I'm Not Your Friend! You Can't Play With Us! Ewwwww!
My students need books and mailbox supplies to create positive behaviors that encourage non-bullying and cooperative, friendly behavior.
It starts early. I can hear children say "You can't play with us." or "I'm not going to be your friend." I work very hard to build a community in our classroom where all children are valued and it is sad when I hear comments that are hurtful.
I teach the earliest learners in kindergarten.
This age child is kind by nature, but at times I hear hurtful comments. It shocks me that some of the sweetest children will say harmful things to others. This is an age when children are learning what is acceptable and what works socially. I want to continue to create an environment full of kindness, acceptance and positive behavior.
I am requesting to set up a post office in our classroom where children can draw the name of another child, write them a letter and deliver it to a peer. I hope they will enjoy writing and "mailing" letters and saying positive affirming statements to each other will develop a habit of being kind. I plan to have envelopes already addressed so that they will all get letters from each other.
I know that my son did something similar in the third grade and he has kept the notes he got from friends for 9 years.
He reads them from time to time and laughs, but I think deep down he enjoys reading positive things from his peers. I believe it will be more difficult to be unkind when students have connected with each other. Doing these letters during literacy stations would be fun and would also decrease the possibility of unkindness in the classroom.
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