This week our topic is friendship. We had lots of fun dancing. I played “Friendship March” (but any music would work). I paused the music to call out a specified number of friends for the children to dance with, ending with the whole class each time we played. They loved counting their friends and laughed and laughed as the groups got bigger and bigger.
We also drew a picture with a friend. It was cute because we mixed up the age groups and everyone seemed to love it.
Also, our older reading buddies from third grade made friendship bracelets with us. The KG kids really look up to their buddies and love to follow their “big brothers and sisters.”
I am really working on helping all of my students learn to use scissors this semester. I want them to have many abilities, which often goes beyond what they typically do during our Montessori work time. I try to encourage them to do as much on their own as possible. I definitely believe that the process is far more important than the output. I tried to help them understand they need to turn the paper and tried to help them guide their scissors. I nearly lost a couple of fingers while helping, but in the end everyone cut their own hand out of paper and no one cut mine.
We also made a friendship book that the children love to read.