If you’re bothered by a friend

In kindergarten, we learn to navigate friendships and our community of learners with independence, kindness, and empathy.

Tattling is a common dilemma in kindergarten as students are developing their sense of what is fair and just and looking for adult assistance to navigate and understand their world.

It is important to differentiate a tattle from a report with your little ones.  Tattling is often about an inflexible sense of rules, attention, and power, whereas reporting is about safety and concern for others.

This little student reader is about handling difficult, bothersome behavior with strategies that promote independence, a healthy sense of self, and personal power.

The pages contain images of situations where tattles often arise, like turn taking and hurtful words, and then gives a concrete strategy of how to handle these situations: walk away, say please stop, just ignore, and finally ask for help.

It is to be used in conjunction with other discussions about the difference between a tattle and a report, when it is important to seek out help from an adult and how to do so.

 if you are bothered

Click on the image to view the book on TpT.

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