BLANKET BLUES (Episode 140a)
Cleo spies Clifford's favorite blanketone he has had since he was a
puppyand proclaims it the perfect cape for Super T-Bone. Clifford reluctantly
allows his friends to use the blanket, if they promise to be very careful.
The game turns rambunctious, the blanket gets dirty, and Clifford gets
upset. Cleo and T-Bone realize that to be a good friend you should listen
to and respect the wishes and property of others.
Big Idea: : Have Respect; Be a Good Friend
It's natural to miss familiar things, places, and people when we
are away. Having a familiar object, such as a favorite blanket or toy,
often helps make a new place seem more like home. Teaching children
that there are ways to make time away from home easier helps develop
- life skills
- language and literacy skills
the Blues Go Away
Many people turn to a special thing, place, or person in times of stress,
sadness, or loneliness. Encourage the child to think about a time when
he or she felt sad or blue and to recall what brought comfort. Was it
cuddling up with a favorite stuffed animal, toy, or pillow? Getting
a hug from a parent, friend, or family member? Emphasize that people
seek comfort in different things, in different ways.
Practice dialing home telephone numbers on a disconnected phone. Match
numerals from a home phone number to the number pad on the telephone.
You may want to prepare a laminated card with the home phone number
so that the child can have it anywhere as a reminder that home is just
a phone call away.
With a group:
Have a make-believe slumber party. Every child can bring a favorite
blanket or sleeping bag, pajamas, teddy bears, or other stuffed animals.
Allow children to spread out their sleeping gear. When the children
are snuggled up, share bedtime stories. They may enjoy telling how they
get ready for bed at home and explaining what makes the stuffed animals
they brought special. Be sure to bring a stuffed animal or special pillow
of yours to show and tell about, too.