Pathway Learning: One concern that many young children have when beginning school is not knowing if they are going to have friends in their class. “A Brand New Friend” is a simple rhyme game that addresses this problem in a fun way through call and response.
It is a great way to help children in PreK – 1st. Grade develop friendships and learn their classmates’ names. Watch how the excitement builds with the children’s anticipation of being the next person selected by a classmate! The game can be played all through the year because the children like it. It also shows how personality changes take place in the children throughout the year. It is a rhyme of introduction that especially helps children forget their beginning of school fears while teachers get a quick assessment of their students’ personalities and abilities to follow simple directions. The rhyme and lesson plan reinforce oral language development, social behavior, character education, and following directions.
Wisdom Note: Ask content related questions with multiple possible responses. Have students answer questions that encourage them to judge, evaluate, recommend, critique, compare/contrast, or classify.
Parent-School Connection: Have supplementary work for your child at home that relates to what he/she is doing in school. You can purchase wonderful books, workbooks, posters and materials relative to all grade levels for a very cheap price in many stores like, Dollar Stores, WalMart, Target, and on the Internet. *Remember, a child’s first education begins at home.
Teacher Tips: Make it a routine of using verbal and nonverbal response modes (such as going to the board, writing at their desk, helping another student, working on a project, etc.) in your classroom. This will help your class run smoother. The children will become more independent, and also understand how to share and work in a community.