MIMI'S BACK IN TOWN (Episode 139b)

T-Bone really likes Mimi, the little brown poodle who visits the Island on occasion, and is very excited to hear that she's coming back again! But when Cleo starts teasing him about how much he likes Mimi, T-bone feels embarrassed and uncomfortable. He finally confronts Cleo about it and Cleo learns that teasing can be anything that makes someone feel uncomfortable.

Clifford's Big Idea: Be a Good Friend; Have RespectClifford's Big Idea: Be a Good Friend; Have Respect

Learning the difference between making an innocent joke and teasing requires subtle understanding. Children can understand that even if teasing is not meant to hurt others, there are times when it goes too far. These activities built around learning when to draw the line help develop

  • critical thinking and problem-solving
  • cognitive skills
  • music appreciation

Role-Playing: That's EmbarrassingRole-Playing: That's Embarrassing

Feeling embarrassed and uncomfortable is appropriate when teasing has gone too far. Encourage the child to role-play what he or she would have said to Cleo in T-Bone's situation. Ask

  • How do you think Cleo felt after she learned that her teasing had caused her good friend to feel uncomfortable?
  • What would you say if you were in Cleo's position?

Mood MusicMood Music

Search for instrumental music that reflects various emotions. Classical music offers a wide range to choose from. Here are some ideas:

  • Beethoven's Ninth Symphony is joyous.
  • Passages in Moussorgsky's "Night on Bald Mountain" sound angry.
  • Pachelbel's "Canon in D" has a peaceful sound.

Of course, you'll find plenty of examples in popular music, as well. Occasionally, play one of these recordings and ask the child, "Listen to this music. How does it make you feel?" You might invite the child to draw or paint while listening.

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