NEW DOG IN TOWN (Episode 127a)

In a heartwarming flashback story, we learn how Clifford's enormous size frightened T-Bone when they met for the first time. T-Bone learns that "you can't judge a book by its cover" and that friends come in all shapes and sizes.

Clifford's Big Idea: Have Respect; Be KindClifford's Big Idea: Have Respect; Be Kind

When children express their feelings and talk about what they think might happen in a story—predict—they build

  • language and literacy skills
  • cognitive skills

Your First DayYour First Day

"First Days" are often scary for young children, whether it's the first day of preschool, play group, church, or in a new neighborhood. Have the child remember and talk about a first day. How did the child feel? Do other children feel the same way when it's their first day? Help the child prepare for being the "new kid" by learning how to make introductions.

Use plenty of friendly faces—stuffed animals and dolls—to make up a group of new friends. Model introducing yourself: "Hello, my name is ________. Would you like to play?"

Can You Judge a Book By Its Cover?Can You Judge a Book By Its Cover?

Covers and titles can be misleading. Encourage the child to think about—and be surprised by—the difference between a story and its cover! Be on the lookout for storybooks that do and do not have covers and titles that clearly describe the stories. Before reading the story, talk about the cover and title. Ask the child, "What do you think the story will be about?" After reading the storybook, talk about your predictions. Here are a few to get started:

Everybody Cooks Rice by Norah Dooley
Clifford's Good Deeds
by Norman Bridwell
Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse
by Kevin Henkes
The Rooster Who Went to His Uncle's Wedding
by Alma Ada

Shapes and SizesShapes and Sizes

Inexpensive kitchen sponges can be used to make delightful shape prints. Cut simple shapes from the sponges: squares, circles, triangles, rectangles, and octagons. Put out small trays or plates of colored paint. Show the child how to dip the sponge without dunking it. Make shape collages or encourage the child to use the shapes to create one image, such as a big red dog!

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