THE BEST PARTY EVER (Episode
Jetta ridicules Emily for not planning enough exciting activities
for her "homemade" birthday party. Assuming that Jetta doesn't want
to come to the party, Charley convinces Emily not to invite her. But
Emily exercises compassion when she realizes that Jetta's feelings
were hurt and ends up inviting her after all.
Big Idea: Be a Good Friend
In these activities, children learn that there are many ways to demonstrate being a good friend. Learning more about one another helps develop:
and emotional skills
and creative thinking
friends go together like peanut butter and jelly. What other comparisons
can your child think of to describe the way good friends match?
What household items are a match, too? Help your child understand
the idea of things that go together by showing examples, such as a
sock and a shoe; a toothbrush and toothpaste; a bottle of paint and
a paintbrush. When you've found a few of these pairs, put them in
a big pile on the floor, mix them up, and have your child take turns
reuniting the pairs. Once the child has gotten the hang of it, ask
him or her to look around the house for more examples.
Corner: Happy Un-Birthday!
planning an Un-Birthday Party! Instead of receiving goody bags, have
children create goody bags to give to children at a local hospital
or homeless shelter. To fill the bags, children can make greeting
cards; friendship bracelets made from multi-colored string, yarn,
or beads; origami animals; balloons; or a cooperative drawing of the