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Episode 118: Daniel Plays Ball/ O Builds a Tower

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

More on Persistence
 We don’t always succeed in what we try—certainly not by the world’s standards—but I think you’ll find it’s the willingness to keep trying that matters most.



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