DOG FOR A DAY (Episode 122b)

Fed up with his "responsibilities," Charley decides that he would like to lead a dog's life—with no chores, no school, no problems. Courtesy of a hilarious dream, Charley learns that being a dog may be just fine, but he likes being just who he is.

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

When children can name, define, and describe their environment, interests, and strengths, their self-esteem grows and grows. Help children understand the world around them through play that will build

  • language and literacy skills.

Straight from the Horse's MouthStraight from the Horse's Mouth

Our language is filled with colorful phrases and euphemisms that rarely make literal sense—a challenge for young, literal children! Be on the lookout for phrases that aren't meant to be taken literally. When you find one, discuss it with the child, explaining what it really means. Here are some examples that all have to do with animals:

  • hot dog
  • raining cats and dogs
  • eat crow
  • get someone's goat
  • let the cat out of the bag
  • straight from the horse's mouth
  • cat got your tongue
  • the rat race

A Dog House of your OwnA Dog House of your Own

The child can create a dream dog house from a shoe box and collage materials. Before you pull out the crafts materials, have the child describe what an ideal dog house would be like. Spark creativity by talking about what canine creature comforts could be included: Dog phones? Dog dishes? Pooch pillows?

Suggested StorybookSuggested Storybook

All About You by Catherine and Laurence Anholt

This rhyming book encourages children to think and talk about themselves, from their morning and nighttime rituals to all of their favorite things.

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