This week my college student Interns have been analyzing how their classrooms build a sense of community. This is important in helping children get their love and belongingness needs met and will prevent many behavior problems. One of the strategies is to help children get to know and develop positive relationships with each other. Here are some of the activities that they have been doing in their classrooms. Thanks to my Interns for these great ideas!
The game worked as follow: the children all sat down around the rug and with a ball. They passed it around first counting from 1 to 30 and then saying all the alphabet. Next they shared their name and favorite color. Then they were able to say their favorite food and what they like to do and something they like. It was funny how they looked at each other and chuckled when they had something in common. At the end of the game, they passed the ball to another child and said their name when they did. After that game the students began to feel more comfortable and loosen up a little bit with their classmates
What are some of your favorite getting-to-know-you activities? Please share your ideas in the comments section!
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