Young children want friends but don’t always know how to treat them, so promoting heathy ideas about friendship in preschool is key.
Many preschool teachers call their students “friends,” but do we think about why? My reason is straightforward: I call them friends because I want them to be friends. They’re in preschool, and they’ll probably be together through eighth grade. That’s a long time to go to school with someone you don’t like. While they won’t all be close, I do want them to at least treat each other like friends.