STARS IN YOUR EYES (Episode
Charley gets a new telescope and offers to bring it to Emily Elizabeth's
"space" theme party. When Jetta mentions that the telescope might get
hurt at the party, Charley changes his mind. Thinking that his friends
won't want him at the party without his telescope, he decides to stay
home. In the end, Charley realizes that his friends like him for who he
is rather than what he has.
Big Idea: Be a Good Friend
Discussing qualities that make a good friend and working together
to preserve friendship memories can help build:
- social and emotional skills
- art appreciation
Begin this activity with a discussion about the qualities each person
has on the inside that make him or her a good friend. Have the child
draw a picture of himself or herself. Then, ask the child to write,
draw pictures of, or name five qualities that make him or her a good
After the child has decided on five qualities, have the child consider
which ones come from the inside and which ones from the outside. For
example, being good at sharing comes from inside, while having lots
of games comes from the outside . . . and may not be as important for
being a good friend.
Creating a Memory Box can give each child opportunities to choose and
store favorite mementos of special projects and occasions that have
been shared as a class or family.
Corner: Friendships that Last
With a Group:
Children can be reminded that adults have good friends, too, and that
friendships can last a long time if both work on it together. Consider
introducing the children to one of your longtime friends. Bring pictures
of the two of you together, if possible, and talk about how you met,
some experiences and memories you've shared, and what qualities make
you both good friends. Then invite your friend to visit and participate
in a group activity.