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Friendship Lesson

Resources for Teachers: Addressing Friendship in the Classroom

Fostering friendship in preschool enriches the educational experience and lays the foundation for healthy relationships throughout life. Friendship among preschool-aged children is crucial for their overall growth and emotional well-being. Fostering positive relationships from an early age sets the stage for solid socio-emotional development.

The benefits of encouraging friendship at this stage include:

  • Empathy Development: Learning about friendship allows your students to understand and share their friends' emotions, promoting empathy from a young age.
  • Social Skills: Interaction with peers strengthens essential social skills such as communication, teamwork, and conflict resolution.
  • Confidence and Self-Esteem: Establishing affectionate relationships contributes to the development of self-esteem and self-confidence, providing them with security in both the classroom and at home.
  • Collaborative Learning: Fostering friendship creates a conducive environment for collaborative learning, where children can share ideas and build knowledge together.
  • Emotional Resilience: Strong friendships act as emotional support, helping children develop coping skills and resilience in the face of challenges and changes in their environment.

Below you will find didactic resources available in our educational app that will help you create an enriching and enjoyable classroom experience for your students.

What you’ll get from this lesson

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Educational material designed to address friendship in a playful manner.

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Interactive activities for classroom use that foster bonds of friendship.

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Free downloadable class guide with thematic axes and exercises.

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Digital Book: The One About Friendship

It tells the story of David, who, with the help of his friends Lio and Emma, discovers the importance of friendship by overcoming his "monster" image and learning to be kind to others. Read our digital book to your students in the classroom and then download the free class guide below to carry out activities related to the story.

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Reading Guide: The One About Friendship (free)

Together with Power of Zero, an international nonprofit organization, we have co-created a special reading guide for our book "The One About Friendship," with activities and ideas to discuss the importance of friendship with your students.

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Wolf in Sheep's Clothing

It tells the story of a kind wolf who longs to join a flock of sheep to make friends.

Listen to the story with your students and then use it to have a conversation in class using the following conversation topics regarding friendship:

  1. Acceptance of Differences:
    • How did the wolf feel initially when he couldn't play with the sheep?
    • What did we learn about accepting differences when the sheep accepted the wolf?
  2. Creativity and Problem Solving:
    • How did the wolf use his creativity to solve the problem of being accepted by the sheep?
    • What other ways could we find to help the wolf integrate?
  3. Importance of Honesty:
    • What happened when the wolf hid his identity from the sheep?
    • Why do you think it's important to be honest about who we are?
  4. Development of Friendships:
    • How did the wolf change after making friends with the sheep?
    • What activities did they enjoy together and how did this strengthen their friendship?
  5. Value of Unique Skills:
    • How did the sheep react when they discovered the wolf's unique skills, like reading?
    • In what ways can different skills enrich a group of friends?

These conversation points can help students reflect on themes such as friendship, acceptance, and the importance of authenticity.

Activities to do in class:

1) Construction of Creative Costumes:

  • Provide materials like paper, cardboard, cotton, and glue.
  • Ask your students to build their own creative costumes that represent something unique about themselves.
  • Encourage them to share their creations and explain what they chose and why.

2) Friendly Artworks for the Wolf:

  • Invite your students to create an artwork to give to the wolf as a token of friendship towards him.
  • Once everyone has made an artwork to give to the Wolf, propose an artwork exchange dynamic, so that each student receives an artwork made by a classmate, ready to be intervened!

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