Introduction: This poem celebrates the joy of friendship. Ask the children what
they value in a friend and the qualities they look for in a friend?
Each of us has a hidden place
Somewhere deep within ourselves;
A place where we go to get
To think things through,
To be alone, to be ourselves.
This unique place, where we confront our deepest feelings,
a storehouse of all our hopes,
All our needs, all our dreams,
And even our unspoken fears.
It encompasses the essence
of who we are and what we want to be.
But now and then, whether by chance or design,
Someone discovers a way into that
place we thought was ours alone.
And we allow that person to see, to feel and to share
All the reason, all the uncertainty
all the emotion we've stored up there.
That person adds new perspective to our hidden realm,
Then quietly settles down
in his own corner of our special place,
Where a bit of himself will stay forever.
And we call that person a friend.
by Carol Elaine Faivre-Scott
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Extension: Ask students for specific examples of how they can be a good friend.
Distribute magazines and ask children to find pictures that depict examples of friendship.
Have children draw their own pictures of themselves enjoying an activity they like to do with their friends
and write a sentence about their pictures. Place all of the pictures together to form a class book on friendship.