I have read since September 11 has discussed the horrific events that jolted
all of our lives. This newsletter was not published in the Fall because it was
not business as usual. I thought it was best to devote this issue to two issues
that helped me get through the personal affects of this trauma.
is a gift we give to ourselves and to others. Promoting positives
in young children's behavior is a gift a caregiver can give to her charges.
A friend is a
person with whom you enjoy sharing time. It has been said, "The only way
to have a friend is to be a friend." But teaching how to be a friend is
more difficult than it seems. Take a few minutes each day to discuss the concepts
and feelings of friendship. Incorporate these concepts when the opportunity
presents itself in routine conversation.
- A friend is
a good listener.
- A friend makes
- A friend is
- A friend shares.
- A friend is
someone who cares.
- A friend can
be a boy or a girl.
- A friend likes
you just the way you are.
- A friend is proud of you.
Help the children in your care to learn about the concept of friendship through hands on experiences. It is vitally important that you structure the learning environment so that children are exposed to ideas of negotiating and cooperation. Cooperation does not come easy at any age, so give opportunity to practice this skill. Here are some activities that you can use to
help children understand the meaning of friendship. These activities can be exercised during planned play dates, impromptu playground gatherings or during structured group classes.
- Always introduce a child as a friend, "Here is our friend Max, " or "Meet
our new friend Sara."
- Reading - Sharing
a book is a wonderful time for friends to read together. Help children decide
who will choose the book, hold the book, turn the pages and who will read.
- Jobs and Chores
- Jobs can be done in partners, cleaning up, clearing and wiping the table.
- Pen Pals -
Set up "pen pals" between cousins, family friends or one of your relatives.
Depending on the age of the child, decide whether they should write a letter
or draw a picture to their "pen pal".
- Picture Math
- Using a camera (instant developing camera, if possible), take pictures of
groups of varying numbers of children while at the playground or in a group
play date or class. Make separate number cards and let the children match
the number to the number of "friends" in the picture.
- With an inkpad and white paper at a table, let the children make fingerprints.
Using a magnifying glass, look at several people's fingerprints. Talk about
how they may look similar on the outside, but our fingers are totally unique
from one another.
Bulletin Board - Collect pictures of friends, family members and pets, all
of whom can be friends! Make a collage on the bulletin board or on a poster
- Mirror Game
- Children can imitate playing the "mirror game." First make several mirrors
to use in the game. Cover squares of cardboard with aluminum foil. Punch a
hole in each top corner and thread a yarn through each hole, tying the ends
to make a necklace. Have two children stand facing each other, one child wearing
the mirror. The other child is asked to make movements such as pretending
to comb hair, brush teeth, silly face and so on. The child wearing the mirror
mimics the actions. Play music during this game varying the speed to encourage
different types of motions. Suggest hopping, swimming, twirling, etc. After
a while trade places giving each child the opportunity to have the mirror
and be the mime.
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