THE BEST PARTY EVER (Episode 110b)

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.

Clifford's Big Idea: Be a Good FriendClifford's 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:

  • social and emotional skills
  • critical and creative thinking

It's a Match!It's a Match!

Good 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.

Community Corner: Happy Un-Birthday!Community Corner: Happy Un-Birthday!

Consider 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 class.

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