How do I help my shy 2nd grader make new friends?
Some kids are lucky to be naturally outgoing. I have a boy who is more shy and reserved, and has a more difficult time making friends in class. Once he is completely comfortable with them, he is outgoing, fun, and very entertaining with his goofy sense of humor.
Watching him from the outside, there are all these cliques of friends already formed for 2nd grade. He has his own group of friends, but the dynamics are not very healthy (3 boys, always 1 is excluded), so I am encouraging him to find another group.
How is this best/most efficiently achieved? Through playdates? We have done a bunch of those and are not excited to do a lot more because we do not have a lot in common with the other private school parents, and make mostly small talk. Or afterschool classes? Or should I sign him up for one of those social playgroups in SF that "teaches you how to platy"