In third grade, students become more aware of others and more concerned about how others view them. Their friendships with peers and relationships with adults outside their families are more critical. These changes make Third grade a suitable time for students to learn about being caring and supportive friends and family members, how to show respect for others, and what it means to be emotionally and mentally healthy.
The Children’s Friendship Conference focuses on teaching friendship skills facilitated by ASB/leadership students, school counselors, and several community agencies, including ATCAA Head Start, Center for a Non-Violent Community, Infant/Child Enrichment Services, Tuolumne Me Wuk Indian Health Center, Behavioral Health and the YES Partnership.
California Curriculum Standards, Grade 3: Mental, Emotional and Social Health, California Department of Education, October, 2011
At the Children’s Friendship Conference, students will learn through group activities, songs, and interactive games how to describe what makes a good friend and how they can be a good friend to others, including learning about friendship traits such as being supportive, caring, appreciative, empathetic and respectful.
The commitment to support programs to prevent bullying in our schools underscores the collaborative nature of our county’s resources. Our work to help a child succeed is profound and taking time to engage in workshops to support prevention will help school personnel better prepare today’s students for success in school and beyond.