Making friends can be one of the most rewarding experiences in a child’s life. It is not something that just comes naturally for all children though. Building and maintaining strong relationships with peers takes a lot of work, both on the part of the child and the adults who are supporting them in this important life skill. In order for children to be successful at developing friendships, they need to be taught some specific ways to interact with others in a way that will promote positive friendships.
This week the Puppet Kids want to make friends and learn to ask some important questions that will help them in building stronger relationships with their classmates. Asking The Five W’s helps them to target specific people and actions they can take:
- Who can I be a good friend to?
- What can I do to be a good friend to them?
- When can I do this?
- Where can I do this?
- Why will this help me to be a good friend to them?
Once they answer these questions they are able to find concrete, practical ways to reach out to someone. The Puppet Kids discover that the best way to make a friend is to be a good friend. They come up with some specific ways to reach out to others by:
- Including others
- Helping others
- Being kind to others
- Getting to know others
As you watch these videos with your kids, you can help them to identify ways that they too can be a good friend to others. The interactive poster can be used as a tool to help them identify some ways they can reach out to someone to be a good friend.
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. Join Reporter Rob on Friday as he interviews some Puppet Pals about how they are being good friends.
Each week also includes a Simple Summary video in Spanish. These are geared for students who are developing simple language skills while focusing on the target social-emotional skill of the week.