Learning to be a good friend is important and if our young children are going to master this skill, it’s something that actually needs to be taught. The Golden Rule; treat others the way you would like to be treated, still stands the test of time.
You can help to build a child’s social awareness by pointing out when a friend is kind, helpful, generous, or supportive.
- “Your sister just shared her toy with you. What a good friend!”
- “My neighbor just brought me a pot of soup, because I am sick. What a good friend.”
- “Your classmate just helped you understand the directions on this project. What a good friend.”
- “My teaching partner helped me cut out the pieces so that we can do this special art project. What a good friend.”
The next step is helping them be aware of when others around them could use a good friend. Then see if your child can think of a way to be a friend to them.
This week the Puppet Pals notice that their friends are having a hard time and they think of ways to support them such as:
- cheering up a friend when they are sad
- helping a friend when they can’t do something on their own
- teaching a friend when they are confused
- including a friend when they are left out
As your children watch these scenarios, it might spur them on to do something similar in support of one of their friends. This week of lessons includes four scenario videos that you can watch with your students Monday through Thursday, with follow-up questions for class discussions. Kids can join Peter Leader on Friday as the puppet contestants try to solve problems on the game show What Would A Leader Do?
This week also includes a Simple Summary video in Spanish. To help those who are developing simple language skills, while focusing on the target social-emotional skill of the week.