To learn about how to be a friend and how to know the qualities of a friend.
It's important to learn skills associated with developing friendships at an early age. Friendships help people learn about new ideas, deal with problems, cope with stress, and feel good about themselves. Some children have these skills well developed by the time they enter school. Others need help; they might hit another child or knock down their building blocks because they do not know how to demonstrate that they want to be friends. To develop friendships, children need to work on the essential skills of sharing, listening, and cooperating.
Write the words Sharing, Listening, and Cooperating in large print on the chalkboard. Ask students to explain what these three words mean. Next to each, list students' suggested meanings in two columns-I) having a friend, and 2) being a friend.
Using an issue they can relate to, discuss with students how shar-ing, listening, and cooperating are essential to getting along to-gether (examples: taking turns with playground equipment; helping each other with a class assignment; talking with a friend who is upset)
Chalkboard, pictures depicting the qualities of sharing, listening, and cooperating.
• Students initially might be reluctant to discuss issues such as how to be a friend. They may remain silent because they are embarrassed to try to put their thoughts about friendship into words, or because it is a bigger risk than they are willing to take. Be prepared to suggest ideas and examples to get and keep the discussion going.
Learning to Live Drug-Free, A Curriculum Model for Prevention, U.S. Department of Education's Safe and Drug-Free Schools Program