FLUFFED-UP CLEO (Episode 119a)

When Cleo wins the esteemed honor of Fluffiest Dog of Birdwell Island, itís all she can talk about! Clifford and T-Bone try to tolerate the newborn star, but it takes a lot of patience. When Cleo gets a dose of her own medicine from Mac, she learns that itís okay to be proud of an accomplishment, but be careful to be respectful of others.

Clifford's Big Idea: Believe in YourselfClifford's Big Idea: Believe in Yourself

Objective:
Learning descriptive words and thinking about things weíre good at and not so good at helps nurture:

  • language and literacy skills
  • social and emotional skills

Do’s and Don’tsDoís and Doníts

Everyone has a talent for something, and everyone has some skill areas that are a little rough or rusty. With the child, take a survey of your special abilities. Write these four categories on a sheet of paper and have the child try to think of something for each category:

  • Things That I Do Well and Enjoy
  • Things That I Do Well but Dislike
  • Things That I Donít Do Well but Enjoy
  • Things That I Donít Do Well and Dislike

With a Group:
The survey can be turned into a bulletin board display.

Reduce, Re-Use, Recycle

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.

I Am Who I Am

Invite the child to list five words or phrases that describe him or her. Get the thinking started by asking the child to fill the blank in the following sentence:

I am __________.

For Older Children:
Have the child write the responses and illustrate each one with a drawing.

A Picture Says . . .

Pictures have long been used to spark creative writing. Greeting cards and advertisements in magazines are easily available and can be reused. Gather a number of cards and pictures, and place the pictures in envelopes. Have the child choose an envelope from a basket. Stimulate the childís creative thinking about the picture with question such as these:

  • What is happening in the picture?
  • What happened before the picture?
  • What will happen after it?
  • What story could you tell about the picture?
  • Where will the story take place?
  • Who will be in the story?
  • What will the characters say in the story?
  • What title will you give to your story?

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