The kindergarteners are focusing on getting to know each other and building our community. Each morning we pass a handshake around our circle, practicing several social skills. The children look each other in the eye, use friendly voices and learn each other’s names. We have been learning greetings in many different languages and now passing their handshake the children try out different greeting s as well. Our morning meeting is a platform for learning about each other. Children share their news, such as a lost tooth or the visit of a grandparent. A challenge can be faced together, such as friends who want help to solve a conflict. Empathy is felt when a child reveals that he was scared to try something new. In our discussions the children build on each other’s strengths, inspire each other and refine ideas.