. Hahahahaha!!! I just wish I had a second one :)

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