BABYSITTER BLUES (Episode
Mr. Bleakman is ready for a quiet, relaxing weekend of oil painting, but a monkey wrench is thrown in the works when he is asked to baby-sit Clifford for the day. Mr. Bleakman struggles to find a way to keep Clifford out of his way, but soon discovers that the big red dog has much to teach him about being spontaneous and having fun!
Big Idea: Be a Good Friend; Be Kind
So many life skills depend on strong observation skillseverything
from babysitting to painting. Help the child notice and record detailswith
paint, words, or languageto enrich
- life skills
- music and art appreciation
101 Things to Do with a Baby by Jan Ormerod
This catalog of activities is also a record of a day in the life of a family with a father, an older sister, a dear baby, and a black cat. The illustrations are colorful and engaging. A great book for siblings of all ages.
Children love to paint and need time to express themselves creatively. But painting can also be a valuable lesson in observation. Select a plant or simple vase with a few flowers. Place it in front of the child and ask him or her to describe it. Prompt the child to provide essential details by asking such questions as
- What color are the flowers?
- How are they alike?
- How are they different?
- How do they smell?
- How would they feel if you touched them?
- What color is the vase?
- How would it feel if you touched it?
Provide the child with a large sheet of plain paper. Work with the child to reproduce the plant or flowers. Hang the artwork where the child will be able to admire the work. Provide a weekly opportunitywith various houseplants or flowersfor still life painting and watch how quickly the child grows in the ability to paint an accurate representation!