My ABC’s of Thanksgiving Journal: 21 Days of Contagious Gratitude

Gratitude is a learned attitude. And teaching our kids to understand that they are SO blessed (spoiled, really) is not always an easy task. There are so many things that we simply take for granted. Our health, our homes, our food, our vehicles; the list could go on and on. But teaching gratitude is WELL worth the effort.
This year, I put together an ABC book called The ABC’s of Thanksgiving. It’s a Thanksgiving Journal meant to be used every day or as often as you can in November, leading up to Thanksgiving {free download is at the end of this post}.
Daily Thanksgiving Journal - My ABCs of Thanksgiving (FREE) - This Reading Mama

My ABC’s of Thanksgiving Journal

Starting today (November 1), I want to take a letter a day and have the kids write/draw something for which they are thankful…from A to Z!  This doesn’t have to take a lot of time each day, but I do want my kids, especially ALuv (7 years old), to be thoughtful and really count his blessings.  At the end of the month, we can staple them all together and make Thanksgiving journal!  Who knows?  Maybe we’ll read the book throughout the year…

ABCs of Thanksgiving Preschool Page

Got preschoolers?  I’ve also included a Thanksgiving journal version for them. Ask your preschooler to draw a picture that starts with that letter and you can label the picture by writing the word beside it.

ABCs of Thanksgiving blank template

If you want to adapt this idea for your own use, there are blank templates for both your school-aged child (see above) and your preschooler.



So, take a stand this year!  The world wants us to focus on what we don’t have.  We must go against the flow and teach our child to be thankful for what we do. “Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything.  Tell God what you need, and THANK HIM for all He has done.”  Philippians 4:6 (NLT)

Inspired by Family Magazine

I am excited to be taking part in 21 Days of Contagious Gratitude.


Click HERE to download the entire ABC pack!



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  1. I love these! Thank for so much! My kindergarten, preschooler, and my self will be starting them soon. Thanks for the gratefulness focus.

  2. That is very neat!

    I still too often focus on what I don’t have instead of what I do. But I am THANKFUL. So blessed!

  3. I love this idea Becky! You are one creative mama! I hope that you do not mind but I have added this to my Thanksgiving Round Up Post.

  4. I really love this idea! Thanks so much for sharing!!

  5. Thank you for sharing I love this. I was just trying to come up with some project along these lines to do with my kids. I am working on a post on my blog on this. I would love to include a link back to this post and printables for my readers. Thanks

  6. I just saw this through Pinterest and have to say, this is a wonderful idea!!! I’m printing it off to start with my preschooler today! Thank you so much!!!!!

  7. I love this! Just finished printing it with my daughter. Thank you so much for creating and sharing! I’d love it if you shared on our After School Activities Link up. I’m going to be featuring Thanksgiving Projects for Afterschool next Sunday. Here’s the link

  8. This is really fantastic. My boys are just a little young this year, but it will be great for next year. I’ve pinned it and can’t wait to use it. I’d love for you to share this at my Season’s Best {Thanksgiving} Link-Up.

    Thanks for sharing…happy to be a new follower!

  9. Ginger Boyd says:

    I love this Becky :) I cannot wait to get started with both of my girls tomorrow! Thanks for sharing!

  10. This is SUCH a fabulous idea! I think I’ll be printing this out for my daughter! Sharing on FB! First time on your blog and I love it! Can’t wait to read more!

  11. Love this idea! Thanks for the printable!

  12. This is a fabulous gratitude activity, Becky! Thanks for generously sharing your printables! In addition to adding your post to my November Family Gratitude Activities at Raising Figure Skaters, I featured your printable as the Free Printable of the Day at the Living Montessori Now Facebook page: (and on Pinterest) :)

  13. great idea, thanks for sharing!

  14. What a great idea! Thanks for sharing!

  15. This is such a great idea! I pinned it to my teaching gratitude board.

  16. Thank You!! These are perfect! I printed them 4 to a page for my 7 yr old to make a mini-book for his Thanksgiving lapbook.

  17. Love it! I’m going to give my Kinder class a page each to do a guided Writing activity. Each kid will be given a different letter to think of something they are thankful for. Great idea! Thanks!


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