TELL ME A TALE (Episode P112b)

A snowstorm keeps Shun, Emily Elizabeth, and Nina from going outside to play. Shun thinks of a fun way to relieve their boredom.

Clifford's Big Idea: Help OthersClifford's Ideas to Grow On: Help Others

Children can learn many important lessons and language skills by reading, watching, or hearing a story. But one of the greatest indicators of comprehension, or understanding, is when children repeat or retell stories from the heart. The following activities nurture:

  • language and literacy skills
  • understanding and appreciating diversity skills

Celebrations to Celebrate!Celebrations to Celebrate!

Take advantage of wintry days inside by reading books with your child that teach about the uniqueness of cultural holidays and traditions of Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa. Check for comprehension by encouraging your child to share knowledge from each reading. Bring these holidays to life by attending local festivals or celebrations.

Remembering Christmas!Remembering Christmas!

No winter day could be boring after reading Clifford's First Christmas by Norman Bridwell (Scholastic). Help your child identify the story's characters (people and animals), setting (where the story takes place) and plot (what happens). Discuss how Clifford's holiday celebration is the same as or different from your family's. Then spend some fun time drawing an image from this fun Christmas story about Clifford's first Christmas holiday.

Suggested StorybooksSuggested Storybooks

Celebrate more stories of Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa by reading:

The First Night by B.G. Hennessy (Viking Press); The Crippled Lamb by Max Lucado (Thomas Nelson)

What is Hanukkah? by Harriet Ziefert (Harper Collins Juvenile Books); Eight Nights of Hanukkah by Nayer (Troll Communications)

My First Kwanzaa by Deborah M. Newton Chocolate (Cartwheel Books); My First Kwanzaa by Karen Katz (Henry Holt and Company)

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