The Making Friends Program: Supporting Acceptance in Your K-2 Classroom

Paddy C. Favazza, Michaelene Ostrosky, Chryso Mouzourou

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Bullying prevention starts with helping young children understand and accept diversity—the earlier the better. That's why your school team needs this ready-to-use resource, a simple, fun, and effective way to promote social acceptance in the critical early years of attitude development.

Perfect for K–2 classrooms, this book presents the field-tested, research-based Making Friends program, a toolbox of adaptable, practical strategies that fit right into your regular school day. You'll help students respect and accept each other's differences through three methods: 1) reading diversity-themed stories and conducting brief whole-class discussions; 2) forming small learning groups that encourage children from diverse backgrounds to play and interact; and 3) sharing the storybooks you read with families so they can continue discussions at home. Aligned with DEC/NAEYC recommended practices and the English Language Arts Common Core State Standards, this proven program will boost students' social and academic skills as you create a welcoming, inclusive, and culturally responsive classroom.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Place of PublicationBaltimore
PublisherBrookes Publishing
Number of pages152
ISBN (Electronic)9781681250519
ISBN (Print)978-1-59857-921-5
StatePublished - 2016


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