BOO! (Episode 111b)

It's Halloween, and Jetta can't stop bragging about how brave she is. When the whole town gets a little spooked after watching a scary "ghost" movie together, Jetta learns that it's okay to have fears . . . and to express them out loud!

Clifford's Big Idea: Be TruthfulClifford's Big Idea: Be Truthful

Identifying, naming, and expressing emotions are abilities that can be developed early in a child's life. These activities are designed to enhance:

  • social and emotional skills
  • critical thinking and problem solving

That's Scary!That's Scary!

With a Group:
Jetta was afraid to admit that she was scared after watching the scary movie. Little did she know that everyone is afraid of something.

Start a discussion by relating a fear that you have, for example a fear of heights, insects, or roller coasters. Have the children take turns describing things that they find scary or frightening. After each child describes something scary, ask for a show of hands from other children who find it frightening, too. Children may be surprised to learn that they're not the only ones who occasionally feel scared. If it seems appropriate to your group, ask how the children overcame their fears. Children can feel reassured by hearing how others have conquered their fear of something.

Funny FacesFunny Faces

With a Group:
Young children are capable of detecting basic emotions based on body language and facial expressions, yet they may not know the names of all the different emotions. Talk about different emotions and model the facial expressions that might accompany them or express them. You might include:

  • surprise
  • joy or happiness
  • anger
  • wonder
  • fear
  • boredom
  • guilt

Then have each child select an emotion and "make a face" that shows it. Have the other children guess what the emotion is. Ask them to tell when they might feel that emotion.

Library Corner Library Corner

These books involve characters who recognize their fears and work to overcome them.

Long Neck and Thunder Foot by Helen Piers (1982): Long Neck and Thunder Foot are frightened the first time they meet each other, and each works hard to appear scary to the other. But after they talk, they realize their fears and learn how to make beautiful music together.

What's Under My Bed? by James Stevenson (1983): Grandpa tells Mary Ann and Louis a story about a time in his own childhood when he was scared at bedtime.

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