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Insights from the Intersection of Childhood and Education

Friday, April 27, 2012

What Makes a Good Friend?

Josh is a special friend because he shares things
with me.

Our four-year-old Blue Room students recently celebrated friendship. They started with a discussion and listed what they thought made a good friend. Then they did different activities that signified the importance of friendship, such as making buddy portraits.


Elli is a special friend because she plays with me.

To create their buddy portraits, the children sat on each side of a Plexiglas easel, and took turns drawing each other on transparencies with permanent markers. Not only did they create fun portraits, they also practiced how to cooperate, be patient, respect each other, improve their communication skills, and sometimes, negotiate.

Their buddy portraits captured not only how they see their friend, but also why that person is a good friend.


Elena is a special friend because
she is nice to me.

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