Daniel Visits School
Daniel is visiting school for the first time and is a little nervous because he doesn’t know what it will be like there. He packs his backpack with his favorite playthings from home – a lot of things! Teacher Harriet shows him around his classroom, and Daniel is surprised to find so many familiar things there. He learns that asking questions is one way to learn about something that’s new – and to feel more comfortable there.
Daniel Visits the Doctor
Daniel goes to the doctor for his regular check up. Before his visit, he’s feeling a little uneasy – about one stripe scared, even if he knows he will not need to get a shot. Daniel and Mom Tiger talk, draw and play about some of the things that Dr. Anna will use – a stethoscope, an otoscope, a scale and more. With Tigey and his homemade doctor book in hand, Daniel learns that it also helps to talk with Dr. Anna about what will happen.
The learning goal of this episode is to help children deal with new experiences
The strategy song of this episode is: When we do something new, let’s talk about what we’ll do.
Fred Rogers Timeless Wisdom
“There are two ways that we can be helpful to children when they face something new and difficult. The first is to let them know what to expect. When children know ahead of time what’s going to happen — and not happen — they can prepare themselves for what’s coming. They can think about it and get used to their feelings about it. The second way we can be helpful is by encouraging children to play about these events — both before and afterwards. Playing can give children a sense of control over scary feelings.”
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