Set up different scenarios in which to role-play. Some ideas might be:
- On the playground
- Building with blocks or playing a game
- Sitting next to someone you don’t know in the lunchroom
Go out to the playground and talk about the things you could do outside. Maybe playing tag, or climbing on the equipment or playing with a ball. Ask students what would be a good way to form a friendship. Then act it out. For example, the children are playing tag and a new student could ask, “Can I play, too?" Encourage the others to include the new person. Conversely, if they see someone watching but being shy about asking to join in, someone could say, “Do you want to play with us?"
When playing a game in the classroom a new person might ask, “Can I play, too?" Try to include the new person if you can. However, if you are in the middle of a game the answer might be, “You can play when we finish this game but you can watch us now."
If you have to sit with someone or are teamed up with someone you don’t know, you might say, “Hi!" You might even tell him your name and ask what his name is.
In the lunchroom you might ask, “Can I sit here next to you?" Then there are always things to talk about even if it’s just about the food!
Examples of friendly behavior should be acknowledged. Call it to everyone’s attention! You might say, “I like the way that Jason was welcomed into the game you are playing."
Encourage the children to “tattle" on a good act of friendship. For example one could report, “I fell down and Lisa helped me up and asked if I was hurt."
Friendship is contagious! It will spread and promote a safe, respectful and happy classroom or group.