One Sunflower

B-F-F’s – or at least for awhile

on January 3, 2012

Whether you are four or fourteen, forty or forever-over-the-hill, a friend is a wonderful thing.

Nestled at the end of a hallway in a public school, I have witnessed bonds forged in my classroom remain true as my students have moved on.  For most of my students, the preschool experience is the first time they have been with other children their age that aren’t family.  It is fascinating to see which students are attracted to each other.  I am pleased to note that usually these early friendships are formed because of common interests and the age-old need to balance personalities.

I can truthfully say that a few of the friendships formed in my classroom have been life-saving relationships for the children involved.  Children from families in crisis, those with learning disabilities and language barriers have become engaged in friendships that have helped them as they have transitioned beyond preschool into the big world of “school” – a buddy in the cafeteria and at recess, someone to commiserate with about homework, a friendly face to look for when school begins in September.


4 responses to “B-F-F’s – or at least for awhile

  1. Linda Baie says:

    There is that sweet book published a long while ago that was title “A Friend Is Someone Who Likes You”, & I would say that makes all the difference to anyone, & as you say, “whether four or fourteen, forty or forever-over-the-hill, a friend is a wonderful thing.” My toddler granddaughter already talks of some of the children in her pre-school, & it has been a good experience for her. Thanks for telling how important it is even at that young age.

  2. Elsie says:

    Sometimes a friend is the one thing constant in our life, no matter when they are started.

  3. blkdrama says:

    Friends, isn’t that what we have right here? We can’t live without some friends we share with 🙂

    I love that photo.

  4. Carol says:

    What cutie patootie little guys! The smiles in the picture say it all!

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