I’ve been trying to incorporate the slice of life challenge with my kindergarteners. I tell them they can write about anything from their lives that they want to share. Our first time I had the class share their ideas before they went off to write…”I love Elsa!”…”I want to share about my ninja turtles!”…”Power rangers!!” I let them run with it.
The next slice, I challenged them to think about something to share other than toys, a movie or a character. Their slices were amazing. They wrote about all different kinds of hobbies, their family and friends.
What really touched me was a few of the kids wrote about their best friend. Of course at this age, their best friends change daily, sometimes within a single recess…regardless, it made me smile to see how important friendships are, even at 5 years old. One wrote how he wanted to tell everyone about his best friend in the class because he likes the same things as him. Another because he is a lot of fun and likes football. Their faces lit up as they were bragging about THEIR best friend.
Looking back I can remember how much fun it was to find a best friend. You ask your mom to drop you off at the mall so you can run to Clair’s for one of those ‘best friend’ neckless that split in half. I can remember all of my best friends growing up. My friends today are such a huge part of my life and still even have a few from grade school. Fun to think that some of these friendships that are starting in my classroom could last a life time.