April's Social Emotional Learning Theme is Friendship
The SEL committee is celebrating Friendship during the month of April. As we all continue to cope with the ongoing changes, the friends in our lives are there to comfort and guide us. Friends enrich our lives, boost our self-esteem, and give us the support we need when we need it. Making a friend in school is every bit as important as getting good grades. Learning how to form successful peer relationships is an important skill for children, and one that they will be using all their lives.
In the early years, friendships are formed through acts of kindness, sharing, and social skills. Children learn important skills like taking turns, sharing toys and playing with a classmate at recess. Friendships teach children how to accept others for who they are. They foster empathy, understanding, kindness and honesty. Friends bring fun into our lives.
The SEL committee has shared some books that families can read with their children about friendships. Through reading, children can learn and explore that wonderful world of friends.
“In the cookie of life, friends are the chocolate chips.” -author unknown