SOMETHING SPECIAL (Episode
As he tries to help set up for a big Cinco de Mayo party, Clifford begins to doubt that he has any special skills to offer. Will his friends be able to cheer him up and convince him that he does have a "something special?"
Idea to Grow On: Believe in Yourself
As children realize the uniqueness of their own culture, they also become more appreciative of other cultures, too. Cultural awareness is an important part of understanding tolerance and diversity. The following activities nurture:
- understanding and appreciating diversity skills
- music and art appreciation and performance skills
Discover A New Culture!
Make an episode connection through reading by exploring Mexico's
colorful culture and celebration of independence, Cinco de Mayo!:
- Fiesta by June Behrens (Children's Book Press)
- The Piñata Maker/El piñatero by George Ancona (Harcourt)
- Colors of Mexico by Lynn Ainsworth Olawsky (Carolrhoda Books)
- My Mexico/Mexico mio by Tom Johnston (Paper Star)
Say It In Spanish!
The beautiful language of Spanish is widely spoken around the world. Have fun practicing these basic Spanish phrases with your child:
- Good day or good morning - ¡Buenos dias!
- Good night or good evening - ¡Buenas noches!
- Hello - ¡Hola!
- Welcome - ¡Bienvenidos!
- I am hungry - ¡Tengo hambre!
- I am thirsty - ¡Tengo sed!
- See you later (also an informal good-bye) - ¡Hasta luego!
- Thank you very much - ¡Muchas gracias!
- Please - ¡Por favor!
- Good-bye - ¡Adios!
Celebrate Mexico's Independence Day!
With a Group:
Take a cultural tour through Mexico by attending a Cinco de Mayo celebration. Encourage children to savor the food, music, dress, and traditions that make this culture so unique!