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Month: July, 2012

Daniel’s Birthday
Today is Daniel Tiger’s birthday! Daniel is very excited to go to Baker Aker’s bakery to help his Mom pick out a cake for his party, and so proud that his mom lets him carry the cake himself. But when they arrive back home after a bumpy ride on Trolley, he discovers that his birthday cake is smooshed! What a disappointment. His father helps him see that there are good things even in a smooshed cake – it’s yummy.

Daniel’s Picnic
Daniel Tiger and his friends Prince Wednesday and Miss Elaina are having a picnic at the park near the clock factory. When it starts to rain, their picnic is ruined, leaving them very disappointed. Dad Tiger helps them turn their disappointment around with an inside picnic instead – inside the clock factory where the friends find something else good when they get to hear “chime time” together.

Learning Goals
The learning goal of this episode is to help children deal with disappointment. The strategy song of this episode is: When something seems bad, turn it around and find something good!

Fred Rogers Timeless Wisdom
“Working through disappointment can be a healthy experience for both parents and children. Even if it were possible to give someone everything he or she asks for, we would be depriving that person of many ways of growing…many ways of understanding oneself and loved ones.”
-Fred Rogers

Read more on Disappointment: Birthdays & Holidays.

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.

Learning Goals
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.”
-Fred Rogers

Read more on Going to the Doctor.

Daniel’s Babysitter
Mom and Dad Tiger are going out for the evening, and Prince Tuesday comes to be Daniel’s babysitter. As Daniel gets ready for bed, he misses his Mom and Dad. But Prince Tuesday reminds him that his parents will be back soon. When Tigey goes missing right before bedtime, Daniel learns what a grr-ific babysitter Prince Tuesday is. And his trust continues to build when he sees that his parents do come back, just as they promised.

Daniel Goes to School
Daniel joins his friends Prince Wednesday, Katerina Kittycat, O the Owl and Miss Elaina at school, but doesn’t want his Dad to leave, until Dad Tiger reminds him that ‘grownups come back.’ Miss Elaina is missing her mom and has lost her special locket with her mom’s picture in it. The children help Miss Elaina find her locket. Before long the school day is over and, just as promised, the grownups come back to take their children home.

Learning Goals
The learning goal of this episode is to help children deal with separation.
The strategy song of this episode is: Grownups come back (.. they do. Grownups come back to you.)

Fred Rogers Timeless Wisdom
“Children grow in their ability to handle separations when we let them know that it’s okay to feel sad and angry at first…and that little by little, they’ll feel better and find different things to enjoy… It is only when children learn, day by day that their parents come for them when they say they will, that they learn to trust that times of separation will be followed by times of being together again.”
-Fred Rogers

Read more on Adjusting to Preschool.

Daniel Gets Mad
Daniel Tiger and his friend Prince Wednesday are very excited to play at the beach today. But then it rains, and Mom Tiger says they cannot play outside, making them very mad. Mom Tiger helps the boys with their mad feelings and find ways to calm down and think. They take a deep breath, count to 4, and that helps them make a grr-ific new plan — to make an inside beach instead!

Katerina Gets Mad
Daniel and his friends are excited to be able to try the new instruments at Music Man Stan’s Music Shop. But Katerina Kittycat really wants to play the triangle. She gets very,very mad when someone else picks the instrument she wants to play. Music Man Stan helps Katerina find ways to deal with her mad feelings – like taking a deep breath, counting to 4 – and then dancing and stomping and singing.

Learning Goals
The learning goal of this episode is to help children deal with their mad feelings.
The strategy song of this episode is: When you feel so mad that you want to ROAR,
Take a deep breath and count to four. 1…2…3…4…

Fred Rogers Timeless Wisdom
“Human beings are not born with self-control. We have to learn what to do with the mad that we feel. Learning to control ourselves is a long, hard process. It happens little by little. In fact, it is something we work on all through our lives.”
-Fred Rogers

Read more on Angry Feelings.

It’s easier to find a way to play together with an activity like this one that needs more than one player.

Play about being the doctor with doctor instruments you make yourself.

Turn chairs into a pretend train and let the children be in charge of who’s going away and coming back.

Prince Wednesday Finds a Way to Play
Friends Daniel and Katerina Kittycat are playing “house” today at school. Prince Wednesday wants to play too, but he wants to be a loud dinosaur. Katerina tells him that loud dinosaurs are not allowed! He’ll wake the baby! The friends work on finding a way to play together, and Prince Wednesday joins in by pretending to be a quiet, friendly dinosaur.

Finding a Way to Play on Backwards Day
Friends Daniel and O the Owl are at Miss Elaina’s house in the Museum-Go-Round today. She’s very excited because she has planned a special “backwards day.” But O isn’t excited about this backward play – in fact he’s quite uncomfortable about so many backward things. With the help of Miss Elaina’s father, Music Man Stan, the friends find a way to play together.

Learning Goals
The learning goal of this episode is to help children learn about cooperation.
The strategy song for this episode is: Find a way to play together!

Fred Rogers Timeless Wisdom
“Learning about friendship begins at an early age when children ‘graduate’ from playing side by side to playing with each other. There is much to learn about sharing toys and sharing ideas, and that kind of learning happens over a long period of time. It takes a long while (years, in fact) for young children to begin to see things from someone else’s point of view.”
-Fred Rogers

Read more on Making Friends.


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