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.

Clifford's Big Idea: Believe in YourselfClifford's 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

All Ready for School!All 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.

Appreciating DiversityAppreciating Diversity

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.

Make a To-Do BoxMake 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 example, use

  • 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.

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