Teacher Resource Books

Kids Can Share: Creative Lessons for Teaching Compassion, Respect, and Responsibility, by Rhoda Orszag Vestuto and Doris Larsen. Stories, Mother Goose rhymes, crafts, role-play, projects, and more to teach positive values.

The Kindness Curriculum: Introducing Young Children to Loving Values, by Judith Anne Rice. Ideas for giving children opportunities to practice kindness, empathy, respect, and conflict resolution.

The Peaceful Classroom: 162 Easy Activities to Teach Preschoolers Compassion and Cooperation, by Charles A. Smith, PhD Engaging activities help children discover how to find friends, cooperate with others, and respect one another's feelings and differences.

Children's Books to Share

Best Friends, by Miriam Cohen

Everybody Cooks Rice, by Norah Dooley

A Friend is Someone Who Likes You, by Joan Walsh Anglund

The Learning to Get Along series, by Cheri Meiners and Meredith Johnson, has many engaging stories that explore empathy and caring.

Purple Hair? I Don't Care, by Dianne Young and Barbara Hartmann

William's Doll, by Charlotte Zolotow

Web Resources

A to Z Teacher Stuff, http://atozteacherstuff.com. Includes lesson plans, thematic units, teacher tips, teacher discussion forums, downloadable teaching materials, printable pages, themes, and more.

The Institute for Play http://instituteforplay.com. Offers a mix of information and resources to give a deeper understanding of the nature and importance of play.

PBS Teacher Sourcehttp://pbs.org/teachersource/social_studies/k-2_commun/ty.shtm. Free lesson plans for various subjects and ages, plus newsletters.

Teachers Net, http://teachers.net. Several chat boards, plus lesson plans pertaining to friendship and sharing.

Music to Share

"Friends," from the CD of the same name, by Nelson Gill; http://nelsongill.com

"Hello," from Multicultural Songs for Children, by Ella Jenkins; http://ellajenkins.com

"I Like You, l Like/We," from I Am Special, by Dr. Thomas Moore

"If I Had Wings," from Turn On the Music, by Hap Palmer; http://happalmer.com

"The World Is a Rainbow," from We All Live Together, Vol. 2., by Greg & Steve; http://gregandsteve.com