HOOP DREAMS (Episode P113a)

When Evan joins the school basketball team, he is discouraged by the fact that he's much smaller than his teammates. Can Clifford help Evan learn to use his small size to his advantage?

Clifford's Idea to Grow On: Have Respect & Be a Good FriendClifford's Idea to Grow On: Believe in Yourself

When children become aware of how special and individual they are, they grow in self-confidence and self-esteem. It's important that children have opportunities for self-discovery so that they can experience their own uniqueness! The following activities nurture:

  • social and emotional skills
  • music and art appreciation and performance skills

This Is Me!This Is Me!

Help your child create a simple book that chronicles changes in growth, activities, interests, etc. Share the following ideas with your child:

  • Baby Days - Discover/record things about your child's miraculous birth!
  • Toddler Days - Discover/record events like family gatherings, changes in family, birthday parties, friends, preschool, pets, etc.
  • Here and Now - Discover/record favorite cartoons, books, music, movies, games, toys, foods, friends, pets, sports, physical growth, places to go, future interests, etc.

Puppet Friends!Puppet Friends!

Help your child make a paper bag puppet that looks like two very familiar people! Look face to face to identify hair color, eye color, skin color, freckles, moles, etc. Then close eyes and take turns feeling each other's facial features. Compare sized of noses, eyes, ears, and teeth. Using a small paper bag for each face, draw, color, and cut out eyes, eyebrows, nose, mouth, teeth, and ears. Glue eyes, nose features on the top of the back flap of the bag. Glue mouth and teeth below the flap. Glue ears on the side of the sack. Add hair, freckles, etc. Now the fun begins as puppets friends come to life talking, singing, and pretending!

Suggested StorybooksSuggested Storybooks

Learn more about self-discovery by reading:
Verdi by Janell Cannon (Harcourt)
The Mixed-Up Chameleon by Eric Carle (Harper Trophy)

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