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Early Childhood Thematic Program
Love and Friendship

Books

Tafuri, Nancy
Will You Be My Friend?
Bird comes to feel less shy when Bunny helps her rebuild her ruined nest, showing her what a good friend can be.
 
McBratney, Sam
Guess How Much I Love You
During a bedtime game, every time Little Nutbrown Hare demonstrates how much he loves his father, Big Nutbrown Hare gently shows him that the love is returned even more.
 

Additional Titles:

Keller, Holly
Help! A Story of Friendship
Mouse hears a rumor that snakes do not like mice and while trying to avoid his former friend, Snake, he falls into a hole from which neither Hedgehog, Squirrel, nor Rabbit can help him out.
 
Cruise, Robin
Only You
A parent describes everything there is to love about a child, from a stretch and yawn in the morning to dreams at night.
 
Schertle, Alice
1, 2, I Love You
A counting rhyme that captures the playfulness and tender affection between parent and child.
 

Vocabulary Word

Shy (adjective) - To draw away from or be easily frightened of someone or something; be afraid

 

Fingerplays

The Love Bug

It begins with a grin (smile broadly)
It turns to a giggle (put both hands on mouth and giggle)
You start to laugh (throw head back and laugh out loud)
Your legs start to wiggle (put feet in the air and shake)
You look all around for someone to hug (move eyes back and forth)
You've caught the love bug (hug another child or yourself)
ACHOO!

Five Valentines

Five valentines from the ten-cent store.
I sent one to mother, now there are four.
Four valentines, pretty ones to see.
I gave one to brother, now there are three.
Three valentines, the yellow, red and blue.
I gave one to sister, now there are two.
Two valentines, my we have fun.
I gave one to daddy, now there is one.
One valentine, the story is almost done,
I gave it to baby, and now there is none.

 

Songs

If You're Wearing Red Today

(sung to the tune of "Mary Had a Little Lamb")

If you're wearing red today, Red today, red today,
If you're wearing red today,Please stand up.

Repeat with a different color such as blue, white, black, brown, purple, pink, etc. until all of the children are standing.
Repeat the song but change the text to "please sit down."

Make New Friends

(sung as a round)
Make new friends, but keep the old.
One is silver and the other gold.

 

Activities

Art

Hand Print Frame
Give each child a piece of construction paper. Have them put a handprint in the center of the paper. Then have all of your children make a handprint frame around the child's print. You can put these up on a bulletin board with the heading "Hands in Friendship."

Movement

Free Dance
Play different types of music. Let the children dance and move to the way the music makes them feel.

Math

Feelings Graph
Have children talk about the way they are feeling; happy, sad, angry, loved. Make a chart or graph to find out the results of the class poll.