THE BEST GIFT (Episode 135b)
Emily Elizabeth believes that she has the perfect gift for her mother's
birthday. She plans to spend the entire afternoon with her mother and
read her a poem written just for her mom. Charley agrees that the gift
is perfect, but Jetta has other ideas. Emily Elizabeth agrees to at least
try some of Jetta's ideas, but in the end she realizes that the gift she
created from her heart really is the best gift.
Big Idea: Believe in Yourself
Learning that the people who care for us need care, too, can teach
important lessons in
- science and discovery
- social and emotional skills
Coming up with the perfect gift can be tricky, even for adults. For
an upcoming holiday or birthday, suggest to the child the idea of creating
a coupon book with special coupons highlighting special privileges.
These privileges can include a kiss and hug, a homemade snack, breakfast
in bed, a neck massage, or a homemade card for the lucky recipient.
Have the child draw pictures on the coupons, depicting that each privilege
Collect an assortment of boxeseach with a top and bottomthat "nestle"
(one fitting into another). With the child, use wrapping paper, comic
strips, or hand-decorated butcher paper to gift-wrap the lids. With
each lid wrapped and the lids on each of the boxes, arrange the boxes
in a line from smallest to largest. Make a game out of putting the smallest
box into the next size and so forth!
A Chair for My Mother by Vera Williams
I Love You, Mama, Anytime of Year by Nancy White Carlstrom
Is Your Mama a Llama by Steven Kellogg