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Episode 118: Daniel Plays Ball/ O Builds a Tower

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Month: April, 2013

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


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