Character Lesson for Mondays-Friendship

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What is Friendship?

Spending time together.
Sharing ideas and treats.
Having fun.
Respecting each other’s differences.
Loyalty, sticking up for each other.
Caring for each other’s safety and wellbeing.
Both of you working on the skills to keep your friendship going.



Book I am using with this lesson:

Swimmy by Leo Lionni


How I used this book to teach the trait Friendship

Swimmy is a fish who swam alone. He discovered the power of friendship when his new friends worked together to team up and survive the BIG FISH!

Book: Read or listen to the book with your child.

Discuss: Ask your child what it means to be a friend. What does it mean to be a team or to help each other? How did Swimmy and his friends help each other out?

Snack: Eat goldfish crackers. You can use a long pretzel rod to “Go Fishing” and dip it into peanut butter, then dip the peanut butter to scoop up the “fish” crackers.

Craft: Create a craft of a fish—there are so many to choose from!

Activity: Write a letter to a friend. Talk about a friend your child cares about. What do they like about their friend? Help them write a letter to a friend. If your child is writing independently, check out the letter writing paper found in my TpT store below. Be sure to follow through with your child and put the letter in the mail to their special friend!

Product I’ve created to go along with this lesson: Letter Writing in my Tpt Store Be The Difference

Video to teach friendship skills that we LOVE!

Music to inspire and teach this trait: Count on Me by Bruno Mars


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