DOG FOR A DAY (Episode 122b)
Fed up with his "responsibilities," Charley decides that he would like
to lead a dog's lifewith 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.
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.
from the Horse's Mouth
Our language is filled with colorful phrases and euphemisms that rarely
make literal sensea 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
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?
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.