MIMI'S BACK IN TOWN (Episode
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.
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
- critical thinking and problem-solving
- cognitive skills
- music appreciation
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?
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.