Awwwww.... One of my favorite little guys is so sad. Let me tell you about him. He's an only child. His parents are first generation over. They both have a heavy (Polish?) accent and so does he. He has a deeper voice than the other children. Seriously? He sounds like a kindergarten version of Borat (though more intellectual. well beyond his classmates). He is very expressive. He knows he is entertaining to adults...and will play up the facial expressions. He's a hoot. (example: a teacher tells the class about school workers that they will meet on their tour. and he says, "Who is dis nurse you talk about? I don know dis nurse. Why she here? Who could be seeck?") Today...we are on the rug..and the lesson opens itself up from letter sounds, to blending into words, to the -at word family. the kids are REALLY hitting it. Pat, sat, mat, cat, fat,...here comes hat. What is THIS one? The entire class raises their hands...except mini-Borat. So of course i ask him to give a suggestion. And where he is usually SUPER-WILLING to join in..here he is quiet and hardly wants to try. Later I talk to him. What's the problem? "Well, I tell you. I am very sad boy today. My face is sad. No-one wants to be my friend. I try to tell them things. I tell them when it's the truth, and they don't want to listen. No-one like *mini-Borat*." Awwwwww. Ok... how do you help kindergarteners - who may not be socially open to other children...especially those who talk differently and are WAY more intellectual than them... become friends? For older children I might put them together on a project where i KNOW he could truly add a good spin on things... but with SUCH young children. I don't know. Oh and by the way, we DON"T have recess or free time. It's VERY busy in our class with VERY little time for ANYTHING but learn learn learn. How do YOU handle similar situations?