GOOD-BYE T-BONE (Episode
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 conclusionsbut the good friends enjoy a truly special
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
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.
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!
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.