MY BEST FRIEND (Episode 101a)

Emily thinks that she must find something "special" for Show and Tell. She learns that sometimes the best things in life are right under your nose.

Clifford's Big Idea: Believe in YourselfClifford's Big Idea: Believe in Yourself

Objective:
Childhood is a "wonderful age" because young children encounter so many new things that inspire a sense of wonder. Encouraging them to appreciate the wonderful aspects of everyday life and familiar people, places, and things will nurture:

  • social and emotional skills
  • music and art appreciation

Museum Walk Museum Walk

Prepare for the activity by posting reproductions of interesting pieces of artwork around the room. These might include posters and photographs from magazines as well as the child's or group's own work. Include a variety of art forms, such as sculpture, watercolor painting, and drawings.

Invite the child to take a "Museum Walk" around the room with you. Point out the artwork on display and invite responses. When appropriate, tell the story behind each work: its title, the artist, what it represents, and any other information that makes it special. When you come to the child's own work, invite the artist to be the "Museum Docent" and explain the work of art.

With a Group:
Post the work a day or two before the Museum Walk, so that the children have a chance to develop their responses over time.

Community Learning Community Learning

Children are never too young to look at and talk about fine art. Utilize a local community arts center as a classroom resource. Call and inquire about student submissions or a young artists' competition or host your own.


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