There are so many teachable moments through out the day, and I for one just have to say: "Be Aware" there is so much joy in teaching a child and this picture tells it all:
Let Me Explain!
Last week i had the opportunity to visit a class during summer school to discuss friends with Friendship Frog. First, i introduced this character through a social story called, I Am Friendship Frog and later read Let's Be Friends. Then, I had a lunch bag with Friendship Frog on the front and inside I had each student's names on a piece of paper. I had prepared a Guided Reading Chart where I took two different colors of markers and made lines, __________is a friend. This created a pattern and visually is easier for the younger children to separate sentences. Now I reached inside the mystery bag...................and pulled out a name! Each child came up when their name was pulled from the bag and we glued it on the _________line and then touch read the sentence! It was fun because today there are so many different names from when I grew up and one boy said, "I didn't know that's how you spelled your name"! I mean to be honest, I grew up in the See Dick Run With Jane era!! Once each child's name was on the chart, they said their name when I pointed to it and the class read the rest of the sentence together. You could also have each child come up to the chart to point and read the sentence, you must work with your age group appropriately.
This was a group of fifteen boys and one girl. There attention was held the entire lesson! Next I shared that we had one more thing to do, which was to make the headband, but in the meantime a child said, "Oh, I know, it's math" and I said, "No, but, what if we had 1 friend + 1 friend, how many friends would we have? So on, and so on. Yep, math lesson stuck in! The next activity was to make a Friendship Frog headband. Depending on the age group you work with, you can have the pieces put together so that the child just needs to color, or, you can give instructions and have them cut, color and glue the headband. This can be found on Character Corner where you can make your own! For those students who could write, I asked them to tell me what they do with their friends on the back of the headband. For those who could not, I asked them to draw a picture of what they do with their friends, they shared with me and then I wrote a sentence to go with their picture.
It felt so good to be in a classroom with actual children and not behind a screen! During this activity there was a pesky fly who was just buzzing and distracting us on this hot summer morning. So, I said, "maybe we should name him and he could be our class pet for the day" And, waa-laa......Friendly Fly was born!! He just wanted to learn about being a friend and who this Friendship Frog character was I told the kids! We had such a great morning and the entire time the children were engaged in learning about friends and character building lessons. This all took place on a Friday, come Monday morning the children came into the classroom looking for Friendship Fy! I shared with the teacher that now you can build this into so many different activities by bringing in science, discuss flies, what they do, what they eat, where they live, etc. and bring in art, have the children paint a fly, bring in literacy and have them write a story about where they would go if they were Friendly Fly! That my friends is a memorable TEACHABLE MOMENT!!
One Last Thing
During all the activities, there was one boy who shared with me that he thinks he met Friendship Frog before! The teacher and I looked at one another in surprise because this could be true! You see the Characters of Character have done many community events and maybe he was there! So, I shared with him that I do know where Friendship Frog lives and I'll let him know that today we made a headband and that you remember meeting him. I soon wrote a letter to the boy from Friendship Frog and the teacher said that his face lit up, how happy he was, and now I know, I've made a new friend.
FREE PRINT OUT TO DO WITH KIDS
Visit Friendship Frog and print out the pencil page that Friendship Frog is holding. Use this to:
1. Color, put your child's name on the pencil and use as a sticker chart
2. Print out and and use as a Journal cover, add paper for your child to draw and write about the adventures they go on with their friends.
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Married with children since 1981. Love working with children and sharing the Characters of Character.