JETTA'S TALL TALE (Episode 134a)

Jetta feels a twinge of jealousy when the other children make a fuss over Emily Elizabeth's wonderful big pet Clifford, so she blurts out a story about her own wonderful big pet—a huge parrot named Lulu. Her little lie quickly grows into a big mess, forcing Jetta to dress Clifford up as a bird to try to keep the lie from being exposed. Her conscience finally makes her do the right thing and she apologizes for having created the lie in the first place.

Clifford's Big Idea: Be TruthfulClifford's Big Idea: Be Truthful

Dealing openly with bad feelings helps resolve them. All feelings have names, so it's important to help children match what they're feeling to a name so that they can tell someone and begin to resolve their feelings. These activities on the theme of feelings will help develop

  • social and emotional skills
  • cognitive skills

Feelings DialFeelings Dial

Use our PRINTABLE FEELINGS DIAL or, with a crayon, divide a paper plate into four sections, like a pizza. With the child, choose four feelings to represent on the plate, such as

  • happy
  • contented
  • grouchy
  • scared
  • tired
  • excited
  • worried

Cut an arrow pointer from cardboard and attach it with a brass fastener so that it turns like a clock hand. Mount the feelings dial where the child can reach it easily. Encourage the child to use the dial to show how he or she is feeling.

Facing FeelingsFacing Feelings

Have a mirror available so that you can show the child how his or her facial expression changes for different emotions. Point out the changes in the child's eyebrows, mouth, and eyes. Remind the child that people can usually tell how we are feeling by the look on our face.

I'm SorryI'm Sorry

Apologizing is a hard task at any age. Talk about a time when you had to apologize to someone when you felt you were wrong. What words did you use? How did you do it? In a letter? In person? On the telephone? Ask the child to talk about a time when they were asked to or felt the urge to apologize to someone. What are some instances in which apologizing is necessary? When we've made a mistake, when we've hurt someone's feelings, when we've said something we didn't mean to say. Have a discussion about what it means to say "I'm sorry".

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