First Book Picks: Friendship Starts With Kindness
Children mimic what they see in real life, but books are also a great resource to help model important qualities of friendship like kindness, compassion, generosity, and self-esteem. Through stories, children can learn lessons about friends and friendship that can help them to navigate their own relationships.
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The Kindness Book
- What are some of the ways to be kind that are featured in the book?
- Can you think of other ways to be kind to our friends, family, and community?
- Can you think of one kind thing that someone did for you today?
- Can you think of one kind thing that you did for someone else today?
Ways to Welcome
- What are some different types of welcome highlighted in "Ways to Welcome"?
- Can you remember a time someone welcomed you? What happened? What did it feel like?
- Can you remember a time you welcomed someone else? What happened? What did it feel like?
- Let's pretend we're new friends and you can "welcome" me!
Thank You, Omu!
- What is Omu cooking in the story?
- Who does Omu share her red stew with?
- What happens when the pot is empty?
- What lesson did you learn from Omu and her community?
- Can you think of ways to share with and help people in OUR community?
We're All Wonders
- Who are Auggie and Daisy? Describe them and their friendship.
- What is special about Auggie?
- What does Auggie want?
- What does it mean to "choose kind"? How can we make that a practice in our lives?
Jenny Mei is Sad
- What is Jenny Mei feeling?
- How can her friend tell what Jenny Mei is feeling?
- What are some ways friends can help each other?
- Can you think of a time when a friend helped you or when you helped a friend?
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