GOOD-BYE T-BONE (Episode 121a)

Clifford and Cleo misunderstand a conversation they overhear, and think T-bone is moving away. They vow to make T-bone's last day on Birdwell Island extra special. They eventually learn to listen to a whole story before jumping to conclusions—but the good friends enjoy a truly special day nonetheless!

Clifford's Big Idea: Be a Good FriendClifford's Big Idea: Be a Good Friend

Auditory discrimination and listening for a purpose are skills that are crucial to school success. Equally important is the fact that listening is the foundation of good friendships. Exercising and strengthening children's listening skills will help build

  • cognitive skills
  • social and emotional skills

Broken TelephoneBroken Telephone

With a Group:
This treasured circle game is an ideal tool for modeling communication mix-ups! Have children sit in a circle. Then choose one child to step aside with you. Tell that child a short sentence, such as "The yellow elephant likes peanuts." Have the child repeat the sentence to you to make sure that he or she can repeat it correctly before returning to the circle.

Each child then whispers the phrase into the ear of the child sitting to the right. The last child in the circle gets to tell everyone, and the sentence is almost certain to have changed in very interesting ways! Repeat by having the next child in sequence begin the chain.

I'm Going on a Trip I'm Going on a Trip

Begin this familiar game by saying, "We're going on a trip, and we're going to take," and then name something that you plan to take with you. You might name something logical, such as a toothbrush, or something silly, such as a garbage can. Have the child continue the game by repeating the formula, naming the object you named, and adding another. Continue in this way until one or the other of you can't remember all the things. Then start again!

Who Said That? Who Said That?

With a Group:
Taking turns around a circle, ask children a simple question, such as "What is your favorite color?" After everyone has had an opportunity to answer, ask another question, "What is your favorite food?" Then encourage the children to recall each child's favorite color and food. Begin the retelling as a group activity: "Who can help me remember Lynna's favorite color and food." As children become more familiar with listening for a purpose, have individual children recall another child's favorites. As the game becomes easier for children, change the questions or add additional questions to the mix.

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