Mrs. Howard can't find her car keys before Emily Elizabeth's recital, and Daffodil tells Clifford he is too small to help.

Clifford's Idea to Grow On: Believe in YourselfClifford's Idea to Grow On: Believe in Yourself

Children love to be acknowledged as big helpers! Recognizing that everyone has something special to offer reinforces belief and confidence in one's self. The following activities nurture:

  • language and literacy skills
  • understanding and appreciating diversity skills

Family Helpers!Family Helpers!

Discuss ways in which your family works together by asking these simple questions:

  • How does everyone help around the house?
  • Why is it important that everyone help with family responsibilities?

Help your child discover things around the house that need fixing, chores that need tending to, etc. Think of a fun reward for accomplishing one or more of these tasks like going to a movie, visiting a friend, or reading a good book in the park. With a fun reward in mind, work together doing something that will benefit the entire family!

Finding Memories! Finding Memories!

Talk about ways that your family has grown and changed. Use an album or pictures to talk about ethnicity, family history, traditions, old and new friends, places lived and traveled. Encourage your child to recognize familiar people, pets, objects, and places. Find something in your home that is an antique or a treasured possession like a quilt, piece of furniture, or book. Help your child connect with how special keepsakes are by reading The Keeping Quilt by Patricia Pollaco.

Suggested StorybooksSuggested Storybooks

Discover about other special families by reading:
Clifford's Family by Norman Bridwell (Scholastic)
Families are Different by Nina Pellegrini (Holiday House)

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