FLUFFED-UP CLEO (Episode
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.
Big Idea: Believe in Yourself
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
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.
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.
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.
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
- What will happen
- What story could
you tell about the picture?
- Where will the story
- Who will be in the
- What will the characters
say in the story?
- What title will
you give to your story?