Friendship activities fit well with Montessori education, which emphasizes peace education and lessons in courtesy. They’re especially helpful at the beginning of the school year but are great at any time. Of course, kindness/friendship activities are wonderful around Valentine’s Day, but here I’m focusing on friendship activities for back to school or any season.
Today, I’m sharing a roundup of Montessori-inspired friendship activities for home or school from around the blogosphere.
Montessori Ideas on Friendship
Primary 3-6: What About Socialization? from Montessori for Everyone
Sharing, Turn Taking, and Fairness: A Montessori Perspective from Vibrant Wanderings
Why Does Montessori Have Mixed Age Group Classrooms? by Tiffany Cavegn from White Bear Montessori School
Montessori-Inspired Friendship Activities
Week 1 Lessons on Caring for Each Other from Just Montessori
Grace and Courtesy for a New School Year (my post)
Grace and Courtesy: Offering Help from Montessori Primary Guide
Friendship Flower Activities (with free printables) – my post about North American Montessori Center’s 3-6 Montessori Homeschool Program
Introducing and Cultivating Peace in Our Homes and Classrooms from Simply Montesori
Montessori-Inspired Peace Education Activities (my roundup post)
“Capturing Ordinary Days: Socialization in the Primary Setting” from Montessori Guide
Focusing On Desired Behavior: Friendship as a Theme for the Montessori Classroom from North American Montessori Center
Create a Friendship Corner to Improve Your Child’s Sharing Skills from Confessions of a Montessori Mom Blog
Friendship Theme from Stay at Home Educator
Making a Simple Friendship Bracelet from American Montessori Consulting (AMC) Montessori Summer Hands-On Newsletter, Part 6
Friendship Bracelets from On The Shelf: A Picture Diary of Montessori Work In Our Classroom
Making Friendship Bracelets in Preschool from Teach Preschool
How to Make Easy Friendship Bracelets from Nurture Store
Simple Friendship Bracelet from Toddler Approved
Friendship Bracelets from A Mom with a Lesson Plan
Friendship Bracelet Braiding Disk from Almost Unschoolers
Wool bracelets – Simple Kumihimo style (friendship bracelet braiding disk tutorial) from My Kid Craft
Beach Friendship Bracelets from Little Wonders’ Days
Modern DIY Bracelets (a roundup of friendship bracelet tutorials for elementary age through teens) from Modern Parents Messy Kids
Montessori Back to School Lesson Plans (The Friendship Tree and the Getting to Know You Exercises) from Montessori21stCentury’s Weblog
Amish Friendship Bread: A Lesson in Patience from Montessori Messy
Making Friendship Bread and Sharing with Friends from A Mom with a Lesson Plan
Teaching Kids Life Skills: Being a Good Friend by Kristina from Toddler Approved at Kids Activities Blog
Do you have favorite activities to encourage friendship in your children and/or students?
- Sibling Revelry — At Natural Parents Network, Amy W. shares her joy in witnessing the growth of the friendship between her two young children.
- Making New Mama Friends — Jennifer at Hybrid Rasta Mama muses on how she was able to connect with like-minded mamas and form deep friendships both in ‘real life’ and online. Learn how these life-long friendships, both between Jennifer and other mothers but also between Jennifer’s daughter and the other children, formed and flourished.
- Family, Friends and Family Friends — Vidya Sury at Vidya Sury, Going A-Musing, Collecting Smiles is reflecting on family friendships, past and present.
- Arranging friendships in a modern world — From a free-range childhood to current parenthood, how can an introvert like Lauren at Hobo Mama navigate the newly complicated scheduling of playdates and mom friends?
- Mommy Blogs: Where Moms Make Friends — Mothers make friends with other mothers in new ways. The options from earlier decades remain, but new avenues have sprung up with mommy bloggers. Laurie Hollman, Ph.D. at Parental Intelligence shares her thoughts.
- Friendship and Sacrifice: Guardians of the Galaxy — Shay at 4HisGlory learned that friendship lessons can be found in unlikely places, like blockbuster summer movies.
- Friendship – Finding, Forming, Keeping, and Wishing — Life Breath Present‘s thoughts on finding, forming, keeping, and wishing for friendships as an introvert.
- Consciously Creating My Community: Monthly Dinners — How have you intentionally created community? Dionna at Code Name: Mama‘s goal for the year is to cultivate community. One way she’s done that is to help organize two different monthly dinners with friends.
- Adults need imaginary friends, too — Tat at Mum in Search shares why it’s a good idea for adults to have imaginary friends. You get to meet Tat’s friend and download a playbook to create your own.
- Friends Near, Friends Far — Kellie at Our Mindful Life helps her kids keep in touch with friends 600 miles apart.
- Which comes first, social skills or social life? — Jorje of Momma Jorje frets about whether her daughter can learn social skills without experience, but how to get good experience without social skills.
- Snail Mail Revival — Skype isn’t the only way to stay in touch with long distance friends, That Mama Gretchen and her family are breaking out the envelopes and stamps these days!
- Montessori-Inspired Friendship Activities — Deb Chitwood at Living Montessori Now shares a roundup of Montessori-inspired friendship activities for home or classroom.
- How I used the internet to make local friends — After years of striking out at the park, Crunchy Con Mom finally found some great local friends . . . online!
- My How Friends Change — Erica at ChildOrganics knows entirely too much about how to comfort a friend after a loss.
Learn more about Montessori at Home or School: How to Teach Grace and Courtesy!
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