The Neighborhood Votes
The Tiger family is going to Clock Factory Park today to hear a big announcement from King Friday. Daniel has to make several choices throughout the day, culminating in one BIG group decision: King Friday announces that the children can choose one new piece of playground equipment by voting for the one they want.
The Class Votes
At school Daniel and his classmates get to choose their new class pet. Teacher Harriet explains that they can either get a bunny or a turtle. The children learn what it means to ‘vote’ and that sometimes it doesn’t always turn out your way. Each of the children find something to love about their new pet, ‘Snowball’!
The learning goal of this episode is to help children understand what it means to vote.
The strategy song of this episode is: Stop, Think and Choose.
Fred Rogers Timeless Wisdom
…Choice-making can be particularly hard for very young children when there are too many alternatives to choose from, or when making a choice may result in disapproval or anger from the grown-ups they love. Asking a child, “What do you want to wear today?” is so open-ended a question that it may invite a child to make a choice that is clearly inappropriate and has to be overruled. Instead, it may be more helpful to offer limited choices such as, “Would you like to wear your red sweater or your blue one, your brown pants or your green ones?” That way, a child is presented with realistic alternatives where there is no question of “right” or “wrong.” - Fred Rogers
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