SOCKS AND SNOOZE (Episode
When Emily Elizabeth can't find one of her "lucky" socks for the first day of school, Clifford's determined to hunt it down for her, and ends up finding it in a very surprising place.
Idea to Grow On: Help Others
It's by example that children learn the skills that they need to serve others in a most helpful way. By involving children in acts of kindness, they see first hand how rewarding helping someone else can be. The following activities nurture:
- social and emotional skills
- language and literacy skills
- performance skills
Bag of Helping Hands!
There's something really fun about pulling out a surprise from a bag, better yet, watching someone else pull a surprise out of a bag! Take turns tracing and cutting out "helping hands" to fill a small brown sack or handy bag. On each handprint, write a helpful task that you and your child can do for someone else. How about feeding a neighbor's pet, taking out the trash, or sweeping the porch for someone elderly? The rewards of serving others are certain to make lasting impressions to grow on.
Lend a Helping Hand!
With a Group:
Make an episode connection by discussing how Clifford did his best to help Emily Elizabeth find her "lucky" sock. Then discuss how it feels when we know we've done our best to help someone else. Have each child pull a "helping hand" from bag. Then encourage children to role-play how they will perform their helpful task.
Learn more about helping others by reading:
Clifford the Small Red Puppy by Norman Bridwell (Scholastic)
Herman the Helper by Robert Kraus (Simon & Schuster)