The month of February has led to many discussions as to how much we love our family, friends, and ourselves! We have written "love notes" to our friends, talked about how to be a good friend and ways we are alike and different. We have learned to celebrate each other and value not only the ways we are different, but also the ways we are alike. Young children love to talk about how they are different and similar all at the same time. Much of our discussions have centered around our physical appearance. As we looked into a mirror to closely examine our skin color, eye and hair color, and other details of our faces, the girls did a great job drawing,first with pen and ink and then water coloring their faces. They also created their own faces choosing construction paper that matched their skin color and facial features. They soon discovered how unique each of them are, and that they are different in many ways but also alike in many ways. Not only did the girls gain an awareness of their individual differences and similarities, they learned to celebrate each other as special and unique in every way.
As we say in Pre-K, "you have to be a good friend to have a good friend"! Here are some of the comments the girls thought were important to be that "good friend"!
Malia..."I would give hugs"
Smith..."I would play nicely with someone"
Eden..."ask someone to play in the blocks"
London..."share in the legos"
Rease..."play nicely with someone"
Olivia Mae..."I would give hugs and kisses"
Grace..."ask someone in a nice way to play with you"
Lele..."help someone on the playground if they get hurt"
Ari..."help Marley up the stairs"
Evan..."help Rease go down the slide"
Annie..."help someone clean up"
We are expressing our emotions in play dough.
Story telling - focusing on the differences in people.