MOVING ON (Episode P121a)
The Sidarskys are moving to a newer mouse hole around the corner. Clifford offers to help them move the big family clock when he comes back from lunch. But on the way back, he gets distracted. By the time he gets back to the laundry room, the Sidarskys have already moved, but things are chaotic because the baby can't sleep without that clock. Clifford feels bad for not being there to help, but he makes amends by moving the clock now and restoring harmony to the Sidarsky household.
Ideas to Grow On: Be Responsible & Be a Good Friend
Moving can be a stressful event for children, too! By providing fun and memorable experiences for children to focus on while making this big change, feelings can be comforted in a positive way. The following activities nurture:
- social and emotional skills
- language and literacy skills
- cognitive skills
Read My Best Friend Moved by Nancy L. Carlson (Viking Children's
Books). Talk with your child about fun experiences enjoyed with
friends. Discuss ways that friends can remember each other and
keep in touch by using these ideas:
- Give each child a disposable camera for capturing memories
- Encourage children to trade a coloring book, reading book,
toy, or piece of clothing like a tee-shirt with signatures,
good-bye messages, etc.
- Provide friends with small address book to record addresses,
phone, and Internet information
- Take children to their favorite places like the library,
park, or bike trail. Capture video pictures of best friends,
making sure each child receives a keepsake video.
Read How to be a Friend: A Guide to Making Friends & Keeping
Them by Laurie Krasny, Marc Brown (Little Brown & Company).
Discover how comfortable your child feels about developing new
friendships. Share personal experiences and this fun idea to help
your child welcome a new friend into his/her life:
- Have a Clifford the Big Red Dog cartoon party or coloring
book carnival where everyone wears something red. Serve red
snacks and drinks in honor of Clifford.
Enjoy more stories that reinforce how to be a good friend
What's the Recipe for Friends? by Greg M. Williamson (Peerless Publishing)
Do You Want to Play?: A Book About Being Friends by Bob Kolar (Puffin)