February at our school is all about the heart! We are celebrating love and friendship. Friendship Tea is one of our favorite activities in the preschool. One child initiates the activity, setting up the beautiful table with everything neccessary for sharing a pot of chamomile tea with a friend ~ cups, teapot, teabags, hot water, tongs for transferring a teabag to the pot, and a timer to time the steeping of the tea. The host then invites another child from the class to share a pot of friendship tea. The idea is to invite someone whom you do not know very well, in order to share conversation and get to know each other better. During a group presentation, the teachers model conversation starters that the children can use while the tea is steeping.
“Do you have a brother or sister?”
“What are your favorite games?”
“What do you like to do at school?”
“Do you have a pet?”
After tea and conversation, the host is responsible for cleaning up, and the guest for thanking the host for the invitation.
This is such an amazing activity in so many ways ~ practicing grace and courtesy, social skills, language skills, and practical life skills.
During this month, I will be writing about other prosocial ideas.