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Reflection: What is a friend?

On going assessment
Over the past few weeks the children have learned more about friendship and this was evident when we reviewed the friendship web that the children made at the beginning of the unit.  The ongoing assessment indicates that the children are beginning to have a deeper understanding of what friendship is.  The children are adding to the discussion that friendship isn’t always happy, you don’t always have to be with your friends and that they need to give to be part of a friendship.

Some of the comments were:
- I have to listen to friends or they won’t play.  (Rocco)
-  Friends make me feel sad when they don’t want to play but
   that is okay because they will play with me later. (Simone)
- Sometimes we fight but we are still friends. (Julia)

 On Thursday, the children wrote cinquain poems about a special friend.  Today, the children wrote a book about friends.
Esme's Poem
Rocco's Poem
Simone's Poem

Sofia's Poem
Working on friendship books.


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