TEACHER'S PET (Episode 115a)
The dogs go to school for the first time, and T-Bone worries that he
won't be able to keep up with the rest of the class. He works hard and
pays close attention to the teacher's directions, and in the end his efforts
are rewarded. In addition, every member of the class is praised for his
or her unique qualities.
Big Idea: Believe in Yourself
In these activities, students discuss success in school, including
the tools that a student needs and the idea that everyone can be successful
in school in his or her own way, thereby developing:
- life skills and social literacy
- appreciation of cultural and social diversity
Ready for School!
To be a good student, one must come prepared with the right supplies.
Have the child name the tools needed to play school, such as pencils,
crayons, scissors, glue, and paper. Make a list of school supplies.
Beside each word, have the child draw a picture of the item. Encourage
the child to "read" the list to you.
With Older Children:
Have the child gather all the tools that are actually needed for school.
Establish a place where all these tools can be kept so that they are
easy to get before leaving for school. Work with the child to create
a checklist to scan before going out the door.
Helping children recognize that people are different in many ways can
never start too early. Be sure that your home has plenty of books, toys,
art, and other educational materials that show people of a variety of
races, ages, and cultures. It's also important for children to experience
diversity throughout the day in natural situations. The richness of
cultures can be shared through folktales, songs, poems, festivals, visits
to museums, and different foods.
a To-Do Box
With a Group:
Write To-Do Activities on pieces of paper and place them in a To-Do
Box. Use different colors of paper to indicate types of activity. For
- red for FUN To-Do's
(such as putting on a puppet show)
- green for Group
To-Do's (such as a game that would involve the entire group)
- blue for Healthful
To-Do's (such as taking a short walk or doing exercises)
- orange for Helping
To-Do's (such as teaching a skill or game)
Set aside time each week to do a To-Do. At the end of the day before
To-Do Day, select a To-Do from the box. The children will have something
to look forward to and you'll have a day to prepare for the To-Do activity.