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Week 9 – Chapter 5

By February 4, 2016November 8th, 2020No Comments

Week 9-28

Welcome back.

Welcome to our very last chapter and what a finale! In chapter 5, our characters embark on their first campout sleepover. Together we will develop the skills to maintain quality friendships and explore the challenges of teamwork and problem-solving. We learn the importance of asking meaningful and detailed questions to our friends so we know each other better and deeper.

How to use the stories with your child at home:

  • Revise this story together with your child;
  • Discuss your own experiences in relation to similar events;
  • Ask questions about how your child would resolve some of the events described in the story;
  • Explore the emotions each participant experience with focus no empathy and how each emotion ‘looks’ like and ‘feel’ like.

The Activities

The activities in this chapter include pen & paper, art and craft, role play, and puzzle-based activities, concluding with a Fieldwork activity to be done at home in the participant’s own time.

Introductory Questions

The questions presented in this chapter relate to participants’ capacity to adjust to new social environments, such as a  play date at a friend’s house, a birthday party or a sleepover. The questions ask participants to consider their past experiences in different social settings and, specifically, how they felt in the new setting.

The main purpose of this activity is to normalise the emotions often experienced by children in an unfamiliar setting, especially in the absence of a parent. It is also an opportunity for participants to share the benefits of attending play dates or birthday parties with same-aged peers. Experiencing new things with friends in an environment other than the school playground can help to develop trust and strengthen relationships.

Goals for Participants

The goals for participants during this activity are:

  • to share their experiences of adjusting to a new environment, such as a party or friend’s house
  • to learn how others overcome social challenges or anxiety in new settings
  • to practice listening, turn taking and empathising with others
  • to offer suggestions to help other participants adjust to new social situations
  • to record answers in the workbook space provided.

Friendship Survey

This activity is to be completed in pairs by participants during the workshop. The survey provides a framework for participants to discover more about a peer’s home environment. Participants may wish to ask similar questions of a friend before attending their home for a party, play date or sleepover. Being well-informed about a new environment can reduce anxiety and make for a smooth transition into an unfamiliar setting. This activity is designed to better prepare participants for social events outside of their comfort zone.

The purpose of this activity is to develop participants’ capacity to learn more about a friend or peer. The survey can be used by participants as a guide to getting to know someone, helping them to go beyond eye contact and greetings, towards developing a deep and loyal friendship. Another purpose of the survey is to empower participants to ask questions of the peers in a structured format. To the facilitator, participants should appear as though they are engaged in conversation with a friend while they complete the survey.

Goals for Participants

The goals for participants during this activity are:

  • to listen to and record their partner’s responses
  • to learn more about another participant
  • to extend their conversation skills
  • to share details about themselves and their home environment
  • to develop confidence engaging with same-aged peers.

Role Play:  How to Work Together

Working together is a necessary skill in most classrooms, sporting teams, performance troupes and friendship groups. Making plans and progressing together requires some collaboration, listening, openness, respect and the capacity to negotiate. That’s no small task. This activity breaks down these ingredients and introduces five simple steps to help participants better understand how to work together. The “Let’s practise” section that follows provides three scenarios to help participants put their group work skills into action.

The first purpose of the role play activity is to provide participants with more than one opportunity to practise working together to solve a problems, such as playground safety, clean up duty and wheelchair access. The second purpose of the role play is to practise brainstorming ideas and delegating roles – a key part of group work. The facilitator’s role is to praise participants for working effectively together and to give constructive feedback as required.

Goals for Participants

The goals for participants during this activity are:

  • to participate in group work
  • to listen to the ingredients and steps described by the facilitator
  • to work through the three different scenarios in a small group
  • to brainstorm ideas and delegate roles before role playing a scene
  • to practice listening to and supporting other group members
  • to remain on-topic and show interest in others during the activity.


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