DOING THE RIGHT THING (Episode
When T-Bone inadvertently "steals" a squeaky toy, he experiences a guilt-induced
dream in which his conscience tries to show him the right thing to do.
T-Bone learns that we never know what the consequences of our actions
might be, so it's always best to just do the right thing.
Big Idea: Be Truthful
In these activities, children discuss the importance of taking responsibility
for one's actions, and they explore ways to act responsibly on behalf
of the environment, thereby developing:
- science and discovery skills
- critical thinking and problem-solving skills
Tales, Big Imaginations
Tall tales can be a fun way to sharpen the imagination. Invite the
child to create a few! For example, work with the child to make up an
outrageous story about something that might have happened to you when
you were together at the grocery store, or during an imaginary trip
that you took to a fantastic island. Help the child record the stories
by writing them in a notebook as the child dictates to you.
Talk about ways in which we can all be more responsible, both for ourselves
and for others. One important concept to introduce is how to be friendly
to the environment. Talk about the importance of recycling paper, plastic,
and glass. Create separate bins for each of these products and encourage
the child to follow the 3 Rs: Reduce, Re-Use, and Recycle!
With a Group:
Organize a classroom, neighborhood or playground litter pickup.
The following books have plots that involve children learning to take
responsibility for their actions:
It's Not My Fault! by Franz Brandenburg
Katie Did! by Kathryn Galbraith