When I was a little girl my parents taught me to say thank you to others. Expressing gratitude in a way that makes others feel special and acknowledged was something I learned. There is a way to express gratitude in a meaningful way without sounding generic.
When I had my own class we did lots of role playing. This is one activity we did with puppets and with one another. Kids love the repetition and it was something we all coach each other through.
The Steps in How to Say, "Thank You":
The NET-1 technique
1. Name: Say the person's name
2. Eye: Look the person in the eye
3. Thank you: Tell the person, "Thank you"
4. 1 Thing: Say at least one thing you liked about what they did
What are some ways you teach thankfulness and gratitude?