Mrs. Bleakman is having a very special party for her book club members. Cleo and Mac convince Clifford that his regular good manners won't be good enough for the event. Clifford believes that he is just fine the way he is, but Cleo and Mac insist on teaching him some special "fancy" manners. In the end, Clifford decides to just be himself, and he ends up saving the party by providing shade for Mrs. Bleakman's guests.

Clifford's Big Idea: Help Others; Believe in YourselfClifford's Big Idea: Help Others; Believe in Yourself

In unfamiliar situations, just being yourself is all that is needed. Trying to act differently or behave a certain way can make you and others feel uncomfortable. these activities will help develop

  • language and literacy skills
  • understanding and appreciation of diversity

Good MannersGood Manners

Having good manners doesn't have to mean that you can't be yourself. The more you practice being around unfamiliar people and in different places, the more comfortable you become. Talk with the child about some basic ideas of what it means to have good manners: greeting people when you see them; introducing yourself to new people; saying "please," "thank-you," and "you're welcome"; and smiling when you talk with people. Adults seem to do it with ease, but emphasize that having good manners is a skill that requires practice.

Book ClubBook Club

With a group:
Book Clubs are popular all over the country these days and becoming more common. Invite the children to a weekly Book Club where they all agree on a book to read on their own (or with the help of families or friends). The purpose of the Book Club will be to talk about the book: what parts they liked and didn't like, questions they might have had, which characters they identified with. Close the Book Club by having the children take turns suggesting the book for the following week. To make the club more festive, pass around some juice and snacks for them to munch on as they chat.

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