MAC’S SECRET DOG CLUB (Episode 118a)

Mac starts a club and tries to exclude T-Bone. When Cleo and Clifford refuse to join without T-Bone, Mac gets lonely being the only member of such an “exclusive” club. Mac soon opens the club to everyone.

Clifford's Big Idea: Be KindClifford's Big Idea: Be Kind

Experiencing the fun and excitement that accompanies cooperative games can teach important lessons in the areas of:

  • life skills and social literacy
  • critical and creative thinking
  • problem-solving

Exclusion and InclusionExclusion and Inclusion

Mac thought that starting a club for certain members only was a good idea, but realized quickly that including everyone would lead to more fun. When you are talking about this episode with the child, you may want to ask the following questions:

  • Would you ever consider starting a club like Mac’s?
  • How do you think T-Bone felt about being left out?
  • How would you feel about being left out of a club that a friend started?
  • How would you feel if a friend of yours was left out of a club that you were invited to join?
  • Would you do what Cleo and Clifford did for their friend T-Bone?

Friendship CircleFriendship Circle

With a Group:
This listening game requires everyone to sit in a circle. Ask the children to take turns naming words that describe a good friend. The first person states a “friendly” word or phrase, such as generous. The next person repeats the first word or phrase and adds another, such as willing to share. Play continues in this way, with each player repeating everything that has come before and adding something new. The last person has the hardest job!

Variations include naming a favorite book, a favorite animal, or a favorite food.

Work It Out

With a Group:
Divide children into groups of four. Give each child a piece of drawing paper and give each group six crayons. Explain that each group must figure out a fair way to share the crayons. After the children have drawn their pictures, each group will show and tell how they decided to share the crayons.

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