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Daniel Plays Ball
Daniel, Miss Elaina and Prince Wednesday are at the park with Prince Tuesday. They decide to play a game with a ball. Daniel struggles to catch the ball and gets very frustrated. All of his friends remind him that if he keeps on trying, he’ll get better. 

O Builds a Tower
In the block corner at school, O the Owl is determined to use all of the blocks to build the tallest tower in the world. When the blocks keep falling O feels ready to give up, but Teacher Harriet and his friends encourage him to keep trying.

Learning Goals
The learning goal of this episode is to encourage children to keep trying.

The strategy song is: Keep trying, you’ll get better! 

Fred Rogers Timeless Wisdom
Above all, I think that the willingness and the courage to keep on trying develops best if there is someone we love close by who can lend us some of the strength we do not yet have within ourselves. I don’t mean someone who will do a task for us, but rather someone who will share our times of trying just by being around and being supportive, someone who can sustain the belief that we can succeed even when we doubt it ourselves. We all need quiet, caring cheerleaders like that—grownups as well as children.   – Fred Rogers

Read more on Persistence.

Good Morning Daniel
It’s a typical morning in the Tiger household, and Daniel has to get up and get ready for school, but his playing and imagining distract him from his routine. Daniel learns that his morning routine helps him be ready in time for Trolley to take him to school.

Goodnight Daniel
Tonight, Daniel is pretending to be Super Daniel! But after dinner, he has to follow his nighttime routine even though he would rather play. Young viewers follow Daniel as he gets ready for bed and learns that even superheroes get sleepy and go to bed, too.

Learning Goals
The learning goals for these episodes are to help children with daily routines – morning and bedtime.

The strategy songs for these episodes are:

 Clothes on, eat breakfast, brush teeth, put on shoes and off to school!
Bedtime! Bath, brush teeth, pjs, story and a song!

Fred Rogers Timeless Wisdom
Children feel far more comfortable and secure when things happen predictably—with routines, rituals and traditions. Those traditions, big or small, create anchors of stability, especially in rough seas. – Fred Rogers

Read more on Bedtime Routines

Be a Vegetable Taster!
Teacher Harriet introduces Daniel and his friends to the school’s vegetable garden and asks them to help her pick out some healthy vegetables for their snack. They explore the garden, picking and trying different vegetables…but not everyone is eager to taste the new foods.

Daniel Tries a New Food
Miss Elaina is having dinner with the Tiger family and she encourages Daniel to try some new food: Vegetable Spaghetti and Banana Swirl. Daniel is convinced he won’t like Veggie Spaghetti, even though he’s never tried it before. Miss Elaina encourages him to be adventurous and try the new food. She does the same herself, and even though she doesn’t like all of it, she’s proud of herself for trying.

Learning Goals
The learning goal of this episode is to encourage children to try new foods.
The strategy song of this episode is: Try a new food, it might taste good!

Fred Rogers Timeless Wisdom
“Mealtimes mean different things to different families. But one thing is sure — food is important to everybody. As a parent, you want to give your children healthy foods. That’s one way you let them know you care about them. Most parents spend a lot of time thinking about what foods to buy and what meals to make. It’s only natural for you to want your children to like the food you make for them.” - Fred Rogers

Read more on Mealtime

Daniel Waits for Show and Tell
Daniel is so excited to share a book he made with his class at “show and tell,” but he’s finding it very difficult to wait. He finds that doing something, like singing on Trolley, playing during science time and imagining make the waiting much easier!

A Night Out at the Restaurant
Daniel and his family are going out to dinner, and Katerina is coming too. Daniel and Katerina have a hard time waiting at the restaurant, but soon learn ways to make the waiting time easier…and even fun!

Learning Goals
The learning goal of this episode is to help children find ways to manage when they have to wait.
The strategy song of this episode is: When you wait, you can play, sing or imagine anything!

Fred Rogers Timeless Wisdom
“Growing on the inside” are the words I use when I talk with children about such things as learning to wait, learning to keep on trying, being able to talk about their feelings, and to express those feelings in constructive ways. These signs of growth need at least as much notice and applause as the outward kind, and children need to feel proud of them—even more proud than they may feel when that line on the doorjamb goes up another inch.” - Fred Rogers

 Read more on Taking Turns. 

Fruit Picking Day
Daniel and his friends are enjoying a Fruit Festival in the Enchanted Garden. Prince Wednesday is upset because his big brother Prince Tuesday can pick the highest fruit off the tree branches, but he can’t. He wishes he wasn’t so little! Then, when the festival-goers spot a very special magical golden pear on the ground, Prince Wednesday is the only one little enough to reach it.

Daniel is Big Enough to Help Dad
Dad Tiger is building a playhouse, and Daniel wants to help. Daniel is frustrated that he is not big enough to use the grown up tools. Dad Tiger shows Daniel that there are things he can do to help that he’s just the right size for.

Learning Goals The learning goal of this episode to help children know that even though they are small, there are many things they can do. The strategy song for this episode is: Everyone is big enough to do something.

Fred Rogers Timeless Wisdom
As children become more and more aware of themselves and their world, they become aware of how small they are, compared to people who take care of them. We adults can help young children feel good about who they are when we show that we value what they can do … and that we don’t expect them to be more grownup than they are ready to be. – Fred Rogers

Read More on Valuing Little and Big.

 


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