THE BIG SLEEPOVER (Episode
Emily is going off the
Island for a night and asks Charley to baby-sit Clifford. The day goes
pretty well, but when night falls Clifford really misses Emily. The whole
town bands together to get the big red dog through the night, and they
learn that this community has the kind of spirit that can accomplish anything
if they put their minds to it!
Big Idea: Work Together
highlight the value of working together, forming and maintaining a community,
and a helping spirit develop children's skills in
- social and emotional development
- life skills and social literacy
Read the folk tale
Stone Soup together. Talk about the lessons the story teaches and how
a community accomplished a seemingly impossible task.
With a Group:
As a treat, prepare
Stone Soup as a community effort, with each child contributing a vegetable
to the pot. Write a note to parents telling them about the activity
in advance and ask each child to bring an ingredient. For fun, find
a stone outside, clean it well, and add it to your soup!
Encourage the child
to imagine that Clifford is going to spend the night. Together, explore
the possibilities and problems that Clifford might bring as an overnight
visitor. For example:
- What will Clifford want to eat?
- How much will Clifford want to eat?
- Where can Clifford sleep?
- What games will Clifford want to play?
- Where can Clifford find enough room to play?
- What friends and neighbors will want to meet Clifford?
With Older Children:
Have the child dictate
a story called "The Night Clifford Slept Over," telling about
an imaginary visit from Clifford. Write the story as the child dictates.
Read the story together, and encourage the child to illustrate it.