MR. BLEAKMAN'S SPECIAL DAY
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!
Big Idea: Help Others
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
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
- 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.
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:
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.