This is paraphrased information from a lecture with Dr. Molly Countermine, my Human Development and Family Studies professor for the fall of 2013 semester. It is about how childhood friendships have a significant role in development. This is relevant to my This I Believe speech because lifelong friends are made in kindergarten and they promote early learning.
Charlotte’s Web, E.B. White. I'm reading this book to my first graders right now. It's a wonderful book about friendship, with great story characters for discussion. We read the book together, then celebrate by watching the animated movie. The kids love it.