COME BACK, MAC (Episode 111a)
Mac tears one of Jetta's favorite sweaters and feels so terrible that
he runs away. Clifford and his friends seek Mac out and convince him to
return and face the music. Mac learns that he's more important to Jetta
than her sweater, and that facing up to your deeds is the wise thing to
Big Idea: Be Truthful
In these activities, discussing why admitting a mistake is the best
policy and exploring ways to tell the truth even when it's hard to do
so will give children opportunities to build their:
- life skills and social literacy skills
- social and emotional skills
Blame, Go Away
Ask the child to think of a time when he or she made a mistake and
didn't want to admit it. Use questions such as these to stimulate a
discussion about how the child felt:
- Were you afraid to admit it?
- Did you try to blame someone else?
- Did you want to run away?
Then talk about how the child thinks Mac felt when he finally told
the truth. Real friendship means being able to tell the truth and still
With a Group:
Mac learns that friendship can outlast accidents or hardships. Help
children value their friendships by encouraging them to use words to
describe what "being a good friend" means.
Give pairs of friends one piece of sidewalk chalk and have them take
turns tracing each other's bodies. Help them write words on the sidewalk
to describe their friendship.
Invite stuffed animals and dolls to a special snack party (have each
child bring in one special stuffed friend). Have plenty of paper on
hand so that you and your children can describe why these friends are