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.
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
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.
Talk about what you and the child can do to prepare for a big storm
or other natural emergency. Listor gatheremergency 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.
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.