Being Friends

Tips for "Being Friends"

As You Read:

Rhyming books like this one are a great way for children to practice their sounds and language skills. As you read, encourage your child to stop and find other words that rhyme with a word you've just read. For example, after reading, "You're a princess sipping tea. I'm a swinging chimpanzee." say something like, "'Tea' and 'chimpanzee' both end with the same sound. Can you think of other words that end with that 'e' sound?" If your child is struggling, help by providing a few examples like "see", "free", "me" and "be". 


Extending the Story:

The theme of this story is friendship, so discuss friendship with your child. Ask who his/her best friend is, why they are best friends, and what makes a good friend. You can say things such as "I think a good friend is someone who is nice to you, someone who you like playing with, and who can help you when you need it. What do you think makes a good friend?" For more hands-on activities, your child can create colored pasta friendship necklaces recommended by Mom to 1 Posh Lil Divas and have your child present one of the necklaces to a friend! It's a simple activity and it's a sweet way for your child to recognize their friendship with someone else.

Other Useful Tips

Before You Begin Reading, Preview the Story and Discuss

Take a moment to explore the cover and illustrations and give your child a chance to make observations and predictions before beginning the read-through. Throughout this guide, there are several questions and prompts that you can use as you read, so feel free to spread them out across multiple readings. Use prompts and questions like:

  • What is happening on the cover?

  • What do you think the story will be about based on the title and the cover?

  • {Flip to an illustration} What do you think is happening in this picture?


As You Read, Explore New Vocabulary

Whether you're reading the story or your child is reading it him/herself, take time to stop whenever s/he comes across a new word. Read the word slowly several times as you underline the word with your finger. Then, ask your child what s/he thinks the word might mean. Instruct him/her to use the words and illustrations surrounding it to try and glean the meaning. Work together to discover the word's meaning, and then try to integrate it into your daily conversation to help reinforce these new vocabulary words. 


After Reading, Make Connections

To ensure comprehension, ask your child about what happened in the book. Who were the main characters, and where were the primary settings? What happened and why did those things happen in the story? Ask your child the following questions to further explore his/her understanding of the book:

  • Did you like that story? What was your favorite part? Why?

  • What lesson do you think the main character(s) learned?

  • What does {vocabulary word} mean?

  • {Discuss alternatives to the storyline} What would have happened if...?

  • I wonder why...