FRIENDS, MORNING, NOON, AND
NIGHT (Episode 130a)
Cleo and Clifford are excited to learn that Cleo will be Clifford's houseguest
for a weekend while her house is being painted! But soon Cleo is filling
Clifford's doghouse with her stuff, taking over his bed, and butting in
on his time alone with Emily Elizabeth. It takes awhile, but Cleo eventually
learns that being a good houseguest means respecting the needs of your
Clifford's Big Idea: Have Respect;
Be a Good Friend
Opportunities for role-playing can teach valuable lessons about
how to behave in unfamiliar situations and build
- life skills
- language and literacy skills
Play: Travelin' Suitcase
Pretend that you and the child are about to take a trip. Talk about
where you might go, with whom you might stay, and how long you might
be gone. Then take out a small suitcase or duffel bag and write or draw
a list of things you'll need to pack: toothbrush, toothpaste, clothes,
sunscreen, jacket, camera, books, and a favorite stuffed animal, for
example. Have the child use the list to collect all the items to bring,
and then pack the bag!
a Good Houseguest & Thank-you Cards
Take a few minutes to talk about what is appropriate houseguest behavior.
Each house has its own set of rules, some of which are different from
the rules at home and others of which are the same. For example, some
families don't allow food beyond the kitchen or dining room; other families
ask that everyone take off their shoes at the door.
Your Own Thank-You Cards
Homemade greeting cards are a terrific way for kids to express their
appreciation for a special event, gift, or visit.
Gather materials for the child to use in creating a personal design
for a card:
- construction paper
- markers or crayons
- scraps of interesting paper, such as wallpaper
- a variety of interesting fabrics to glue onto the card
Invite the child to draw and write a thank-you card for a host.
Provide a word bank of words and phrases to choose from, such as
- thank you
- good time
- see you soon