Principal e-Note

Lindbergh Early Childhood Education

February 17, 2023

We are Closed on Monday the 20th for President's Day!

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Being a Good Friend Resources

As we celebrate and learn about being good friends this month, we have added to our Universal Expectations display for parents in the hallways. There is a good amount of research out there on which methods of making friends is most successful, and long lasting, for young children. The steps are simple, and they are similar to what we do everyday as adults. You can easily support your child's ability to establish healthy friendships using the same strategies that we use in the classrooms here. As adults we often think that learning to build friendships in children just develops from adults modeling our own actions with our friends, but some children benefit from more direct cues.

In addition to posting the information in the hallways, I have posted it below as well, for your convenience.

Which Behaviors in Children Lead to Making Friendships?

This information is compiled from the article cited below:

Organizing Play – with preschoolers these are usually, “Let’s” statements, such as, “Let’s play trucks.” Often these “Let’s” statements are followed by suggestions about roles (e.g., “You be the driver”) or specific activities (e.g., “Roll it to me”).

Sharing – sharing takes many forms among preschoolers. Children with friends request in the form of, “Can I have some paint” and they also oblige share requests from peers.

Assisting Others – assisting also takes many forms at the preschool level. Children can help each other onto or off of an apparatus, they can tell or show a friend how to do something, or they can assist someone in distress.

Giving compliments – While these behaviors do not often occur among preschoolers they tend to have a powerful effect on the formation of friendships. Preschoolers compliment one another’s successes, buildings, and appearances.

In addition to engaging in these discrete behaviors, the formation of friendship is equally dependent upon two patterns of interaction. First, it is necessary for children to be reciprocal in their interactions. Reciprocity has two dimensions. Initially, children need to be responsive to the social bids of others. Also, over a period of time (say several months), it is important that there be a relatively equal number of occasions that each member of a friendship dyad starts an interaction. In addition to reciprocity, friendship patterns of interaction are also characterized by the length of interaction occurrences. That is, friendship pairs engage in more lengthy episodes.

Work Cited

Joseph, Gail E., and Phillip S. Strain. “You’ve Got to Have Friends.” The Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, November 2003, Accessed 13 2 2023.

PTO News

Culver's Night is on Tuesday - Sign up to Volunteer!

Culver's Volunteer Opportunity!

Join us Tuesday, February 21, at the Culver's in Crestwood! From 5-8pm, LECE PTO will receive 10% of ALL sales! We need at least three volunteers to bus tables and run food. If you're able, come join the PTO Board and sign up using the link below. Stay as little or as long as you'd like! Thank you!

Show Me Dough Coming Soon

Please save the date for our upcoming fundraiser kicking off on February 27th! We've partnered with Show Me Dough Fundraising and will be selling Butter Braid® pastries, cookie dough and pizzas. Funds raised will go toward teacher grants and upcoming events like our End of Year Party and Grand-friends’ Breakfast (details coming soon!). Please see the attached flyer for more information and, as always, thank you for your support!

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