Student Sample of a mini theory:
I wonder, do preschool children develop/have “best friends”? To me, a ‘best friend’ is an extension of oneself. A person you prefer to play and engage with more than others. This I wonder statement deals with social development. Yes, I believe preschool children develop best friendships. I believe this theory to be valid and true because on multiple occasions while engaging and/or observing in our preschool I observed the following. On February 11, 2010 at 10:25 am, while completing an RRA, Sam and Joey where building a tower. They were engaged in this activity for approximately 15 minutes. I heard Joey say, “Sam, I have blocks at my house, can you come to my house and play?” “That would be fun, Joey”, said Sam. “I like being your friend”. Me too, Sam”. On February 22, 2010, at 10 am at the art table, Suzy was painting. She looked over at Anne. She called to Anne, “Come paint with me.” Suzy looked at Mrs. Herzog and said, “Anne is my best friend”.
On March 4, 2010 at 10:35 am when getting ready for snack, Mark said, “I want to sit by Carl, he is my best friend.” Mrs. Nereson said, “you may sit across from Carl, you can talk better that way.” “Mary is going to sit next to you today Mark”, said Mrs. Nereson, “she is a good friend too.” When researching the concept of “best friends and preschool”, I used the resource book “Developmental Profiles” and discovered (p. 155), 5 year old children “enjoys friendships; often has one or two special playmates”. From this research, I believe ‘special playmates’ would be a similar concept as ‘best friends’. This being said, I believe my mini theory was correct and that it is ‘normal’ for preschool children to have best friends. I do, however, believe that in preschool children; their best friends change regularly and that best friends established early in the school year may change by the end of the school year. This is an area of social development I would further like to study if given the opportunity.”