COOL TO BE FRIENDS is a grade 4 Life Skills programme designed to promote the healthy development of intrapersonal and interpersonal skills between children. It focuses specifically on teaching the values of kindness, respect, fairness and peace.
When we practise these values we approach all people and animals in friendship and peacefully resolve fights, arguments or disagreements. A captivating story about Bru’Me’s quest to find what is missing from the world, combined with a series of experiential exercises and classroom activities, lead the children through the programme.
Teaching friendship as a value
This programme does not only empower children to effectively manage their own friendships, but also re-introduces friendship as a community value.
Learning through journaling
A colourful, thought-provoking journal allows for further integration and encourages honest self-reflection in the participants. Each chapter includes a family section that creatively involves parents in their child’s journey. Upon completion children should be better equipped to deal with the highs and lows of friendship as well as contribute to making their community friendly and supportive.
Easy to implement and curriculum compliant
- COOL TO BE FRIENDS is a 12-hour programme.
- Teachers are supported with an easy to follow, thoroughly resourced teacher’s manual.
- The five key values of the programme (kindness, respect, fairness, peace and self-reflection) link in seamlessly with achieving the specific aims of the Personal and Social Wellbeing study area.
- 1 hour and 30 minutes per week are allocated to Personal and Social Well-being, making it easy to incorporate COOL TO BE FRIENDS.