MR. BLEAKMAN'S SPECIAL DAY (Episode130b)

Mr. Bleakman appears to the dogs to be particularly grumpy one day. At first they are upset with him, but then they overhear Mrs. Howard say that sometimes a grumpy attitude can be changed through acts of kindness. This inspires the dogs to perform a series of "secret good deeds" to see if they can turn Mr. Bleakman's frown into a smile. They are surprised to learn that performing kind acts makes them feel much better too!

Clifford's Big Idea: Help OthersClifford's Big Idea: Help Others

Objective:
Learning to do something nice for others takes practice, practice, and practice. Helping children experience the pleasure of kindness toward others will enhance

  • social and emotional skills
  • life skills

Sssh-hh, It's a SecretSssh-hh, It's a Secret

Good deeds will brighten the day for both the "doer" and the receiver! Model the thoughtfulness of doing a good deed for the pleasure of doing it by making a list of people you care about:

  • family members
  • neighbors
  • childcare providers
  • community helpers such as a mail carrier

Write each name on a small piece of paper and put them in a box or plastic container. Throughout the week, choose one name and plan a special, secret deed to brighten that person's day.

How Are You Today?How Are You Today?

Help the child learn to identify feelings and moods through this self-exploration activity. On separate pieces of cardstock or tagboard, have the child illustrate each of the following emotions or feelings:

  • grouchy
  • angry
  • embarrassed
  • tired
  • satisfied
  • hungry

Label each of the drawings in bold, clear print. Laminating the cards will help them last. Have the child keep them in a safe or private place. Choose times throughout the day when the child can retrieve the card that reflects his or her feelings at that moment.


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