NEW DOG IN TOWN (Episode
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
Big Idea: Have Respect; Be Kind
When children express their feelings and talk about what they think
might happen in a storypredictthey build
- language and literacy skills
- cognitive skills
"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 facesstuffed animals and dollsto
make up a group of new friends. Model introducing yourself: "Hello,
my name is ________. Would you like to play?"
You Judge a Book By Its Cover?
Covers and titles can be misleading. Encourage the child to think aboutand
be surprised bythe 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
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!