STORMY WEATHER (Episode 108b)

Clifford's talent for digging seems to be disruptive to everyone in town, but when a big storm blows in, his deficit becomes an asset. Clifford learns that there's an appropriate time and place to employ his talents.

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

Children are likely to be frightened in emergencies. To feel safe, they need help and reassurance, but they also need procedures that they know will keep them safe. Teaching them safety precautions and drilling them in emergency procedures helps build their skills in the areas of:

  • social literacy
  • science and discovery

A Stormy DiscussionA Stormy Discussion

Watch Stormy Weather together. Talk about how Clifford uses his size to help others. Take this opportunity to discuss the child's experiences with storms. Some children may be fascinated by them while others may find them quite scary. Most children will have mixed feelings.

Being PreparedBeing Prepared

Talk about what you and the child can do to prepare for a big storm or other natural emergency. List—or gather—emergency equipment, such as flashlights, bottles of water, dried food, blankets, and extra clothing. If you don't have the actual items, have the child draw them on a sheet of paper and explain the purpose of each. Then discuss what you and the child would do during a storm. How could you make the house secure? How can the child help? How would you keep your spirits up? How can the child help?

With a Group:
This is a good opportunity to review fire, tornado, earthquake, or flood emergency drills in the absence of fear.

Community LearningCommunity Learning

With a Group:
Contact the local chapter of the Red Cross and find out what teaching materials they have on the subject of preparing for a storm. They may also be able to provide your group with a list of essential items to have on hand as preparation for a natural disaster.

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