WHO, ME, JEALOUS? (Episode
Mrs. Diller is taking care of Susie, her sister's adorable little puppy,
for the weekend. To Cleo it appears that Mrs. Diller likes the cute little
puppy better than she likes Cleo! So Cleo determines to "out-cute" the
puppy and win back Mrs. Diller's affection. But she soon learns that Mrs.
Diller thinks Cleo is perfect just the way she is.
Big Idea: Be Responsible
Anyone who has ever had a puppy or baby in the house knows what hard
work it can be! Oh they're cute, but they have such important needs!
Help children recognize the importance of being responsible while building:
A baby doll can provide imaginative play and be a resource for learning
about the roles and responsibilities of caretaking. Each morning, introduce
another of the "baby's" needs and discuss how the need can be met. For
example, consider how to
- keep the baby warm
- keep the baby clean
- feed the baby
- keep the baby healthy
After introducing the baby's needs and the ways to care for the baby
one by one, have the child be responsible for a baby doll all day long!
Care of Susie
Invite the child to role-play a situation in which Susie returns for
another weekend with Mrs. Diller. Give the child the option of playing
the part of Susie or Cleo, and you take the part that the child does
not choose. To emphasize the need to share things, including Mrs. Diller's
attention, introduce situations like the following into your role-play:
- Mrs. Diller puts out two bowls of dog treats.
- Mrs. Diller gives the dogs one ball to play with.
- Cleo wants to go to see her friends Clifford and T-Bone.
- Susie misses her own home.