A Special Kind of Tool Belt

Kindergarten students have made "friendship tool belts" and have begun to use their first tool – the "I Statement Microphone."  The children are practicing using "I Statements" with partners to share their feelings.  For example, one child says, "I feel disappointed that you took the toy I wanted to play with."  The other child answers by repeating the comment to show that s/he has heard the first child: "I hear that you feel disappointed that you took the toy I wanted to play with."  The goal is for the children to learn how to find solutions where both parties feel comfortable with the result.  This curriculum will continue for the next few weeks, with the children adding additional tools to their tool belts to resolve conflict independently.